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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 04:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would say Brian, because if you think of songs such as "Save Me" or "The show must go on" it has to be him.

What do you think?


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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 04:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

good question, but it's a matter of opinion. no one is truly better. In my opinion If your looking for soulful lyrics it's brian, but if your looking for fun lyrics it's freddie.

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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 05:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger lyrics are more intelligent, day to day observations.

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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 05:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 05:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

funny I wouldn't have thought of roger I'm in love with my car? but for each their own. days of our lives is great, so maybe.

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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 05:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually, I think Freddie's lyrics seemed more emotional. (It's A Hard Life, You Take My Breath Away, Love Of My Life, Life Is Real, Somebody To Love, tons of other Queen songs, and tons of his solo songs (How Can I Go On, Guide Me Home, Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow, etc)

Its really hard to say. It's hard to say because they all write about many different things, Brian can write some really emotional things, yet he can come up with stuff like Headlong. I have nothing wrong with rock songs, in fact, I love them, but I'm a depressed usually. Too Much Love Will Kill You and Who Wants To Live Forever are perhaps Brian's most emotional songs, and The Show Must Go On... The usual reason why Brian's are more noticed is because they are usually singles.


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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 06:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Keep in mind that Brian helped Freddie with some 'A Hard Life' lines, and remember that Brian didn't write the lyrics of 'Too Much Love', just the music.

Imo, the best lyricist would be a toss-up between Roger and Brian, because of 'Innuendo', 'Days Of Our Lives', 'White Queen' and '39 respectively.


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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 06:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, but apart from Brian you don't get senteces like:
"I'm naked and I'm far from home"
I find that kind of thing very poetic and absent in other songs from the other guys


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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 06:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Personally, I like Freddie's lyrics the best because of their deep symbolism and metaphors, i.e. 'My Fairy King', 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'March Of The Black Queen', 'Great King Rat'... I like how Freddie 'hides' the meaning within the song, so that you have to go yourself through a personal evolution to explore more and more facets of his lyrics:)

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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 07:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Freddie because his songs were generally the most entertaining and he wrote the most emotional lyrics.


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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 07:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Both Freddie's and Brian's I think, but I do like Freddie's more


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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 07:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger has a very direct quality, his lyrics are the most appealing socially, in a Springsteenian fashion.

Brian and Freddie tie in poetics, but Freddie can do tongue-in-cheek, which Brian isn't very good at.

John is good at the narratives, but when he tries anything else, he fails miserably (remember "Misfire"?).


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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 08:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

farouhkina83 wrote:

Yeah, but apart from Brian you don't get senteces like:
"I'm naked and I'm far from home"
I find that kind of thing very poetic and absent in other songs from the other guys


That quote is my favorite! I love it!

I would also say Brian is the best.

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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 08:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie is the best!


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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 08:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<b><font color = "crimson"> ThomasQuinn wrote:

Roger has a very direct quality, his lyrics are the most appealing socially, in a Springsteenian fashion.

Brian and Freddie tie in poetics, but Freddie can do tongue-in-cheek, which Brian isn't very good at.

John is good at the narratives, but when he tries anything else, he fails miserably (remember "Misfire"?).


Couldn't have put it better myself....except I rather like Misfire.

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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 11:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

personally i would say freddie
very emotional :-)


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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 11:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie Mercury wrote the best lyrics, for example A Winters Tale.

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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 11:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well I really can't choose, but

Freddie-March of the Black Queen, Love of My Life, Bohemian Rhapsody, Funny How Love Is, ...

Roger-Tenement Funster, More of That Jazz, Fun It, Action This Day, Radio Ga Ga, Fight From the Inside...

Brian-Save Me, Sail Away Sweet Sister, Dragon Attack, Hammer to Fall...

John-One Year of Love, You're My Best Friend, Misfire, Back Chat.....

All really good song writing on their part!! I think all of them had their own way and produced a variety of different songs!


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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 12:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

in the early days freddie, later on brian...infact was freddie even in the band in the later days

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Posted: 04 Feb 07, 13:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would say Deacon, he has very romantic lyrics (you and I), but didnt seem to provide such a variety as the others. Therefore I'd say Freddie was the best, but only because the volcabulary is so varied (Fairy Feller's Master Stroke, I spent a long time with a dictionary with that one). But overall, lyrics and music, Brian was better as he could fit in guitar solos that worked very well with lyrics, one the most emotional parts of No One But You is the guitar in the middle, it really brings out the emotions of the song. It depends what you enjoy most really:

Roger- to be listened to when fed up with modern society, or something that is a bit more interllectual

Deacon - to be listened to when wishing you had a girlfriend

Brian - to be listened to for good music

Freddie - to boost your volcabulary, but also for something completely different.

However if you look at Queen's biggest hits, most were writen by Brian though.