Written by guitarist Brian May, "Fat Bottomed Girls" featured on their 1978 album Jazz and later on their compilation album Greatest Hits. The song's music video was filmed at the Dallas Convention Center in Texas in October 1978.
Queen guitarist Brian May wrote this song, which is about a young man who comes to appreciate women of substantial girth. May told Mojo magazine October 2008: "I wrote it with Fred in mind, as you do especially if you've got a great singer who likes fat bottomed girls… or boys."
This was released as a double A-side single with "Bicycle Race." The songs ran together on the album, and were often played that way by radio stations. The year before, Queen released "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" as a double A-side. They are still usually played together by radio stations.
Each song has a reference to the other in the lyrics: in "Bicycle Race," a lyric runs: "Fat bottomed girls, they'll be riding today, so look out for those beauties, oh yeah." In "Fat Bottomed Girls" the closing call shouts "get on your bikes and ride!," linking the two songs together.
Queen performed "Fat Bottomed Girls" in concert from 1978 to 1982. Since its release, the song has appeared on television and film, and has been covered by a number of artists.
Are you gonna take me home tonight? Ah, down beside that red firelight Are you gonna let it all hang out? Fat bottomed girls You make the rockin' world go 'round
Hey I was just a skinny lad Never knew no good from bad But I knew life before I left my nursery, huh Left alone with big fat Fanny She was such a naughty nanny Heap big woman, you made a bad boy out of me Hey hey!
I've been singing with my band Across the wire, across the land I seen every blue eyed floozy on the way, hey But their beauty and their style Went kind of smooth after a while Take me to them dirty ladies every time
C'mon! Oh, won't you take me home tonight? Oh, down beside your red firelight Oh, and you give it all you got Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin' world go 'round Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin' world go 'round
Hey, listen here! Now I got mortgages on homes I got stiffness in my bones Ain't no beauty queens in this locality, I tell you Oh, but I still get my pleasure Still got my greatest treasure Heap big woman, you done made a big man of me
Now, get this! Oh, (I know) you gonna take me home tonight? (Please) Oh, down beside that red firelight Are you gonna let it all hang out? Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin' world go 'round, yeah Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin' world go 'round
Get on your bikes and ride Ooh yeah, oh yeah, them fat bottomed girls Fat bottomed girls Yeah yeah yeah Alright, ride 'em, c'mon Fat bottomed girls, yes yes
Songwriters: Brian Harold May
Fat Bottomed Girls lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC