What does I Want To Break Free mean?

Search Login

Queen: I Want To Break Free Meaning


No tags, suggest one.

Song Released: 1984

Get "I Want To Break Free" on MP3:

Get MP3 from Amazon

I Want To Break Free Lyrics

I want to break free
I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You're so self-satisfied I don't need you
I got to to break free
God knows, God knows I want to break free

I've fallen in love
I've fallen in love for the...


    click a star to vote
    Jun 29th, 2011 6:33am report

    This song is about wanting to leave a bad place or relationship in your life and leave it all behind. THIS SONG IS NOT ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY!!! This song was by John Deacon, Queen's bassist, and he was straight, as well as Brian May and Roger Taylor. Freddie was the only "gay" member of Queen, and he was actually bisexual. The cross dressing video for this was also a parody of an English tv show, not a gay pride statement.


    click a star to vote
    Sep 30th, 2013 9:30pm report

    In Freddy's own words, "If you see it Darling, then it's there!


    click a star to vote
    Jun 21st, 2012 6:46pm report

    I believe that there are at least three possible interpretation for the song.

    The first one is the historical and conventional.the song is about a hard relationship. Written by Deacon, it can mean that someone is not confortable in any relationship or marriage and he/she wants to break up but it is not easy(probably because the other spouse is an autoritarian and bad person but he/she still in love...)

    The other possible explanation is the gay pride one. All members of the band suffers from homophobia and knew and feel the story of freedy.So he(Deacon) could write a song about sexual orientation freedom right.

    Finally, the less plausible one, the femminist movement purpose. It is supported for the videocip and the history of women itself and women have reasons to beg for freedom and equallity.


    click a star to vote
    Jan 5th, 2020 1:40am report

    It's jesus speaking, once you realise that, it's obvious. Odd no one picked up on the mention of God so often. Jesus died for us and we are more greedy and arrogant now than then, but he still misses us and wants to break free from the everlasting pain of failing. If you could be all powerful and do anything could you fix us. I don't think so, you would just build a big boat.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


    click a star to vote
    Jul 13th, 2019 7:46am report

    My dad said it was about someone coming out.


    click a star to vote
    Apr 1st, 2019 4:06pm report

    Since John said that "Frustration" was the main influence for him to write this song(answered on a questionnaire); I think it was a very personal song. Something was going on with him during this period, as he was "acting strange" according to his roadie, and Roger said he was going thru some "very private emotional stuff"

    From the end to the beginning, the person in the song cannot get used to living without someone by his side. John used similar phrases often from the late 70's onward in his songs. Someone loves him like he's never been loved before, and he too is in love. However, this other person lies to him (also a reoccurring theme in his songs) and if you use all his previous songs as reference; he is aware that he is being lied to, he has been a fool for believing those lies,still hangs around despite it, and he knows he has to "stand on his own two feet" or in this case: "make it on his own" without this person. So now, after many years of going thru this, he is desperate for it to stop. It is apparent it's someone he loves and is important in his life which is making it difficult for him. He knows it will just keep happening if he doesn't just cut the ties, but it's easier said than done.

    So, to me; this is a culmination song about all the years he has let this go on,and it has come to a boiling point where he needs it to stop for his own well being. Perhaps this is why he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown as well as considering separating from his wife (both in the book "As It Began)around this time.

    That's what I got out of this song.


    click a star to vote
    Dec 11th, 2018 12:36pm report

    I want to break free has an universal message of the desire of freedom.
    The scene were Freddie reach out with his arms making a cross emphasized the song very vell


    click a star to vote
    Dec 23rd, 2016 12:48pm report

    I think thats about Freddie's sexuality like he was homosexual so he "wanted to break free" is like a kind of be accepted and dont be seen as he had a desease so he dressed up like a woman to make men appretiate him and dont exclude him from the male gender making him look like a wierd think as at that time people tgink homosexuals were.


    click a star to vote
    Dec 6th, 2016 12:09pm report

    This song is about women's point of view and trying to break out of all the stipulations and oppression. Even though they don't know how to be alone they're pretty sure its what they need, rather than what they want.


    click a star to vote
    Jun 23rd, 2012 6:14pm report

    Please, first of all, it is not about saying anything about sexual preferences. It is just saying that he wants to get away from a person who is telling him lies, using him as a slave and such.


    click a star to vote
    Dec 8th, 2011 12:36pm report

    This song is about mens interpertation of the womens feminest movement


    click a star to vote
    Jul 5th, 2011 7:59pm report

    This was not a gay song people I liked the video and thats how queen do funny things for there songs and maybe he was trying to get out of a bad relationship at the time.

More Queen song meanings »


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]

Just Posted

Freak anonymous
Natural anonymous
Sister Golden Hair Phayth
Revelations anonymous
The Hardest Part anonymous
Word Up! anonymous
Cough Syrup anonymous
Call It Fate, Call It Karma anonymous
Icarus anonymous
Valerie anonymous
26 anonymous
Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? anonymous
The Chain anonymous
Calling You anonymous
Hero anonymous

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

Gone Too Soon
Andrew Jannakos
One Too Many
Keith Urban
My Boy
Elvie Shane
Waitin' On 5
Chris Janson
You Got It
Do What You Can
Bon Jovi
Mad At Disney
Salem Ilese
Image Of God
We Are Messengers