♫ These Are The Days Of Our Lives ♫

This is a song by the British rock band Queen. Although credited to the whole band, it was largely written by their drummer Roger Taylor about his children, and how parenthood made him look back on his own life. Inevitably, the song took on new meaning when it was announced that Freddie Mercury, the band’s lead singer, had AIDS and knew he was going to die soon when he recorded this.

The song was released as a single in the United States on Freddie Mercury’s 45th birthday, September 5th 1991, and as double A-side single in Ireland and the United Kingdom on December 9th, in the wake of Mercury’s death, with the Queen track Bohemian Rhapsody. The double A-side debuted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart and remained there for five weeks, topped the Irish Singles Chart for six weeks, and reached #16 in Germany.

The video was filmed on May 30, 1991. It was Freddie Mercury’s last filmed performance, as he died on November 24 of that year. Unreleased backstage footage of the shooting of the video appeared in the Days of our Lives documentary, showing Mercury’s deteriorating physical condition (extremely skinny and pale) largely covered up by makeup and colorful attire. Brian May speculated in the documentary that Freddie was “saying his goodbye” in that video, knowing that he would likely not be healthy enough to perform anymore.

If you have an interest, you can watch the documentary on line, but since it is 2 hours in length, I did not embed it here.  I watched just a bit, though, and found it to be well worth the time.  Part I   Part II

George Michael and Lisa Stansfield sang this together at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Arena in 1992. In a 2018 Billboard interview, Stansfield recalled the experience:

“Everybody who did that show was just so famous at the time. It was like, legends all over the place, but nobody had an ego. The rehearsals were quite subdued. I remember at the rehearsals I was gonna do the thing with George, and I went and got myself a big bacon roll because I was starving. I had on one of Ian’s [Devaney, her husband and bandmate] coats and a big hat on. I really did look like a homeless person, buried in a bacon sandwich. Then I had to go do this thing with George, and he said, ‘F–king hell, how can you go eat bacon and [sing like] that?'”

The song never charted in the U..S. … I’m not sure why, for I do remember it being popular, or so I thought, anyway.

For David, on St. David’s Day … Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus

These Are The Days Of Our Lives 
Queen

Sometimes I get to feelin’
I was back in the old days, long ago
When we were kids, when we were young
Things seemed so perfect, you know?
The days were endless, we were crazy, we were young
The sun was always shinin’, we just lived for fun
Sometimes it seems like lately, I just don’t know
The rest of my life’s been, just a show

Those are the days of our lives
The bad things in life were so few
Those days are all gone now but one thing is true
When I look and I find I still love you
You can’t turn back the clock, you can’t turn back the tide
Ain’t that a shame?
Ooh, I’d like to go back one time on a roller coaster ride
When life was just a game
No use in sitting and thinkin’ on what you did
When you can lay back and enjoy it through your kids
Sometimes it seems like lately, I just don’t know
Better sit back and go, with the flow

These are the days of our lives
They’ve flown in the swiftness of time
These days are all gone now but some things remain
When I look and I find, no change

Those were the days of our lives, yeah
The bad things in life were so few
Those days are all gone now but one thing’s still true
When I look and I find, I still love you
I still love you

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Brian May / Freddie Mercury / John Deacon / Roger Taylor
These Are The Days Of Our Lives (2011 Remaster) lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

10 thoughts on “♫ These Are The Days Of Our Lives ♫

  1. A massive Diolch for this one Jill. You catch me on an emotional day, and yes I’m wearing my daffodil. This song really chokes me no matter that Roger wrote it about his children, Freddie made it his goodbye.Right down to his last whispered ‘I Love You’ for he did care for the group’s fans.
    I shall go an eat a whole trifle to make me feel better now.
    Cwtch

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