"Under Pressure" as written by and David/mercury Bowie....
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

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  • +9
    General CommentDavid 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
  • +6
    General CommentI'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
  • +5
    General CommentThis song was playing when we relaunched SongMeanings!
    mikeon July 04, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentVanilla Ice is a motherfucking bitch!
    Mathesonon July 25, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti 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 CommentI 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
    Song MeaningThis 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
  • +2
    General CommentI 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
  • +1
    General CommentThe 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
    My InterpretationI think this song is about depression and suicide. It seems to switch back and forth between someone dealing with depression, and a friend watching them deal with it.

    "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"

    This means the pressure of life effects everyone. The repeating of "under pressure" throughout the song is the constant bombardment of stress and pressure in life.

    "It's the terror of knowing
    What the world is about
    Watching some good friends
    Screaming 'Let me out'"

    Seeing the horrors of the world. Of a friend try to kill themselves.

    "Pray tomorrow gets me higher
    Pressure on people people on streets"

    Always hoping tomorrow will make you feel better. Always hoping you can get out of this rut. Again pressure of life effects everyone "people on streets".

    "Chippin' around - kick my brains around the floor
    These are the days it never rains but it pours"

    Suicide by gun to the head and depression because everything seems worse than it really is. It's really raining, but you think it's pouring.

    "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"

    Trying to ignore the horror of the world. Siting on the fence is no knowing what to do. So you do nothing, but it's not working in making you feel better. Or doing nothing didn't work in saving someone from suicide. Trying to connect to a person with depression with love, but your love you try to give them just ends up getting mutilated by their world.

    "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"

    I think "love" means "love of self" in some ways. People keep trying to help us, and we keep trying to help ourselves, but Insanity (depression) laughs as we're breaking. We break under pressure. Why can't we give love of ourselves, others, and life another chance?

    "'Cause love's such an old fashioned word"

    Love is something old fashioned because we haven't felt it in a long time. Love is something that isn't common anymore.

    "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"

    Love for other people makes you reach out for people on the edge of the night Night means death or suicide. Love for others dares you to care about yourself. Self preservation.

    "This is our last dance
    This is our last dance"

    The last time you see someone before they kill themselves. Or the last time you have ever felt happiness.

    "This is ourselves"

    This is ourselves. This is you, and you only. Meaning we are by ourselves. We are alone dealing with this alone. You can't change yourself. You feel hopeless.
    (Ever hear the expression no one can change you but you?) But only you can change your outlook on life.

    "Under pressure
    Under pressure
    Pressure"

    I think this is the moment someone is on the verge of killing themselves, but it seems ambiguous to me whether or not they go through with it. The song of life is "under pressure". Perhaps death is giving into "pressure". Or perhaps the person has decided that they are no longer under pressure (depression) and that there is just pressure in the world.

    I know queen did another song on suicide, but this is my interpretation, and the lyrics line up pretty good I think. I listened to it extensively when my life was at it's worst. Music was the only thing that made me feel better. But only when I got out of depression, did I realize the meaning of this song and why it had such a connection to me.
    skessingeron November 14, 2013   Link

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