Today I want to introduce a band called The Once that I stumbled upon a few years ago while watching TV. For starters, it is really really hard to re-make a song that is perfect as it already is. So when I heard Queen’s classic You’re My Best Friend on TV played by The Once, I actually ran to the TV, paused it, and had to find out who what when where why how.
Personally I have loved this song for years. This song was actually written by Queen’s Bassist John Deacon for his wife Veronica Tetzlaff. It was released in 1975 on the albumA Night at the Opera.
The lyrics make you think about the perfect companion. In my opinion, if you have a relationship with your companion, where the other person is also you’re best friend, there really isn’t much more that you can ask for.
As I mentioned before, the song is perfect as it is….the catchy swing feel, electric piano and guitar, the drum lines, harmony and of course Freddie Mercury’s vocals give this song a touch that no other band could have expressed. When The Once released their version in 2011, with a female vocalist and a banjo, I was blown away!
I will post the lyrics, and also youtube links to both the Queen version and the The Once version.
Ooh, you make me live Whatever this world can give to me It’s you you’re all I see Ooh, you make me live now honey Ooh, you make me live Oh, you’re the best friend that I ever had I’ve been with you such a long time You’re my sunshine and I want you to know That my feelings are true I really love you Oh, you’re my best friend Ooh, you make me live Ooh, I’ve been wandering ’round But I still come back to you In rain or shine You’ve stood by me girl I’m happy at home You’re my best friend Ooh, you make me live Whenever this world is cruel to me I got you to help me forgive Ooh, you make me live now honey Ooh, you make me live You’re the first one When things turn out bad You know I’ll never be lonely You’re my only one And I love the things I really love the things that you do Oh, you’re my best friend Ooh, you make me live I’m happy at home You’re my best friend Oh, you’re my best friend Ooh, you make me live You’re my best friend