Buddy, you're a boy, make a big noise
Playing in the street, gonna be a big man someday
You got mud on your face, you big disgrace
Kicking your can all over the place, singin'

We will, we will rock you
We will, we will rock you

Buddy, you're a young man, hard man
Shouting in the street, gonna take on the world someday
You got blood on your face, you big disgrace
Waving your banner all over the place

We will, we will rock you (sing it out)
We will, we will rock you

Buddy, you're an old man, poor man
Pleading with your eyes, gonna make you some peace someday
You got mud on your face, big disgrace
Somebody better put you back into your place

We will, we will rock you, sing it
We will, we will rock you, everybody
We will, we will rock you, hmm
We will, we will rock you
Alright


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We Will Rock You Lyrics as written by Brian Harold May

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    jeez.....you guys are all nuts. Here is what the song really means......it a three different snapshots of one mans life....as a boy....a young man and an old man.....as a boy He is playing.....kicking his can all over the place...refers to a childrens game called kick the can....waving your banner all over the place and the blood on your face line refers to the fact that many young folk get involved in causes,factions and the like when they still are motivated by idealism and finally as an old man who has come full circle,back to his childhood.both the first verse and the last includes the line...mud on your face....as an old man he hasn't changed a thing hence he is a disgrace.....this has nothing to do with gay rights or any of that shit. I find it amusing that gays wrap themselves in the cloak of Queen music to espouse their lifestyle.I am no homophobe but I find it tedious that Gays wanna find some gay reference in almost every queen song.Get a fucking clue.

    MoonlitKnighton February 02, 2006   Link
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    Hey, this is my first post here, I'm surprised to see that people seem to be confused about this song, for me the meaning is clear. Ok the way I always thought of this song is that it is about a Revolution.

    Freddy Mercury is the Voice of the Ruler (a King or Dictator or something) and he is speaking to a crowd of Protestors (Revolutionaries), He's trying to bring them down, saying things you're a "big disgrace". The People respond with just shouting "We Will Rock You!", meaning We Will Bring you down or We Will Overthrow you!

    "Waving your banner all over the place" Clearly the crowd is carrying Revolutionary banners.

    "Buddy you're an old man poor man Pleading with your eyes gonna make you some peace some day You got mud on your face You big disgrace Somebody better put you back into your place"

    This bit shows this clearly, the poor people are rising up and their ruler says get back into your place. i.e. I'm in charge you're just a lowly peasant.

    I assume that in the end the people storm the Ruler's palace and overthrow him. To me this is defiantly an anti-authority song, I don't know if my interpretation is 100% correct but that's the way I've always imagined this song.

    Hibernianon January 31, 2006   Link
  • +4
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    I just recently saw my 1/2 brother, and he was an 70's child so I asked him what he thought the song meant. He said "I don't know, but I remember that they always played it at any sports thing for like 5 minutes, and everyone would just keep saying 'We will, we will rock you!'". So even though I do think that this song is a representation of the different stages of life, I think it's just a nice song to listen to when your in the mood for rock. :)

    dancersluvmusic4evaon January 21, 2011   Link
  • +3
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    I agree with most of you on how the song loses anything in once possessed due to the fact it's played so much at sporting events. I know all the words but I knew this song before I ever heard it at a sporting event. Great song. Simple yet really gets your mind going.

    Zanbrodakon January 24, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    Thank you to the select few who are actually using this site correctly and posting what you think about the lyrics!!! I think the three verses do refer to the same person, and he is considered a disgrace by society because he's trying to not conform.

    erasmus11290on May 19, 2005   Link
  • +2
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    by far one of those songs that you can't easily find out what it is just by the first few words

    bornonaugust10thon March 21, 2003   Link
  • +2
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    It was never a gay anthem. It wasn't even written by Freddie. It was written by Brian May.

    anthonymassieon June 26, 2003   Link
  • +2
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    5/11/05 Hi, I'm 52, which gives you an idea of the generation that I grew up in (Beatles, Stones, etc.) I LOVE this song followed by Champions, but I really don't understand the lyrics. Who is stomping whom? Are those with mud on their faces, at different ages, different generations (in one time frame? or at different time frames, meaning the same boy, man and old man???), stomping, fighting our society? Or, is Queen telling us that "they," the men represented in the lyrics, deserve to be stomped? If so, exactly WHY? And why is this song followed by The Champions? Did Queen mean that those who thought that the boy, man, old man in We Will Stomp You, to be annhiliated, socially, then would be "stomped" out by the champions of the world? Please enlighten me. I always blast this song and The Champions, but am confused as to its true meaning... Thoughts from the gallery???

    kdh9910on May 11, 2005   Link
  • +2
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    good thinking, but freddie didnt write the song

    anitchonmyfooton January 19, 2006   Link
  • +2
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    here here Moonlitknight. So many people do that whole gay champ thing with these lyrics.....ITS A RED HERING people. I also agree thats its 3 different stages of this dudes life The last part seems to suggest that as an old man, he has now lost touch with what the youth want as they have their own generational agenda thats far removed from his, hence being put in his place, and thought of as a disgrace.

    Yes it is the classic 3 stages of life, wasting it, ruling it, and just living in it

    the_tsaron March 01, 2006   Link

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