Queen: We Will Rock You Meaning
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Song Released: 1977
We Will Rock You Lyrics
Playin’ in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on yo’ face
You big disgrace
Kickin’ your can all over the place singin'
We will we will rock you
We will we will rock you
Buddy you’re a...
anonymous Feb 17th, 2010 2:56pm report
Feb 2010 ESPN magazine interview with Brain May: Queen decided that it needed a simple, anthemic tune that could connect with the audience. The morning after the show, May woke up with a stomp-stomp-clap beat rolling around in his head. To accompany that big rhythm, he sat down and wrote depressing lyrics that described the futility of man. The lyrics begin with a young man dreaming of a better life, in the second stanza the boy is now a young man battling to reach lofty goals and the song ends with an old mans dreams unfulfilled. The chorus is not a rally call. It is a Czech lullaby which a parent promises a child " we will, we will rock you." Great article by Seth Wickersom tracking down the meaning of the most popular stadium anthem. The song was recorded in an empty church because Queen loved the acoustics.
anonymous Apr 29th, 2007 4:50am report
I don't know gents. I listened to this song many times today. Yes, I know that it practice it's associated with rocking and sports games and what not, but it you take the lyrics literally it may be deeper than that. A boy playing kick the can (common childhood game) thinks he's going to be a big man some day. As a young man he thinks he's going to take on the world, waving his banner(whatever he believes in) all over the place. As an old man, defeated, poor(never defeated th world, it defeated him) just looking to make peace. The "we" in we will rock you being society, the man, etc. Have your hopes and dreams, but "we" will rock you.
anonymous Oct 26th, 10:22 report
It was written in response to punk music at the time.
anonymous Oct 25th, 10:37 report
Maybe there is some religious significance here. The 3 verses sound like the life of St. Peter...always in a mess of some kind. But always rocked by Christian love. We've all had mud or blood on our faces. Life is hard without a loving community of some kind to support us.
anonymous Sep 2nd, 9:59pm report
The first bit just refers to a regular kid, who dreams of being someone big, that's it. I think the second bit says that the Boy, now a young man, is in a riot, the "Wavin' your banner all over the place" is literal, as the participants are waving the Flag of their social/political movement.
The third bit says that the Young Man, now an old man, has failed, his movement failed, and he sees that everywhere, with things just like they were and no change, and he wishes his eyes would just quit or maybe that he would die, so he can just have some peace.
anonymous Jan 2nd, 2014 1:55pm report
I think almost everyone is right in what they think this song means to them. Me I believe. It means growing up with out a silver spoon and making it the big time. But yet your still not on top because of people who make it with a gimmick for people to pay attention to them. So what im trying to say is do it on your own and stay who you are or if not go back where you came from.
anonymous May 3rd, 2013 5:15am report
Moi je pense que cette chanson fait plutôt allusion a un punk, car quand cette chanson a été écrite les punks envahissaient la scène avec leurs chansons sur le société qui nous détruit. Je pense que Queen voulait leurs faire passer un message. au premier couplet on parle d'un enfant qui veux faire quelque chose dans sa vie, après sa devient un jeune homme, qui veut changer le monde, en brandissant des bannières, il a du sang sur le visage, pour montrer qu'il s'est battu (peut-être avec la police) car on a l'impression que le jeune homme fait une "révolte" (je sais plus comment sa s'appelle). Puis sa devient un vieil homme pauvre, qui demande de l'argent en plaidant avec ses yeux, on dit que sa va lui faire de la paix un jour, quelqu'un doit le remettre à sa place car il fait n'importe quoi. Le refrain qui est "on vous secourra" me fait penser que Queen essaye de "combattre" les punks, en montrant aux gens que ce n'est pas la société qui a un problème, mais que c'est nous qui devront changer.
voila c'est ce que je pense, et je n'ai rien contre les punks, je ne fait qu'interpréter la chanson.
anonymous Aug 17th, 2012 8:48am report
We Will Rock You is about Freddie Mercury (The Lead singer of Queen) 's Love for rocks. He had a rock collection. He named the first rock Buddy. That's where he got the words 'Buddy your a boy make a big noise shouting in the street gonna take on the world some day' And his other rock was called, You got mud on your face. He hated that rock. That's why he said you got mud on your face you big disgrace. Also, he had constipation. He took some laxatives but then his rocks ran away.
anonymous Dec 17th, 2011 12:52am report
Have you ever watched Scarface? This song is about Tony Montana. "Ready to take out the world someday" refers to Tony's fountain in his mansion. "You got blood on your face" refers to that chainsaw scene.
anonymous Oct 12th, 2011 10:31am report
If people could understand the meaning of this song in an instant, than it wouldnt be a song. This song being written by a band called QUEEN and sung by a man named freddie mercury, who was a gay man, is inevitably about gay pride. gay activism was becoming very prevalent at this time in history, after the Stone wall riots in the late 60's, many artist and people such as mercury and harvey milk were looking for ways to have the ethic of the gay individuals rights spoken for...
anonymous May 12th, 2011 5:32am report
It's about a neighborhood bully then one day all the other kids say that's enough and beat him up which is why we will we will rock you means we are going to beat you up super bad.
anonymous Feb 8th, 2011 2:34pm report
This isn't an interpretation. What does the lyric "Kicking your can all over the place" mean? Reply back to Deeto, or Danielle.
well, with the baseball play offs underway we will rock you is pumped out of yankee fans banging their seats so hard the stadium vibrates this is done when they are in a position to score a run or 5. which leads in to we are the champions after the last out which leads into sinatra singing new york, new york. win or lose their is nowhere else to see a game than the new yankee stadium
I see many misonceptions about this song. Although the common modern day use of this song is to pump up sports teams and whatnot, that was not the original purpose. We Will Rock You came out in the midst of the gay rights movement. It is about a man who has lived his life in the closet without ever revealing his sexual orientation and therefore is a "disgrace". In the first verse, the song talks about a boy trying to act as manly and tough as possible to hide himself. In the second, blood on your face refers to the beating of homosexuals by gay bashers and further denial of one's self. By the third verse, the man is old and still has not revealed his true self. The Chorus "we will rock you" is Queen's message that it's time to change this by shaking people out of their complacency. You can't pretend homosexuality doesn't exist. It's time to make an impact. It's time to rock society.
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