Somebody to Love – Queen

May 7, 2022

The song “Somebody to Love” belongs to the British rock band, Queen. The song was written by the chief singer/pianist Freddie Mercury. The song premiered on the band’s 1976 album A Day at the Races. Also, the song features in the band’s 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits.

“Somebody to Love” is related to the band’s popular song “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The music offers a layered tune of multifaceted harmonies with the echo of the gospel choir. The song narrates the tales of a broken and depressed man. This man is begging God to remove the evil thoughts by giving him “somebody to love.”

The base of the song “Somebody to Love” is heavily Rock. However, the use of softer yet powerful lyrics with a gospel-style choir is evident in Queen’s preceding songs.

There is more to learn about the song, greatly inspired by Aretha Franklin and her expressive and incredible voice. Below is essential information about “Somebody to Love.”

Facts about Somebody to Love- Queen

  • The song is vocalized in a gospel style. The Voices of Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury, and Brian May are multi-tracked to sound like a choir. In Brian May’s opinion, the gospel sound was motivated by Aretha Franklin’s melody.
  • Freddie Mercury wrote the song, and the lyrics reflect a man calling out to God. The man asks God why he allows him to work hard but fails to find love. But the man finds hope at the end of the song and says he will not accept defeat.
  • Somebody to Love is popularly known as Freddie Mercury’s most beloved song ever written.
  • Queen did this song with Elton John on lead vocals in Paris in January 1997.
  • During the Greatest Hits III album, George Michael sings lead, an honor to Freddie Mercury.
  • Anne Hathaway sang Somebody to Love during the musical number in the 2004 movie Ella Enchanted.
  • A remake of the song was done in October 2009 by the cast of the Fox TV musical comedy Glee, who returned the song to no. 28 on the UK singles chart. Their version was incorporated in the episode “The Rhodes Not Taken.”
  • Frank Turner did a cover for Somebody to Love for the B-side to his vinyl production of
    “I Still Believe” in 2011.
  • The song was taken back to the upper reaches of the Hot 100 by the voice contestant Jordan Smith’s version.
  • Smith’s version premiered at #21 on the chart. There were 7 2015 episodes of the singing competition a week after his performance.
  • The song was used in the marketing of Honda Ridgeline, which premiered during the 2016 Super Bowl. In this advertisement, a flock of sheep is seen singing this song after hearing it when on transit in the Ridgeline. A truck-bed audio system was used to teach sheep this song.

Lyrics:

https://genius.com/Queen-somebody-to-love-lyrics

Can anybody find me somebody to love?

Ooh, each morning I get up I die a little

Can barely stand on my feet

(Take a look at yourself) Take a look in the mirror and cry (and cry)

Lord, what you’re doing to me (yeah yeah)

I have spent all my years in believing you

But I just can’t get no relief, Lord!

Somebody (somebody) ooh somebody (somebody)

Can anybody find me somebody to love?

I work hard (he works hard) every day of my life

I work ’til I ache in my bones

At the end (at the end of the day)

I take home my hard earned pay all on my own

I get down (down) on my knees (knees)

And I start to pray

‘Til the tears run down from my eyes

Lord, somebody (somebody), ooh somebody

(Please) can anybody find me somebody to love?

Everyday (everyday) I try and I try and I try

But everybody wants to put me down

They say I’m going crazy

They say I got a lot of water in my brain

Ah, got no common sense

I got nobody left to believe in

Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Oh, Lord

Ooh somebody, ooh somebody

Can anybody find me somebody to love?

(Can anybody find me someone to love)

Got no feel, I got no rhythm

I just keep losing my beat (you just keep losing and losing)

I’m OK, I’m alright (he’s alright, he’s alright)

I ain’t gonna face no defeat (yeah yeah)

I just gotta get out of this prison cell

One day (someday) I’m gonna be free, Lord!

Find me somebody to love

Find me somebody to love

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Find me somebody to love

Find me somebody to love love love

Find me somebody to love

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Somebody somebody somebody somebody

Somebody find me

Somebody find me somebody to love

Can anybody find me somebody to love?

(Find me somebody to love)

Ooh

(Find me somebody to love)

Find me somebody, somebody (find me somebody to love) somebody, somebody to love

Find me, find me, find me, find me, find me

Ooh, somebody to love (Find me somebody to love)

Ooh (find me somebody to love)

Find me, find me, find me somebody to love (find me somebody to love)

Anybody, anywhere, anybody find me somebody to love love love!

Somebody find me, find me love

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