It always struck me that if Freddie was alive those lyrics wouldn't survive.
It seems to me like so anti-poetic that its bad taste in the end.
The song is quite nice and for or instance the opening "the harder we play, the faster we fall" is very promising.
But that "people just can't afford" line....sounds so bad,Freddie would cringe.
Do you agree?
Well, if Freddie was still alive, the chances are Queen wouldn't be so involved in AIDS projects, and the song wouldn't have been written. The bare fact is that in order for Freddie to still be alive, he'd have to not have been infected when he was.
If we can imagine a scenario like Andy Bell, who was infected but has survived, I don't know how much Freddie would be involved in actually writing songs about the plight of AIDS victims in the developing world. I didn't know Freddie and if he was still alive he'd probably have a different outlook on life in 2015 than he would have had in 1985, as is normal as people age.
I don't think it's artistically a bad line anyway. I think it's quite an important line. Freddie could afford the treatments, and they gave him a little more time but ultimately didn't save him, because the technology wasn't there. There are countless scores of people who not only can't get basic HIV treatments, but on top of that don't even have sanitation. This is one of the reasons, to change the subject slightly, that Ebola took such a hold in West Africa last year - open sewers, no flush toilets, very little clean water. There is so much injustice in this world with disparity, it hurts and makes me cringe to think about it.
Sorry, didn't mean to come across as the moral conscience there.... rant over!
Again. This is not about AIDS or how relevant the song is.
Its about artistry in terms of "poetry quality " of this specific lyrics.
Freddie had a way not to sound dull.
Queen minus Freddie, not so much.
It just fits the song. I mean, it's called "Say It's Not True"! You want it to be true?
He is talking about things that shouldn't happen in the real life. It's poetically correct, for me, for meeee, for mEEEEEEEEEEEEE.