Song - 'Show Must Go On' by Queen

There is something about Show Must Go On that breaks my heart each and every time. Much like Who Wants to Live Forever, it makes me think of Freddie, of immortality and foreknowledge and acceptance and, most of all, greatness that will never be forgotten.

Sonically, it's sweeping and operatic; it does things to my stupid romantic heart, and makes me want to stand on a clifftop and sing. It's nostalgic, something that I've always both loved and found it hard to deal with. It feels like standing on the edge of a precipice; something, you can feel, is about to end, and yet, even in the face of adversity -

Show must go on.
Show must go on.
Inside my heart is breaking,
My makeup may be flaking but my smile still stays on.

Whatever happens,
I'll leave it all to chance,
Another heartache,
Another failed romance.
On and on,
Does anybody know what we are living for?


It's each and every child's/teenager's/young adult's anthem, in a strange sense. Heartbreak all around, yet still soldiering through. It's dramatic and majestic and a bit self-aggrandizing and seriously, who doesn't love that? Because you can see the men who wrote it - the magnifiscent, genius men, and the incomparable, brilliantly talented man who sang it so close to the end of his life.

My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies,
Fairy tales of yesterday,
Will grow but never die,
I can fly, my friends!

Show must go on!


I think it's a terror that a lot of people feel - both that they will buckle under the pressure and be unable to carry on (see what I did there?), and that after they are gone, all they they were will sink into the earth and there will be nothing to mark their having existed.

But as another wonderful band once wrote, Oh how wrong we were to think immortality meant never dying.