Queen: Killer Queen Meaning
Song Released: 1974
Killer Queen Lyrics
In her pretty cabinet
'Let them eat cake' she says
Just like Marie Antoinette
A built-in remedy
For Kruschev and Kennedy
At anytime an invitation
You can't decline
Caviar and cigarettes
Well versed in...
Anyone out there ever read the Modesty Blaise books or seen the comic strips? See a connection? I suspect that as these books are about a rich and fairly camp female spy there just might be a link to the lyrics of this song, as I suspect the stories would appeal to Freddie. He may well have added references to his own life as much of his writing was fairly direct and personal, but whenever I hear this song I think of the Blaise stories.
anonymous Jan 3rd, 2014 1:39pm report
The lyrics "Dynamite with a laser beam" refers to a particular girl who was an early laser light show operator. She had graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and at the time was working her way through NYU and paying for her drug habit as a high-priced "classy" call girl.
anonymous Sep 16th, 2012 9:08am report
Everyone here seems to miss the obvious: All the songs Freddie wrote are personal and derived from his own life. They all have at least a dual meaning - not just because he was gay, but because he was very different in real life from his stage persona.
At the time Freddie wrote Killer Queen, he knew for sure he was gay and even though still lived with Mary Austin, he was heaving a relationship with David Minns. The latter was a high class music industry executive and if you read the full quote of Freddie's explanation of the meaning of the song, he says: "I'm trying to say that classy people can be whores as well."
In an interview, Mr.Minns said that the song was most likely written about him, because he kept Moet et Chandon in his cabinet, and I would not be surprised one bit. This was the first homosexual relationship for our beloved Freddie and he was head over heels in love with David. He even wrote the song You take my breath away for him. If you watch the performance of that song in Hydepark, there is such a raw emotion in Freddie's voice and face - something I had never seen before in him.
I think he finally came to grips with who he was sexually and stopped suffering from the constant doubts and inner fight, due to the traditional values instilled in him by his parents and the Catholic boarding school he attended until he was 16 years old.
Something else that comes to mind for the reason the song was written is that David could have cheated on Freddie. The latter still loved him very much, but was also bitter and that prompted the name, Killer Queen.
This is my take on it, but we will never know for sure what any of his highly intelligent and complex songs meant really.
anonymous Aug 23rd, 2012 8:41pm report
Its about a high priced hooker
anonymous Aug 18th, 2012 8:21am report
Irene Adler from BBC's 'Sherlock' comes to mind...
anonymous Jun 19th, 2012 6:04am report
it is about Cleopatra's reincarnation going around killing people while eating caviar and smoking cigarettes.Cleopatra's reincarnation has a built in remedy for Kruschev and Kennedy.We can tell from the lyrics that she keeps her her Moet et Chandon
in apretty cabinet. Or it may be about Christmas. Not sure which
anonymous Jun 19th, 2012 6:08am report
Does this song really need more interpretation? It's just talking about a woman who is amazing in every way. Even amazing enough to remedy the tension between Kruschev and Kennedy, Cold War guys!
I mean does it really matter if it was about a whore or not? The point is just that she's a classy, killer queen! Teasing, playful, speaks eloquently, hard to satisfy. Guaranteed to blow your mind!
anonymous Jun 15th, 2012 6:26am report
it's about the Cuban missile crisis.
anonymous May 5th, 2012 5:58am report
"It's about a high class call girl", Freddie said, "I'm trying to say that classy people can be whores as well. That's what the song is about, though I'd prefer people to put their own interpretation upon it".
Therefore, this song is about classy celebrity-like whore, but people can have their own meaning, so this song has a primary meaning, (the above), and there are secondary meanings from what people comprehend out of it.
anonymous May 4th, 2012 5:04pm report
I don't think it's about someone in particular, it looks like a description of a high class call girl that uses to get involved with public and influential people, like politicians. There are many of then in Washington DC. Remember the DC Madam scandal?
anonymous Feb 20th, 2012 2:45am report
i fell in love with Queen because of this great song. Yes, as someone said this song is about high class whores who enjoy sex too. Very sophisticated women who are secretly dirty on the inside, but luxurious on the outside. Frddie also reveals this songs meaning in one interview.
anonymous Apr 17th, 2011 4:20pm report
Freddie Mercury said in an interview, the song is about a high class call girl.
anonymous Apr 17th, 2011 4:07am report
A high society prostitute.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
Mike Johnson Jan 15th, 2011 1:17pm report
A confusing song any way you look at it. I always thought it may have been about a female assassin. Here, in order of appearance, are the clues:
"A built-in remedy
For Kruschev and Kennedy" could be referring to Kennedy's assassination. Both men caused 'difficulties' for one another, and Kennedy WAS assassinated. Perhaps in fiction, at least by the female assassin.
Also, the line "Anytime an invitation you can't decline" could be a reference to the line from the 'Godfather' film about 'make him an offer (an invitation IS an offer) he can't refuse (decline).
Also, "dynamite with a laser beam" could be a reference to her skill with a laser rifle scope. Thus 'Guaranteed to blow your mind ('anytime'..you'd never see it coming!) The reference to 'gunpowder' may also be applied here.
"Recommended at the price" is self explanatory...she's good at what she does, so she's quite expensive!
"Insatiable an appetite" could be a reference to her blood lust, and/or the riches she acquires for her services. Hence the "Moet et Chandon in a pretty cabinet."
"Never kept the same address" would fit with an assassin who is always on the move.
"For cars she couldn't care less" could imply that an assassin who owned a car could be the target of a car bombing if her identity became known.
"Fastidious and precise" are the hallmarks of a great assassin!"
Of course, this could all be rubbish, as many of the other lyrics don't really fit the scenario, but that's my two cent's worth.
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