Good Company Lyrics - Queen

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Words and music by Brian May

Take good care of what you've got
My father said to me
As he puffed his pipe and baby B
He dandled on his knee
Don't fool with fools who'll turn away
Keep all good company oohoo oohoo
Take care of those you call your own and keep good

Soon I grew and happy too
My very good friends and me
We'd play all day with Sally J
The girl from number four
And very soon I begged her
Won't you keep me company?
Oohoo oohoo oohoo oohoo
Come marry me for evermore
We'll be good company

Now marriage is an institution sure
My wife and I our needs and nothing more
All my friends by a year by and by disappeared
But we're safe enough behind our door

I flourished in my humble trade my reputation grew
The work devoured my waking hours but when my time
was through
Reward of all my efforts
My own Limited Company
I hardly noticed Sally as we parted company
All through the years in the end it appears
There was never really anyone but me
Now I'm old I puff my pipe but no one's there to see
I ponder on the lesson of my life's insanity
Take care of those you call your own
And keep good company

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Virtuousitic genius! | Reviewer: Dayton | 8/2/11

Delightful: catchy tune with a true reflection of life. Brian here is entering the height of what would be a long and fantastic career. He could have recorded and sold a whole album of the stuff! Great guitar work no one has ever replicated. Underrated magnificence!

Great tune with tragic lyrics/classic Brian May | Reviewer: Ben | 9/16/08

Just one of the many brilliant songs on A Night at the Opera (Bohemian Rhapsody was the worst song on this record IMHO, tho still great). Most of the instrumentation on this song, except the ukelele, was Brian May's Red Special guitar; this entire album features incredible sounds and performances by the entire band, but especially Brian. I always had the impression that the man in the song tried to follow his father's advice but failed to understand what his father had meant.

Clever and thought provoking | Reviewer: Matt | 5/30/07

Brian May tells a simple tale of a man who had been warned as a boy to look after the people that matter and not to turn his back on them. But as the years go on, he gets married and forgets his friends (who eventually turn away), then he builds a business and ploughs all his time into it forgetting about his wife - who then leaves him, and he's left old and lonely. The lyrics are excellent, but the best thing about this song is not the words, but the brilliance of the performance. The song has an old fashioned 20's/30's jazz style to it, yet it sounds fresh and original instead of corny and pretentious. Only the Beatles ever managed to do the same.

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