We are the Champions

Words and music by Freddie Mercury

We are the Champions Chords Transcribed by Shane McDonald

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Concert Intro : If you use the Cm Gm7/C played more than 2 times (at some concerts it was played 3 or 4 times before Freddie started singing).

Album Intro :There is actually no intro on the Album but if you use the concert intro as a guide you will be able to get the starting note which is a G.

Performance Notes : The Cm Gm7/C and Eb Ab chords are played on the album (occasionally) up 1 octave – i.e. play the chord 1 time on the lower octave and it is then echoed on the higher octave. Have a listen to the album and you will see what I mean.

              Cm      Gm7/C
  I've paid my dues
                Cm      Gm7/C
  And time after time
              Cm           Gm7/C
  I've done my sentence
                 Cm      Gm7/C
  But commited no crime
            Eb      Ab
  And bad mistakes
             Eb      Ab
  I've made a few
              Eb            Bb/D         Cm
  I've had my share of sand kicked in my face
     F7         Bb                       Bb     Gm/Bb   Bb7/Bb      C
  But I've come through (Gonna need to go on and on and   on    and on...)
  F          Am            Dm      Bb      C
  We are the Champions, my friend
      F             Am                Bb    Bb/Bb /A /G    D7/F#
  And we ll keep on fighting till the end
  Gm         C/G        Bb        Edim/G Bb 
  We are the champions, we are the champions
  F           Eb/G             Ab         Bb7         Csus4-7th ´ ´
  No time for loosers, 'cause  We are the Champions
         Fm7     Gm7/F     Fm7      Gm7/F      Fm7     Csus4-7th ´ ´
  Of the world
                Cm    Gm7/C
  I've taken my bows
                Cm    Gm7/C
  And my curtain calls
                 Cm
  You brought me fame and fortune 
                               Gm7/C
  And everything that goes with it
             Cm    Gm7/C
  I thank you all
                          Eb    Ab
  But it s been no Bed of Roses
              Eb    Ab
  No pleasure cruise
                 Eb
  I consider it a challenge 
                  Bb/D  Cm
  Before the whole human race
      F7            Bb    C
  And I ain t gonna lose
  F          Am            Dm      Bb      C
  We are the Champions, my friend
      F             Am                Bb    Bb/Bb /A /G    D7/F#
  And we ll keep on fighting till the end
  Gm         C/G        Bb        Edim/G Bb 
  We are the cham-pions, we are the cham-pions
  F           Eb/G             Ab         Bb7         Csus4-7th ´ ´
  No time for loosers, 'cause  We are the Champions

         F          Am            Dm       Bb      C
  Of the .....
         We are the Champions, my friend
      F             Am                Bb    Bb/Bb /A /G    D7/F#
  And we ll keep on fighting till the end
  Gm         C/G        Bb        Edim/G Bb 
  We are the cham-pions, we are the  cham-pions
  F           Eb/G             Ab         Bb7         Csus4-7th ´ ´
  No time for loosers, 'cause  We are the Champions

More about We are the Champions

We are the Champions was Recorded in the summer of 1977 at Basing Street and Wessex Studios in London. The song was released on the album News of the World which was released as a single in October 1977 prior to the release of the actual album. It was an instant chart success peaking at Number 2 in the Charts in the UK and Number 3 here in Ireland.

This song is consistently played at large sporting events such as Champions League and Ice Hockey games. It’s hard to imagine sport without this blaring in the background as a team does a lap of honour.

Frequently in USA, FM radio stations will play We Will Rock You and then We are the Champions back to back, as they were released on the same single. I have actually heard more UK and European stations now doing the exact same thing. It’s almost like they are companion songs.
It remains one of my favourites to play on piano.

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