Queen: We Will Rock You Meaning
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Song Released: 1977
We Will Rock You Lyrics
Playin’ in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on yo’ face
You big disgrace
Kickin’ your can all over the place singin'
We will we will rock you
We will we will rock you
Buddy you’re a...
anonymous Feb 17th, 2010 2:56pm report
Feb 2010 ESPN magazine interview with Brain May: Queen decided that it needed a simple, anthemic tune that could connect with the audience. The morning after the show, May woke up with a stomp-stomp-clap beat rolling around in his head. To accompany that big rhythm, he sat down and wrote depressing lyrics that described the futility of man. The lyrics begin with a young man dreaming of a better life, in the second stanza the boy is now a young man battling to reach lofty goals and the song ends with an old mans dreams unfulfilled. The chorus is not a rally call. It is a Czech lullaby which a parent promises a child " we will, we will rock you." Great article by Seth Wickersom tracking down the meaning of the most popular stadium anthem. The song was recorded in an empty church because Queen loved the acoustics.
anonymous Apr 29th, 2007 4:50am report
I don't know gents. I listened to this song many times today. Yes, I know that it practice it's associated with rocking and sports games and what not, but it you take the lyrics literally it may be deeper than that. A boy playing kick the can (common childhood game) thinks he's going to be a big man some day. As a young man he thinks he's going to take on the world, waving his banner(whatever he believes in) all over the place. As an old man, defeated, poor(never defeated th world, it defeated him) just looking to make peace. The "we" in we will rock you being society, the man, etc. Have your hopes and dreams, but "we" will rock you.
It's a song about KISS. The clues are in the song and in the video. Kiss all wore "mud" on their faces (the make-up), blood on their face (Gene spit blood onstage), and they made a big noise. In their video, Mercury wears glasses with star shapes (a Paul Stanley reference) while Brian May shows off the large rubber boots he's wearing, a reference to the huge rubber boots Gene Simmons wore onstage. Mercury even point at May's rubber boot in the video, as though they're trying to make a point about something. So to be clear, Queen is not singing about how they will rock you, they are singing about ANOTHER band that sings about how they rock (and roll all night). The title of "We Will Rock You" refers to the Kiss hit "Rock And Roll All Nite" which Mercury hated and publicly complained as being too arrogant and boastful.
anonymous Jul 7th, 2015 7:00am report
I think this was a response to the punk movement at the time. Queen never criticized other types of music but punks didn't like queen's glam rock style. In this song, Queen responds and calls out the punks and lets them know that Queen will rock them and the punks will end as they began on the street.
anonymous Jun 5th, 2015 6:59am report
Freddy Mercury( the main singer in the band) in the band, Queen, woke up one morning with a stomp-stomp-clap beat in his head. He later wrote some depressing lyrics that describes a worthless man that had a dream and didn't fulfill it. In the lyrics, it begins with a young teen that has a dream of achieving an amazing life when he is older. In the second stanza the teen is now a man, a more responsible and mature man, who is battling to reach his goal. Then the song ends with an old mans dream being unfulfilled.
anonymous Jan 17th, 2015 1:13pm report
I have heard this song for as long as I can remember my brother listened to Queen, The Gorillaz, Salt and Pepper, Tom Petty, The Beatles, etc. AWESOME MUSIC! So I grew up with the best music ever and then found out meanings of songs and then...well...gathered the pieces of my blown mind. Such as the Gorillaz are puppets and Feel Good is full of crap. I love this song so BRING BACK THIS MUSIC on #Facebook
anonymous Oct 26th, 2014 10:22am report
It was written in response to punk music at the time.
anonymous Sep 2nd, 2014 9:59pm report
The first bit just refers to a regular kid, who dreams of being someone big, that's it. I think the second bit says that the Boy, now a young man, is in a riot, the "Wavin' your banner all over the place" is literal, as the participants are waving the Flag of their social/political movement.
The third bit says that the Young Man, now an old man, has failed, his movement failed, and he sees that everywhere, with things just like they were and no change, and he wishes his eyes would just quit or maybe that he would die, so he can just have some peace.
anonymous Jan 2nd, 2014 1:55pm report
I think almost everyone is right in what they think this song means to them. Me I believe. It means growing up with out a silver spoon and making it the big time. But yet your still not on top because of people who make it with a gimmick for people to pay attention to them. So what im trying to say is do it on your own and stay who you are or if not go back where you came from.
anonymous May 3rd, 2013 5:15am report
Moi je pense que cette chanson fait plutôt allusion a un punk, car quand cette chanson a été écrite les punks envahissaient la scène avec leurs chansons sur le société qui nous détruit. Je pense que Queen voulait leurs faire passer un message. au premier couplet on parle d'un enfant qui veux faire quelque chose dans sa vie, après sa devient un jeune homme, qui veut changer le monde, en brandissant des bannières, il a du sang sur le visage, pour montrer qu'il s'est battu (peut-être avec la police) car on a l'impression que le jeune homme fait une "révolte" (je sais plus comment sa s'appelle). Puis sa devient un vieil homme pauvre, qui demande de l'argent en plaidant avec ses yeux, on dit que sa va lui faire de la paix un jour, quelqu'un doit le remettre à sa place car il fait n'importe quoi. Le refrain qui est "on vous secourra" me fait penser que Queen essaye de "combattre" les punks, en montrant aux gens que ce n'est pas la société qui a un problème, mais que c'est nous qui devront changer.
voila c'est ce que je pense, et je n'ai rien contre les punks, je ne fait qu'interpréter la chanson.
anonymous Aug 17th, 2012 8:48am report
We Will Rock You is about Freddie Mercury (The Lead singer of Queen) 's Love for rocks. He had a rock collection. He named the first rock Buddy. That's where he got the words 'Buddy your a boy make a big noise shouting in the street gonna take on the world some day' And his other rock was called, You got mud on your face. He hated that rock. That's why he said you got mud on your face you big disgrace. Also, he had constipation. He took some laxatives but then his rocks ran away.
anonymous Dec 17th, 2011 12:52am report
Have you ever watched Scarface? This song is about Tony Montana. "Ready to take out the world someday" refers to Tony's fountain in his mansion. "You got blood on your face" refers to that chainsaw scene.
anonymous Oct 12th, 2011 10:31am report
If people could understand the meaning of this song in an instant, than it wouldnt be a song. This song being written by a band called QUEEN and sung by a man named freddie mercury, who was a gay man, is inevitably about gay pride. gay activism was becoming very prevalent at this time in history, after the Stone wall riots in the late 60's, many artist and people such as mercury and harvey milk were looking for ways to have the ethic of the gay individuals rights spoken for...
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