Freddie Mercury
A rare set of handwritten lyrics in Freddie Mercury's hand for the Queen song Fat Bottomed Girls, 1978, the 26 lines in blue ballpoint pen on two sheets of paper, the first titled Fat Bottomed Girls detailing the three verses, on the reverse of a Mountain Recording Studio recording log sheet, the second outlining both versions of the chorus on a sheet of white legal paper, probably written out for recording purposes, with some words underlined for accent, showing slight variations from the released version including Cause I kept my greatest treasure instead of I still got my greatest treasure and omitting Hey big in the reprise Hey big woman... and revisions including big eyed floozie to blue eyed floozie; accompanied by a document concerning the provenance from Jacky Smith, Secretary of the Official International Queen Fan Club
11½x8½in. (30x21cm.)

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Fat Bottomed Girls was the first single to be released from Queen's 1978 album Jazz, and was released as a double A-side single with Bicycle Race. The album was recorded between July and October 1978 at Superbear Studios, Nice and Mountain Studios, Montreux. The lyrics were originally written by Brian May for Mercury to sing ...there were a lot of bottoms involved, and not just the ones in my direct experience... there was a big glint in my eye, because there were inspirations in both camps on tour. And remember, I was writing a song for Freddie to sing! But my prime inspiration was my realisation that it wasn't just the glamorous beauties who fuelled the rock 'n' roll romance that was 'touring'; in so many cases, it was the unruly kids who devoted themselves to rock bands in a very self-effacing way: the real fans.

According to the accompanying letter from Jacky Smith of the Queen Fan Club, Although the song was written by Brian May, Freddie often re-wrote the lyrics to songs when the band were recording as he found it easier to read his own handwriting.

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