"Innuendo" as written by and Freddie/may Mercury....
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Ooh ooh

While the sun hangs in the sky and the desert has sand
While the waves crash in the sea and meet the land
While there's a wind and the stars and the rainbow
Till the mountains crumble into the plain

Oh yes, we'll keep on trying
Tread that fine line
Oh, we'll keep on trying
Yeah
Just passing our time

Oh oh

While we live according to race, colour or creed
While we rule by blind madness and pure greed
Our lives dictated by tradition, superstition, false religion
Through the eons and on and on

Oh, yes, we'll keep on trying, yeah
We'll tread that fine line
Oh oh we'll keep on trying
Till the end of time
Till the end of time

Through the sorrow all through our splendor
Don't take offence at my innuendo

Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh
Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh

You can be anything you want to be
Just turn yourself into anything you think that you could ever be
Be free with your tempo, be free, be free
Surrender your ego be free, be free to yourself

Oh oh, yeah

If there's a God or any kind of justice under the sky
If there's a point, if there's a reason to live or die
Ha, if there's an answer to the questions we feel bound to ask
Show yourself destroy our fears release your mask
Oh yes, we'll keep on trying
Hey, tread that fine line
(Yeah) yeah
We'll keep on smiling, yeah
(Yeah) (yeah) (yeah)
And whatever will be will be
We'll just keep on trying
We'll just keep on trying
Till the end of time
Till the end of time
Till the end of time


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"Innuendo" as written by Freddie Mercury Brian May

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  • +5
    General CommentThis seems to be about the balances of life, making choices whether they are popular or not, but also trying to figure out how those choices fit in the larger scheme of things, "If there is a God or any kind of Justice under the sky, if there's a point to live or to die..."
    Italian Phaethonon May 09, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentInnuendo can literally translate to "Hidden Meaning". The song is about revealing the meaning of the universal question - life & death "...release your mask!". Perhaps a reflection of Freddies own mortality.

    The lines "while we live by race, colour or creed" are challenged by saying "You can be anything you want to be!" which say to the listener - Don't let people dictate to you how you should live your own life, be free.
    jajajadedon November 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere are two phrases in this song that again apply to life. One is my screen name 'Surrender your ego'. Don't hide the real you behind a false personality (ego). The other is 'Show yourself, destroy our fears, release your mask' again be yourself, don't act differently to try and gain respect, people will only respect you when you are truly yourself. Freddie Mercury has a lot of respect for the way he was, and his positive outlook on life.
    Surrenderyouregoon March 31, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDo you think this could possibly mean that Freddie wanted to know "Is there a God?". SHOW YOUR FACE, DESTROY OUR FEARS, RELEASE YOUR MASK! Is that a cry by Freddie knowing he's facing death and questioning the uncertainty of the afterlife? I love the song musically. Lyrically I've never really studied it until now but that's what I'm getting out of it.
    y2doggyon April 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAn awesome song, mixing musical styles like "Bohemian Rhapsody" did, but this has a darker, different feeling to it. A true gem.
    High_On_Lithiumon January 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think alot of you are not looking in the right place for the meaning of the song. I think the key to this song lies in the line: "Through the Sorrow; All through the Splender; Don't take offence at my; Innuendo". I believe that this line is the key for a few reasons. The rest of the song is loud, powerfull and optemistic. This seems to be the songs one low note. It is like the song is showing a person's outside appearence, their large and monumentous actions, and this line shows the one simple thing, that one thought guiding them. The song is also titled innuendo, as is the album. If you look at this song, it is talking about the future, about possibilities, about goals. However, at this point, Freddie Mercury new that he was going to die, and probably soon, although he kept this fact hidden. I think that this song is about the facade that he is putting up and that this one line is the one line where he admits his fate. I think this line is in a way a farewell mesage saying I'm sorry I could not succeed in the goals layed in the rest of the song. I think in this case, the innuendo refers to the empty intentions, how he wanted to change the world, but now he is affraid that the goals that he set were nothing but innuendo: a suggenstion at something without the results to back it up.

    This is my interpretation of the song
    malec2bon April 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell it looks to me that the whole song have meaning about life at all. If you have watched movie The Secret, than you will know about they are talking. It's bassicly the same thing I can assure you. :)
    Pokion June 11, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionPeople really have no idea what the meaning of life really represents. There is so many forms of interpretations regarding the real story. No one will ever knew the truth because it so misunderstood. We live in a world that is scene as completely cynical. Queens point of view (Innuendo) is the opinions of many people of over the years. Call them disciples. Certain people have amazing ways of demonstrating actual sciences regarding life's truths. This is in my opinion what I believe to be profits. The calling out and abilities to offer council, guidance and wisdom. It touches lives. Always remember this has been documented numerous times over and over again. It's merely part of the media circus act that they represent. All they are saying is be your own judge, be your own guide and act accordingly as yourself. The mask we all possess is just a facade we created to hide from reality ( truth). The world is nothing but a stage and it's just an act. We all have a part and an obligation to fulfill we just have to cut the strings from the puppeteer and be our own selves. Rule with your heart and live with your conscience. Use your brain not others!!!!
    rocketprimeon October 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI have a slightly different interpretation than most: this song is a threat.
    At first, all that we know is that something will keep on happening while... (insert first verse here).
    Next we learn that what will happen is that "we'll keep on trying", and the question changes to "trying what?".

    As the song progresses, the song expands on what "we're trying":
    "Our lives dictated by tradition, superstition, false religion". The song warns that our lives might continue to be as such, dictated according to race color or creed unless....
    And the new question becomes; unless what?

