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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 12:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Anyone else agree that Freddie wrote some of the saddest songs in the Queen catalogue? It's weird though, when I'm rocking out to Somebody to Love it's not until when I listen to the meaning of the song that it sounds like Freddie was really lonely. It seems that at some point in most of his songs they are about people leaving him, like Nevermore, You Take My Breathe Away, Love of My Life etc. The beginning and ending of Bohemian Rhapsody are really sad too. Don't get me wrong, I love Freddie as a musician and I love all his songs to death, but it seems that some of his best songs have a really dark meaning to them.

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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 12:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie's songs are more personal, not saying the others aren't. If I had to pick one who didn't really have many personal songs I would pick Roger. He has some but not too many, like Freddie and Brian. John.... well, I guess his popular songs are kinda personal.

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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 12:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, I usually listen to the George Michael version when I rock out because Freddie's version is so much lonlier when you really listen to it. You can really hear his emotion in it if you listen close.

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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 16:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Er.. I think Brian has written some of the most personal songs... don't know why, though... :S


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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 17:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I really didn't think most of Bri's songs scream "personal!". True, he had Too Much Love Will kill you- quite personal, but usually I find his songs to have hidden meanings, unlike the others, whos meanings were quite blundt.
Take '39 for example, or Dragon Attack (lol), or even Now I'm Here, they're all Bri's, and the meanings aren't directly in the lyrics.
I would pick Freddie to have the most personal songs. Ex: Somebody to Love, Death on Two Legs, and Who Wants to Live Forever?.

PS I heard that Driven By You was written by Bri for a Ford commercial??? Is this true?


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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 18:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Who Wants to Live forever was by Brian...

However, I agree that Freddie's were probably more emotional than the others.
Somebody to Love, Funny How Love Is, Dear Friends, Death on Two Legs, You Take My Breath Away, Jealousy, My Melancholy Blues, Play the Game, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Life is Real, It's a Hard Life, One Year of Love, and Pain is so Close to Pleasure (John and Freddie), The Miracle, Show Must Go On, and Bijou are all very emotion filled songs.

Don’t forget all the emotional songs that were on his solo albums, too. Freddie actually said once in an interview that most of his songs could be put under the label of emotion.


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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 18:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Dear Friends" is Brian's.


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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 19:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dear songs is Brian's? Sorry I was sure I got at least one wrong.


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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 19:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I wouldn't consider crazy little thing called love emotional. Have you seen the video? lol


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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 19:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie_Jr. wrote:

I wouldn't consider crazy little thing called love emotional. Have you seen the video? lol


Yeah I have the video. I just ment to show how many were love songs or emotional in other ways really.
I agree that it's one of his least emotional love songs, though.


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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 19:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie's life was like one of his quotes: Either very happy or very sad.

He was a man of extremes. Hot and cold. Good and bad. Sad and happy.

But I think Freddie did live a very sad life ultimately. He never got to enjoy his life, and grow to a ripe old age. And it was entirely his fault.


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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 19:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

freddie songs are more personal, they come from his heart and how he feels. And if you look at his life as a whole it wasnt exactly that happy


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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 20:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

SomebodyWhoLoves wrote:

Freddie's life was like one of his quotes: Either very happy or very sad.

He was a man of extremes. Hot and cold. Good and bad. Sad and happy.

But I think Freddie did live a very sad life ultimately. He never got to enjoy his life, and grow to a ripe old age. And it was entirely his fault.


He never got to enjoy his life? Darling, I think that's how he spent most of his time! I'd say there were a lot of sad times in his life, but I'm pretty sure he enjoyed life and lived it to its fullest. There are a few times he's been quoted saying that. He also said he never wanted to grow old, he thought it would be boring. lol.. ahh Freddie..


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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 20:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Not to say that Freddie's weren't, but in the overall scheme of things, I'd have to say that Brian wrote the most poignant and meaningful songs.


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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 21:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Brian's songs were the most melancholic, lyrically: White Queen, All Dead, Save Me, Dear Friends, Nothin' But Blue. He was quite nostalgic (not that Fred wasn't).

Btw Too Much Love's lyrics aren't May's.


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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 21:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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freddie songs are more personal, they come from his heart and how he feels. And if you look at his life as a whole it wasnt exactly that happy


Yeah. :( I just hope he wasn't totally lonely. I hope he was happy with Jim the last few years of his life. As sad as the book Mercury and Me is, that's on of the reasons I read the exerpt from it.

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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 21:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This thread is making me sad...I love Freddie !

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Posted: 19 Apr 06, 23:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Okay - so am I the only one at QZ who thinks that "My Melancholy Blues" is meant to be tongue-in-cheek?


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Posted: 20 Apr 06, 01:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie_Jr. wrote:

I wouldn't consider crazy little thing called love emotional. Have you seen the video? lol


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Posted: 20 Apr 06, 01:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would say that's more sexual than emotional....

beautifulsoup, I agree.

And why has nobody mentioned Teo Torriatte in all this? I think it's one of Brian's most beautiful songs.


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