freddie mercury …
** FREDDIE MERCURY AND HIS CATS **
- the man who had the love of countless fans -
he loved his cats most.
He put as much importance on them as any human in his life.
The album Mr. Bad Guy and the song *Delilah* were dedicated
to cats, special to his cat Jerry.
Freddie wore clothes featuring cats in videos and on album covers.
Most of his cats were from rescue centers.
Freddie felt good that he was actually rescuing them and giving
them a loving home.
Innuendo was - the last album - which Freddie
recorded with Queen.
Album included artwork of Freddie
dressed as a jester with cats on his shoulders.
- Song *Delilah* from album Innuendo -
At first listen, you may believe it’s about a woman –
- at least until the line about her
*peeing all over [his] Chippendale Suite*.
The song also features a guitar solo from Brian May
with harmonies that sound like meows.
Brian has also had a few cats over the years.
Another clue of the Freddie’s love for cats appeared
on the inside of the “Classic Queen” CD insert.
For what would be his last portrait,
Freddie wore a striking vest with cats on it, but closer inspection
reveals that the hand painted cats featured are his own.
Freddie’s first cats were Tom and Jerry.
Lovely long haired cat Freddie named Tiffany.
Oscar was an orange-and-white cat
who came to live with him via a boyfriend.
The most famous feline of the Freddie’s clan was Delilah,
a large, tri-colored tabby who was adopted in late 1987.
Delilah was just kind of funny.
She was a bit of a bully to the others, but was always
first on his lap, first for food.
Freddie favored her as well, picking her up more than the others.
She would also fun to him for safety when the other cats would gang up on her.
She loved sleeping at the foot of his bed, or in the laundry baskets.
A black cat was named Goliath.
The tiny cat had a habit of disappearing, especially when company came.
Once, when it was noticed that he was gone for a long time,
Freddie and his staff frantically searched the house
only to find him sleeping in the marble sink in the bathroom.
Miko, another tabby, came just after a trip to Japan
thus inspiration for her name.
A white-faced tabby called Romeo was found
by his boyfriend Jim Hutton and turned out to be quite a fighter.
Finally, Lilly came home –
Freddie had mentioned that he always wanted a white cat.
They were all well-loved and cared.
But as Freddie would spoil the people he loved with gifts,
did he spoil his cats as well?
They did get ordinary cat food at times,
but mostly it was fresh chicken and fish prepared for them.
Freddie used to talk to them on the phone
if he was away for a long time.
On the Christmas each cat got its own Christmas stocking
filled with treats and toys.
They had full run of the house and were permitted outside
during the day to roam the gardens.
There were the occasional territorial markings on the soft furnishings
for his staff to clean up,
and the quick trips to the vet if a cat showed the slightest hint of illness.
No one except for his closest friends knew
how long Freddie was aware he was HIV-positive.
Everybody believed that his cats knew.
Their unconditional love gave him great comfort and company
in his final days,
and Freddie would never deny them admittance to his bedroom.
Cats have that fantastic sixth sense…
They knew he wasn’t well and spent more time with him.
It’s just the thing cats would do.”
Before Freddie passed away on Nov. 24, 1991,
he made sure all of his loved ones would be taken care of.
They all stayed at Garden Lodge with Mary, which is where
they still are today.
Delilah being spotted on top of the wall occasionally.
She is waiting for Freddie…
It’s clear she still rules the house.
Freddie wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.The cats that stayed with him till he died November 1991 were:Romeo, Goliath, Delilah, Oscar & Miko
Delilah, Delilah, oh my, oh my, oh my – you’re irresistible
You make me smile when I’m just about to cry
You bring me hope, you make me laugh – you like it
You get away with murder, so innocent
But when you throw a moody you’re all claws and you bite -
That’s alright !
Delilah, Delilah, oh my, oh my, oh my – you’re unpredictable
You make me so very happy
When you cuddle up and go to sleep beside me
And then you make me slightly mad
When you pee all over my Chippendale Suite
you are a nice pianist
this is me playing good old-fashioned lover boy on piano so that the anon can understand how it’s played. I know it has mistakes and the audio is horrible because of my ipod but whatever :| x
(Source: itsadragon-attack / adragonattack)
thank u so much, i downloaded the queen sheet book you told me but i'm having some problems with the song because i can't figure out how it sounds when played, can u help me?
Sure :) I downloaded the midi version of the song, it was better to learn but it needs a certain app to play. I will make it easier and upload the audio of me playing, but I still need some pratice so don’t expect it to be 100% nice… x