Queen: Another One Bites The Dust Meaning
Song Released: 1980
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Another One Bites The Dust Lyrics
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...
anonymous 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!
anonymous 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
MidnightQueen Nov 19th, 11:00am report
Here's what I see-
Verse one- Dumped "Lover/Husband" so furious with his exes decision to leave him, decides to go on the vengeance shooting spree(seen from a 3rd person viewpoint).
Verse two- Is documenting his continued fury with his ex, and his mindset of how could She/or He. How long are they going to take the heat of the anger and range and things head for divorce, or similar (seen in the first person viewpoint)
Verse three- Is again a picture of his rage (this time seen from the first person angle, via his thoughts).
The "Shoot out" could be any major location of the exes usual hangout, a mall, salon, school, Etc.
IMO it is entirely a story of a vengeful jilted lover taking aim at his ex
anonymous Jun 8th, 2017 6:01am report
Queen comments on the record
“ I'd been wanting to do a track like 'Another One Bites The Dust' for a while, but originally all I had was the line and the bass riff. Gradually, I filled it in and the band added ideas. I could hear it as a song for dancing but had no idea it would become as big as it did. The song got picked up off our album and some of the black radio stations in the US started playing it, which we've never had before. Michael Jackson actually suggested we release it as a single. He was a fan of ours and used to come to our shows. —John Deacon ”
“ A fantastic bit of work from Freddie really. I mean, I remember Deacie having this idea, but Deacie doesn’t sing of course, so he was trying to suggest to Freddie how it should be and Fred just went in there and hammered and hammered until his throat bled, making... you know, he really was inspired bit and took it to a new height, I think. —Brian May ”
“ I remember laying down the backing track with him and... he really wanted the drums as dry as they could possibly be, so I just stuffed it all with blankets and made it as dead as I possibly could and very low tuned. —Roger Taylor
What it meant to the writer.
anonymous Jun 7th, 2017 6:19am report
Thank you for all the various interpretations. Steve is my favorite drummer who performs in Europe where terrorists are targeting /American bands! So I was going to make the singers in our band use another name until I read these!
anonymous May 20th, 2017 5:40am report
Queen was at Brisbane Grammar School's Outdoor Ed center in Australia. The band (including lighting and stage crew) were climbing the fidget ladder. John Deacon had fallen off and was watching everyone else try it. When someone fell off there would be a cloud of dust in the air. He thought up the beat and the song and that is where it came from.
anonymous Nov 5th, 2016 11:20pm report
About the Protagonist who was boasting over another fallen evil ententie to overome that was believed to be after him and seeing ''another one bites the dust'' that fell behind, while the Protagonist was on the rise to fame and feeling confident in himself. Could also be about a personal war one might go through when addicted to drugs within the circle of friends with similar addictions. A time that was difficult to see some of them that psychologically droped out like flies, either from ''shooting'' to many drugs, but mostly was the addiction use of ''angel dust'' that was unfortunately evily introduced in the late 70's and on that messed up a lot of minds to drop out of ''the game''psychologically and of any competition that became dissociated to the mind and body forwhere ''another one bites the dust''.
anonymous 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!
anonymous 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.
anonymous May 12th, 2015 5:21am report
There is a bunch of people eating dust.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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 "
melissa.brown.391420 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.
"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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