Under Pressure
Queen Lyrics


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Mm-noom-ba-deh
Doom-boom-ba-beh
Doo-boo-boom-ba-beh-beh

Pressure pushin' down on me
Pressin' down on you, no man ask for
Under pressure that brings a building down
Splits a family in two, puts people on streets
Mm-ba-ba-beh, mm-ba-ba-beh
Dee-day-da, ee-day-da
That's okay

That's the terror of knowing what this world is about
Watchin' some good friends screamin', "Let me out"
Pray tomorrow gets me higher
Pressure on people, people on streets

Da-da-da, mm-mm
Da-da-da-ba-bum
Okay

Chippin' around, kick my brains 'round the floor
These are the days it never rains but it pours
Ee-doh-ba-buh, ee-da-ba-ba-bop
Mm-bo-bop, beh-lup
People on streets, ee-da-dee-da-day
People on streets, ee-da-dee-da-dee-da-dee-da

It's the terror of knowing what this world is about
Watching some good friends screaming, "Let me out"
Pray tomorrow gets me higher, higher, high
Pressure on people, people on streets

Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on the fence but it don't work
Keep comin' up with love but it's so slashed and torn
Why, why, why?
Love
Insanity laughs under pressure we're breaking

Can't we give ourselves one more chance?
Why can't we give love that one more chance?
Why can't we give love, give love, give love, give love
Give love, give love, give love, give love?

'Cause love's such an old-fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves

Under pressure




Under pressure
Pressure

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Queen's song Under Pressure convey a message of the intense pressure and stress that people face in their daily lives. The song starts with the mellow and rhythmic verse "Mm-noom-ba-deh, Doom-boom-ba-beh, Doo-boo-boom-ba-beh-beh" and builds up to the powerful chorus "Under pressure, Pressure." The song's title itself represents the pressure that individuals face and how it can be overwhelming, leading to conflicts and breakdowns that may break families apart and put people on the streets. The lyrics also highlight the importance of love and care for others amidst all the pressure and chaos.


The lyrics also depict the terror of knowing about the harsh realities of the world that people live in, where people are often left screaming for help. The song suggests that such pressure can lead to the breakdown of mental health, causing people to turn away and sit on the fence, unable to cope. The lyrics encourage giving love one more chance and daring individuals to care about others on the edge of the night. The song ends with the repeated message of "Under Pressure," emphasizing the constant pressure that humans face.


Line by Line Meaning

Mm-noom-ba-deh
Vocals used as intro, no specific meaning


Doom-boom-ba-beh
Instrumental used as intro, no specific meaning


Doo-boo-boom-ba-beh-beh
Instrumental used as intro, no specific meaning


Pressure pushin' down on me
Feeling overwhelmed and burdened by the stresses of life


Pressin' down on you, no man ask for
Feeling burdened by external pressures not caused by oneself


Under pressure that brings a building down
Intense pressure can cause irreparable damage to the things we hold dear


Splits a family in two, puts people on streets
Pressure can cause family and community breakdown, leading to displacement and homelessness


Mm-ba-ba-beh, mm-ba-ba-beh
Instrumental used in transition, no specific meaning


Dee-day-da, ee-day-da
Instrumental used in transition, no specific meaning


That's okay
Acknowledging life's difficulties but striving to carry on


That's the terror of knowing what this world is about
Coming to terms with the frightening reality of the world we live in


Watchin' some good friends screamin', "Let me out"
Seeing those close to us struggling against the pressures of life


Pray tomorrow gets me higher
Hoping for relief and a better future


Pressure on people, people on streets
The weight of pressure affects everyone, even leading to homelessness and poverty


Da-da-da, mm-mm
Instrumental used in transition, no specific meaning


Da-da-da-ba-bum
Instrumental used in transition, no specific meaning


Okay
Acknowledging that things will be tough, but trying to stay optimistic


Chippin' around, kick my brains 'round the floor
Feeling lost and overwhelmed, unable to think clearly


These are the days it never rains but it pours
Life feels like a constant battle, with multiple negative issues piling up


Ee-doh-ba-buh, ee-da-ba-ba-bop
Instrumental used in transition, no specific meaning


Mm-bo-bop, beh-lup
Instrumental used in transition, no specific meaning


People on streets, ee-da-dee-da-day
Acknowledging the prevalence of homelessness and poverty


