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Queen: Who Wants To Live Forever Meaning

Tagged: Death [suggest]

Song Released: 1986


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There’s no time for us
There’s no place for us
What is this thing that builds our dreams yet slips away
From us

Who wants to live forever
Who wants to live forever....?

There’s no chance for us
It’s all decided for us
This world has...

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    anonymous
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    Jan 19th, 2019 1:11pm report


    “It’s all decided for us.
    This world has only one sweet moment set aside for us.”

    My interpretation is that each of us only has this present moment.

    And the one sweet moment “set aside for us” is the moment of our death. The moment we are born that death moment is at some point in the future. None of us knows when, but it is there. And each of us will experience it.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 17th, 2018 12:41am report


    Who Wants To Live Forever by Queen is a very clear lyrics. Searched for the songs. I agree, I noticed it too. The optimistic lyrics came from movie West Side Story and one of the soundtrack was titled Somewhere. Yeah, direct opposites.

    - The person who made the comment on the song Iris and Wish You Were Here recently



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    anonymous
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    Dec 16th, 2018 12:57pm report


    Do you notice that the song starts with “There is no place for us, there is no time for us.” There is a song from West Side Story that starts “There’s a place for us” and later “There’s a time for us”. Direct opposites. I wonder if they got the idea for the song from Westside story. Just a thought.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 13th, 2018 2:10pm report


    The "one sweet moment set aside for us" I sense means passing over at the time of our death.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 14th, 2016 2:32am report


    The song is not about aids and Freddy told his band in 1990 not 89. 1990 was when he had to face the truth about it and for the record the is about living forever while the ones you that you love die while you don't and how would you feel if you have the gift of immortality and your family and friends don't you would want to think about that.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 10th, 2014 4:12am report


    It will have a different meaning and effect on everyone. It's still a boss song.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 1st, 2013 4:48pm report


    If you watch the body language and eye contact of the dvd of the concert and when he says "We'll be together until we bloody well die, I know it" But who can read minds?



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    anonymous
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    Sep 12th, 2012 9:22am report


    It is for Highlander but I think that it probably had to do with also the many funerals Freddie and many gay men went to before people realized what aids was. There was a period of time when healthy young men died mysteriously. There were a lot of funnerals and no real answers. Freddy probably knew his fate was going towards death than living. Or if not it is ironic looking back. At the peak of a career or at least party time for him with sex, drugs and rock n roll and there was probably fear. But the lyrics were tailored for the movie. They make sense for the movie but are at least ironic with the knowledge he died of AIDs. Ironic when you understand the time that he probably went to many funerals of people he loved. That gay men like him were dying but he was not dead with them. It is hard to survive when people you love die young. So we can only say it is ironic that it can fit other meanings but we cannot really say bc there was not a good AIDs test and we do not know when he contracted it/ when he knew.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 14th, 2012 7:13am report


    I just wanted to say that anonymous is an encyclopedia on Queen. Well done. I will keep coming back if I need to learn something more; I have been a Queen fan for so many years, but you can always learn more.

    Cheers
    lilith



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    anonymous
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    Apr 20th, 2010 4:08pm report


    You people try to interpret songs that the title says the meaning to Brian was just making it up coming back from the highlander. (and for the people who say it was AIDS according to Brian and Roger Freddie didn't tell the other three he had AIDS until 1990 or 89 and this song was writen ten years earlier by Brian)



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    anonymous
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    Mar 8th, 2010 3:10am report


    The song was written, just after Freddie's cat, Stripes passed away. He knew that the cat did not want to live forever, otherwise the cat would have used his nine lives better. Who jumps off a 7 storey building, seriously!!!!



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    someone12
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    Jan 5th, 2010 1:56am report


    my god you people who think that they saw a movie and just came up with this song and that was that are obviously emotionless idiots. yeah maybe they were asked to write it for a movie but i honestly dont think anyone could write a song that powerful and emotional if it wasnt personal to them. whether it was to do with freddie finding out he was dieing or whether brian wrote it about his father orr for freddie or whoever he wrote it for, its clearrrrrly a very personal song to them and you can definatly see it in the way they perform this song. you can hear the sadness in their voices.
    everyone is entitled to have their own opinion about what this song means. and to all those people who think they are know it alls about queen, well, the only people who are really know it alls about queen, are the members of the band so get over it.
    this song is very meaningful to me and has me in tears every single time. very beautiful indeed.



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    anonymous
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    May 10th, 2009 5:35pm report


    This song is from the movie Highlander. In the movie there is a scene in which Connor goes to his secretary Rachel and tells her he won't be seeing her again, because he is off to fight the legendary duel, so there can be only one. In the director's cuts there is a flashback to Rachel being shot at. Connor throws himself over her and takes the bullet (he's immortal, he will survive) and when she asks him how this can be he says "it's a kind of magic."



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    anonymous
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    Mar 4th, 2009 3:32pm report


    Highlander was originally going to be released without the Queen soundtrack, the early industry screenings never had the soundtrack, and it felt like something was missing. My old Projection manager was at one of the early screenings, so presumably they decided that the movie needed an extra spark, and approached Queen, so, yes, the song was written for highlander, however, it was written for highlander based on their opinions of watching the original cut of the movie which did not include their music.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 23rd, 2008 11:22pm report


    some people on here have said that this song was written when Freddie Mercury knew that he was dying of AIDS. But actually, I have the "Queen: Live at Wembley Stadium" DVD, and Freddie presents the song as a new one in that concert. (The concert took place in 1986.) However, in the documentary dvd that comes with it, Queen members said that Freddie did not find out that he had HIV until 1987. However, now they think that he may have suspected at the time ( 1986)that something was going on with his health.



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