The Guv'nor


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Brian May - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Cozy Powell - drums
Jeff Beck - guitar



Another World, 1998


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Brian Talks

Brian May, July 1998, Guitarist

It was a great experience. He’s a great player and a real hero, so there’s a bit of reserve on my part again. That song has a few meanings to it, but it seemed that it would be fun to angle it slightly so it’s about Jeff as well. Cos he is like the Guv’nor, isn’t he? But he’s very up and down, and there’s only certain times where he feels he can do it. We did a take early on , which I thought was really good, but he wanted to do another one, and like, 18 months later, he did it at his own place and I finally got the stuff to mix about a day before we were going to cut the album. He’s unbelievable. Nobody plays like him; he can pick up any guitar and still sound like Jeff Beck.


Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah

Oh, I ain't greedy
But you gotta see my point of view, yeah
I was not born yesterday
Don't you know I must've learned a thing or two

Ooh, but there's a man on the loose baby, and he's all bad
He'll tan your hide and give what you never had
They call him the Guv'nor (God bless the Guv'nor)
Ooh, he's trained to kill (God bless the Guv'nor)
Make way, make way for the Guv'nor (make way for the Guv'nor)
Ooh, give yourself a thrill, come on, ooh, ooh

Look at the dude
He got the world, he got it made
Ooh, he got attitude
And he got a fist - like a switchblade

Ooh, and everyone in the city
Ooh, gotta play his game
Ooh, I don't wanna be a wannabe I wanna be it
I wanna be the Guv'nor (God bless the Guv'nor)
He's politically incorrect (God bless the Guv'nor)
Give way, give way to the Guv'nor (make way for the Guv'nor)
You gotta show some respect

Oooh, oooh
Let's hear you
Listen here
Yeah, God bless the Guv'nor
Yeah, but baby he ain't heavy, no
Wow, yeah

Don't bother looking for a way to catch his ass
This man is cooking with a red hot kind of gas
He'll play them hits electrifying
Tear you to bits, leave you
Crying, crying, crying, yeah

So get ready for the showdown (don't lose your head)
If licks could kill we'd all be long, long dead
On account of the Guv'nor

God bless the Guv'nor (God bless the Guv'nor)
God bless the Guv'nor (God bless the Guv'nor)
God bless the Guv'nor
Make way make way for the Guv'nor
Make way for the Guv'nor
Make way for the Guv'nor
You gotta see that man
God bless the Guv'nor
Oooh, yeah

Let's see some respect now