Album: Sheer Heart Attack (1974)


  • Queen's lyrics often reveal a quirky sense of humor, and this song seems to be about that peculiarly male problem of premature ejaculation. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Peter - Sydney, Australia
  • "Misfire" is notable in that it is the first song John Deacon was credited for writing in Queen history. His bandmates often noted in interviews how he was very shy and cautious about putting forward his suggestions for songs, not thinking that they were good enough for consideration. The band gently coaxed him out of his shell, though, and he became something of a "secret weapon" (as described my keyboardist Fred Mandel in the Days of our Lives documentary) for the group, writing "major hits out of nowhere" - the first of those being "You're My Best Friend" on A Night at the Opera, and perhaps his biggest being "Another One Bites The Dust."

Comments: 6

  • Babooshka from NetherlandsWhy does a song always need to have a meaning. When people asked Freddie about Bohemian Rhapsody, he would never say it. Fans need to interpret the songs themselves! This song has nothing to do with sex.
  • Michael from New York CityIs that a bass guitar solo, instead of the usual guitar solo?
  • Baconator from GxThe "Misfire" refers to Cupid (Amor/Eros) and his gold-tipped or lead-tipped arrows. Over a decade later Deacon picks up another line from Vergil's Eclogue: "Omnia vincit Amor: et nos cedamus Amori" - "Love conquers all, and so let us surrender ourselves to Love." in his song "One Year Of Love".
  • Jfv from Philadelphia, PaIn addition to his normal bass playing, John Deacon also played many of the guitar parts on Misfire. Also, the song is not about premature ejaculation.
  • Jacko from London, EnglandThere's no such thing as premature ejaculation.If women can't keep up that's their problem
  • Joe from , MoIs that what this song is really about that? Hmm? Its kinda funny if it is. Great song tho.
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