Understanding the Lyrics: Under Pressure

Happy Monday!


I’m back with another song that has been stuck in my head/speaking to me lately.

That’s right.

Under Pressure

I’m sure we all have our own images and memories associated with this song. Recently, the radio has been playing this version more often and I am HERE for it.

It also came up not long ago in an episode of Magicians.*

Now, I know this isn’t the BEST – it’s a group of actors (who may or may not have any musical background), but I think they did a pretty good job.

C’mon, tell the truth – it’s not any different than you and your friends in high school/college in the car.


It is amazing to me the insight and depth these two musicians put into their music and the world is a darker place with them gone.


Try to read the lyrics without the full score of music playing in your head.


Under Pressure

David Bowie, Queen

Mm ba ba de
Um bum ba de
Um bu bu bum da de
Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you no man ask for
Under pressure that brings 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
Chippin’ 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 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 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 (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

Songwriters: Daniel Gonschorek / Axel Gundlach / Eric Lamont Smith / Volker Lindner / Frank Moesner / Harald Schubert / J. Supreme / Toyin (trooper) Taylor
Under Pressure lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Tintoretto Music

*A note about Magicians

This show is somewhat like any of the other big series (Game of Thrones, Westworld, Sopranos, etc.).

Do you watch it? Yes.

Would you recommend it to a friend? …uh…..

The reason for the hesitation is for all the hell and emotional turmoil you know they would face. Would they enjoy it as much as you? Maybe.

If they don’t, will they blame you for the parts you know are coming (ie. Red Wedding, Shame, etc. in Game of Thrones)? Hell. Yes.

So, here’s my disclaimer on Magicians.

It is a VERY well written show. The first season was fun. Mostly. It had a point. You were on an adventure with your friends, the main characters. Did the second season suck? A bit. Did the third season redeem the whole damn thing? Damnit, yes.

The REASON I don’t recommend this show is because it is FULL of triggers – suicide, depression, sexual assault, etc. Now, none of these issues are handled lightly or just wedged in for a plot point – they are each a main part of the story (and true to the books they are based upon), BUT please know these triggers are real.

To the show’s credit, they are diligent about posting related information about getting yourself or a loved one help if necessary (ex. posting information about the suicide prevention hotline, sexual assault hotline, etc.).

If you’ve watched any of this series, let me know what you think of it. Do you agree with me? Do you have a favorite episode?

I hope you have a wonderful day and you walk around with Under Pressure in your head.


Categories: Music & Movies

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