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Posted: 26 May 07, 19:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi all. Curious to know which Queen song you think has the most relevent or meaningful lyrics. I love Queen, but a lot of their song, in my opinion, are really hard to follow lyrically, (Bohemian Rhapsody is a great example). Can you follow the lyrics and is the meaning cut-and-dry? Or is the meaning of the song really vague? I think songs such as Somebody to Love and Too Much Love Will Kill You have good meaning. You Don't Fool Me and A Kind of Magic are examples that make no sense. A Song like Is This The World We Created is a fluffer song that makes really no point and was a popular kind of song to write at the time, so it doesn't count. Lets hear what you think!

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Posted: 26 May 07, 19:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

(In no particular order) White Queen, Save Me, Good Company


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 26 May 07, 20:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Good picks Sebastian, I'd include Dear Friends, Father to Son, Drowse, The Prophet's Song (the line "children of the land/love is still the answer take my had" is more relevant today than it was 30 years ago), Long Away, Leaving home ain't easy, and of course, the cornerstone of Queen lyrical supremacy, Mustapha.

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Posted: 26 May 07, 22:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was inspired to do my history research about anti-nuclear protests after listening to Hammer To Fall, especially the lines:
"for we who grew up tall and proud
in the shadow of the mushroom cloud
convinced our voices can't be heard
we just wanna scream it louder and louder and louder"


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Posted: 26 May 07, 23:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

-Drowse
-White Queen (as it began)
-Death on two legs
-You take my breath away
-Hammer to fall
-These are the days of our lives
-The night comes down
-Doing all right
-...


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Posted: 27 May 07, 06:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

ITSM wrote:

-Drowse
-White Queen (as it began)
-Death on two legs
-You take my breath away
-Hammer to fall
-These are the days of our lives
-The night comes down
-Doing all right
-...


I can get the meaning to plenty of Queen songs so I'm not going to even list them all but what I do want to know ITSM is what the hell does "Chuck Norris Never Sleeps....He Waits" mean? Talk about something that doesn't make much sense.....


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Posted: 27 May 07, 09:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As for the situation of an individual I personally would say 'Bohemian Rhapsody' while as lyrics concerning our world and the entire humanity 'Innuendo', 'All God's People', 'The Prophet's Song' ...

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Posted: 27 May 07, 14:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think these songs have meaningful lyrics:
- These Are The Days Of Our Lives
- The Show Must Go On
- Flick Of The Wrist


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Posted: 27 May 07, 22:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Death On Two Legs really means something, obviously. And Save Me is pretty poignant. ^_^


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Posted: 27 May 07, 23:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Too much love will kill you
Love kills
Is this the world we created (I think it counts)
Death on two legs
Liar
The show must go on
Don't try suicide

More but I can't think of them all right now


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Posted: 13 Jun 07, 15:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ugh, this is a hard one as Queen is famous for their bullshit lyrics. Anyway, a few got lyrics that actually mean something.

Keep Yourself Alive got quite a nice message, but it's kinda unoriginal.

White Queen is probably the most emotionally strong song they ever made.

Ogre Battle is awesome.

Mwahaha, all the songs on Sheer Heart Attack got pointless lyrics.

Death on Two Legs got a message. Their old manager sucked.

'39 deals with the effects of faster than speed of light-traveling.

Bohemian Rhapsody is just nonsense.

Somebody to Love is probably one of the few honest love songs Freddie ever wrote.

Get Down, Make Love is a way for Freddie to express his sexual desires. Very deep.

Let Me Entertain You is Queen making fun of how dumb they really are.

I don't really know if Save Me got a message or is just another corny power ballad, but it sounds good.

Hot Space is just stupid.

It's a Hard Life is probably bullshit, but the same case as with Save Me here; I don't really know.

Hammer to Fall is about the dangers of nuclear war. Woah, a political statement.

One Vision is inspired by Live Aid and is about dreams and blah blah blah, the rest of A Kind of Magic is a movie soundtrack and utterly pointless.

Was It All Worth It? is about their career. Signs of Freddie knowing about the end starts showing up here. The rest of the album just showcases how random Queen lyrics are.

Innuendo as an album actually got some lyrical depth for the first time in Queen's career. Songs that lacks meanings is Headlong, Ride the Wild Wind, The Hitman (altough it might be a silly metaphor for AIDS) and Bijou (might be dedicated to Mary). The rest of the album is deep, seriously.

Made in Heaven's only point is to be a happy, heart-warming album (minus some bleak songs like Too Much Love Will Kill You).



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Conclusion: Queen is shallow as hell. Altough their lyrics are great fun and personal in a way.

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Posted: 14 Jun 07, 18:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For me "Good Company" is like Brian was writing about my life. In fact, most of his songs about relationships I find I relate to most strongly and so are most relevant to me.

A couple of years ago, when Pres. Bush was contemplating reinstating the draft, Roger's "My Country I and II" was quite relevant to me. My oldest son had just turned 18 and had to register with the Selective Service and I was terrified that the draft would become a reality and feeling incredibly angry about Bush getting us into this terrible war.

It depends on what is going on in my life at a particular time, what Queen songs have special meaning for me.




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Posted: 14 Jun 07, 22:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, lyrics were not really one of Queen's strong points IMHO (Freddie even said he struggled with them), though there are some good moments.

Probably Good Company and BoRhap are some of the better ones.

But on the other hand, in terms of Queen music the lyrics did what they were supposed to do: they didn't overshadow the music by being too deep, but they weren't embarrassingly stupid either (except for a few songs like "Friends Will Be Friends"). So in that sense maybe they were good. I think Queen knew lyrics were a limitation, and knew how to make that limitation work with what they were doing.


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Posted: 15 Jun 07, 07:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mhoman00 wrote:

A Song like Is This The World We Created is a fluffer song that makes really no point and was a popular kind of song to write at the time, so it doesn't count.


Well, you are right, around that time such songs were popular to write. But, this is a song that stands apart from the rest. The lyrics really are meaningfull and Freddie does put some real emotion to the lyrics. But I know what you mean, there were quite of a few of these songs floating about at the time.


A Kind of Magic