Bohemian Rhapsody (The Movie) is coming to cinemas here in October and friends have been talking about it to the point that I had to check it out myself. I honestly know very little about the band Queen, other than their two big hits “We Are The Champion” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”. I also didn’t know Freddie Mercury was Parsi or that he grew up in India. What I would do with that knowledge now, I have no idea.

But during all that googling, I came across a song written by Brian May, the┬álead guitarist of the band Queen. The song is called “Father To Son” and it was about Brian’s father and how he tries to give his son the usual father-son advice that fathers have been doing forever. There’s a tinge of regret in the lyrics (perhaps Brian only understood the value of his father’s advice late in his adulthood) but ultimately it is a celebration of the relationship between a father and his son.

“Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” – Proverbs 23:22

 

Father to Son

A word in your ear, from father to son
Hear the word that I say
I fought with you, fought on your side
Long before you were born

Joyful the sound, the word goes around
From father to son, to son…
And the voice is so clear, time after time it keeps on
Calling you, calling you on
Don’t destroy what you see, your country to be
Just keep building on the ground that’s been won

Kings will be crowned, and the word goes around
From father to son, to son

Won’t you hear us sing
(te de de de de de de de de de de de de de de)
Our family song
(te de de de de de de de de de de de de de de)

Father, father, father, father, ooh yeah, father, father, father, father
(te de de de de de de de de de de de de de de)
Now we hand it on
But I’ve heard it all before

Take this letter that I give you
Take it sonny, hold it high
You won’t understand a word that’s in it
But you’ll write it out again before you die (yeah yeah)

A word in your ear from father to son
Funny you don’t hear a single word I say
But my letter to you will stay by your side
Through the years till the loneliness is gone
Sing if you will – but the air you breathe I live to give you

Father to son, father to, father to, father to son

Joyful the sound, the word goes around
From father to son, to son…

Kings will be crowned, the word goes around
From father to son, to son

(repeat x3)