"Tenement Funster" as written by and Roger Meddows / Taylor....
My new purple shoes
Been amazin' the people next door
And my rock 'n roll forty fives
Been enragin' the folks on the lower floor

I got a way with the girls on my block
Try my best to be a real individual
And when we go down to smokies and rock
They line up like it's some kind of ritual
Oh give me a good guitar
And you can say that my hair's a disgrace
Or just find me an open car
I'll make the speed of light outta this place

I like the good things in life
But most of the best things ain't free
It's the same situation just cuts like a knife
When you're young and you're poor and you're crazy
Young and you're crazy...

Oh give me a good guitar
And you can say that my hair's a disgrace
Or just find me an open car
I'll make the speed of light outta this place

Lyrics submitted by TheYipskee

"Tenement Funster" as written by Roger Meddows Taylor

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  • +1
    General CommentNo comments?
    You people are a disgrace.
    This is one of the best Queen songs, ever.
    Child Of Musicon July 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI could agree with that! I guess there's not much to comment on...the meaning seems fairly obvious. It sounds like it's about a guy trying to make it as a rockstar and having some difficulties.

    I wonder if Roger really had purple shoes...
    TheYipskeeon August 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is about a hippie rockstar (purple shoes, long hair, smokies... it's obvious) who is unpopular with the conformative, stuffy older people in his apartment building.
    Erm, that is all.
    CHOW! And don't touch the sushi.

    roxusanon October 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRoxanne has it exactly right
    MoonlitKnighton January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot keen on the song, but I love the piano outro into Flick of the Wrist.
    amy darlingon March 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I agree with Amy_darling. I'm not very keen on this song either, but I really like Flick of the Wrist...
    Robbie190on March 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was a bout th dream of being a big rock star but having little money and knowing that in reality stardom will probably never happen.
    rotherhamkidon December 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love Roger's singing^-^!!!
    Izzygirl771on February 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood song
    TheOlsnaon February 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a classic. I do it with my rock band and it is the bomb. Very underrated song. Great feel, energy. One of Taylor's best! Queen lives on!!!! Check out my band on myspace.com/…
    TriCity330on June 02, 2007   Link

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