People on streets, ee-da-dee-da-dee-da-dee-da
Reiterating that homelessness and poverty are widespread issues, affecting many


Turned away from it all like a blind man
Feeling helpless and disconnected from the world around us


Sat on the fence but it don't work
Trying to stay neutral in difficult situations, but feeling like it's not enough


Keep comin' up with love but it's so slashed and torn
Striving to maintain loving relationships, but feeling like they're falling apart


Why, why, why?
Expressing frustration and confusion about life's difficulties


Love
Love is the solution to many of the world's problems


Insanity laughs under pressure we're breaking
The stress of life can lead to madness and breakdown


Can't we give ourselves one more chance?
Urging oneself and others to not give up, but to keep trying


Why can't we give love that one more chance?
Stressing the importance of love and connection to overcome life's difficulties


Give love, give love, give love, give love
Repeating the importance of showing love and care for others


Cause love's such an old-fashioned word
Acknowledging that love can be seen as cheesy or outdated


And love dares you to care for
Love challenges us to show compassion and concern for others


The people on the edge of the night
Empathizing with those who are struggling and vulnerable


And love dares you to change our way of
Love motivates us to change the status quo, to make the world a better place


Caring about ourselves
Encouraging self-love and self-care, as a way to better care for others


This is our last dance
This life is fleeting, and we must make the most of it


This is our last dance
Reiteration that we must make the most of our time on this earth


This is ourselves
We are responsible for how we live our lives, and the impact we have on others


Under pressure
A refrain throughout the song, representing the challenges and stresses of life


Under pressure
Reiteration of the challenges of modern life


Pressure
Summarizing the overarching theme of the song




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: David Bowie, John Richard Deacon, Brian Harold May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Meddows Taylor

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@sanchezsebastian7

"Cause love's such an old-fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love dares you to change our ways of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves"

Literal chills man. Truer words have never been spoken before nor after.



@Readingwithalex42

[Verse 1: David Bowie]
Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you
No man ask for

[Freddie Mercury]
Under pressure
That brings a building down
Splits a family in two

[David Bowie]
Puts people on streets

[Bridge: Freddie Mercury]
Um ba ba be
Um ba ba be
De day da
Ee day da - that's okay

[Verse 2: David Bowie]
It's the terror of knowing
What the world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming

[Freddie Mercury]
'Let me out'
Pray tomorrow gets me higher

[David Bowie]
Pressure on people people on streets

[Verse 3: Freddie Mercury]
Day day de mm hm
Da da da ba ba
Okay
Chipping around - kick my brains around the floor
These are the days it never rains but it pours
Ee do ba be
Ee da ba ba ba
Um bo bo
Be lap

[David Bowie] People on streets

[Freddie Mercury] ee da de da de

[David Bowie] People on streets

[Freddie Mercury] ee da de da de da de da

[Verse 4: David Bowie]
It's the terror of knowing
What this world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming

[Together] 'Let me out'

[Freddie Mercury]
Pray tomorrow - gets me higher
Higher
High

[David Bowie]
Pressure on people people on streets

[Freddie Mercury]
Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on a fence but it don't work

[Verse 5: David Bowie]
Keep coming up with love
But it's so slashed and torn

[Freddie Mercury]
Why - why - why?

[David Bowie]
Love love love love love
Insanity laughs under pressure we're breaking

[Verse 6: Freddie Mercury]
Can't we give ourselves one more chance
Why can't we give love that one more chance
Why can't we give love give love give love give love
Give love give love give love give love give love

[Verse 7: David Bowie]
Because love's such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the (People on streets) edge of the night
And loves (People on streets) dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure
Under pressure
Pressure



@ao623

RIP
Freddie Mercury
David Bowie
Elvis Presley
Michael Jackson
Kurt Cobain
Aretha Franklin
John Lennon
George Harrison
Bob Marley
Frank Sinatra
Prince Nelson
Whitney Houston
John Denver
John Bonham
Louis Armstrong
George Michael
Maurice Gibb
Robin Gibb
Andy Gibb
Johnny Cash
Karen Carpenter
Tupac Shakur
Christopher Wallace
They are the legends that we always love.
Edit: RIP to recent death singers, Kenny Rogers and Bill Withers.



