"I Want To Break Free" as written by and John Deacon....
I want to break free
I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You're so self satisfied I don't need you
I've got to break free
God knows, God knows I want to break free

I've fallen in love
I've fallen in love for the first time
And this time I know it's for real
I've fallen in love, yeah
God knows, God knows I've fallen in love

It's strange but it's true
I can't get over the way you love me like you do
But I have to be sure
When I walk out that door
Oh how I want to be free, baby
Oh how I want to be free
Oh how I want to break free

But life still goes on
I can't get used to living without, living without
Living without you by my side
I don't want to live alone, hey
God knows, got to make it on my own

So baby can't you see
I've got to break free
I've got to break free
I want to break free, yeah
I want, I want, I want, I want to break free

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"I Want to Break Free" as written by John Deacon

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    General Commenti watched the video and i think this songs is just being youself and not being the way socity wants you to be break free from the image and the way people exspect you to be .i think if you havent scen the video you should the meaning of the song my change after you watched it >U<
    animerocks1994on January 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe mood changes as the song goes on - it's quite clever really. The first two verses ("I want to break free", "I've fallen in love") are very strong, positive and defiant in the desire to get out of whatever it is (a relationship, I think) that's gone wrong. There's nothing he wants more than to break free ("I've got to break free").

    The "It's strange, but it's true" bit always threw me, but I think it's sung to the person he's fallen in love. The doubts are setting in now: "But I have to be sure, when I walk out that door" - does he really want to break free? Does he love this person enough to leave whoever he's with at the moment? Can he break free?

    By the last verse, he's done it - he's left her/it/whatever. And now he's done it, he realises how much he needed her/it - "I can't get used to living without you/I don't want to live alone". The person he's left has such a hold on him that, although he knows he's got to complete the break, he can barely bring himself to do it.

    And the last line, "So baby can't you see, I've got break free", re-enforces that: he hasn't broken free yet, not really. She's still got that hold on him so that he's truly not free.

    Like I say, it's a bit more ambiguous than the title might suggest and it's a cracker of a song.
    stejsmithon September 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song from an amazing band.

    I interpretate it the following way:

    'I want to break free'.
    He's moaning about the person he's with, and that he wants to break free from the persons lies. As the song progresses, I interpretate this verse as some kind of excuse for how he truly feels: he says he want to get rid of the person he's with, but secretly he doesn't want that at all. That what a lot of people do: it's called putting up a brave face!

    'I've fallen in love'.
    This verse shows what his true feelings are. He is in love with someone and he's convinced that it's real.

    'It's strange but it's true'
    He's kind of doubting wether he wants to break free or not: It's strange but he can't seem to get over the way how this person loves him. But, he continues to give himself power by saying that 'he wants to break free, he wants to break free'.

    'But life still goes on'
    He has broken up with the person, and as everyone always says: life goes on. But he can't get used to living without this love. Now he wants to break free from the feelings of wanting the person back, but deep down he just wants to be with the person.

    At least, that's my interpretation, I tried! ;)
    Sarah_no1on July 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about someone in a relationship who's fallen in love with a different person. The first verse is about his current relationship:

    "I want to break free from your lies
    You're so self satisfied I don't need you"

    He does not love this person. In fact, he does not even like this person.

    The second verse reveals he's fallen in love with someone else. "But I have to be sure
    When I walk out that door"... but he is unsure if this person he loves returns his feelings. He wants a guarantee that if he leaves his current relationship, the one he loves will be available, so he's not left all alone.

    "I don't want to live alone, hey
    God knows, got to make it on my own"

    He knows he should just leave, and that being in a relationship with someone he doesn't love is worse than being on his own. But he's torn, because he fears being alone.

    "So baby can't you see
    I've got to break free"

    This verse is addressing the one he loves. It's within his/her power to simply say he/she returns the feelings and won't allow him to be left all alone. Then he will have the courage to finally break free.
    nobodynowherenohowon April 17, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this is one of those songs that can be interpreted in lots of different ways. I love songs like this that can identify with so many people that need to identify with a song. For me the way I interpreted "I want to break free" is partly explored in the way it is used in the we will rock you musical. Wanting to break free from a a world that is just so false and corrupt and untrustworthy and evil, etc. And also I can identify with I want to break free, in terms of wanting to break free from my life the way and break free and change it and myself. This is one of my favoruite songs, based on the fact that it a brilliantly written song but also because the lyrics are so powerful. Songs like bohemian rhapsody are such amazing songs and so creative and imaginative. But I find that I connect more personally to the lyrics in songs like "I want to break free".
    xNatalie2491xon December 31, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI intepret the meaning of this song as a guy who is utterly in love with this one girl who is constantly leading him on. He gives her everything but in return she does not give him nothing. He knows that he needs to move on a "Break Free" from her lies and how satisfied she is with herself. However he is scared of this change of not being there for her and does not think he can make it on his own
    dasfuhreron January 05, 2014   Link
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    MemoryI've pondered the meaning of this song for 25 years--it has a deep personal meaning to me, and has always left me perplexed, because a guy that I was dating & deeply in love with dedicated the song to me at a bar one night. Our relationship was young, but we felt the same way about each other--in fact, he had professed deep love for me on our second date, despite being on the heels of a recent break-up.I honestly didn't know what the song meant, or what he meant by dedicating it to me As I think about it all these years later, I can't help but think that the song conveys a man's feelings of wanting to 'break free' from one relationship to pursue a new one; leave a relationship where his feeling have not exactly been returned, yet he was afraid of walking out that door & being alone if things don't work out.. His insecurities have kept him trapped in one relationship, and a bit hesitant to pursue a new one as he says "you're so self satisfied, I don't need you." He seems truly overwhelmed by his new lover, whom he proclaims to be his first true love (as my boyfriend did me), & saying " I can't get over the way you love me like you do." My boyfriend felt this way also--I accepted & loved him unconditionally, not just in spite of his flaws, but because of them--they made him who he was. So I think he was scared by these feelings, that someone could love him wholly & unconditionally. He ultimately does break free, immersed in a new relationship, but seems to express some remorse at the end of the song--perhaps leaving a long-term relationship for someone new, he felt apologetic, explaining why he had to break free & still a tad unsteady without her familiarity by his side. That's the best meaning I've come up with after years of thinking about that night in the bar! I suppose I could have asked him what he meant by playing it for me & never once questioned this!
    totalski11on October 12, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThis was one of my first Queen songs. I still love it to this day. However, the music video has to be the best. All of Queen is dressed in drag, and Freddy's in his leather shorts and vaccumming. Viva Freddy!
    knowthyselfon April 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentDespite most people thinking that this song was written by Freddie about him being gay, the song was actually written by John Deacon and in my opinion I think it was kinda inspired by the fact that John's seen as the quiet one but he'd love to 'break free' or it could mean that he wants to end a relationship but feels he can't because he 'can't get used to living without' the person in particular, so there you go, I've given you plenty of points to comment on now so write a comment because I can't believe only2 people have commented on such a great song.
    Katherine7486on April 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis video rocks, the meaning of the song is really obvious, somebody is trying to scape and be free!!!!
    COOL SONG, Freddy's voice ROCKS!!
    carmenrosaon May 25, 2004   Link

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