Under Pressure
Queen & David Bowie 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 song "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie touches on the theme of societal pressure that weighs heavily on individuals and families alike. The song opens with a series of repetitive, rhythmic syllables before launching into the lyrics that describe the oppressive nature of pressure that can bring down a building and split families apart. The chorus touches on the terror of knowing and watching people suffer from this pressure. The second verse is more introspective and describes the singer's struggles with personal pressure and keeping love alive even in difficult circumstances. The song then ends with a repetition of the theme in the chorus "under pressure."


Line by Line Meaning

Mm-noom-ba-deh
Instrumental Intro


Doom-boom-ba-beh
Instrumental Intro


Doo-boo-boom-ba-beh-beh
Instrumental Intro


Pressure pushin' down on me
The weight of expectations and workload is becoming too much for me to handle


Pressin' down on you, no man ask for
The same pressure is being imposed on others who never asked for it


Under pressure that brings a building down
The stress can cause a complete collapse of a person or organization


Splits a family in two, puts people on streets
The pressure can lead to the division of families or homelessness


Mm-ba-ba-beh, mm-ba-ba-beh
Instrumental


Dee-day-da, ee-day-da
Instrumental


That's okay
Accepting the inevitability of the situation, despite the pressure


That's the terror of knowing what this world is about
The anxiety that stems from understanding the harsh reality of the world we live in


Watchin' some good friends screamin', "Let me out"
Witnessing the emotional distress and breakdown of close friends and loved ones


Pray tomorrow gets me higher
Hoping for a better day tomorrow, with less pressure and more positivity


Pressure on people, people on streets
The domino effect of pressure leads to unrest and turmoil in society


Da-da-da, mm-mm
Instrumental


Da-da-da-ba-bum
Instrumental


Okay
Accepting the situation, despite the chaos


Chippin' around, kick my brains 'round the floor
Feeling scattered and unable to focus or be productive due to the pressure


These are the days it never rains but it pours
Experiencing a series of unfortunate events, one after another, which compounds the pressure


Ee-doh-ba-buh, ee-da-ba-ba-bop
Instrumental


Mm-bo-bop, beh-lup
Instrumental


People on streets, ee-da-dee-da-day
The pressure is causing unrest and chaos amongst the people


People on streets, ee-da-dee-da-dee-da-dee-da
The pressure is having a ripple effect, causing problems at every level of society


Turned away from it all like a blind man
Ignoring the problem and pretending it doesn't exist, similar to being blind to it


Sat on the fence but it don't work
Trying to remain neutral and uninvolved, but still being affected by the pressure


Keep comin' up with love but it's so slashed and torn
Attempting to bring love and positivity into the situation, but it's not enough to combat the pressure


Why, why, why?
Questioning the cause of the pressure


Love
The solution to the pressure and chaos


Insanity laughs under pressure we're breaking
The overwhelming pressure can cause a mental breakdown and insanity


Can't we give ourselves one more chance?
Asking for a second chance to make things right and reduce the pressure


Why can't we give love that one more chance?
The idea that love and positivity can override pressure and chaos, if given a chance


Give love, give love, give love, give love
The solution is to give more love, understanding and compassion


Give love, give love, give love, give love?
Asking why we can't give love another chance to heal and bring peace


'Cause love's such an old-fashioned word
The word love might seem outdated, but it's still the solution to the problem


And love dares you to care for
Encouraging people to show compassion and care for others


The people on the edge of the night
Those who are struggling and in need of help


And love dares you to change our way of
Proposing a change in attitude towards love and compassion


Caring about ourselves
Focusing on the well-being of ourselves and others


This is our last dance
The situation has escalated and this might be the final attempt to make things right before it's too late


This is our last dance
Reinforcing the idea that time is running out to fix the situation


This is ourselves
Taking charge of the situation and acknowledging that it's up to us to make a change


Under pressure
The constant weight of expectations and workload that makes life difficult


Under pressure
Reinforcing the idea of being under constant stress and pressure


Pressure
The cause of chaos and turmoil in society




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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