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The first verse ends at and is followed by a very similar second verse, which is however shorter by one line. A stacked guitar accompaniment Red Special appears at the end of the second verse , and between and it is replaced by a synthesizer. A synthesizer solo starts at and is assisted by a guitar. The last verse starts in the second minute, it additionally features a synthesizer and a Fender Stratocaster guitar.
The song pauses at the final line "I've got to break free", followed by the fade out. This version was released on the album The Works and on some singles.
The regular single version lasts 4 minutes 21 seconds and differs from the album version by the second introduction and a longer synthesizer solo which starts at The introduction is played on an electronic keyboard and is assisted by cymbals , drums and a guitar Red Special.
For the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack the single introduction is added to the album version creating a 3 minutes 43 seconds edit. The extended version lasts 7 minutes 16 seconds and features longer introduction and ending. It lasts until , and the remaining minute contains fragments of other songs from The Works. The extended version was mostly distributed as inch vinyl records and then reissued on the CD of The Works in The single was released on 2 April  on 7-inch and inch records and later as 3-inch and 5-inch CDs.
The 7-inch records were distributed in 16 countries. In most countries the other side of the disk contained the album version of the song "Machines or 'Back to Humans' ", in the US and Canada there was an instrumental version of this song, and in Brazil the other side featured the song " It's a Hard Life ". There were special editions, such as a record with empty side B in UK. The song title Argentina song on was "Quiero Ser Libre".
The single was also distributed on the 3-inch and 5-inch CDs. Single covers contained pictures of the group from the cover of the album The Works. In countries where the single went in four different versions, each version had a picture of one Queen member, otherwise four images were placed together.
The inscription "Queen. I Want to Break Free" was red, white, gold or black and the frame was red or white. The reverse side was the same — a photo of the group on a red background, except for CDs which had a white background and no pictures. The single was received very positively over most of the world except for North America.
In April , it became number three in the United Kingdom, and was within the top 10 in many European and Latin American countries, but only peaked at number 45 on the US charts. The single was certified platinum in the UK. According to May in an interview about Queen's Greatest Hits , whereas the video was understood and taken as a joke in the UK, the US audience failed to see the soap-opera connection and might have interpreted the video as an open declaration of transvestism and Mercury's bisexuality.
It just seemed to be all fucking Whitesnake ". In some other countries, such as South Africa and in South America, the song was highly praised because it was seen as an anthem of the fight against oppression, whereas the reaction to the video was mixed.
When Mercury appeared in front of an audience of , and started singing "I Want to Break Free", stones were thrown at him. He quickly realised that his female outfit was the reason and removed his wig and false breasts , which calmed down the audience. This incident puzzled and disappointed Mercury. After the release of The Works , the song was performed at almost all of Queen's live concerts.
Spike Edney usually played the synthesizer introduction, after which Mercury appeared on stage, often in the outfit worn in the video — dark bobbed wig, pink blouse and false breasts — which he would remove later during the song.
Some lines were sung by the audience, and "God knows" was chanted by the whole group. Live recordings of the song appeared on the concert albums Live Magic , Live at Wembley '86 and Return of the Champions. Following in the tradition of cross-dressing in British comedy, the music video for "I Want to Break Free" sees the members of Queen appear in a suburban house dressed as women, a parody of the characters from Coronation Street.
He opens a door leading to a dark space, where the group appear surrounded by figures wearing miner's helmets. Mercury dances to a glowing box and reappears with several dancers dressed in spotted leotards, and perform a dance. In the house, Mercury sings and goes upstairs. The group appear in the dark space again. The video opens with a scene of typical British residential streets in the morning, intercut with shots of a teasmade waking Brian May's character up. The terraced houses are located in Leeds , in the neighbourhood Harehills.
The roof of a terrace, most likely between "Sandhurst Terrace" and "Dorset Rd" can be seen in the opening shot. In the second scene the camera pans along a terrace and stops at the house where the action supposedly happens. It is located on "41 Dorset Mount" in real life and has a slightly different floor plan than the set used in the video. The video spoofs the ITV soap opera Coronation Street , as proposed by Roger Taylor: "We had done some really serious, epic videos in the past, and we just thought we'd have some fun.
We wanted people to know that we didn't take ourselves too seriously, that we could still laugh at ourselves. I think we proved that. The video depicts Mercury as a housewife, loosely based on Bet Lynch , who wants to "break free" from his life. Although Lynch was a blonde, Mercury thought he would look too silly as a blonde and chose a dark wig.
He wears a black wig, pink earrings, pink blouse with a sizeable false breast under it, black leather miniskirt , knee-high and heeled shoes. Queen are a British rock band formed in London in , originally consisting of the late Freddie Mercury lead vocals, piano , Brian May guitar, vocals , John Deacon bass guitar , and Roger Taylor drums, vocals. Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works, incorporating more diverse and innovative styles in their music.
After the late and great Freddie Mercury died, Queen continued to tour with multiple acts including Paul Rodgers, and currently, Adam Lambert. Forgot your password? Retrieve it. Get promoted. In Lyrics. By Artist.