Is it just me, or is every one of Queen’s songs about being in the closet? This is an argument AM and I have had for awhile (though he probably doesn’t know it).Don’t get me wrong, I like Queen. There’s nothing wrong with being in or out of the closet, or not even owning a closet. I don’t care. It’s just that, with all the Queen songs that are being used for commercials lately, I can’t help but notice that they’re all cries for understanding.
The evidence is so copious that I have to put it behind a tastefully decorated screen:
- Somebody to Love:
“Can anybody find me somebody to love?
Each morning I get up I die a little
Can barely stand on my feet
Take a look in the mirror and cry
Lord what youâ€™re doing to me
I have spent all my years in believing you
But I just canâ€™t get no relief,
Can anybody find me somebody to love?
Everyday – I try and I try and I try –
But everybody wants to put me down
They say Iâ€™m goinâ€™ crazy
Iâ€™m ok, Iâ€™m alright
Ainâ€™t gonna face no defeat
I just gotta get out of this prison cell
Someday Iâ€™m gonna be free, lord!”
- Under Pressure
- Who Wants to Live Forever (about the vanity of youth)
- Bohemian Rhapsody (about being persecuted for something that you felt you had to do)
“Breakthrough these barriers of pain
Breakthrough to the sunshine from the rain
Make my feelings known towards you
Turn my heart inside and out for you now
Somehow I have to make this final breakthrough
- Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
- I Want to Break Free:
“I want to break free from your lies
Iâ€™ve fallen in love for the first time
And this time I know itâ€™s for real”
Oh, and the band was named Queen.