I remember coming across a photo of Marlene Dietrich on the set of Shanghai Express. I showed it to Freddie and said, "Freddie, you could be Marlene Dietrich! How do you fancy that?" And he loved it.'' - Mick Rock (photographer)
"Freddie was a very complex person: flippant and funny on the surface, but he concealed insecurities and problems in squaring up his life with his childhood. He never explained the lyrics, but I think he put a lot of himself into that song." - Brian May
"It's one of those songs which has such a fantasy feel about it. I think people should just listen to it, think about it, and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them." - Freddie Mercury
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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