These Are the Days of Our Lives

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Promo backing.

These Are the Days of Our Lives is a soft rock ballad by Queen first released as track 8 on the album Innuendo on 1991-02-05. Although the composition is credited to Queen, the bulk of the song's music and lyrics were written by Roger Taylor. A music video was filmed and a single was on 1991-09-05 just two months before Freddie Mercury died. The single was initially released as a cassette with the B-side Bijou, then two promo CDs were released, one with a B-side of the radio edit, the other without a B-side. The song was also featured as the B-side when a Bohemian Rhapsody single was re-released in 1991 to honor Freddie's death. Three other versions of the song exist: the vinyl release, which cuts out the drum into and goes straight to vocals, a karaoke version without the lyrics track, and a promo excerpt which has only a portion of the final verse.

On the album recording, Freddie Mercury sings the vocals and plays keyboards, Brian May plays electric guitar, Roger Taylor plays drums, the conga, and keyboard, John Deacon plays bass, and David Richards, the song's producer, plays keyboards and synthesizer programming.

It is often assumed this song is about Freddie, just prior to his death, looking back on his life, friends, and accomplishments, but the song was actually written independently by Roger. Although, Roger admits that Freddie's deteriorating condition caused him to reflect on his own mortality.

Personal

When I listen to this song, I can't help but thin about Freddie singing this song while knowing he was about to die, and it chokes me up. But, now that I'm growing older, I can more easily apply this to my own life. The wisdom of the song helps me to remember that these days right now are the days of our lives, and, while I sometimes rose-tint my past, it really wasn't all that great. As for the music, Roger's use of congas in this song works really well and I like the synthesizers throughout the song. What really kills me though is Brian's electric guitar, especially in his amazing solo and during the outro.

Lyrics

Sometimes I get to feelin',
I was back in the old days, long ago.
When we were kids when we were young,
Thing seemed so perfect, you know?
The days were endless, we were crazy, we were young.
The sun was always shinin', we just lived for fun.
Sometimes it seems like lately, I just don't know,
The rest of my life's been... just a show.

Those were the days of our lives.
The bad things in life were so few.
Those days are all gone now, but one thing is true:
When I look, and I find, I still love you.

You can't turn back the clock.
You can't turn back the tide.
Ain't that a shame?
Ooo, I'd like to go back one time on a roller coaster ride.
Life was just a game.
No use in sitting and thinkin' on what you did,
When you can lay back and enjoy it through your kids.
Sometimes it seems like lately, I just don't know.
Better sit back and go with the flow.

Cuz these are the days of our lives.
They've flown in the swiftness of time.
These days are all gone now, but some things remain:
When I look, and I find, no change.

Those were the days of our lives (yeah).
The bad things in life were so few.
Those days are all gone now, but one thing's still true:
When I look, and I find,
I still love you.

I still love you.

Media

Covers

Videos

Official video.
2011 remastered.
Behind the scenes of the music video filming.

Links

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