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Brian May - vocals, guitar, bass
Cozy Powell - drums



Another World, 1998


Business, 1998

Alternate Versions:

  • 1993 Frank Stubbs Promotes Theme Version
  • 199x Fan Club Version (approx 3 minute loop of the Frank Stubbs Version)
  • 1993 "Rock On Cozy" Mix (4:41)
  • 1993 "Rock On Cozy" Mix Promo Edit (4:14)
  • 1993 USA Radio Edit (4:29)
  • 1993 Radio Mix
  • 1993 US Radio Mix
  • 1993 Rock Radio Remix

Brian Talks

Brian May, July 1998, Guitarist

I’m pretty keen on the first track, ‘Business’, which is tuned down to E flat; it’s very heavy and uncompromising, just the kind of stuff I love. The idea is that life is a hard business; basically you’re on your won when it comes down to it. It’s got a little preamble, a little slice of a song called ‘Space’, just to set the mood and what the train of thought through the album is.

Chords & Tabs



Don't judge me Mama
Don't tell me that I've done wrong
It's a hard business
It's a hard business
To make it on your own

Don't judge me Papa
If I can't handle the things in my head
'Cos it's a hard business
Such a hard business
Walking on the edge

I've got nothing and no-one in my life
So how can I lose again
Got my feet in muddy water
But I'm gonna find that road again
So I'll be taking care of business
'Cos I know what I'm looking for
Ooh, I've been working every hour God gives to man
But I still see the same closed door, yeah

I've got nothing but trouble in my life
But I feel I've got a lot to give
Everyday I try to build a new world
But I've had no-one to build it with
Oh, I've been looking for a woman to share my hopes
And I know I ain't a patch on you
And I've been thinking that a woman's God's gift to man
Are you thinking the same way too?

So don't leave me Mama
Don't make me go on alone
'Cos its a hard business
Yes it's a hard business
Oooh, oh, oh, ooh

Don't leave me Papa
When my belief in myself is gone
'Cos it's a hard business
Such a hard business, oooh, ooh
Tell me it's a hard business
Being on my own