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David Bowie: Under Pressure Meaning

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Song Released: 1981


Covered By: My Chemical Romance (2005)


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    anonymous
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    Nov 5th, 11:30pm report


    That since the lead singer was struggling with depression and a drug addiction and a



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    anonymous
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    Nov 4th, 11:41pm report


    Since every my chemical Romance fan knows that the lead singer was struggling with drugs and alcohol adicsion and depression so I think that he was under pressure.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 20th, 9:49pm report


    This was done by MCR and The Used.

    This was a cover of Queen's song.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 18th, 2017 8:18pm report


    The lyrics deal with how pressure can destroy lives, but love can be the answer.



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    Ziggy
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    Sep 12th, 2016 9:17pm report


    Maybe it's about the pressure of being yourself? Or maybe about peace.
    I am not so sure.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 18th, 2011 6:50am report


    Hey, this is a QUEEN song. But it's still brilliant when MCR is doing it.
    I think it's all about how fast life is passing nowadays, without any time for individuals.
    Love MCR!
    Livie_Way



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    anonymous
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    May 4th, 2010 5:15pm report


    This is a song they did a cover of, it was originally by Queen and David Bowie.



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    kaykracke
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    Nov 25th, 2008 11:29pm report


    This is about the Tsumani and was to show support for all the people who lost loved ones, their homes and their possestions.
    It was performed by the used and my chemical romance live at a show some years back.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 4th, 2007 12:02am report


    Yeah, I knew it was originally by david bowie and queen, but I think that my chemical romance and the used, both being my favorite bands, did a much better job performing it...



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    EmoRocker
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    Jun 6th, 2007 6:17pm report


    I agree with Angelmisty and the person above them. It was originally performed by Queen and David Bowie, and was covered for charity.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 5th, 2007 6:26pm report


    Yea this is a cover



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    breakfast_monkey
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    May 22nd, 2007 5:39pm report


    I agree with pronggs666. Its talking about how we are under pressure of the sorrows of the word and if we gave a bit more love, we'd all be better off



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    Angelmisty
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    Feb 24th, 2007 2:58pm report


    It's a cover version they did for charity.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 5th, 2007 2:36am report


    Does no one realize that this song (though performed wonderfully by The Used and mcr) is actually a song by David Bowie and Queen from a long time ago?



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    anonymous
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    Jan 18th, 2007 1:30am report


    I think rather that the song is saying how man is born good and becomes corrupted by society and the world because of his lack of will. Society is portrayed as materialistic and lacking deep human emotions (love, sympathy...etc.). Its seen as the speaker says
    "Under pressure
    That burns a building down
    (can be thought of a company going bankrupt)
    Splits a family in two
    (love problems)
    Puts people on streets
    (the product of things like the former two lines) "

    the speaker admits the evil that is in the world/society
    "It's the terror of knowing
    What this world is about
    Watching some good friends
    Scream 'Let me out!'
    Pray tomorrow takes me higher"

    The "good friends" are the true emotions(love, compassion,..etc) that lie within man and that want to get out and overcome the materialistic evil in society.

    The speaker then refers to his personal life and he how he was once a victim of the corruption of society
    "Turned away from it all
    Like a blind man
    Sat on a fence but it don't work
    Keep coming up with love
    But it's so slashed and torn"

    the speaker admits how love as a result of this has become "slashed and torn"

    The speaker then says
    "Why can't we give love that one more chance?"
    showing that he is talking to his love , maybe even being the husband in the " Splits a family in two ". now that he is aware, he tries to convice his love to get back together and to overcome the evil "pressure" of society.



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