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Song Released: 1984


Hammer to Fall Lyrics

Here we stand or here we fall
History wont care at all
Make the bed light the light
Lady mercy wont be home tonight yeah

You dont waste no time at all
Dont hear the bell but you answer the call
It comes to you as to us all
Were just...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    hypershadow647
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    Jun 6th 2006 report

    Brian May said himself that this song is about the end of the world. My interpretation of how the song says the world will end is by war:

    "Till one day they call your name" (draft)
    "In the shadow of the mushroom cloud"
    "What the hell we fighting for ?"

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    klassikrokkfann
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    Sep 7th 2007 report

    It's about the cold war, I believe. Hence, the mushroom cloud line

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 29th 2019 report

    I think it’s about death, that death is inevitable! No matter what you do, when your time comes “the hammer will come down and kill us”. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor or famous, it will eventually get all of us!

  4. Red_Special
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    Mar 11th 2013 report

    Brian May is essentially a shaggy haired, clog wearing hippy and this song is plain and simple his anti-war rant. The futility of war and dying for nothing ("here we fall, history won't care at all"), the arbitary nature of war ("Rich or poor or famous, your truth is all the same") and war protest ("what the hell are we fighting for")....pretty simple stuff really.

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  5. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2012 report

    I think the song might have to do with the Soviet/Communist hammer and sickle, hence the hammer to fall (communism sucks) line with the Cold War meaning

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 19th 2010 report

    It's about Freddie having AIDS hence the line about your body crumbling.

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  7. anonymous
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    Apr 12th 2009 report

    it is about the end of the world and god's hammer to come crashing down. so that line about the bomb is saying after that death the hammer needs to come and judge the people who set that off

  8. anonymous
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    Apr 12th 2009 report

    it is about the end of the world and god's hammer to come crashing down. so that line about the bomb is saying after that death the hammer needs to come and judge the people who set that off

  9. anonymous
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    Nov 11th 2006 report

    Yes, I agree you can't argue with those three lines. It clearly means a war is going on.

  10. Hot_Bread
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    May 30th 2006 report

    This song is talking about rebelling against authority. The author wants to "scream louder and louder and louder" against the stiffling and conforming atmosphere of society.

    The phrase "Hammer to Fall" is referring to that one day, people will not tolerate authority's stiffling power any longer, and they will rise up and overthrow authority. Hence, the hammer falls.

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