"The Show Must Go On" was written primarily by May.
The initial idea was a chord sequence Taylor and Deacon were working on.
The rhythm of the refrain is similar to the Queen's 1989 song, "I Want It All".
May decided to use the sequence, and both he and Mercury decided the theme of the lyrics and wrote the first verse together.
From then on May finished the lyrics, completed the vocal melody and wrote the bridge, inspired by Pachelbel's Canon.
Some keys and ideas were suggested by the producer too.
The song chronicles the effort of Mercury continuing to perform despite approaching the end of his life.
The song was initially not released as a single as part of promotion for the Innuendo album, but was released in October 1991 as the band launched their Greatest Hits II album.
The video for the song featured a compilation of clips from all their videos since 1982, in support of the Greatest Hits II album.
Due to Mercury's critically fast fading health at the time of its production, a fresh appearance by the band in a video was not possible.
A live version featuring Elton John on vocals appeared on the Greatest Hits III album.
A personal favourite of Elton, he performed the song at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert with the remaining members of Queen, and Tony Iommi playing rhythm guitar
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