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Posted: 01 Mar 06, 11:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I suspect Put out the fire is Brian's way of putting forth a tribute to John Lennon. In his thinking man's sort of way he's got about him.

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Posted: 01 Mar 06, 13:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

no. it was a protest at the american gun-laws

the National Rifle Association of America have always been quoted as saying "guns don't kill people, people do"

which is where Brian's lyric
"A gun never killed nobody, you can ask anyone...people get killed by people
people with GUNS"

i don';t think it was about lennon


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Posted: 01 Mar 06, 16:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't know specifically if it is about Lennon, but the first verse pretty much describes the Lennon shooting. Back to back with Life is Real leads me to believe it was written around the time of Lennon's dath, and as a response.


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Posted: 02 Mar 06, 16:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Put Out the Fire was fairly general but the 1st verse could well be based on Lennon. I have to say, I love Life Is Real- it's super.


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Posted: 02 Mar 06, 17:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"A gun never killed nobody, you can ask anyone...people get killed by people
people with GUNS"

- I have to say, I think this line is one of the most cringeworthy ones that Queen ever recorded.

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Posted: 02 Mar 06, 20:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree.


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Posted: 02 Mar 06, 21:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

.DeaconJohn. wrote:

"A gun never killed nobody, you can ask anyone...people get killed by people
people with GUNS"

- I have to say, I think this line is one of the most cringeworthy ones that Queen ever recorded.

Yea, I agree. Its an utterly pathetic line in an otherwise good song.

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Posted: 02 Mar 06, 21:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

.DeaconJohn. wrote:

"A gun never killed nobody, you can ask anyone...people get killed by people
people with GUNS"

- I have to say, I think this line is one of the most cringeworthy ones that Queen ever recorded.


Please Lord, give me strength. As mentioned previously, the NRA states "guns don't kill people, people do." So when Brian's lyric says people got shot by people, "PEOPLE...WITH...GUNS", it's in the form of a rebuttal to the ridiculous people of the NRA who refuse to acknowledge the role guns play in the deaths of their fellow citizens. It's like everybody elses other cringe worthy line of Brian's from Sweet Lady where his woman sings "you call me sweet like I'm some kind of cheese." People here have posted that cheese isn't sweet (though of curse there is sweet cheese), but the point isn't about cheese. Listen to how Freddie sings the line. He sings it in the tone of "give me a break, I'm sick of your bullshit games" with his tongue firmly in cheek. It's not literal, it's an expression, and much like "people with guns", it makes a point. There are 100 more cringe worthy lines in the catalogue than these two.


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Posted: 02 Mar 06, 23:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yah I don't take the delivery of that line too seriously, he's obviously taking the piss out of these stupid gun-carrying idiots. I don't see how anyone could take issue with it unless they were one of the aformentioned Cavemen.

Life is Real is the only song that's *really* for Lennon in any way, Put Out the Fire is a more general song about gun violence I guess. But that's not to say they weren't thinking about people like John Lennon, Marvin Gaye and whatnot when they made it.


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Posted: 03 Mar 06, 11:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

jcrawford79 wrote:

.DeaconJohn. wrote:

"A gun never killed nobody, you can ask anyone...people get killed by people
people with GUNS"

- I have to say, I think this line is one of the most cringeworthy ones that Queen ever recorded.

Yea, I agree. Its an utterly pathetic line in an otherwise good song.


it's meant to sound utterly pathetic - that's the point...see my previous post...(above)
the reason this "pathetic" line was inserted is because it is a sarcastic swipe at the National Rifel Association of America...who every tiem some kids wastes a whole classroom.. or whenever a cop gets killed by some idiot with a gun...they ALWAYS say "Gun's don't kill people, people kill people"
so Brian inserted the line and added "people with Guns"


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