In My Defence

Album: The Great Pretender (1992)
Charted: 8

Songfacts®:

  • This was one of Freddie Mercury's more popular singles. It is famous for the lyrics, "I'm just a singer with a song," which became one of the lines Brian May used when speaking of Freddie, calling him the "Lover of Life, Singer of Songs." >>
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    Blaze - Hendersonville, TN
  • Mercury originally recorded this for the soundtrack of the 1986 musical Time. The song was written the show's writers Dave Clark, David Soames and Jeff Daniels. In 1992, a remix by Ron Nevison was released as a single after Mercury's death.

Comments: 2

  • Makidd from Colorado Who could sing this song? Only Freddie.
  • Mary from UsaI wonder if the composers knew how many hearts this song would break. Did Freddie know?
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