Seven Seas of Rhye

Words and Music by Freddie Mercury

Transcribed by Shane McDonald


Notes : See * : The Piano section is quite fast for the intro but is simply D -> G -> D 
and a similar variation on the chord of G
Intro : D*   G*   D*   Em    Em/D    A
D           G/D           D        G/D 
Fear me you lord and lady preachers 
D                                   G
I descend upon your earth from the skies 
                                   D   
I command your very souls you unbelievers 
        Em7             A7
Bring before me what is mine 
                  D*      D* 
The seven seas of Rhye
        D           G/D             D          G/D
Can you hear me you peers and privy councillors 
D                        A       G
I stand before you naked to the eyes 
                                 D 
I will destroy any man who dares abuse my trust 
   Em7                 A7
I swear that you'll be mine 
                     D*
At the seven seas of Rhye 
D   C    G7
Sister I live and lie for you 
D   C  G7
Mister do and I'll die 
        D         Em
You are mine I possess you 
  F#m            G   D/F#  Em7
Belong to you forever       ah
INSTRUMENTAL: D  D  Bb  Bb  Bb  Eb7  Bb  Eb7  D
G 
Storm the master marathon I'll fly through 
                                  C
By flash and thunder fire I'll survive 
           Em/B      Am
I'll survive I'll survive 
                   Em/B    C 
Then I'll defy the laws of nature 
A7/C#          D
And come out alive 
  D                 G/D            D       G/D
Begone with you you shod and shady senators 
D                                   A    G
Give out the good leave out the bad evil cries 
                                     D
I challenge the mighty titan and his troubadours 
    Em7        F#m7  G7
And with a smile 
                                   D
I'll take you to the seven seas of Rhye 
Instrumental to Fade Out: D*  G*  D*  G*
Song Fades with people singing I do like to be beside the seaside 
C
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside 

Oh I do like to be beside the sea  (Yeah!) 

Oh I do like to stroll along the prom prom prom 

Where the .....

About Seven Seas of Rhye

Seven Seas of Rhye is from the album Queen II which was Queen’s second album. Queen II was released in the UK on 8 March 1974 by EMI Records and in the US was released by Elektra Records. Queen II was recorded at Trident Studios from February to August 1973. Although Queen II is not a prog rock or concept album it does have an element or theme running through the album. The interesting thing about Queen II is that the two sides of the original album were labelled as Black and White sides.

If you have listened to Queen’s first album you will know that a half-written “Seven Seas of Rhye” was placed at the end of Queen I. It was just a short clip but when Queen finished the song, it was the band’s first hit single, peaking at number 10 in the UK charts. The song is about a fantasy world named Rhye and Seven Seas of Rhye went on to become a live favourite – most notably at Wembley ’86. If you like the Seven Seas of Rhye chords above you will know the arpeggio used. Freddie actually played this with both hands which is very hard. Live, Freddie opted for right hand only (watch Wembley 86 for an example). The Seven Seas of Rhye are also mentioned in another Queen song, “Lily of the Valley” from Sheer Heart Attack; in the lyric “Messenger from Seven Seas has flown/To tell the king of Rhye he’s lost his throne”. Part of Seven Seas of Rhye even appears at the end of “It’s a Beautiful Day (reprise)” on the Made in Heaven album.

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