The Show Must Go On
The Show Must Go On is a symphonic hard rock song by Queen first released as track 12 on the album Innuendo on 1991-02-05. It was later released as a single on 1991-10-14 with a B-side of the long-since-released Keep Yourself Alive. Several releases also included a collage of interview audio called Queen Talks. The music was composed primary by Brian May, but the song is attributed to the entire band. The album recording was made in 1990; on it, Freddie Mercury sang the vocals, May played electric guitar, Roger Taylor played drums, and John Deacon played bass. May, Mercury, and Deacon are all credited with keyboards on in the album, so I'm not sure which did for this song.
I first heard this song on the late 1990s as the final track of the compilation album Classic Queen. It has such an amazingly epic sound that just grows and grows in strength despite the tragic nature of the lyrics. This is one of my favorite Queen songs, and favorite songs in general.
Learning that Freddie sung this song despite being so ill he was going to die within the year makes me appreciate it even more. The song is basically both defiance and acceptance of death, and I can't help but mirror some of the emotion every time I listen to the song.
Empty spaces - what are we living for Abandoned places - I guess we know the score On and on Does anybody know what we are looking for Another hero another mindless crime Behind the curtain in the pantomime Hold the line Does anybody want to take it anymore The show must go on The show must go on Inside my heart is breaking My make-up may be flaking But my smile still stays on Whatever happens I'll leave it all to chance Another heartache another failed romance On and on Does anybody know what we are living for I guess I'm learning I must be warmer now I'll soon be turning round the corner now Outside the dawn is breaking But inside in the dark I'm aching to be free The show must go on The show must go on - yeah Ooh inside my heart is breaking My make-up may be flaking But my smile still stays on Yeah, oh oh oh My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies Fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die I can fly - my friends The show must go on - yeah The show must go on I'll face it with a grin I'm never giving in On with the show I'll top the bill I'll overkill I have to find the will to carry on On with the On with the show The show must go on, go on, go on, go on, ...
- youtube.com/watch?v=t99KH0TR-J4 - Official music video.
- youtube.com/watch?v=7TIR7vu9ZTk - Remastered album version.
- youtube.com/watch?v=XMeaZEGTzE4 - Live at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.
- youtube.com/watch?v=kVNIPyRlkOs - Live with Adam Lambert on 2015-09-19.
- queensongs.info/song-analysis/songwriting-analyses/modern-era-queen/innuendo/the-show-must-go-on - Song analysis.
- songmeanings.com/songs/view/13169 - Song Meanings.