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Great King Rat (Gran Rey Rata) es una canción escrita por Freddie Mercury, y es la tercera pista del primer álbum de la banda, llamado Queen.

Esta canción es un ejemplo del antiguo sonido del grupo con largas y pesadas composiciones, largos solos de guitarra y repentinos cambios de tempo. En su parte central, las letras contienen algunas líneas que podrían ser interpretadas de forma "anti-religiosa", como "Don't believe all you read in the Bible / You sinners get in line / Saints you leave far behind..." (No creas todo lo que lees en la Biblia / Ustedes pecadores fórmense / Deja a los santos atrás...). Uno de los riffs en la sección instrumental fue posteriormente utilizado en el tema Stone Cold Crazy, del álbum Sheer Heart Attack. Después de Great King Rat habría una canción llamada Mad the Swine y las dos serían enlazadas (ésta es la razón por la que el solo de batería del final no tiene final), pero la banda y Roy Thomas Baker tuvieron un debate acerca de la calidad de la percusión de la canción, y no fue incluida en el álbum hasta el re-lanzamiento de 1991 en Estados Unidos. El disco At The Beeb presenta una versión diferente, la cual fue grabada en diciembre de 1973.

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Duración: 5:43

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Great King Rat died today
Born on the twenty first of May
Died syphilis forty four on his birthday
Every second word he swore
Yes he was the son of a whore
Always wanted by the law

Wouldn't you like to know?
Wouldn't you like to know people?
Great King Rat was a dirty old man
And a dirty old man was he
Now what did I tell you
Would you like to see?

Now hear
Where will I be tomorrow?
Will I beg will I borrow?
I don't care I don't care anyway
Come on come on the time is right
This man is evil and that is right
I told you ah yes I told you
And that's no lie oh no no no

Wouldn't you like to know?
Wouldn't you like to know?
Wouldn't you like to know?
Great King Rat was a dirty old man
And a dirty old man was he
How what did I tell you?
Would you like to see?

Show me

Wouldn't you like to know?
Wouldn't you like to know people?
Great King Rat was a dirty old man
And a dirty old man was he
Now what did I tell you
Would you like to see?

Now listen all you people
Put out the good and keep the bad
Don't believe all you read in the Bible
You sinners get in line
Saints you leave far behind
Very soon you're gonna be his disciple

Don't listen to what mama says
Not a word not a word mama says
Or else you'll find yourself being the rival
The great Lord before he died
Knelt sinners by his side
And said you're going to realise tomorrow

No I'm not gonna tell you
What you already know
Because time and time again
The old man said it all a long time ago
Come come on the time is right
This evil man will fight
I told you once before

Wouldn't you like to know?
Wouldn't you like to know?
Just like I said before
Great King Rat was a dirty old man
And a dirty old man was he
The last time I tell you
Would you like you see?

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Queen - Great King Rat (Official Lyric Video)05:54

Queen - Great King Rat (Official Lyric Video)

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Great King Rat (Español/Inglés)

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