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Jesus by Queen

Album: QueenReleased: 1973
  • Freddie Mercury wrote this. He was not a Christian, but was in fact Zoroastrian, so it is a bit odd that he wrote a song about Jesus. >>
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    Douglas - Strathroy, Canada
  • The effects created by Brian May's guitar in the lengthy instrumental break led to the band being labeled "Psychedelic Rock" by many critics in Queen's early years. May has some interesting comments on the first album's propensity for complexity and over-arrangement (such as on "Jesus"). "We like some of the stuff on it, but we sometimes fell into the trap of over-arrangement," he said. "You know, the songs changed over the years and some of them probably evolved too much. You can get so far into something that you forget what the song originally was. But you have to get away from the idea that playing music is a competition. You should just keep on doing what you think is an interesting thing to do."
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Comments: 12

Stefano, yes its a great song, but both Jesus & Mad The Swine were never played in concert in the early years. Or at all for that matter.Steve - Hockessin, De
Paul, When I downloaded Queen (the album), Mad the Swine was included, and I didn't know that it's like...a bonus track until recently.
If you download a Queen discography off of Piratebay.org or Torrentz.com, it'll probably be included. You definitely should look into it, I love that song.
Anna - Ann Arbor, Mi
Paul, Mad the Swine is only contained as a bonus track in the Hollywood re-release of the Queen CD. However the song was played live in concert several times in their early years.Stefano - Rome, Italy
Mad the swine OMG I have never heard it, It is not on my copy of QueenPaul - Brisbane, Qld, Australia
This song is great. Arent they all?Amy - Dallas, Tx
Fred was born into that religion and culture, it was necicarlily his own and it certianly didnt follow it whatsoever throughout his life. I dont even really consider it his actual relgion. its much more his family's. HE did have some sort of cerimony according to it for his funeral I think... but really wasnt dedicated to it throughout his life, you know.Freddie - Orlando, Fl
Not that this has anything whatsoever to do with the song, but Freddie Mercury's religion.........

Zoroastrianism and Christianity have their links.. In fact, some may say without Christianity developed many of its beliefs etc from Zoroastrianism... But whatever........
Ozzzy - Sydney, Australia
Another one on that first album I failed to mention-- Mad the Swine. "Ive come to save you,save you... gather round, put out your hands and prise the Lord... when will you realise youre all equel in his eyes.." more Jesus things, really. Thats really a signifigant amount of references to think about.Freddie - Orlando, Fl
It is interesting that many of the songs that Freddie wrote on the first Queen album had reference to Jesus. There was a bit in "Great King Rat" and said "The great Lord before he died, with nailed sinners by his side, said 'youre going to realise tommorow'" refferencing the man on the cross next to Jesus who put his faith in him as he died and Jesus promised him paradise by his side when they were to die. Also, the song "Lair" on there basically sounds like Fred is in some sort of a confessional, trying to sort out all the sins in his life, trying to repent or become clean and directed in the right way, but isnt met with much sympathy,(nobody beleives you, everything you do is sin, never let you in, etc.) and all of it really indicateds that there was a lot of hard things that were going on and that Freddie was looking for somthing, toying with ideas, feeling that he needed this kind of forgivness or newnewal of life, and even looking into christanity and the ideas of it. Its really a beautiful but equally tragic search. He was so dispersed in what he wrote anyway, history and whatnot. as he said, he was perfectly ware of what was going on in the world, what was popular, but he would do Justice to the song. and he always seemed to do that.Freddie - Orlando, Fl
Contains a very loose band jam session in the middle of the song. Not unusual for the 1970s, but Queen quickly became much more structured in their compositions, so to hear them play so free-form sounds unusual.Kent Lyle - Palo Alto, Ca
Many of the songs on this first album contain copious references to God, Jesus, and the Bible. One outtake from these sessions, "Mad the Swine", was basically about a Jesus-type figure making a second coming.Kent Lyle - Palo Alto, Ca
Freddie probably wrote it because he was experiementing with styles he uses. He's done virtually everything. His best in my opinion are progressive metal songs, and love songs.Kevin - Bridgeport, Ct
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