"Killer Queen" as written by and Freddie Mercury....
She keeps Moet et Chandon
In her pretty cabinet
'Let them eat cake' she says
Just like Marie Antoinette
A built-in remedy
For Kruschev and Kennedy
At anytime an invitation
You can't decline

Caviar and cigarettes
Well versed in etiquette
Extraordinarily nice

She's a Killer Queen
Gunpowder, gelatin
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind
Anytime

Recommended at the price
Insatiable an appetite
Wanna try?

To avoid complications
She never kept the same address
In conversation
She spoke just like a baroness
Met a man from China
Went down to Geisha Minah
Then again incidentally
If you're that way inclined

Perfume came naturally from Paris
For cars she couldn't care less
Fastidious and precise

She's a Killer Queen
Gunpowder, gelatin
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind
Anytime

Drop of a hat she's as willing as
Playful as a pussy cat
Then momentarily out of action
Temporarily out of gas
To absolutely drive you wild, wild.
She's all out to get you

She's a Killer Queen
Gunpowder, gelatin
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind
Anytime

Recommended at the price
Insatiable an appetite
Wanna try?
You wanna try.


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"Killer Queen" as written by Freddie Mercury

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  • +7
    General CommentThis is about a high class call girl, or whore, or prostitute, whatever you wanna call it, that is what it is...
    billvoltageon March 27, 2006   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI hate to be the one to point out the obvious, but Gunpowder, Gelatin & Dynamite are 3 basic explosives. They are all volatile, dangerous. Exciting! Throw in the Lazer Beam for a good rhyme and more raw energy.

    Freddy did confess on several occassions that this song was just about a high society call girl. In particular, I agree with psa09140: Freddy had Christine Keeler in mind when he wrote the song. But, most people on this list are WAY too young to know who she is.

    Also: wazojugs -- Margaret Thatcher was not PM when the song was written in 1974. Learn something about history.
    JunkWomanon June 20, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI hate to be a b*tch, but every line gives its own answer...many of your comments refer to historical inaccuracies due to timelines...here we go...

    Everything up through the first chorus is referring in general to the well-groomed "Will and Grace" & "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" gay man.

    The Kruschev and Kennedy line is basically referring to "if they'd just get it over with and make it then everything would be fine."

    Dynamite with a laser beam. Are you freaking kidding me? Are there no gay men on this site? Laser beam is weenie!

    Gunpowder/gelatin think people think...what shoots out of a "laserbeam" and is a sticky gelatin substance?

    Guaranteed to BLOW your mind! Do you really not get this yet?

    Insatiable an appetite...a common stereotype for gay men.

    To avoid complications, she never kept the same address. Yes, yes, yes! You got it, a high class TRANNY, well paid at that.

    The Geisha line refers to the most famous of all transvestites, Madame Butterfly! I can't believe no one got that one

    If you are that way inclined...again, how literal does Freddy have to be for you guys to get it.

    Momentarily out of action...a female prostitute could go all night, but a male would need a short period for recovery, ya know.

    If you think playful as a pussycat refers to a woman, think again. It refers to a man who is as COY as a woman.

    Some people think the last lines are "wanna try..wanna try" they are actually "What a Drag"

    That says it all... now, if you want to take an introductory poetry class, let me know. The first thing you'd learn is that metaphors are not mixed. A message in a poem is generally consistent. Freddy Mercury is one of the greatest poets in music. I doubt he'd mix his metaphors.

    Sorry again to be so bitchy.
    RedShanaon May 23, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song has absolutely nothing to do with homosexuality.

    Freddy Mercury said:

    "It's about a high class call girl. I'm trying to say
    that classy people can be whores as well. That's what
    the song is about, though I'd prefer people to put
    their own interpretation upon it - to read what they like into it."

    He did say that it is open to interpretation. I would take it a step further and say that it is about a female assassin / secret agent who poses as a high-class prostitute.

    Throughout the song it refers to the technology she uses as a secret agent / assassin:


    Gunpowder
    Dynamite
    Laser Beam
    (not sure about the reference to gelatine)

    Other references to her secret agent / assassin:

    -Of course, the most obvious, she's a "Killer Queen"
    -Khrushchev and Kennedy- they were key figures during the cold war....it implies that she spies for one or the other or both
    -met a man from China, possibly a target of hers
    -never kept the same address (covert)
    -Fastidious and precise

    Then of course all of the references to her "cover" as a prostitute and how well she played the part:

    -champagne, caviar, perfume, etc.
    -well versed in etiquette
    -blow your mind (double meaning- sex and also assassin)
    -recommended at the price (this could also be a reference to her work as an assassin or prostitute)
    -reference to Marie Antoinette, the queen of France
    -Geisha (not sure about Minah...it is a legend of the Sisters' Islands...off the islands of Singapore....maybe a place she had to go for her secret agent work)
    -spoke like a baroness
    -Insatiable an appetite

    Apparently she is out the business for a spell:
    "Then momentarily out of action
    Temporarily out of gas"

    An awful lot of information in a song of 3 minutes 1 second!!
    waynecaton August 08, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPeople are used to hard rock, energy music from Queen, yet with this single you almost expect Noel Coward to sing it. It's one of those bowler hat, black suspender belt numbers — not that Coward would wear that. (...) It's about a high class call girl. I'm trying to say that classy people can be whores as well. That's what the song is about, though I'd prefer people to put their interpretation upon it — to read into it what they like. -Freddie Mercury
    kris10hawnon July 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment::this song reminds me of the cocaine blues, i think this is one of their best songs ever::
    thesmashSSon May 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is about a high class prostitute...not sure what all that laser beam stuff is all about though :)
    popefridgeon June 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song rocks cause its about a women who uses people for her own gains. The women with her own experience trying to discover something. Though it seems she makes her life meaningless and she dosnt realize it. The men see her as an assurance of life and is foolishy in love with her and she introgate them for her own pleasure.
    number6on July 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song =]
    molarbearon June 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentImages of Joan Collins flash tomy mind when I hear this... And the "dynamite with a laser beam"-bit, I believe that it's just a description of some sort.
    Coyote_FHon July 03, 2004   Link

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