I am forever searching high and low
But why does everyone tell me 'no'?
Neptune of the seas, an answer for me please
The lily of the valley doesn't know

I lie in wait with open eyes
I carry on through stormy skies
I follow every course; my kingdom for a horse
But each time I grow old
Serpent of the Nile, relieve me for a while
And cast me from your spell, and let me go

Messenger from seven seas has flown
To tell the king of Rhye he's lost his throne
Wars will never cease
Is there time enough for peace?
The lily of the valley doesn't know

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"Lily of the Valley" as written by Freddie Mercury

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  • +1
    General CommentI agree with all of the previous meanings. Throughout the first two prog/experimental albums, there was a lot of medieval, Greek mythology ideas in Queen's work, especially in Freddie's stuff. Sheer Heart Attack was a huge change from this. Maybe they made that change to become more commercially successful. (Sure as hell worked!) You can tell this just by looking at the album covers of Queen and Queen II vs. SHA, which contains a basic picture of the band, a modern font, and (on the CD) broken glass. This song is Freddie's goodbye to that more fantasy type of music (maybe that's why it sounds like it belongs there), as he hits 28 and finally has to grow up. After this, he never wrote a pure fantasy song again.
    I think everyone feels this way a few times in their life. It reminds me especially of "Bridge to Terabithia" and its themes.
    lapofthegodson March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree it does signify a passing from the mystical prog of Queen/Queen II (although prog was still in Queen's repetoire in later albums. eg: Bohemian Rhapsody, Prophet's Song, Innuendo.) It could also be about a search for peace. Cerainly, the few lines seem to be about that.
    rotherhamkidon December 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLast few lines, sorry.
    rotherhamkidon December 23, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"You could find out, just from little insights, that a lot of [Freddie's] private thoughts were in there, although a lot of the more meaningful stuff was not very accessible. Lily Of The Valley was utterly heartfelt. It's about looking at his girlfriend and realising that his body needed to be somewhere else. It's a great piece of art, but it's the last song that would ever be a hit."

    - Brian May
    RonTheBearon February 02, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with lapofthegods, but there is something more to it that we're missing... the fact that it makes a medley with Tenement Funster and Flick of the Wrist... The first one is about a young and poor guy, that reminds of their early lifes, and the second one is about the shitty agreement they made with the producer. So, it may be a 3-part story of the band, about their poor childhood and love with music, which made them go to a horrible studio and so they had to give up of their fantasy to start making money. Or maybe it's just a song about Freddy seeking for love and realising his body should be somewhere else, the medley is just because it's cool and we are misunderstanding it all. That can be it, but I prefer to stick with my interpretation, it gives more meaning to the song.
    Hjtunfgbon October 16, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song, but i don't really know what it is about.
    freddysgirlon October 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about growing up, and being frusterated and confused at having to let go of childhood.
    Modestybecomesheron April 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song sounds more like it should be on Queen II, as opposed to Sheer Heart Attack.

    I actually think this song is Freddie telling us that Queen is passed it's experimental phase. (messenger from seven seas has flown to tell the king of rhye he's lost his throne) It's no longer a fantasy world.
    scimitar_255on November 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I agree, it sounds like it should be on Queen II. It's still another really beautiful song from Queen, with amazing lyrics.
    Robbie190on March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBy the way, does anyone else think some parts of the song sound a lot like "Jealousy" from the album "Jazz"?
    Robbie190on March 06, 2006   Link

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