Brian May: "A good thing just happened to me. Something which will enable
me to give something back. (Good for my Karma!! !!!) Ever since we used to play
"See What A Fool I've Been" in the early days of Queen, I knew that I had borrowed
the idea for the song from a performance I had seen on TV - of a visiting Blues
company, which I remembered included Big Bill Broonzy, and Muddy Waters, Matt
Murphy, and others. I only heard the song once, and there were no recorders to
hand in those days (at least not where I lived !) What I remembered was just a
chord sequence and a couple of lines - I worked it up into a song, actually for
"Smile" before Queen, and it was a way for me to pursue an idea of using huge
dynamics in a bluesy song to make it cut across heavy... if you know what I mean
...it was one of the ingredients of the Dreams of Queen in the early days ....
When it came around to doing the label for the song (we used a very rough take
of it for an early B-side) I could only put for the composer credit: "Traditional
- arr. May" because I didn't know who had done the song which had inspired me.
I always said I would eventually find out who the missing author was and credit
Well, it was much harder than I had thought. I looked in all the places I could
think of, and many people have tried to find the song since then, but without
success. I was beginning to think I dreamed the whole thing. We're talking about
30 years ago or more. But this week I received a letter from Patrick Lemieux in
Toronto, who had been corresponding with Greg Brooks, our archivist, with the
news that he had found a track which matched up. It was a long search - the song
had not appeared on any regular compilation, and Patrick had only found a clue
when searching through lyrics on the Internet. The song was recorded only on one
limited edition collection of the songs of Big Bill Broonzy and - SONNY TERRY
and BROWNIE McGHEE. Under the title of "That's How I Feel" there it was. I finally
received the copy Mr. Lumieux found for me this week .. and it IS the boy!!!!
Big thanks to him! It's a thrill. The song is actually very moving, has a train
of thought very impassioned and real, and sounds as fresh as the day it was put
down. I got the timing a bit wrong really in my own rendition, but the format
is pretty close. Now I can take steps to get in touch and give them the credit
and the writing royalties too. I hope they are still around to enjoy them! I will
keep yo'all posted!"