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We Are the Champions
This song has a slow tempo and is altogether calmer in mood compared to the fast and chaotic Bohemian Rhapsody. The song comes from the album "News Of The World". The instruments in this piece of music are the traditional rock instruments such as the lead and bass guitar as well as drum kit and vocals.
The song appears right after "We Will Rock You" on "News Of The World". Queen used this pair of songs respectively to open and close their concerts. We Are The Champions has also been attacked by Christian Organizations and Christian Schools claiming it promotes Gay Pride in which rumour has it, the song was written as a Gay Pride song.
Freddie (1985): "I have to win people over, otherwise it's not a successful gig. It's my job to make sure people have a good time. That's part of my duty. It's all to do with feeling in control. That song We Are The Champions has been taken up by football fans because it's a winners' song. I can't believe that somebody hasn't written a new song to overtake it"
Brian May (1991): "I can understand some people saying We Are The Champions was bombastic. But it wasn't saying Queen are the champions, it was saying all of us are. It made the concert like a football match, but with everyone on the same side"
Brian (1998): "His (Freddie's) songs say it all: Lily Of The Valley, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, The March Of The Black Queen, We Are The Champions, The Miracle, Play The Game and many others all have the finest shades of emotion among the bold strokes. Freddie never wanted to discuss his lyrics: "They should speak for themselves" was his curt dismissal. But the imagination in those lyrics compiled with a magical sense of melody, and a deft knack of sliding between keys at the drop of a hat, made him one of the truly original songwriters of our time"
Brian (1999): "You can read it as pure arrogance. But in concerts there are no losers and the losing streaks in ourselves are forgotten, so it works as a self-affirming thing. I remember saying, you can't do this, Fred. You'll get killed. He just said, 'Yes we can'"
Brian (2003): "I too remember finding it arrogant at the time Freddie first sang it to us, and I'm sure I said so. But there was an uncompromising arrogance in Freddie – that was his truth and he spoke his truth."
Roger Taylor (1998): "It's quite amazing. I heard it at the end of World Cup, the final as well, which was great actually"
Roger (1999): "'No time for losers' is a silly line, but it wasn't written seriously. It was a throw-away."
John Deacon (2001): "One of our best songs"
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