Is This The World We Created?

Album: The Works (1984)


  • At face value, this pre-Live Aid song is about third-world poverty and the huge imbalances between rich and poor. However, Queen songs often come in clever pairs, best listened to in the order on the album. This song follows "Hammer To Fall," which is about a nuclear apocalypse and ends with a loud bang. The second song laments "the world we devastated, right to the bone." >>
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    Stu - Fife, Scotland
  • This is often the forgotten song of Queen's Live Aid performance: everyone remembers their six-song main set which catapulted them to fame, but it's easy to forget that Brian May and Freddie Mercury came out later into the evening to perform this song as a duo, before joining in on the final ensemble performance of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" to close the show, featuring most of the artists who had performed on the London stage as well as Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, who had organized and curated the show.

Comments: 6

  • Lynn from TexasThis song was actually written by Brian and Freddie because of the news footage of the famine but before Live Aid was ever conceived. Freddie told Brian that he couldn't stand to watch it and had to turn the news off so they sat down and wrote the song together in the studio. Worked perfectly then for Live Aid and people assumed that they had written the song specifically for the concert.
  • Kirstyn from Straphclyde, United KingdomMy mum HATES Queen, but i played this song, and she told me it was one of the best she had ever heard.
  • Rose from Boston, MaThis song makes me want to get off my rear and save the world from poverty and disease. Especially since the first time I heard it was on a Live Aid DVD.
  • Scott from Dvonport, United StatesTHis song has great meaning to what has and is going on in the world so read or listen and understand
  • Rosa from Reading, Englandlove this song. comepletly gorgeous live
  • Amy from Dallas, TxGood song. Acutally for me they're all good! :-D
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