These Are the Days of Our Lives

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While U.S. audiences seemed to close Queen off the charts, this song is proof that they still made great music. This single was released as a single in 1991 with the recently re-released "Bohemian Rhapsody." This song is reminiscent of Joni Mitchell's ruminative work on Night Ride Home and Annie Lennox's more pensive tracks. Although one probably wouldn't look for lead singer Freddie Mercury to offer sage advice, that's precisely what makes this track work. The lyrical core of "These Are the Days of Our Lives" seems to embrace the past and the future equally. In fact, a lyrical passage implies that looking back really offers little, but you could relax and live through the trials and triumphs of kids. It's a sweet, strange sentiment coming from a singer who has often made being self-absorbed an art form. To help with the message here, guitarist Brian May touches on a regret and sorrow that Mercury wouldn't bring himself to underline. Perhaps it's a good thing that Mercury didn't look back with tears. With a sense of perspective, Mercury finds love as the one constant as he sings, "I look and I find/I still love you." This song ended up being one of Mercury's performances and videos. Although at the time AIDS was taking it's toll, the video gave a perfect chance to see him acting out the lyrics in his inimitable gestures. This was clearly a song he loved. One listen and you might too.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Innuendo 1991 Hollywood 4:15
Greatest Hits III 1999 Hollywood 4:22