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Posted: 21 Dec 05, 17:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Not many people seem like this song, i was just wondering why because it's one of my favourites...so tell me why does no one like it?

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Posted: 21 Dec 05, 18:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love this song. Reminds me of Paul McCartney.

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Posted: 21 Dec 05, 18:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

jcrawford79 wrote:

I love this song. Reminds me of Paul McCartney.


just the feel of it? or a specific song?



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Posted: 21 Dec 05, 19:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How do you know people hate this song? I don't hate it, but it's not my favorite either...


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Posted: 21 Dec 05, 19:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

First of all since when did I say people 'hated' it? I just meant I've heard many people say it's boring or they dislike it and sooo many people say it's their least favourite on SHA.

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Posted: 21 Dec 05, 21:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=green>Bren<font color=orange>ski wrote:

jcrawford79 wrote:

I love this song. Reminds me of Paul McCartney.


just the feel of it? or a specific song?


Well, specifically, Brian's voice (which always reminds me of McCartney) and the chord progression and melody during the "Who knows who she'll make as I lie in her cocoon" part, which seems very much like something McCartney would write. But no, it doesn't remind me of a specific song. Just a personal observation that I've always noted whenever I hear this song.

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Posted: 21 Dec 05, 23:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No shit, I feel your confusion. Yes, it's a simple song, not that great in terms of musical innovation. But what is wrong with it??? Great BM/Deacy amp moment, simple melody, good position in building up Lap of gods Rev. A great song!!!

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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 00:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can kind of see why, as it's sort of a slow, chugging, lugubrious track, but I personally love it, one of my favorites and a great penultimate track before 'Lap Of The Gods Revisited'.

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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 00:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

jcrawford79 wrote:

I love this song. Reminds me of Paul McCartney.


I think so too !

I like this song, it simple and a nice one to listen to.


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 00:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Here comes a person, who doesn't like this song- me. I don't hate it, but every time I hear it, I want to skip it. I can't say it's a bad song, but it's a number one in the list of my least favorite songs. (shruggs)

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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 03:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I LOVE this song! It's one of my favourites (now, I have like 70 favourites, but still)! I really like it, I always get so relaxed listening to it, and it reminds me of drugs... :)LOVE IT


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 04:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It reminds me of a Beatles song, too - She Said She Said from Revolver. But then Spread Your Wings reminds me of Rocky Raccoon and I seem to be the only one.


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 08:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


Why is this song subtitled Stormtrooper In Stilettos? I honestly can't recall this line in the song at any point. I thought subtitles were to help people remember which song it is, but surely this just confuses people even more...doesn't it?


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 09:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I havent heard it yet, Im getting Sheer Heart Attack for Christmas


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 11:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm glad somebody finally brought up a forum for this song. I've always tried to analyze it. It sounds as if it is about death. In the end, we hear an ambulance and breathing slowly coming to a halt.
I've always wondered how that was significant to Brian. He apparently was to have a baby sister, but at some point died after birth. I wonder if there's a correlation there???
Anyone know for sure?


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 11:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

corades wrote:

I can't say it's a bad song, but it's a number one in the list of my least favorite songs. (shruggs)


"A number one"? As in you have more than one number one? Why bother numbering this list at all then, since a numerical progression is plainly non-indicative of rank?

As for your question, Munchsack, since this song predated Star Wars by 3 years, the reference must be to Nazi stormtroopers, so I guess it's a metaphor for someone evil and dangerous who at the same time you find attractive or alluring.

Chauncey - I've read Brian May's autobiography "Queen and I" several times, and I don't recall a reference to a miscarriage or child death in the May house, but I may be wrong.


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 11:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh, and I love this song, by the way - it's like floating on your back in a warm bath as a child, in total comfort - the absence of time and trouble. I float away every time I hear it, although like a lot of people, it used to bore me when I was younger and I'd always skip it. Tastes change I guess, even within the Queen catalogue - something to look forward to maybe...


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 11:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, I don't think that Brian was ever to have a baby sister - this may be a misinterpretation of 'Sail Away Sweet Sister', subtitled "to the sister I never had", which many people I think construed as him writing a paean to his unborn sister. I'm almost certain Brian would have mentioned something like this, or even some of his biographies, so the fact that this has been kept silent is a little dubious.

As for 'She Makes Me', I always thought of it as Brian viewing Queen from the outside and that it had been written in his ill state of mind while in the hospital. In fact, the "she" in the title very well may be Queen as a band, although I've also gotten the impression that it may be a thinly veiled reference to sexual difficulty on behalf of the man ("but the world will know how long I take, and if I'm very slow, she makes me so", although this can also be a reference to his recuperation period. It's just funnier to think of it sexually).

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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 13:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I always took this song as being about an overbearing girlfriend (hence Stormtrooper in Stilettos). She controls the narrator's life and shapes him into whatever she wants him to be, and he's half terrified of her but couldn't survive without her (bit of a Sharon and Ozzy relationship maybe.. she's always bossing him around, but he'd be useless on his own). That's what the lyrics say to me anyway. I don't personally think there's any deeper hidden meaning (such as unborn sisters etc).

As for why people don't like it, I'd say that's because it sounds the same all the way through, you can keep skipping forwards in the song and it's still doing exactly the same thing. Combine that with the fact that's quite slow and ponderous, and you can see why some people would find it boring.

Personally I love it, simply because it sounds so unlike any other Queen song and it's a really refreshing change from all the uber-produced high camp surrounding it (which obviously is great, but it's nice to have a bit of a foil to it here and there as well).

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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 16:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

the first time i heard it i didnt like it...it doesnt really sound put together