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Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy

"Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy"
Single by Queen
from the album A Day at the Races
A-side Death on Two Legs
B-side Tenement Funster
White Queen (As It Began)
Released 20 May 1977
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1976
Genre Glam rock, music hall
Length 2:54
Label EMI, Elektra
Writer(s) Freddie Mercury
Producer(s) Queen
Queen singles chronology
"Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)"
"Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy"
"Long Away"

"Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" is the third single and the eighth track from the British rock band Queen's 1976 album A Day at the Races, written by Freddie Mercury. It was one of several British music hall-inspired songs composed by members of the band.


  • Background and composition 1
  • Live performances and other appearances 2
  • Queen comments on the record 3
  • Personnel 4
  • Tracks 5
  • Chart position 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Background and composition

The song starts with a piano and vocal introduction by Mercury, then continues, with the bass and drums adding on, at the start of the chorus. The second verse is sung, followed by another chorus. At this point, the drums, bass and guitar drop out, which then leads into the bridge, sung by Freddie Mercury and Mike Stone. Following the Brian May guitar solo, another verse is sung, and then the chorus ends the track.

The song describes how "a good old-fashioned lover boy" will romance with an unnamed love interest, especially at night.

Live performances and other appearances

It was partially mimed by the band for the BBC and aired on Top of the Pops. The Top of the Pops version also has drummer Roger Taylor singing Mike Stone's line.

The song was also performed live from A Day at the Races Tour until the end of the News of the World Tour.[1][2] It was performed in a medley after "Killer Queen", and was the first two verses, followed by the final chorus.[1][2]

Queen comments on the record



  • "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" – 2:53
  • "Death on Two Legs" – 3:44
  • "Tenement Funster" – 3:00
  • "White Queen (As It Began)" – 4:18

Chart position

  • #17 (UK)


  1. ^ a b Queen live on tour: A Day At The Races: Setlist Queen Concerts. Retrieved 31 August 2011
  2. ^ a b Queen live on tour: News Of The World: Setlist Queen Concerts. Retrieved 31 August 2011

External links

  • Official music video on YouTube
  • Lyrics at Queen official website
  • Queenpedia - detailed worldwide release information
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