Queen: Seven Seas Of Rhye Meaning
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Song Released: 1974
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Seven Seas Of Rhye Lyrics
I descend upon your Earth from the skies
I command your very souls you unbelievers
Bring before me what is mine, the seven seas of rhye
Can you hear me you peers and privy counsellors
Seven Seas of Rhye
Fear me you lords and lady preachers False religion/politics, ie not the speaker's own
I descend upon your earth from the skies
I command your very souls you unbelievers
Bring before me what is mine
The seven seas of Rhye No indication how seven seas could be brought before anyone! Not asking for tribute: he already owns the seven seas.
Can you hear me you peers and privy counsellors Rhetorical question, presumably! Order to pay attention, therefore.
I stand before you naked to the eyes Literal and figurative: nothing hidden, nothing to hide
I will destroy any man who dares abuse my trust Not a very trusting remark – extremely threatening
I swear that you'll be mine
The seven seas of Rhye The purpose of the visitation is to take/regain possession of the seven seas of Rhye, still unexplained.
Sister I live and lie for you Lying to help women to survive? Lying with women = having sex?
Mister do and I'll die Warning to men: they can prevent his actions by 'doing' the wrong thing? Implies that this would be bad for the Earth/everyone on it.
You are mine I possess you Both men and women, presumably
I belong to you forever Possession <-> ownership: reciprocal
Storm the master marathon I'll fly through Storm, long-lasting and controlling – but he can fly through it: at home in the sky, powerful
By flash and thunder fire I'll survive He is a sky god/controls the weather
Then I'll defy the laws of nature and come out alive His nature is not like Earth nature.
Then I'll get you Clearly a threat!
Be gone with you, you shod and shady senators He is naked to the eyes, so the fact that the governing class is shod indicates distance from nature/reality and dishonesty/dark dealings (shady)
Give out the good, leave out the bad evil cries Bad evil cries = what they tell the public in order to control them, instead of giving out the good (things people deserve)?
I challenge the mighty titan and his troubadours Titans were mighty but they didn't last – were defeated by the new divine order from Mount Olympus/the skies; their troubadours would be spin doctors/publicists.
And with a smile
I'll take you to the seven seas of Rhye Is this a promise, or a threat? To the corrupt rulers, it would be a threat. To the suffering people, perhaps a good thing?
anonymous May 25th, 2014 5:59am report
It's very striking that the man who named himself Mercury speaks here in the persona of a divine being - "I descend upon your earth from the skies" seems particularly apt to his namesake's role as winged messenger of the gods - bringing to mind the famous internet saying, "I hate it when people compare Freddie Mercury to God. He's good, but for fuck's sake he's not Freddie Mercury."
anonymous Jun 23rd, 2012 6:06pm report
His imaginary world as a young child. Apparently he musta ruled it there!
anonymous Jul 9th, 2011 7:53pm report
I agree with the first post it is definitely about corruption and people stealing from freddie because at the time this was written queen were signed to an extremely corrupt label who were taking all their money (this is also in their song Death on Two Legs)
anonymous Apr 17th, 2011 4:11am report
It is a song from the singers fantasy world were they take the Bohemians.
anonymous Apr 14th, 2011 4:51pm report
Well these comments don't explain the whole "I challenge the mighty titan and his troubadours" part.
anonymous Mar 31st, 2011 3:42pm report
My Fairy King from the first album also deals with Rhye. It's genius. Check it out.
anonymous Mar 8th, 2011 3:55pm report
I agree with much of the first post. Indeed Rhye is the imaginary land that Freddie and his sister, Kashmira shared in their youth, but I don't think the other band members are involved with this at all. I think this is Freddie having an inner realization that he is and always has been in control of his soul and that even though the corruption and sin of the outside world can afflict his innermost purity (as reflected in Rhye) Freddie is still in control of his own identity.
This song is in Queen's first album and probably there for a reason; to show the world that he has conquered himself and is ready to take on anything.
anonymous May 10th, 2010 5:49pm report
Well, this can either be one of the queen songs with no meaning at all or what Brian or Freddie said it was about apparently Freddie had an imaginary world called Rhye when he was a kid and he pretended to be the king of Rhye so the song could be talking about Freddie rethinking about it and he wrote a song about his "return to Rhye" where the Lords and other officials have become corrupt and they stole his land and power so he immediatly demands it back and says to them he will destroy all who refuse to return his land and reenstate thier loyalty to him and how now he has Brian, John, and Roger to help keep them in check. Maby
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