I'm just the pieces of the man I used to be
Too many bitter tears are raining down on me
I'm far away from home
And I've been facing this alone
For much too long
Oh, I feel like no-one ever told the truth to me
About growing up and what a struggle it would be
In my tangled state of mind
I've been looking back to find
Where I went wrong

Too much love will kill you
If you can't make up your mind
Torn between the lover
And the love you leave behind
You're headed for disaster
'Cause you never read the signs
Too much love will kill you - every time

I'm just the shadow of the man I used to be
And it seems like there's no way out of this for me
I used to bring you sunshine
Now all I ever do is bring you down
Oh, how would it be if you were standing in my shoes
Can't you see that it's impossible to choose
No there's no making sense of it
Every way I go I'm bound to lose
Oh yes

Too much love will kill you
Just as sure as none at all
It'll drain the power that's in you
Make you plead and scream and crawl
And the pain will make you crazy
You're the victim of your crime
Too much love will kill you every time

Yes, too much love will kill you
It'll make your life a lie
Yes, too much love will kill you
And you won't understand why
You'd give your life, you'd sell your soul
But here it comes again
Too much love will kill you
In the end
In the end

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Too Much Love Will Kill You Lyrics as written by Brian May Elizabeth Lamers

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  • +6
    General Comment
    Okay guys - I know it's a 'late' response to this but anyone that may come along and see this will see what this really is about. This is NOTHING to do with the 'energy' of love...geez. Its simple, IF you've been the 'bad guy/a-hole' and lived thru this you know what this song is about...if not, you usually will sit back and judge me. Fine...but learn from it...don't make my mistake. SCENARIO: You have to be truly in love with your lover/gf/wife...be an asshole and cheat on her (and yes - YOU CAN LOVE someone and be an idiot and cheat on them)...then you make the mistake of actually falling for a new lover/gf and then as if it's so easy you TRY to make up your mind try to follow your heart...and choose between the two. literally IMPOSSIBLE - to choose between the new lover and the lover you left behind. IF you have ever been thru this I will tell you YOU know what this song means and you NEVER want to experience it. Simple as that. Sure you can take a condescending tone and think - ahhh what an arse - he cheated..or SHE cheated and you deserve this...well - if you want to know what this song is about that is it in a nutshell. It's HEARTBREAKING to see the woman you love...devastated and crying, destroyed because of what you did. Then all you want to do is make them feel better. Then you are breaking the heart of the 'new' lover...IF you have gone this route, it's an easy fall and easy track to destruction because you don't realize HOW FAST this crap can pull you in and torment you. I personally went thru this experience many years ago...lost my love (my wife), because I thought...what she doesn't know won't hurt her...so many men may think this way and many of them do not care anyways (those men - do NOT understand this song), BUT many men TRULY do love their wives/lovers/gf's and make this stupid mistake ANYWAYS. It just is nature and the whims of mankind. When I heard this song for the first time...I was about a year in trying to fix things with my wife...yet I was STILL in love with BOTH women...and love WAS KILLING ME. I wanted to be two people and make everyone happy and let us all love, I was tormented as I was tormenting them. I was..."just the pieces of the man I used to be"...and I was killing everything around me. I was the VICTIM OF MY CRIME. Because TOO MUCH LOVE WILL KILL YOU - EVERYTIME. Anyone who goes thru this...learns from it. I will never hurt someone I love like this again. TOO MUCH LOVE CAN KILL YOU - break you - destroy you and bring you to your knees...will hurt EVERYONE around you - beware...truly beware. These words/lyrics are words of WISDOM!!!! This song is amazingly PROPHETIC. Written by a man who has BEEN THRU THIS and is a warning to anyone who will listen. rip freddie and keep it going QUEEN!!!!!
    bluemonstron June 20, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General Comment
    Some people are so ridiculous about believing that every song is about Freddie's battle with AIDS. Some have foolishly said Bohemian Rhapsody is about AIDS, which is impossible as AIDS wasn't known when they wrote that song. So far on every Queen song I look up, a swarm of people will say that it's about AIDS. ' Too much love will kill you ' doesn't send a message of death and AIDS when I listen to it...it sends a message of the danger of love, and how powerful yet deadly it really can be, hence the 'kill you' part. The song was written by Brian, and these lyrics "Too much love will kill you If you can't make up your mind Torn between the lover and the love you leave behind " kinda point out the meaning...I agree with the people who say the song is about being torn between a lover (his girlfriend at the time) and his wife (at the time) hence "Torn between the lover (affair) and the love you leave behind (wife) All in all, he's torn and heart broken, and has experienced the darker side of love. Too much love will kill you. Think about it. The love of his wife, the love of his girlfriend. It's all too much, and he's torn, and now instead of seeing love as a magical powerful thing, he's seeing it as something that's tearing him apart. The song is pretty self explanatory!
    Pixies-Existon July 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    The song is about Brian and his ; at least it is when he wrote it. The AIDS meaning is clearly one Freddie was thinking about when he sung it though: he was just about to die from it!
