Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie

February 11, 2022

Today’s song of the day is “Under Pressure” by the British rock band “Queen” & singer David Bowie.

Fun Facts

  • “Under Pressure” was included as a bonus track on Queen’s 1982 album Hot Space.
  • The song peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Queen’s second number one in the country (after 1975’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which spent nine weeks at the top) and Bowie’s third (following 1980’s “Ashes to Ashes” and the 1975 reissue of “Space Oddity”).
  • The song peaked at No. 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in January 1982 and re-charted at No. 45 in the US for one week following Bowie’s death in January 2016.
  • It was also ranked number 31 on VH1’s list of the ’80s’ 100 Greatest Songs. In a poll conducted by Rolling Stone magazine, the song was rated the second-best collaboration of all time.
  • From 1981 to 1986, “Under Pressure” was performed live at every Queen concert. It is featured on the Queen Rock Montreal and Live at Wembley ’86 live albums.
  • The song appeared on several editions of Queen’s initial Greatest Hits compilations, including the 1981 Elektra CD in the United States. It appears on the band’s greatest hits compilations Greatest Hits II, Classic Queen, and Absolute Greatest, as well as David Bowie anthologies such as Best of Bowie (2002), The Platinum Collection (2005), Nothing Has Changed (2014), and Legacy (2015). (2016).
  • It was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA in the United States on 20 March 2018 for sales of over two million digital download equivalent copies.

Lyrics:

(AZ Lyrics)

Pressure: pushing down on me,

Pressing down on you, no man asks for.

Under pressure that burns a building down,

Splits a family in two,

Puts people on streets.

That’s OK.

That’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.

OK.

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, 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 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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