An Analysis of 'The Show Must Go On' from Queen's 1991 Album 'Innuendo'
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"The Show Must Go On," from Queen's 1991 album Innuendo, is perhaps one of the most poignant and biographical songs composed during the band's career. While the song was written by the band's guitarist, Brian May, it is a story about the band's front man, Freddie Mercury. The song communicates that one should continue to try and continue to fight for what they want and what they believe in even if the whole world appears to be crumbling around them. "The Show Must Go On" may be considered to be one of Mercury's most personal songs due to the fact that he was in ill health at the time the song was recorded. Like the title of the song, Mercury believed that he had to continue to work even if he was not feeling well. According to Brian May, Mercury was so sick that he did not know if he was going to be able to record the song; May remembers that Mercury could barely walk during this time, however Mercury would not let that keep him from recording the song. On the contrary, May recalls telling Mercury, "Fred, I don't know if this is going to be possible to sing"¦And he went, 'I'll fucking do it, darling' vodka down and went in and killed it, completely lacerated that vocal" ("#18-Freddie Mercury). This attitude is also seen in the lyrics of the song. One of the themes of the song are the things that are kept hidden from public view and how these things are hidden not out of spite, but because it is necessary. For instance, Mercury wonders what drives people to go on and