I was watching Liverpool play Milan the other day and the Liverpool fans were singing " we shall not, we shall not be moved" over and over, and I thought, could this be the inspiration for We will rock you? The two phrases are very similar. Probably been discussed before, but I am a little slow these days.
John S Stuart wrote: No: One was a rock anthem - the other a folk protest of the Vietnam war.
The traditional song "I Shall Not Be Moved" was adapted during the 1930s as a protest song and renamed "We Shall Not Be Moved"
"We Shall Not Be Moved" was used by people during workers' union movements in America and was then picked up by the 1960s African American Civil Rights movement.
We Will Rock You was inspired by football style chants.Thats why there's all the stomping of feet and clapping of hands in the air.Something which a football crowd do when their team is winning.Plus Brian has said so somewhere,i dont know where.That is why it is tied in with We Are The Champions.
Freddie admitted to being surprised that nobody had written a song like that before.That was designed for a football crowd type audience as well.Hands in the air.Swaying from side to side.Again,all the things a football crowd might do when their team is winning.