Scandal

Album: The Miracle (1989)
Charted: 25
  • Eeh dah eeh dah
    Ooooh, ooooh, ooooh
    Scandal - now you've left me all the world's gonna know
    Hey scandal, they're gonna turn our lives into a freak show
    They'll see the heart-ache, they'll see our love break
    They'll hear me pleading, we'll say for God's sakes
    Over and over and over again
    Scandal - now you've left me there's no healing the wounds
    Hey scandal, and all the world can make us out to be fools
    Here come the bad news, open the floodgates (oooh oooh)
    They'll leave us bleeding, we say you cheapskates
    (Oooh oooh)
    Over and over and over again
    So let them know when they stare, it's just a private affair
    They'll have us hung in the air and tell me what do they care
    It's only a life to be twisted and broken
    They'll see the heart-ache, they'll see our love break - yeah
    They'll hear me pleading, I'll say for God's sakes
    Over and over and over and over again - yeah

    Scandal, scandal
    Scandal, scandal

    Yes you're breaking my heart again
    Scandal - yes it'll all and all happen again
    Today the headlines, tomorrow hard times
    And no-one ever really knows the truth from the lies
    And in the end the story deeper must hide (oooh)
    Deeper and deeper and deeper inside
    Scandal, scandal
    Scandal, scandal
    Writer/s: BRIAN HAROLD MAY, FREDDIE MERCURY, JOHN RICHARD DEACON, ROGER MEDDOWS TAYLOR
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Jason from CanadaA song that's just as relevant today as it was then.
  • Chris from Crewe, England"Scandal" was the fourth single from Queen's thirteenth studio album "The Miracle", (1989). It was release on the 9th October 1989 in the UK where it peaked at No. 25. In the US it was release on the 11th October. The b-side for the track was "My Live Has Been Saved" which later appeared on the" Made In Heaven" album.

    "Scandal" was written by Brain May but is credited to Queen. The Miracle began a change in direction of Queen's song writing philosophy. Since the band's beginning, nearly all songs had been written by and credited to a single member, with other members adding minimally. With The Miracle, however, the band's song writing became more collaborative, and they vowed to credit the final product only to Queen as a group. This is echoed in the striking album cover, showing the four band members merge together.

    The song "Scandal" is about the unwanted attention that Brian May and Freddie Mercury received from the British press in the late 1980s. They had been controversial about Brain May's recent divorce from Chrissy Mullens and his new relationship to actress Anita Dobson. They married in 2000.

    It is also about the unwanted attention and speculation of Mercury's growing health problems (he hadn't yet publicly announces he had HIV/AIDS).

    Queen had several bad experiences with the British tabloids throughout their careers. Freddie Mercury chose early on to partly seclude himself from the press by these very reasons and rarely did interviews for them.

    The song can also be seen as how bad the press and the news can damage someone's life and the effect it has on them and their family. This is represented in lines such as:

    Here comes the bad news, open the floodgates
    They'll leave us bleeding, we say you cheapskates
    Over and over and over again

    It's a very serious, dark and dramatic song about the life inside the world of fame. It's not the sort of queen song you would play in a party but a Queen song you could listen and respect what their saying in the lyrics.

    May recorded the keyboards and did the guitar solo as a first take. Mercury's vocal was also done in a first take too. The Synth-bass is played by the producer, David Richards.

    The song is one of the best from the album because it's "Melodically" a Heavy metal song, & also lyrically it is very strong. Freddie has a great Metal voice in it as well and I think John Deacon plays an important role here, since his bass-line is extremely good! You can find one of those "Red Specialic" solos in here too.

    I think Freddie's voice on his later albums is definitely better than on any of their 70's or 80's albums. As his body is failing him, his voice gets so much stronger on this album and the next two, (Innuendo & Made in Heaven). It's a great song from Queen, from a great album. It's a shame and a scandal, (no pun intended, honestly!) it's not on The Greatest Hits II or III album.
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