"We Are The Champions" as written by and Freddie Mercury....
I've paid my dues
Time after time
I've done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I've made a few
I've had my share of sand kicked in my face
But I've come through

(And I need to go on and on, and on, and on)

We are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions of the world

I've taken my bows
And my curtain calls
You brought me fame and fortune
And everything that goes with it
I thank you all
But it's been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge
Before the whole human race
And I ain't gonna lose

(And I need just go on and on, and on, and on)

We are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions of the world

We are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions

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"We Are the Champions" as written by Freddie Mercury

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  • +9
    My OpinionI personally like to think that this song was written about my family! lol (my last name is Champion)
    APunk13on February 13, 2009   Link
  • +8
    Song MeaningTo me, this song is really about overcoming. This became especially apparent while working through a somewhat deep depression a while back. Before, especially as a kid, all I ever saw it as was a victory song to be played after a sporting event or something of that sort. It had no meaning to me beyond that. Because of that, I always kind of overlooked it because of how overplayed it seemed to be. In the thick of it, while I was on the verge of tears, it came on the radio and I actually started really LISTENING to the lyrics.

    That's when the overcoming theme hit me. Maybe it's kind of obvious to a lot of you, but for me it took a while. Now, when I hear him say "We are the champions," I'm not envisioning a guy scoring a last minute goal. The "we" Freddy Mercury is singing about is actually you and me. If you've ever had a time where you felt like laying down, giving up, dying, but you're still here. You're not giving up. You're going to stick through to the end. You're going to get right back up every time life throws you to the ground and keep fighting, no matter how big a challenge is standing before you. No matter how hopeless your goal may seem. That's how you're a true champion.

    Thank you Freddy, for your encouraging words. They've helped me through tough times more than you could know. May you rest in peace.
    IJustSneezedon November 04, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHeh...so many people complain about this being used as a sports anthem (including me) but Freddie actually wrote it as a sports anthem: "...I was thinking about football when I wrote it. I wanted a participation song, something the fans could latch on to. It was aimed at the masses; I thought we'd see how they took it. It worked a treat. When we performed it at a private concert in London, the fans actually broke into a football chant between numbers. Of course, I've given it more theatrical subtlety than an ordinary football chant. You know me." Though he said he may also have been commenting on Queen's success: "I suppose it could also be construed as my version of 'I Did It My Way.' We have made it, and it certainly wasn't easy. No bed of roses as the song says. And it's still not easy." (queen.musichall.cz/…) Though all of the other meanings of the song could still apply, even if they weren't what Freddie originally intended.
    TheYipskeeon May 28, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhy does everyone assume every song Freddie's written is about being gay?!!
    manic4manicson January 26, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationAnyone here who claims this song is about homosexuality makes themselves look ignorant and small minded, not to mention probably prejudiced in some cases. I think it's obvious what this song is about; it's that fighting spirit, rising to the challenge when the going gets tough and giving the finger to difficult people who judge us for what we are but not who we are. In other words refusing to quit, lie down
    wilbur1on July 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is basically Queen giving the finger to all those ppl who put them down and said a band wif a gay front-man would get no where.

    Their biggest critics were the "good folks" from 'News Of The World' tabloid. I guess its no wonder they named the album 'News Of The World.' ;-)

    Innuendoon August 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is timeless, it'll always be around and it'll keep getting played, no matter how homophobic some sad losers are. I challenge you all to find someone who hasn't heard of this song. And anyway, it doesn't matter if Freddie was gay or whatever. He was a damn good entertainer, and that's all that matters. How would you all like it if everyone knew everything about you, even about your sexuality, which Freddie kept a secret until it was necessary to tell people what was going on cos there were so many rumours going around?Leave him alone! Enjoy the music!
    mercury_girl86on May 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's not about gays, Please people !
    Paymaanon November 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI curse the day that this song got reappropriated by shite sports events
    kexpseattleon October 19, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol, you could put it that way, or just say it's a great song
    damelloman24on January 22, 2002   Link

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