    Don't take offense at my innuendo. There's a second question- which innuendo?

    The next part is a sort of Disney themed supposedly optimistic tune, but here, I believe, is where most people go wrong. This whole section is the innuendo. An innuendo can be a hidden meaning, a snide remark. The song doesn't want you to honestly believe that "you can be anything you want to be", it's an innuendo. It's sarcasm, and Queen suggests that you're stuck, we're stuck, and that we can't truly ever be free to ourselves.

    And so the question remains:
    What can we do to change this?

    Here the song equates the next verse with the first one. It gives you a little wiggle room- if there's a god under the sky, a reason to live or die, answers to our questions. If so, Queen sings, "show yourselves, destroy our fears, release your mask". Queen is addressing the oppressors, those who take advantage of the weak and who promote false religion, (cruel) tradition and (untrue) superstitions.
    If there's a god, a meaning, hope, then the masks should reveal themselves. It's a treat to the masked oppressors, but more so, a warning to us.

    Queen takes all of the remaining hope away in the next few lines: "we'll keep on trying, till the end of time". With this line Queen tells us to have no hope. The masked oppressors won't reveal themselves. There is no god and there isn't meaning to life. It's pointless, and yet, we'll keep on trying.
    And whatever will be, will be.
    asaf110522on August 09, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere have been some really interesting responses so far. I'll just be adding my thoughts to the conversation.

    "While the sun hangs in the sky and the desert has sand
    While the waves crash in the sea and meet the land
    While there's a wind and the stars and the rainbow
    Till the mountains crumble into the plain"

    The first verse to me is reference to sexual innuendos in music. Musicians have wrote love songs for centuries and there are a host of sexual and/or love innuendos in songs. You could go as far to say that biologically we create art to attract and/or impress a mate. I wouldn't go so far to believe that this is fundamentally why we create art, but I would say that it is a part of it. Therefor all of the poetic landscape of the first verse is referencing how we use these things as references to love like the stars, the sun, the waves crashing etc.

    This leads us to the chorus

    Oh yes, we'll keep on trying
    Tread that fine line
    Oh, we'll keep on trying
    Yeah
    Just passing our time

    I think the "we'll" refers to musicians, performers, and all artists. Art treads that fine line between being too explicit about love and being too subtle. Artist's can pass their time in search of the perfect love innuendo.

    The second verse

    While we live according to race, colour or creed
    While we rule by blind madness and pure greed
    Our lives dictated by tradition, superstition, false religion
    Through the eons and on and on

    I believe the second verse is referencing war, greed, and hypocrisy. For eons and eons musicians and artists in general have been a force of social critic. In the music video it shows some jesters, who were sometimes the only ones allowed to make fun of the king (and everyone else). It is talking about how in music and art in general you can subtly poke at these issues. Art can convince people that peace is better than war, kindness is better than greed, etc..

    This leads back into the chorus

    Oh, yes, we'll keep on trying, yeah
    We'll tread that fine line
    Oh oh we'll keep on trying
    Till the end of time
    Till the end of time

    The fine line this time is referring to the danger of offending people versus educating people. Art until the end of time will be the path for humanity's civility. This is why art essentially disappears or goes underground when you have an oppressed civilization or a dark age. I think the false religion from the second verse is refering to the dark ages which stamped out non religious art until the enlightenment period at the start of the renaissance.

    This leads to the song change

    Through the sorrow all through our splendor
    Don't take offence at my innuendo

    Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh
    Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh

    I think this is referencing the renaissance in musical style and lyrics. "Don't take offense at my innuendo" is referring to the risk involved in critiquing the system. To live in a cultured society requires there to be art and to acknowledge its importance as a maintenance of culture and peace, but is inherently in conflict with people in power who don't want people to be "enlightened" by art.

    This leads us to

    "You can be anything you want to be
    Just turn yourself into anything you think that you could ever be
    Be free with your tempo, be free, be free
    Surrender your ego be free, be free to yourself"

    I think this part is the most direct part of the song speaking to art and artists. Art breaks the barriers of the possible. It lets us create worlds that couldn't exist without the expression of creativity. I think this is a map for artists to follow which essentially says, "be free of the constraints of your ego and perceived limitations and go create something worthy of your existence as a person".

    Then on to the last verse

    "If there's a God or any kind of justice under the sky
    If there's a point, if there's a reason to live or die
    if there's an answer to the questions we feel bound to ask
    Show yourself destroy our fears release your mask"

    This last part is a little harder, I think it could be multiple things. I like an Idea that another commenter posted about Freddie knowing he was terminally ill. I think the innuendo could be to existential meaning or it could be of Freddie's mortality and fears of death. I like to think that it is tied to both. Art has been used to try to capture the meaning of existence through references to religion, spirituality, human consciousness, etc. Innuendos are a true implied meaning that subtly sits under the transparent words and just like you can search for meaning within a statement or lyrical composition, we search for meaning within life.

    The last chorus

    "Oh yes, we'll keep on trying
    Hey, tread that fine line
    (Yeah) yeah
    We'll keep on smiling, yeah
    (Yeah) (yeah) (yeah)
    And whatever will be will be
    We'll just keep on trying
    We'll just keep on trying
    Till the end of time
    Till the end of time
    Till the end of time"

    This time the fine line is the line between meaning and lack of meaning. Is there a point to the lives we live? We can walk a fine line searching for the answers. During this search for existence we'll keep on smiling and being happy that we existed in the first place, because Hakuna matata (it means no worries). And we'll keep on trying (humanity) till the end of time.
    aw10989677on November 14, 2017   Link

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