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People are only just realising Queen’s ‘questionable’ Don’t Stop Me Now lyrics

Poppy Bilderbeck

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People are only just realising Queen’s ‘questionable’ Don’t Stop Me Now lyrics

The lyrics to 'Don't Stop Me Now' by Queen are once again leaving their mark as people are only just realising how 'questionable' they are.

One of my favourite parts of primary school was the all-singing, all-dancing shows you'd put on at the end of the term. Aged six or seven, you were far too young to be worrying about GCSEs and a performance was really the only way for teachers to keep your attention long enough.

However, while far too young for proper exams, little did I know as I sung along to 'Don't Stop Me Now' – happily jumping and skipping around the stage to one of Britain's greatest rock bands – just what I was singing; my small ears oblivious to the rather intense, loaded and inappropriate lyrics being innocently chimed out cheerily by a whole class of year twos.

You can remind yourself of the lyrics here:

'Don't Stop Me Now' – written by Fredde Mercury, frontman of the British rock band Queen, with Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon making up the rest of the group – was first released as part of the band's 1978 album Jazz.

Like many of the band's big hits, the catchy tune is one recognised and remember fondly by many, however, not everyone has fully realised the dark inspiration behind the song's lyrics.

Lyrics include lines such as, 'floating around in ecstasy', 'I am a satellite I'm out of control', and 'I am a sex machine ready to reload like an atom bomb'.

Other Queen fans have since realised the darker nature of the lyrics to 'Don't Stop Me Now'.

One said: "Its so weird knowing don't stop me now is a song about sex and i hadn't realised for so long until actually focusing on the lyrics. i guess im just used to songs now being very obvious about it. [sic]"

"You know what? I’m adding another #earbiscuits tweet. Queen also has questionable lyrics in their songs, like 'Don’t Stop Me Now' and 'Killer Queen'," another commented.

A third wrote: "How tf did Nintendo get away with adding Don't Stop me Now to Donkey Konga with the lyrics 'I'm a sex machine' and 'On ecstacy'."

In 1991, after Mercury passed away as a result of complications connected to AIDS, fellow band member May told Mojo that he thought 'Don't Stop Me Now' and its lyrics were 'a lot of fun', but it did 'have an undercurrent feeling of, 'aren't we talking about danger here?''

May revealed the band had all been 'worried about Freddie at this point' because he had been 'having sex with lots of men' and 'taking lots of drugs'.

May added: "That feeling lingers, but it's become almost the most successful Queen track as regards to what people play in their car or at their weddings. It's become a massive, massive track and an anthem to people who want to be hedonistic. It was kind of a stroke of genius from Freddie."

Featured Image Credit: PA/Queen Official/YouTube

Topics: Music

Poppy Bilderbeck
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