Mm ba ba de
Um bum ba de
Um bu bu bum da de
Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you no man ask for
Under pressure that brings a building down
Splits a family in two
Puts people on streets
Um ba ba be
Um ba ba be
De day da
Ee day da - that's okay
It's the terror of knowing
What the world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming 'Let me out'
Pray tomorrow gets me higher
Pressure on people people on streets
Day day de mm hm
Da da da ba ba
Okay
Chippin' around - kick my brains around the floor
These are the days it never rains but it pours
Ee do ba be
Ee da ba ba ba
Um bo bo
Be lap
People on streets - ee da de da de
People on streets - ee da de da de da de da
It's the terror of knowing
What this world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming 'Let me out'
Pray tomorrow - gets me higher higher high
Pressure on people people on streets
Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on a fence but it don't work
Keep coming up with love but it's so slashed and torn
Why - why - why?
Love love love love love
Insanity laughs under pressure we're breaking
Can't we give ourselves one more chance
Why can't we give love that one more chance
Why can't we give love give love give love give love
Give love give love give love give love give love
'Cause love's such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the (People on streets) edge of the night
And loves (People on streets) dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure
Under pressure
Pressure



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"Under Pressure" as written by David/mercury Bowie

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, TINTORETTO MUSIC

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  • +6
    General Comment:David Bowie + Freddie Mercury = Most Androgenous Song in Existence.

    Though I really really like it and I hate that bastard Vanilla Ice for ripping off the bass. Jerk.
    MetaLunaon April 28, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:I'm pretty sure this song is referring to the pressure of love. It's about how nobody is immune to the pain love can cause; the world is about love and sometimes relationships can be very hurtful

    "It's the terror of knowing what this world is about
    Watching some good friends screaming "Let me out!""

    He sees all the pain associated with love, and his own love is "slashed and torn," so he tries to turn "Away from it all like a blind man".

    But at the end, he realizes you can't turn your back on love, despite the pain. You have to love people and care for them even if you've been hurt; you have to give love one more chance.
    Apoll0on June 15, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:This song was playing when we relaunched SongMeanings!
    mikeon July 04, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:i love this song but the funny thing is that ive never really thought about what it meant because im usually too busy singing it in my car
    dasquien!on May 01, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I can't believe, after all these 15 years, this song still sounds so powerful and deeply moving at the same time.
    the kind of music that you unfortunately seem hard to get from those so-called "mainstream" artists/musicians nowadays (ie: those you see or hear constantly on TV and radio, especially MTV, ouch!).
    dinkoton December 10, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Vanilla Ice is a motherfucking bitch!
    Mathesonon July 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:The song actually explain different kind of pressure.
    The first verse being about *your* kind of pressure, might it be work life, school life, family life.

    That's OK so far. But there is also the pressure of knowing what happens to other people, whom you can't help.

    Some of the days are just light gray, some are dark gray. That's why it is so easy to ignore the real big problems. Because we are stuck in our own problems. We can try to solve it with love. Brotherly love. If we give love, we can feel we are humans still.

    It's our last chance: what else could we give? Only ignorance is easier to give. To turn away from it all like a blind man.
    machinebaconon August 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning:This song always gets me... "keep coming up with love but it's so slashed and torn..." We've torn up the meaning of the word "love" but we need to give it one more chance, even it "dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night" such as the homeless and sick... but "this is our last dance." We're all under pressure but we need to still care for those people and ourselves.
    infiniteentropyon January 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think most generally the song is about the pressure of conformity and status quo. The pressure is killing us, it's driving us against each and destroying us, but all it takes to get rid of the pressure is to show some genuine love for other people for being who they are. However, showing such love will upset the status quo, and it would require us to move past our own lives, so the same pressure is preventing us from showing simple love.
    Ganondoxon July 18, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:The Blood Brothers cover this song so good.

    p.s. Vanilla ice is in a metal band now.
    thesmashSSon May 04, 2002   Link

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