Queen: Who Wants To Live Forever Meaning
Song Released: 1986
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Who Wants To Live Forever Lyrics
There’s no place for us
What is this thing that builds our dreams yet slips away
Who wants to live forever
Who wants to live forever....?
There’s no chance for us
It’s all decided for us
This world has...
anonymous Apr 1st, 21:48 report
If you watch the body language and eye contact of the dvd of the concert and when he says "We'll be together until we bloody well die, I know it" But who can read minds?
anonymous Sep 12th 2012, 08:22 report
It is for Highlander but I think that it probably had to do with also the many funerals Freddie and many gay men went to before people realized what aids was. There was a period of time when healthy young men died mysteriously. There were a lot of funnerals and no real answers. Freddy probably knew his fate was going towards death than living. Or if not it is ironic looking back. At the peak of a career or at least party time for him with sex, drugs and rock n roll and there was probably fear. But the lyrics were tailored for the movie. They make sense for the movie but are at least ironic with the knowledge he died of AIDs. Ironic when you understand the time that he probably went to many funerals of people he loved. That gay men like him were dying but he was not dead with them. It is hard to survive when people you love die young. So we can only say it is ironic that it can fit other meanings but we cannot really say bc there was not a good AIDs test and we do not know when he contracted it/ when he knew.
anonymous Jul 14th 2012, 02:13 report
I just wanted to say that anonymous is an encyclopedia on Queen. Well done. I will keep coming back if I need to learn something more; I have been a Queen fan for so many years, but you can always learn more.
anonymous Apr 20th 2010, 18:08 report
You people try to interpret songs that the title says the meaning to Brian was just making it up coming back from the highlander. (and for the people who say it was AIDS according to Brian and Roger Freddie didn't tell the other three he had AIDS until 1990 or 89 and this song was writen ten years earlier by Brian)
anonymous Mar 8th 2010, 02:10 report
The song was written, just after Freddie's cat, Stripes passed away. He knew that the cat did not want to live forever, otherwise the cat would have used his nine lives better. Who jumps off a 7 storey building, seriously!!!!
my god you people who think that they saw a movie and just came up with this song and that was that are obviously emotionless idiots. yeah maybe they were asked to write it for a movie but i honestly dont think anyone could write a song that powerful and emotional if it wasnt personal to them. whether it was to do with freddie finding out he was dieing or whether brian wrote it about his father orr for freddie or whoever he wrote it for, its clearrrrrly a very personal song to them and you can definatly see it in the way they perform this song. you can hear the sadness in their voices.
everyone is entitled to have their own opinion about what this song means. and to all those people who think they are know it alls about queen, well, the only people who are really know it alls about queen, are the members of the band so get over it.
this song is very meaningful to me and has me in tears every single time. very beautiful indeed.
anonymous May 10th 2009, 20:35 report
This song is from the movie Highlander. In the movie there is a scene in which Connor goes to his secretary Rachel and tells her he won't be seeing her again, because he is off to fight the legendary duel, so there can be only one. In the director's cuts there is a flashback to Rachel being shot at. Connor throws himself over her and takes the bullet (he's immortal, he will survive) and when she asks him how this can be he says "it's a kind of magic."
anonymous Mar 4th 2009, 18:32 report
Highlander was originally going to be released without the Queen soundtrack, the early industry screenings never had the soundtrack, and it felt like something was missing. My old Projection manager was at one of the early screenings, so presumably they decided that the movie needed an extra spark, and approached Queen, so, yes, the song was written for highlander, however, it was written for highlander based on their opinions of watching the original cut of the movie which did not include their music.
anonymous Nov 23rd 2008, 19:22 report
some people on here have said that this song was written when Freddie Mercury knew that he was dying of AIDS. But actually, I have the "Queen: Live at Wembley Stadium" DVD, and Freddie presents the song as a new one in that concert. (The concert took place in 1986.) However, in the documentary dvd that comes with it, Queen members said that Freddie did not find out that he had HIV until 1987. However, now they think that he may have suspected at the time ( 1986)that something was going on with his health.
anonymous Apr 29th 2008, 11:03 report
Just because it was written for the film Highlander, doesn't mean the first person's interpretation isn't right.
I believe the first interpretation, and that's what the song means to me.
anonymous Jan 30th 2008, 02:30 report
It has nothing to with AIDS or Freddie. The band was asked to view a 45 min version of the film Highlander and write a song. Since the four members of the band all wrote songs (hit songs at that) they said we'll write five songs. Brian wrote most of this song on the car ride home. It hit very close to home because his father had past away not long before this and a lot that went into this song as well.
anonymous Oct 28th 2007, 05:18 report
Actually, Show Must Go On was written about Freddie dying of AIDS, this song was inspired by an early rough edit of Highlander, and written for the soundtrack.
anonymous Apr 22nd 2007, 15:09 report
Actually it was written for highlander the film as the theme track and if you were a real Queen fan like me you would know that the video for princes of the universe is of Freddie and Christopher Lambert having a sword and microphne stand dual! get wiv it
anonymous Nov 11th 2006, 18:45 report
This song was written by Brian May after the band watched the highlander together (queen greatest hits ii booklet).
It is about the movie. Just buy the greatest hits ii booklet and read it.
anonymous Jan 28th 2006, 17:22 report
"There's no time for us...There's no chance for us"
The transient nature of life and a seemingly harsh fate that controls everything. There is a sense of doom and hopelessness, even despair at the beginning of this song.
The harshness of living forever - immortality is not to be prized, but is a burden. Therefore: make the most of what time you do have, and do not wish for more.
"But touch my tears..."
However, love makes any life worth living, and is worth the hurt and the pain - even if you know you will lose that love.
This is when the song blossoms - but even when singing of this joy of love, there is an underlying sadness and grieving.
Perhaps there is a hint that you cannot have one love in your life if that is taken away from you - "who dares to love forever/When that love must die" could mean both who dares to love the same person forever or, who would dare to love again?
Also, being with the one you love can feel like forever - in a good way - in that the moment seems to stretch into eternity...
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