Tuesday, 2 December 2008

2. Mercury Poisoning

CAUTION: Yen's blog contains harsh lanugage and even harsher notions of propriety. Reader discretion is advised.

So it's not like I've been listening to a lot of Queen lately, but someone over the other side of the office has Virgin internet radio on during the day, and Queen tracks get fairly regular playings. It seems to me like there are gaps in the logic of the lyrics with some of their tracks. Ones I've noticed recently:

"It's a kind of magic"
Kind of? It's either magic or it's not, Freddie, don't be vague about it! Either you're in league with Satan, performing feats that defy the established laws of physics... or it's just a trick. In fact, "It's a kind of trick" would have worked much better, AND they could have used it for the theme tune to New Tricks instead of getting Waterman to sing one of his songs.

"I want to break free of your lies, you're so self-satisfied, I don't need you"
I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume Freddie's singing about a bloke (not that it matters). The lying part, I can understand. No-one needs that. But if Freddie's putting together a laundry-list of complaints to fire at the guy in question before he dumps him, surely "self satisfied" can't be that high up, can it? He's pissed off because his boyfriend's quite a happy bloke who's comfortable with what he's achieved and who he is? Seems a little unnecessary coming from a millionaire pop-star, doesn't it?
Unless he just means the guy's a smug bastard, of course. But even so, he should have known that when he met him...

"I'm flying through the sky, yeah. Two hundred degrees that's why they call me Mister Fahrenheit..."
This one's a puzzler. a) Exactly WHO calls him Mister Fahrenheit? b) Assuming these people exist, exactly WHY do they call him that? The line in the song doesn't explain it as well as Freddie seems to think.
I had a great thought that maybe something important happens at 200º Fahrenheit? Maybe that's the temperature that Mercury boils at? Wouldn't that be a fucking great reference to put in a song? It's not though. Mercury boils at 674.6ºF (357ºC), so that's out.
I'm also assuming he means degrees of temperature? If in front of you is 0º, straight up is 90º and behind you is 180º, then 200º would be somewhere down in the ground, so he's obviously not flying at an angle.
Freddie Fahrenheit would, of course, be a fantastic name, especially if you were a weather presenter. Whereas Cecil Celsius doesn't sound quite as rock'n'roll.

Answers on a postcard please...

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