@ermiasdeangeli3191

Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you no man ask for
Under pressure
That burns a building down
Splits a family in two
Puts people on streets

It’s the terror of knowing
What this world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming “let me out”
Pray tomorrow gets me higher
Pressure on people
People on the streets

Chipping around
kick my brains on the floor
These are the days
It never rains but it pours

People on streets
People on streets

It’s the terror of knowing
What this world is about
Watching some good friends
screaming “let me out”
Pray tomorrow gets me higher
Pressure on people
People on the streets

Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on a fence but it don’t work
Keep coming up with love
but it’s so slashed and torn
Why
Love
Insanity laughs
under pressure
we’re cracking
Can’t we give ourselves
one more chance
Why can’t we give love
that one more chance
Why can’t we give love

Cause love’s such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care
for the people
on the edge of the night
And love dares to change
our way of caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under Pressure
Under Pressure
Pressure



@Leaving.Entropia

Mmm num ba de
Dum bum ba be
Doo buh dum ba beh beh
Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you, no man ask for
Under pressure that burns a building down
Splits a family in two
Puts people on streets
Um ba ba be
Um ba ba be
De day da
Ee day da, that's okay
It's the terror of knowing what the world is about
Watching some good friends screaming
"Let me out!"
Pray tomorrow gets me higher
Pressure on people, people on streets
Day day de mm hm
Da da da ba ba
Okay
Chipping around, kick my brains around the floor
These are the days it never rains but it pours
Ee do ba be
Ee da ba ba ba
Um bo bo
Be lap
People on streets
Ee da de da de
People on streets
Ee da de da de da de da
It's the terror of knowing what the world is about
Watching some good friends screaming
'Let me out'
Pray tomorrow gets me higher, high
Pressure on people, people on streets
Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on a fence but it don't work
Keep coming up with love but it's so slashed and torn
Why, why, why?
Love, love, love, love, love
Insanity laughs under pressure we're breaking
Can't we give ourselves one more chance?
Why can't we give love that one more chance?
Why can't we give love, give love, give love, give love
Give love, give love, give love, give love, give love?
'Cause love's such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love (people on streets) dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves under pressure
Under pressure
Pressure



@rubeng3

Lyrics:

Mm-noom-ba-deh
Doom-boom-ba-beh
Doo-boo-boom-ba-beh-beh
Pressure pushin' down on me
Pressin' down on you, no man ask for
Under pressure that brings a building down
Splits a family in two, puts people on streets
Mm-ba-ba-beh, mm-ba-ba-beh
Dee-day-da, ee-day-da
That's okay
That's the terror of knowing what this world is about
Watchin' some good friends screamin', "Let me out"
Pray tomorrow gets me higher
Pressure on people, people on streets
Da-da-da, mm-mm
Da-da-da-ba-bum
Okay
Chippin' around, kick my brains 'round the floor
These are the days it never rains but it pours
Ee-doh-ba-buh, ee-da-ba-ba-bop
Mm-bo-bop, beh-lup
People on streets, ee-da-dee-da-day
People on streets, ee-da-dee-da-dee-da-dee-da
It's the terror of knowing what this world is about
Watching some good friends screaming, "Let me out"
Pray tomorrow gets me higher, higher, high
Pressure on people, people on streets
Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on the fence but it don't work
Keep comin' up with love but it's so slashed and torn
Why, why, why?
Love
Insanity laughs under pressure we're breaking
Can't we give ourselves one more chance?
Why can't we give love that one more chance?
Why can't we give love, give love, give love, give love
Give love, give love, give love, give love?
'Cause love's such an old-fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure
Under pressure
Pressure



All comments from YouTube:

@brontox098

"I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone." - Robin Williams

@yepimfresh

brontox095 no worst thing is to die alone

@Aggie1295

@@yepimfresh We all die alone

@yepimfresh

Thomas Reed I mean with no loved ones there next to you before you go

@ducklips5497

YepImFresh he’s saying a line that a person said dumbass

@gregsander8439

@@yepimfresh lol

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@limbo2587

May God bless their souls

R.I.P Freddie Mercury
R.I.P David Bowie

@Imluac

May they Rest In Peace they were the best ever
The only thing that I can enjoy in this world with out being pushed to my height limit
And can be told to do your best cough parents cough

@Tomani02

Stand Master and Stand.

@yummybaba2791

Stop correcting him. Freddie is his nick and reference and that’s not his real name and unless you spell his real name wrong, then that would be a full error. It’s his nick, as you can spell Christy-Christi or whatever..my point is it’s not a big deal

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