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Queen: We Are The Champions Meaning

Song Released: 1977

We Are The Champions Lyrics

I’ve paid my dues -
Time after time -
I’ve done my sentence
But committed no crime -
And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face -
But I’ve come through

We are the champions - my friends
And we’ll keep...


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    Jun 12th, 2007 6:45pm report

    While the person above may be right, in that it is about Queen's fight to the top, I feel that it is more of a victory anthem. NOT a SPORTS anthem, but a VICTORY anthem. It's celebrating a victory of any kind, and that victory was obtained by those involved sticking together and fighting it out until they couldn't fight anymore.


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    Jul 2nd, 2007 7:28am report

    Freddie mercury said "I was thinking about football when I wrote it. I wanted a participation song, something that the fans could latch on to. Of course, I've given it more theatrical subtlety than an ordinary football chant. I suppose it could also be construed as my version of "I Did It My Way." We have made it, and it certainly wasn't easy. No bed of roses as the song says. And it's still not easy."


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    Mar 11th, 2010 3:13pm report

    Actually the song has to do with the fact that Freddie Mercury is gay. It's a gay anthem. Look harder for the meaning.


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    Jun 20th, 6:45pm report

    I like to think the champion mean the old fighter who is ready to defend and fight for his ideal or cause. Instead of the usual interpretation of victory. To me is a inspiring song to not give up.
    But it's maybe just me


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    May 25th, 5:34am report

    Freddie Mercury once called We Are The Champions "the most arrogant and egotistical song I've ever written" - whatever its utility as a football chant etc., it is first and foremost about his own quest for musical glory. If you ever watch a video of Queen performing We Are The Champions live, you will notice that Freddie Mercury always changes his singing style when he gets to "You've brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, I thank you all!" - sometimes dropping into a speaking voice, other times boldly shouting it, directly to the audience, who then roar with approval as he makes a gesture of acknowledgement in their direction. Showing that unlike the artistic narratorial "I" of most songs (even those written in reflection of a singer's true feelings), he intended "I thank you all" as his own actual, real-world, self, addressing his fans directly. At Live Aid he spoke the words in a subdued tone, apparently deferring to the higher purpose of the show (and to the fact that it was not a Queen concert as such) - and still got the usual cheer, which he acknowledged with a small wave of his hand. Whatever else might be said about Freddie Mercury, he was completely untroubled by false modesty, once famously stating "I won't be a rock star; I will be a legend." When he sang "I consider it a challenge before the whole human race, and I ain't gonna lose," he was dead serious. And he backed it up.


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    Jan 11th, 2014 1:07pm report

    "I consider it a challenge before the whole
    human race
    And I ain't gonna lose."

    What else could it be? Mercury was gay, this was what started it all off for gay rights.


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    Jul 8th, 2012 7:10am report

    It's about perseverance in the face of adversity. When feeling defeated it's often easy to give up, but he encourages us to push on through. He doesn't compare a championship or defeat to a race where we must compete with others, but, rather defines what a champion really means...to rise above your bad mistakes by learning from them, pick yourself up when you fall, and when you feel as though you are completely alone to face troubles that seem much bigger than yourself, the strength to get through such things lies within. A triumphant and inspirational song that surpasses the ages, for sure!


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    Jul 8th, 2012 7:54am report

    Actually there was a fight that went in between queen and a goth band in England In the early 1900's. The goth band said that they will always be famous and that rock will eventually die out. Well the fight was just a verbal public one but queen wrote this in retaliation to the insults thrown at them. The song says that they are the champions as in they will never die out and the words my friend was a direct comment to the goth band leader. When it says mud on your face you big disgrace it's talking about the fashion of the goth band


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    Jun 23rd, 2012 6:00pm report

    He fought hard for something, maybe, not very 100% sure, and he finally got it. He went through lots to get it......And HE IS THE CHAMPION. He won the battle!
    It wasn't an easy fight either, as the lyrics say.



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    Jun 11th, 2012 6:19pm report

    OKAY. HERE IS THE INDISPUTABLE LOWDOWN: QUEEN'S "WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS", in the way I interpret it, is based on the 60s hippies fight for freedom, free love, and peace. The rise of those who attended Woodstock or what not. :) They "served their time", but they "did no crime" --> why did the 60s teens/hippies have to face the wrath of the police for merely fighting for their rights? Exactly. Queen's song historically embodies the 60s movement.


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    Dec 28th, 2011 12:11am report

    i think it was about AIDS

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    Nov 7th, 2011 11:15pm report

    The true interp of this song is about homosexuals coming out of the closet! That's not a guess, it's fact!

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    Aug 5th, 2011 8:20pm report

    The Champion is a pub in Notting Hill Gate London where freddie mercury used to drink.


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    Aug 4th, 2011 8:28am report

    Whatever its meaning, it's pretty good - Victory, Gay, Football; Cricket; Politics; Beating the recession; Buying a house; Getting married; getting divorced; loosing weight; Achievement; Struggling and making it; Getting over sickness or some big issue - it's just good and you can interpret it to suit your particular situation.
    Thanks Freddie et al.


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    May 26th, 2010 5:19am report

    It is just a pure victory song, no sarcasm here -
    "no time for losers" it says and if you feel like this is nasty, I agree,-- since mercury is not randy newman, who also wrote nasty lyrics, but always with a good dose of self-reflection and sarcasm!
    i think as serious as freddie mercurie´s "hard times" to "reach the top", you should take this whole song -
    --feel it when your favourite sport-team wins, but don´t think about it!


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    Feb 9th, 2010 2:53pm report

    In France, it's a song about singing mushrooms... i apologize!!! sorry... i take it all back... excusez moi... i think he meant soccer... it fits soccer to a tea... but it also could apply to anyone who beats the odds through perserverence... and grit! it really suits soccer well, though...


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    Feb 1st, 2010 2:15pm report

    It's about gay people overcoming and coming out of the closet


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    Oct 2nd, 2009 10:08pm report

    C'est une chanson sur le difficile chemin vers le succès. Et aussi une réflexion sur le fait que lorsqu'on atteint un but, c'est parfois pour se rendre compte que c'était une illusion après tout, qu'il nous reste encore un rand vide à combler. Le bonheur est un voyage, pas une destination.

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