Flash Gordon soundtrack,
I was in second grade.
My first real record, yeah,
worn down it played and played.
Young and blind,
my double mind.

When the world was black and white,
watch me turn my back tonight,
on Freddie Mercury,
Mr. Fahrenheit.

I was in eighth grade,
I said he was a queer,
I thought he had it coming,
he died of AIDs that year.
My liberty,
Like Christ's death meant nothing to me.

When the world was black and white,
watch me turn my back tonight,
on Freddie Mercury,
Mr. Fahrenheit.

When my veins choked thick with spite,
blind man's bluff burns in hindsight,
for Freddie Mercury,
Mr. Fahrenheit.

Predisposed to bigotry,
the regular run-of-the-mill American story.
The stench of greasepaint on our faces,
pass the mask to our next of kin,
instead of wiser idioms,
like "love the sinner, hate the sin".

When the world was black and white,
watch me turn my back tonight,
on Freddie Mercury,
Mr. Fahrenheit.

When my veins choked thick with spite,
blind man's bluff burns in hindsight,
for Freddie Mercury,
Mr. Fahrenheit.

When the world was black and white,
watch me turn my back tonight,
on Freddie Mercury,
Mr. Fahrenheit.

I'm sorry, so sorry.
I'm sorry, so sorry.
I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
I'm sorry, I'm sorry.


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    General Commentwhen he was a kid he listened to Queen over and over, never suspecting they were homosexuals, as an 8th grader he realized what kind of person Freddie Mercury was and decided God hates gays, but we shouldn't be homophobic, we should accept them as we accept anyone else, everyone has sin, and no sin is greater than another. the last bit i think is about how older people sometimes affect our decisions, our parents say don't be gay, it's bad, and so we stray from gay people, but we should love everyone no matter what.
    J35U5_ownz_M3on September 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti admit that i used to think most or even all christians were intolerant of beliefs that went against rigid christian standards. then i started listening to five iron frenzy and it flipped me 180 degrees. this song is a perfect example. reese is my hero.
    Die80sdieon October 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like how the conclusion he comes to is "Love the sinner, hate the sin", rather than something like, "Judge not lest ye be judged" or "Should I really concern myself with completely arbitrary things like someone's sexual orientation?"
    tyrannosaurus_debton June 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentnot to be argumentative the whole christians being anti-homosexual argument certainly pertains
    but I think this song was just about being judgemental as a kid
    in those days the whole homosexual thing was considered alot weirder than it is today
    and he was just a kid making judgements
    "My liberty, like Christ's death meant nothing to me"
    then when he was older, and had a better understanding and desire to live in a more christlike way he realized the error of his ways.
    Decayofneroon March 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI definetly think it is still a problem tho. So many christians would shun a gay person beyond belief. Its kinda sad. Tho I do think homosexuality is wrong, I do think that it does come naturally to some people, and if all we do is treat it as a desiese then gays will never be christians.
    kevrochuckyon February 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm a UU, so while I do not claim to be Christian, I incorporate Christian Beliefs into my faith. I don't think the song is about whether homosexuality is wrong or not, and more than anything, I think that it's about how through time, we pass down things such as hate and tolerance. Over time though, if we show compassion, our children will stop the cycle of hate that dogs people who can't control who or what they are. I mean, that's what Christianity is about right...regardless of what you believe you have tolerance for others? Awesome song.
    cruxasantiaon March 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHomosexuals are God's creations. He created them with the same love He had when He created everyone else. We should accept them as we accept everyone else. The commandment of loving your neighbour and God is greater than anything else.
    where0meets15on February 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPart of that too is that kids think about things in a simple way when they are young, they don't know what sexuality is and if they like a song, they'll sing along even if they don't know what it means. But when they get older (adolescence) they start to care what other people think, associating with what is accepted by our peers, parents and other influences and disassociating from anything deemed uncool or shameful by those they look to for approval. If their peers or parents condemn homosexuality, chances they will too; and if they fail to challenge such beliefs this thought pattern will continue until they mature enough to understand what motivates their prejudices and whether their feelings are justified (and for some adults, sadly, they never get there, hence why homophobia is still a problem).

    It's the same way as for understanding your relationship with Christ. Baby Christians can tell you that Jesus died for your sins because he loves you, but they won't fully know the implications of their faith and how it spiritual warfare permeates every moment of their waking lives unless they develop their spiritual maturity. Many stay in that state of spiritual immaturity and thus ascribe to whatever overriding beliefs about the world they have been told by peers. As far as I've seen the issue of homophobia and homosexuality is just another weapon of the enemy to divide us and keep our mind off bigger issues. Every time I talk to God about it, He says to simply be loving; it's His job to change hearts, not mine.
    rocknrollgirl47on April 27, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWow, 12 years later, and I only just now realized that the end of this song quotes the melody from the "Anywhere the wind blows.." part at the end of "Bohemian Rhapsody". Pretty cool. I did not know my classic rock history when I first heard this one.
    murlough23on July 02, 2012   Link

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