Song Challenge Take 2: Day 22

A song from a band or artist (member(s) deceased) you would have loved to have seen

“Under Pressure” / David Bowie and Queen (1982)

This was the easiest selection I’ve had to make thus far in the challenge. I am absolutely enamored of David Bowie and probably always will be. The day I learned that he died, the vocals only version of “Under Pressure” was released online and I’m not embarrassed to say that I wept while listening. Maybe it was the pregnancy hormones but I’m more likely to believe I was just overcome with sorrow at losing my favorite musician.

“Under Pressure” is my favorite song of all time. Not only do you have the otherworldly Bowie, but powerhouse Freddie Mercury comes in to sweep you off your feet. The vocals and driving bass line are enough to get anyone going. And I do mean going. This song always makes me want to go for a run or twirl in circles in my front yard. Something active.

Even when you remove the instruments, the vocals are powerful enough to stand on their own. Just read them and weep (literally and figuratively):

Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you, no man ask for
Under pressure that burns a building down
Splits a family in two
Puts people on streets

It’s the terror of knowing
What this world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming, “Let me out!”
Tomorrow gets me higher
Pressure on people – people on streets

Chippin’ around, kick my brains ’round the floor
These are the days – it never rains but it pours
People on streets – people on streets

It’s the terror of knowing
What this world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming, “Let me out!”
Tomorrow gets me higher, higher, higher…
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

Insanity laughs under pressure we’re cracking
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?..

‘Cause love’s such an old-fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love 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
Pressure

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  1. […] Day 22. A song from a band or artists (member(s) deceased) you would have loved to have seen. […]

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