Queen – We Will Rock You (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)

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For most Queen fans, the above hand gesture isn’t something new. This animated gif shows two hands clapping twice on a surface followed by a clap, and it continues at a 4 × 4 pace. For veteran Queen fans, this animation would automatically ring those iconic drumbeats in their heads.

Welcome to “We Will Rock You”.

Queen’s Brian May wrote these lyrics, seemingly simple and hackneyed. But lead singer Freddie Mercury’s vocal prowess and the commitment the beat received from fans propelled this song into one of the greatest rock tracks of all time. “We Will Rock You” was released on October 7, 1977, along with its equally acclaimed counterpart “We Are The Champions”. Both songs have become trademarks of sports music as they manage to energize crowds.

“We Will Rock You” appeared on Queen’s 1977 album “News of the World”, which also featured other hits such as “Sheer Heart Attack”, “Spread Your Wings”, “We Are The Champions” and Moreover. This album is considered Queen’s best-selling album to date, selling over 10 million copies.

What inspired Brian May to write “We Will Rock You”?

According to interviews and as shown in the 2018 Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Brian May wanted to create a song that would encourage more audience participation. He wanted to create a simple song, with simple lyrics that would make it easy for fans to sing along and participate in the music of the song. The “stomp, stomp, clap” beat is something May made from scratch.

However, simple lyrics don’t necessarily mean they don’t contain deeper meaning. According to an ESPN interview with Brian May, Queen called the song lyrics “depressing.” Why? Because the song is about the three stages of a man’s life cycle, and besides, the man has mud and blood on his face and is called a shame!

Watch Queen perform “We Will Rock You” on “News of the World” Tour, 1977


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Now we’ll explain why these lyrics are quite depressing on a deeper level.

Lyrics review and meaning of the song “We Will Rock You”

Verse 1

Queen begins with an elaboration on the life of this “boy” in the photo. The truth is, this “boy” could be any of us, boy or girl, stuck in this circular society.

In the initial phase of life, this boy is full of life and hope. He dreams of becoming a great man someday and he enjoys expressing his energy with strong words and quick actions. Like a child he literally has “mud” on his face for playing outside and on the streets. May be the child fell to the ground while playing. It is his greatest shame at this age.

Chorus

The song’s infamous chorus is there to draw audiences in. The crowd can tap their foot twice on the floor and clap to follow the song and participate with the group. Below, a clip from the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” shows what Queen had in mind for the live performances of “We Will Rock You”.

Verse 2

In the second verse, the boy has become a young man. He works hard, hard, and now he’s ready to take on the world. Instead of playing in the streets with cans, like he did as a child, he is now screaming in the streets, probably indicating a protest. This young man seems to be a real rebel with so much blood on his face. Maybe that supports his behavior on the streets and the fact that he has a banner to wave in front of the audience.

Now her greatest shame is the blood on her face due to her rebellious nature – perhaps trying to go against the downstream flow of society. Anyone who does not conform to the norms of the society would be considered a disgrace. Homosexuals in the 1980s would have faced a similar situation in the public eye.

One of the best live performances of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions”

Verse 3

In the third verse of “We Will Rock You”, we discover that this young man has aged. He’s old and, to make matters worse, poor too. His goals of conquering the world seem to have vanished. He has defeat in his eyes and now he awaits his eternal peace. The purposes of his childhood and youth have now changed for the obvious end we are all destined for.

Buddy has mud on his face again – this time it’s probably not intentional. He is poor and cannot afford better living conditions! Circumstances may have changed, but this person has come full circle, going back to their ‘mud on the face’ days.

As we explain these lyrics, we can understand how little exciting or energizing these lyrics are. However, Queen made this song one of the biggest songs of celebration and hype. This is why the queen is revered to this day.

Let us know what you think of “We Will Rock You” and what kind of impact this song has on you. What do these words mean to you? Leave a comment below and share this article with your friends.

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