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Queen - Innuendo


I have a slightly different interpretation than most: this song is a threat.At first, all that we know is that something will keep on happening while... (insert first verse here).Next we learn that what will happen is that "we'll keep on trying", and the question changes to "trying what?".As the song progresses, the song expands on what "we're trying": "Our lives dictated by tradition, superstition, false religion". The song warns that our lives might continue to be as such, dictated according to race color or creed unless....And the new question becomes; unless what?Don't take offense at my innuendo. There's a second question- which innuendo?The next part is a sort of Disney themed supposedly optimistic tune, but here, I believe, is where most people go wrong. This whole section is the innuendo. An innuendo can be a hidden meaning, a snide remark. The song doesn't want you to honestly believe that "you can be anything you want to be", it's an innuendo. It's sarcasm, and Queen suggests that you're stuck, we're stuck, and that we can't truly ever be free to ourselves.And so the question remains:What can we do to change this?Here the song equates the next verse with the first one. It gives you a little wiggle room- if there's a god under the sky, a reason to live or die, answers to our questions. If so, Queen sings, "show yourselves, destroy our fears, release your mask". Queen is addressing the oppressors, those who take advantage of the weak and who promote false religion, (cruel) tradition and (untrue) superstitions. If there's a god, a meaning, hope, then the masks should reveal themselves. It's a treat to the masked oppressors, but more so, a warning to us.Queen takes all of the remaining hope away in the next few lines: "we'll keep on trying, till the end of time". With this line Queen tells us to have no hope. The masked oppressors won't reveal themselves. There is no god and there isn't meaning to life. It's pointless, and yet, we'll keep on trying.And whatever will be, will be.




Queen - Innuendo



I think the song describes the fallen state of man and expresses a longing to overcome this state and the ego. The perspective on time may be a key to freedom. The regime of time (and mortality) can be overcome when the soul connects to the spirit.It reminds of a Bob Dylan quote (in "Oh Sister"): "Time is an ocean but it ends on the shore". -rockmusic.eu/2020/02/surrender-your-ego-queen-innuendo/ 041b061a72


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