Long Away

Words and music by Brian May

Performed by Queen on the album ‘A Day at the Races’

Long Away Piano Chords Transcribed by Shane McDonald

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Intro : The Long Away intro is mainly played on guitar by Brian but this interpretation of the Long Away chords are showing chorded equivalents which can be played on guitar or piano...

Also Referred to as Riff 1
A  Asus4  A  Asus2   A    A  Asus4  A  Asus2  A  
    A    Asus4       A  E      D                 A    E 
You might believe in heaven, I would not care to say
    A    Asus4    A  E              D               A     
For every star in heaven, there's a sad soul here today
     D                 A/C#   Bm   Bm7
Wake up in the morning with a good face
E                     A   Asus4 A
stare at the moon all day
D                  A/C#  Bm   Bm7
Lonely as a whisper on a star chase
     E                E7sus4
does anyone care anyway?
    A       Asus4      A  E
For all the prayers in heaven
   D                   F      A   Asus4   A   E   D   E7sus4  A ( * Riff 1...)
so much of life's this way
A*
Did we leave our way behind us?
A*
Such a long, long way behind us?
D                       D/C#  DaddB
Who knows when, now who knows where?
A
Where the light of day might find us?
D7               A
Look for the day.
Instrumental : 
A   Asus4    A   E   A   D   E   A
A   Asus4   A   E   A   D   E   A
D   A/C#   Bm   Bm7  E   A 
D   A/C#   Bm   Bm7  E7sus4
     A       Asus4     A       E              D                  A    E 
Take heart, my friend, we love you, though it seems like you're alone
    A    Asus4    A    E          D              A     
A million lights above you, smile down upon your home
D                       A/C# Bm  Bm7
Hurry put your troubles in a suitcase
E                      A   Asus4 A 
Come let the new child play
D                  A/C#  Bm   Bm7
Lonely as a whisper on a star chase
    E                E7sus4
I'm leaving here, I'm gone away
    A       Asus4    A  E
For all the stars in heaven
  D                 F                    A( * Riff 1...)
I would not live, I could not live, this way
A*
Did we leave our way behind us?
A*
Such a long, long time behind us?
D                    D/C#  DaddB
Leave it for some hopeless lane
A
Such a long, long way
A
Such a long, long way
                     A7
Such a long, long way
A   D            F                      A
I'm looking for, still looking for that day

About Long Away

Long Away is from Queen’s 5th studio album, A Day at the Races. The album was released on 10th December 1976 and this was the band’s first completely self-produced album. The album continues the theme of the previous and almost acts in parallel with A Night at the Opera. Both albums took their names from Marx Brothers films, as well as sharing similar album artwork and having a similar musical style. A Day at the Races went to Number 1 in the UK, Japan and the Netherlands album charts and it reached No. 5 in the USA.

Long Away was composed and sung by Brian May and it has a very distinctive Brian May feel about it, almost like ’39 on A Night at the Opera. The single of Long Away was released in the New Zealand and US/Canada but did not chart.

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