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Queen: Another One Bites The Dust Meaning

Song Released: 1980

Another One Bites The Dust Lyrics

Steve walks warily down the street,
With the brim pulled way down low
Ain’t no sound but the sound of his feet,
Machine guns ready to go
Are you ready, are you ready for this
Are you hanging on the edge of your seat
Out of the doorway the...


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    Jun 15th, 2009 6:37am report

    Steve is an emotionally "beat up" young man. Fed up with society, parents, classmates, etc. And when his girlfriend/someone to hold on to breaks up with him/betrays him, he snaps!
    Steve takes out his anger/rampage at his school. Walking in silent hallways with his firearm ready. Students in classrooms he takes his revenge on. Jocks, cheerleaders, anyone he sees as a source of his pain eagerly sitting on the edge of their seats. Eagerly waiting to socialize, hang out, have fun, be popular; when out of a doorway the bullits rip, another one bites the dust. To the sound of the beat of each bullet, another one bites the dust!
    And another one gone and another one gone another one bites the dust!
    Steve took a stand for the first time in his life, on his own two feet. Tired of being beat up, cheated and left alone, another one bites the dust!


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    Mar 21st, 2006 3:59pm report

    Obviously, this song is not about drugs, I have no clue were that came from but it's not. The song is about a soldier named Steve who encounters a fierce shootout. Steve kills lots of the opposing side. Hense another one bites the dust, and another one gone. In between he talks about the way he gets along with his fellow soldiers


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    Oct 7th, 2015 10:26pm report

    Really, this song has long been a reference to the Vietnam war. The machine gung being carried by the marching feet in the street. The signature walk the subordinates had marching with their gun up and their head low (brim down). The helicopter sound was a added touch by the producer latter on!


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    May 15th, 2015 5:23am report

    The song starts as a story about Steve, armed and warily walking down the street, being cut down by bullets emerging from an open doorway. But the viewpoint of the song then shifts to that of another person, a former lover perhaps, who is angry at Steve for having taken him/her for everything that he/she had. So the brutal assassination with which the song starts is seen to be a fantasy of this jilted lover. But Steve continues to mistreat others the same way that he had mistreated the singer. How long can Steve "stand the heat" before the fantasy turns real? The singer predicts that some day, Steve will fall victim to someone's revenge.


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    May 12th, 2015 5:21am report

    There is a bunch of people eating dust.


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    Oct 23rd, 2014 10:34am report

    When a homossexual became heterossexual.


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    Jul 16th, 2014 7:11pm report

    Steve was a friend of mercury who was framed for murder of two NYCpolice officers in 1969 and won all charges dropped. If the song were released today the words another pigs bites the dust another pig is gone.


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    Aug 26th, 2013 8:14am report

    It's about someone who is a heart-breaker...and Steve is the one getting his heart ripped out in this case.
    The "shooter" is the person who is a serial heart-breaker...and "another one bites the dust" is just his/her latest victim.
    Steve can feel it coming...but gets nailed anyway.
    "Are you ready..are you ready for this...are you sitting on the edge of your seat?" is the singer telling the story...setting up the "Can you believe this?" moment to the listener.

    The serial heart-breaker moves on... "Another one bites the dust...and another one's gone..."

    The rumor that it was a song about AIDS must be wrong...The song was released on "The Game" album in 1980..Aids was still very rare and wasn't really known in the UK till 1981...and Mercury didn't become infected until the mid to late 80's (He claimed 1987). Freddy died in 1991 at the age of 45.


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    Sep 16th, 2012 9:21pm report

    If you play the chorus " another one bites the dust " etc. And play it backwords, it clearly says " its fun to smoke marijuana "


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    Aug 13th, 2012 8:10pm report

    The interpretation is so obvious it's easily missed. I think he was writing and singing about his personal war with AIDS. He knew he would be "biting the dust" very soon, and he knew there would be many more to follow.

    As someone who lived through the 80s, I can say Freddy Mercury was right on. I saw so many of my friends bite the dust from AIDS.

    I don't think he's singing about being "kicked out" of anywhere. He's singing about his ongoing battle with his own T-cells. His own immunity.

    Consider this:

    "How do you think I’m going to get along,
    Without you, when you’re gone
    You took me for everything that I had,
    And kicked me out on my own"

    I'd wager to say that's a rhyme about T-cells and immunity if ever there was one.


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    Aug 9th, 2012 8:44pm report

    It is about the Mob, simple as that. The 1930s all the way through the '70s the mob was openly active, and machine guns were their trade mark, specifically the Thompson "Tommy" Gun.

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    Apr 16th, 2012 4:45pm report

    He wrote it about some of his friends that were dying from aids. It's when they didn't know what aids were.


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    Feb 17th, 2012 2:25pm report

    Steve was betrayed by someone he trusted, someone whose help he needed. This was the last straw- possibly because of other trouble in the past- and now he's snapped, and getting revenge. The other people he kills might be innocent bystanders that got in the way, or others who hurt him so much that, in his head, they deserve to die. (A girlfriend being involved is NOT mentioned in the song, it's possible but not definite.)


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    Dec 17th, 2011 12:58am report

    The first part steve got shot by a machinegun has nothing to do with the entire song. I'ts just about freddie watching some action movie and he's ready to see anything happens on the scene.

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    Jun 8th, 2011 6:06am report

    It is about homosexual (male on male) jealousy. Freddie Mercury was bisexual, and he knew the GBLT community all too well and how the jealousies could get really nasty there. Steve is not [necessarily] a soldier, but he has been cheated heavily and he is about to avenge to his ex.

    On marijuana: Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor were known as party animals, but Brian May and John Deacon never did any other stimulants than beer. No Queen songs are about drugs - Brian, who was the brain of the band, wouldn't have tolerated it.

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    Apr 17th, 2011 4:54am report

    I was told the song was about how the record company screws over bands and leaves them poor and nearly homeless. "Death On 2 Legs" is the same thing.


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    Feb 25th, 2011 2:01am report

    It's about the when aids began to spread. It was taking people out like machine gun fire. Some of those spreading the disease had no regard for others.

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