Queen: Death on Two Legs Meaning
Death on Two Legs Lyrics
You break the law and you preach
Screw my brain till it hurts
You’ve taken all my money
And you want more
Misguided old mule with your pig headed rules
With your narrow minded cronies
Who are fools of the...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Nov 20th 2006 report
It has nothing whatsoever to do with AIDS it is about Queen's old manger although it don't say sheff on 2 legs or whatever it is. Also the other song about their old manager, while still signed with him is "flick of The Wrist" on the "sheer heart attack" album..."break your spine if you don't sign" or something like that....just like to conclude it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH AIDS
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Sep 3rd 2005 report
It's about Queen's former manager, Norman Sheffield. You can tell because it talks about a evil business tycoon who talks a lot of shit. Who only cares about money & isn't a loyal person.
Like it says in the song, BIG TALKING SMALL FRY. Plus, during the 1st chorous, instead of saying "Death on two legs", it says "Sheff on two legs". Hence, the song is about Norman Sheffield.
anonymous Feb 5th 2012 report
The official meaning is about Norman Sheffield. Of course, if you try hard enough you can find any meaning in a song, even if it's completely unrelated, but what Queen meant by it is basically 'We hate Norman Sheffield.'
anonymous May 21st 2011 report
It's correct, the song is about the first Queen manager who stole a lot of money from them. On the Live Killers album you here the beep on the beginning of the song, thats when Freddie said his name. They had to beep it out for legal reasons.
anonymous Apr 17th 2011 report
The song is about their manager sucking them dry of their money.
anonymous Jan 25th 2008 report
#2 - about Aids? As #5 says, that wasn't discovered for another seven years after this song, Freddie prolly didn't have it for another ten. Check your facts!
Queen will always remain mum about this because they were sued by Trident Studios Exec' and their first manager, Norman Sheffield, because HE certainly thought they were singing about him. As with all broken relationships, it's hard to know what happened, but it seems the band ended up disagreeing vigorously with Sheffield's management of their business affairs, that they ended up earning very little out of their first two or three albums, and blamed him. There's no doubt the management split was acrimonious.
But, hey, at least we got an awesome if vindictive song out of it. Well, allegedly. ;-)
#3 your right, #2 you're wrong, again, AIDS wasn't discovered until 1981, this song was written in '75. Freddie and everyone else had no idea what the heck AIDS was. Besides, watch "the making of Death On Two Legs" on youtube and Brian says that Freddie was furious at the last manager they had. "Death On Two Legs, Dedicated to a Real Motherf...er of a Gentleman"
anonymous Nov 26th 2006 report
It is about the old manager, true story. Brian May stated this in the VH1 classic album episode about "night at the opera." He said Freddy was very angry at the manager and just let him have it by way of song.
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