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Father to Son

"Father to Son"
Song by Queen from the album Queen II
Released 8 March 1974
Recorded August 1973 at Trident Studios, London
Genre Hard rock, progressive rock
Length 6:13
Label EMI (UK), Parlophone (Europe), Elektra (US)
Writer Brian May
Producer Roy Thomas Baker
Queen II track listing
"Father to Son"
"White Queen (As It Began)"

"Father to Son" is a song by British rock band Queen. It is composed by lead guitarist Brian May. It is the second track on their second studio album Queen II (1974), recorded on August 1973 at Trident Studios, London.


  • Details 1
  • Live performances 2
  • Personnel 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Written by Brian May before the debut album, the song features heavy metal sections as well as a quiet piano part, which May played. Live "Procession" (the track preceding "Father to Son"), has parts with May on multi-tracked guitar, played through the Deacy Amp. The song covers a two-octave range: Mercury (G3-A4), Taylor (G4-A5).

It is written in the father's perspective when talking or thinking about his son.

Live performances

The first known live performance was on the Queen I Tour in Autumn 1973, but the song might've performed long before that. It remained on the setlists until 1975, when the song dropped. However, in 1976 when touring Japan, the song made it back on the setlists but for only a couple of nights. This time featuring Mercury on the piano for the start of the track instead of the backing track being played.

In 2014, two live performances of "Father to Son" was released on Live at the Rainbow '74. Both performances were at the Rainbow Theatre near Finsbury Park, North London. The first performance was in March 1974 as part of the Queen II Tour while the other performance was in November 1974 as part of the Sheer Heart Attack Tour.



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External links

  • Lyrics at Queen official website
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