"It's Late" as written by and Brian Harold May....
You say you love me
And I hardly know your name
And if I say I love you in the candle light
There's no-one but myself to blame
But there's something inside
That's turning my mind away
Woh - how I could love you
If I could let you stay

It's late - and I'm bleeding deep inside
It's late - ooh, is it just my sickly pride?
Too late - even now the feeling seems to steal away
So late - though I'm crying I can't help but hear you say
It's late - It's late - It's late
But not too late

Mmm, yeah
The way you love me
Is the sweetest love around
But after all this time
The more I'm trying
The more I seem to let you down, yes
Now you tell me you're leaving
And I just can't believe it's true
Oh, you know that I can love you
Though I know I can't be true
Oh, you made me love you
Don't tell me that we're through

It's late - mmm, and it's driving me so mad
It's late - yes I know, but don't try and tell me that it's
Too late - save our love you can't turn out the light
So late - I've been wrong but I'll learn to be right
It's late - It's late - It's late
But not too late

Mm, I've been so long
You've been so long
We've been so long tryin' to work it out
I ain't got long
You ain't got long
We've gotta know what this life's all about, ooh
Tell me
Tryin' to work it out, yeah, ooh
Ooh too late, yeah, too late, much too late, aaah

You're staring at me
With suspicion in your eye
You say what game are you playing?
What's this that you're saying?
I know that I can't reply
If I take you tonight
Is it making my life a lie?
Oh you make me wonder
Did I live my life right?

It's late - ooh, but it's time to set me free
It's late - ooh, yes I know, but there's no way it has to be
Too late - so let the fire take our bodies this night
So late - let the waters take our guilt in the tide
It's late - It's late - It's late - It's late
It's late - It's late - It's late
Oh, It's all too late

Woah, woah, c'mon
Ooh m m m m late too late oh yeah
Waaa


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"It's Late" as written by Brian May

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  • +2
    General Comment:sigh: This is, along with Liar and The March of the Black Queen, one of My favorite Queen Songs. I always find it alarming, amusing, and astonishing, the way peopled minds work when they interpret lyrics. Here's my two cents.
    I think that this song is about unrequited love. The narrator is telling the story of his/her own personal dilemma concerning a relationship. C'mon now folks...we've all been in this kinda situation. Someone love you, blindly,and,in this case foolishly and in vain..and you know in your heart it's not going to work...for whatever reason. Lack of chemistry, no real heartfelt emotion on your part..yet...you stay in the relationship. Because,in a nut shell, the devil you know is better than the devil you don't know i.e. being alone. So you stay for the sex,or the companionship, or the convenience. But always, nagging at the back of your mind,you know it's wrong for you, wrong for your partner and in the end pain is on the way. I think the last few verses where the narrator refers to both fire,and water may be symbolic representations of both the fire of anger when you finally get the guts to tell him/her it's over and the water, the tears that may flow from one or both parties involved. But, alas, in the end it doesn't really matter because it is,truly, all too late.
    MoonlitKnighton February 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is a part to this song that I already see that is missing and I hope that whoever does these lyrics here edits, for this song especially should be reconised:

    "It's Late- ...and it's driving me so mad
    It's Late - Yes I know, but don't try to tell me that...
    It's too Late-say I love you can turn out the light...
    It's too Late- I've been wrong,but I'll too be right"

    This would be one of those unexplained songs by Queen that would have no relevance to the usual meaning to they're basic musical structure,but none to less serves to a point that should be revered.

    It is basically about a kind of realationship that was never really for the best intentions and at most, was under all the false pretenses ever so possible! What makes matters even worse is the fact the narrater of this song knew it, but not until he or she came to that conclusion right up to the very last moment and all the realization actually set into the person's mind! Unfortunatally not only did that person had to face those facts, but had that dirty task to bring it to the counterpart's acknowledgment. Which would suck all the way around!
    ozonefilleron December 31, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHere's the full lyrics to this song that I got off another website and is most accurate:

    It's Late
    Words and music by Brian May

    You say you love me
    And I hardly know your name
    And if I say I love you in the candlelight
    There's no one but myself to blame
    But there's something inside
    That's turning my mind away
    Oh how I could love you
    If I could let you stay

    It's late - but I'm bleeding deep inside
    It's late - is it just my sickly pride?
    Too late - even now the feeling seems to steal away
    So late - though I'm crying I can't help but hear you say
    It's late it's late it's late
    But not too late

    The way you love me
    Is the sweetest love around
    But after all this time
    The more I'm trying
    The more I seem to let you down
    Now you tell me you're leaving
    And I just can't believe it's true
    Oh you know that I can love you
    Though I know I can't be true
    Oh you made me love you
    Don't tell me that we're through

    It's late - but it's driving me so mad
    It's late - yes I know but don't try to tell me that it's
    Too late - save our love you can't turn out the lights
    So late - I've been wrong but I'll learn to be right
    It's late it's late it's late
    But not too late

    - I've been so long
    - You've been so long
    - We've been so long tryin' to work it out
    - I ain't got long
    - You ain't got long
    - We gotta know what this life is all about

    Too late much too late
    You're staring at me
    With suspicion in your eye
    You say what game are you playing?
    What's this that you're saying?
    I know that I can't reply
    If I take you tonight
    Is it making my life a lie?
    Oh you make me wonder
    Did I live my life alright?

    It's late - but it's time to set me free
    It's late - yes I know but there's no way it has to be
    Too late - so let the fire take our bodies this night
    So late - so let the waters take our guilt in the tide
    It's late it's late it's late it's late
    It's late it's late
    It's all too late
    ozonefilleron December 31, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow is this not one of their greatest hits? It's brilliant.
    Musgoton April 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpure rock soap opera.

    guilt pangs about having another one night stand. or a lifetime of them...
    lisandomon February 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnother option could be, a man still loves a woman but he knows she doesn't even really want to know him any more (even forgets his name). He has to lose his pride and tell her to go (If you love somebody you have to let them go, as it is too late to save it). They have sex (guilt free) one last time and she will leave in the morning, never to be heard from again.
    Thebenion October 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFantastic song. I think it's about not truely loving someone you have the opportunity to spend your life with. You're confused and don't know whether to take your chance or leave, but is it to late?
    Weave30on January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of Queen's best IMOP......They know it's just about sex and nothing else but it's TOO LATE .

    Brian May is very underrated, no?
    pton December 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorites off of this album. I can truly say that I never heard a Queen song I didn't like with the possible exception of "Another One Bites The Dust". It seemed to be created to entice American fans with too little taste to already like Queen. Just my opinion. But "Its Late" just rocks!
    akanawhaon March 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, it's fantastic. I love that after the second chorus they just break out into this hard, guitar driven bridge, and they're still able to smoothly trnasition back to the original melody afterwards. I have News of the World on vinyl, and the lyrics for this song on there have Acts 1,2 atc. written before each verse. I always thought that was cool the way they paralleled this song to be kind of like a play.
    I love this song!!
    starrmon March 26, 2006   Link

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