    PaleVengeanceon January 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    Jeez, Bri really deserved a hug at the point that he wrote this song. Imagine how depressed he was. This song was written during a down part of his life. His marriage was over, Fred was seriously ill. I guess it would be his reflection on how life was because their was so much love in his life previously, then it all came crumbling down on him.
    Unstoppableon January 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    To suggest this song was not given and henced owned by Freddie is stretching serendipity/coincidence to its limits, and requires the individual to not only completely ignore Freddie's plight at the time, but also the video that was released to promote it. The song was given to him to perform and is apropos in the extreme to his life, regardless of its original intent. The video for this song makes it clear that the performance of the song by Freddie was because it applied to Freddie ... the images in the video are almost all Freddie, a retrospective of his career, complete with an old black & white photo of Freddie .... a black white photo of Freddie only!!! The song was orginally written about something else, but obviously fell into the role of a final farewell to Freddie by Freddie. If it had been any other way it would have been the most egregiously inappropriate song to include at that point in his life. Think outside the box people. Freddie issues with this song a statement and a warning; he was a confused soul who got totally off track in his life and became a poster boy for the final realization that "wisdom through excess" is an oxymoron (others should heed). An incredible talent, an incredible loss, an incredible final statement to the world. Too Much love will kill you was Freddie's song as much as My Way was Elvis Presley's song, regardless of who worte the songs. End of story.
    rdsmithon November 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    This song was written by Brian May, after cheating on his first wife, Chrissie Mullen, with then Eastenders actress Anita Dobson, whom he later married. "Too much love" was Brian's way of saying he still loved Chrissie but also loved Anita, "torn between the lover and the love you leave behind" and saying it's "impossible to choose" between the two. He regrets cheating, but at the same time loves Anita and so is put in a position where he has to choose just one, and no matter which he chooses, he's "bound to lose".
    Smiler124on June 01, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation
    For me this song is about loving someone who doesn't love as much as you. You aren't able to read the signs the love is not corresponded. You think it's your fault if your lover doesn't really love you, and try to understand where you went wrong,with no success due to your confused state of mind. You wish your lover could understand how much you love him/her, if only he/she could imagine what you feel (standing in my shoes), but it's obvious there is no choice between loving or not loving. It's impossible not to love. You plead to be forgiven for your faults (as seen by your tangled mind), you scream when alone 'cause you're desperate, you would crawl and would do anything to be loved. It's a crime to love that much someone who doesn't understand you, you're your own victim. Maybe someone will think this is a stupid interpretation, but as one suggested before me, songs are not to be interpreted in only one way, if so the singers would explain the real meaning, wouldn't they?
    vittorioSon December 01, 2014   Link
  • +1
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    I think Queen fans are often too quick to assume that every song is about Freddie having AIDS. As a huge fan of the band myself, I understand that it can be easy to focus on that particular tragedy, and forget that the other members of the band had plenty of their own woes. This song can be interpreted two different ways, and I truly believe both of them to be correct to some degree. When Freddie sang it, he very well might have used the lyrics to reflect his own state at the time-- he had just been diagnosed with a disease that he knew would kill him, as a result of life and love. Too much love was LITERALLY going to be the thing that killed him in the end. In an era where being gay wasn't accepted the same way that it is today, I have to think that Freddie blamed himself for what was happening to him. Like we hear in the second chorus of the song, perhaps Freddie really felt that he was the victim of his "crime." The second theory centers around Brian, the primary writer of the song. At the time of its creation, he was in a very dark place. He was involved both with his wife and another woman, which he also later married. "Torn between the lover, and the love you leave behind..." I think the lyrics of this song STRONGLY reflect that it is about this very scenario; about making mistakes, and being forced to make the painful choices that follow. Brian has openly admitted that between his own affair and Freddie's diagnosis, he was contemplating suicide at that point of his life, which I also think we can also see a glimpse of in this heartbreaking song. Any way you look at it, it is undoubtedly a song about change; a song about moving on and growing up and wishing you didn't have to.
    amara04on September 29, 2022   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    I cant believe no one has posted yet. This song is obviously reflecting Freddy's post AIDS-diagnosis. Its such a pity that such an amazing man died so young. Live on forever, even though you dont want to. R.I.P Freddy M.
    carbon_based_lifeon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General Comment
    i don't think it's necessarily about AIDS. it's the situation of being with someone you love and starting to realise that you're falling for someone else. it's, as he says, "impossible to choose" and in the end the pressure and complication of such a situation will kill you. anyways, that's what i think...
    xpankfrisston August 05, 2002   Link

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