"Another One Bites The Dust" as written by and John Deacon....
Steve walks warily down the street,
With the brim pulled way down low
Ain't no sound but the sound of his feet,
Machine guns ready to go

Are you ready,
Are you ready for this
Are you hanging on the edge of your seat
Out of the doorway the bullets rip
To the sound of the beat

[Chorus]
Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust
Hey, I'm gonna get you too
Another one bites the dust

How do you think I'm going to get along,
Without you, when you're gone
You took me for everything that I had,
And kicked me out on my own

Are you happy, are you satisfied
How long can you stand the heat
Out of the doorway the bullets rip
To the sound of the beat

[Chorus]

Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
There are plenty of ways you can hurt a man
And bring him to the ground
You can beat him
You can cheat him
You can treat him bad and leave him
When he's down
But I'm ready, yes I'm ready for you
I'm standing on my own two feet
Out of the doorway the bullets rip
Repeating the sound of the beat

[Chorus]


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"Another One Bites the Dust" as written by John Deacon

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  • +4
    Song Meaningi always thought it was pretty obvious.

    Steve just broke up with his girlfriend, (well she dumped him). Extremely depressed and angry, (perhaps drunk or high) he's on a killing rampage shooting bullets of out his gun to anyone around him on his way to his ex-girlfriend to shoot her.

    is there really another way to explain it?
    pianton August 17, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis has to be one of the best rock songs off all time.
    TeenSpiriton January 24, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI actually thought that the comments in here could be interesting... oh how wrong I was....
    maxxbonoon May 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentlol i tested the backwards marihuana myth.

    I let 5 people hear it, NONE could make out any meaning. Then I let 7 more people hear it who I told before to look for fun to smoke marihuana.. 6 out 7 said they heared it. IT'S ALL bullshit, and psychological crap.

    MYTH BUSTED!
    Blackadderon October 25, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti found this on faqs.org/lyrics/…


    Another One Bites The Dust by Queen was released in 1980 and reached number 1 in the US charts and number 7 in the UK charts.

    The lyrics to this song were inspired after the writer saw a documentary on the St. Valentines day Massacre.

    If you don't know that it is quite hard to understand what the lyrics are about.

    They describe a man walking silently down a street with his hat covering his face carrying a machine gun.

    The words of the song are building up an atmosphere describing what is about to happen, is there going to be some kind if fight and if so who with, who will he start shooting?

    The song then takes a twist when he starts singing about someone who has wronged him, a lover perhaps, who left him with nothing and with nowhere to live.

    The song ends with bullets being fired and another one biting the dust so you can only imagine that he has gone looking for an ex lover and he has killed them for the way they treated him.

    There is some controversy over this song because it is claimed that if it is played backwards you can hear the words 'Decide to smoke marijuana' several times quite clearly.



    jakiXDon February 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAre we sure SATAN put the message? And should we believe someone when they say the hidden message is there, if they spend their time revesing the Freind's theme song? Oo;
    vapidon June 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLet's be sensible about this. Here's a little experiment. Plug a mic into your PC. Record yourself saying, at normal speed, in your normal speaking voice, the phrase "Another one bites the dust".

    Now take your recording and play it backwards. You will hear yourself, (with something resembling a Russian accent) saying something which SOUNDS a bit like "Start to smoke marijuana". No tricks, no extra overdubs, no studio wizardry, just YOUR voice. YOU said it!

    So, either it's a coincidence, or they found out that it worked and wrote the song around that phrase.
    butterfingersbeckon June 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTyler250's is the only intelligent response so far.
    IanoDublinon June 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDid all you losers know that if you recite Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquiy backwards that it says "Frank Sinatra is God!" please get a life! No, Hamlet does not work that way, but please take MY evil hidden message, not everything is planned. How many times have you said something that some one else took as a sex innuendo that wasn't meant as such? Plus, John Deacon (the author, no it was not Freddie) wrote simple songs, he admits to it, plus just look at the content. if you want to look for hidden meanings why don't you try maybe one of Freddie's songs, or Brian's especially, but John? plus if there's arguement over what it says? come now. Let's get passed the obsession with Drug innuendo and try to discuss music like mature law abiding people.
    Italian Phaethonon May 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAll of the ideas that it's about marijuana are ridiculous...even if it does sound like that when played backwards, it was probably coincidential. Plus the power of suggestion may have something to do with it. People say, "It sounds like, 'It's fun to smoke marijuana' when played backwards" so when you play it backwards, you're looking for that phrase...if you hadn't been told otherwise, it might not sound so much like it. I dunno, I haven't actually heard it played backwards, I might be wrong, but I don't think it's about marijuana. And besides, I've heard that song lots of times, and I don't think any more of marijuana than I did before!

    Sorry, I like to rant...so anyway, the meaning...not too deep, it just sounds like it's about violence on the streets is some places and how so many people are dying and how awful it is. Since John Deacon doesn't write terrible complex songs, I don't think it's about marriage, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was: "There are plenty of ways that you can hurt a man
    And bring him to the ground
    You can beat him
    You can cheat him
    You can treat him bad and leave him
    When he's down"

    Just one question though...why do people think that so many Queen songs are a reference to Freddie's AIDS? A lot of these songs they think have to do with AIDS were a) written before Freddie new he had AIDS, b) written by another band member, or c) all of the above.

    Ok, I'm done! :D
    TheYipskeeon November 06, 2004   Link

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