Play The Game

Album: The Game (1980)
Charted: 14 42
  • Open up your mind and let me step inside
    Rest your weary head and let your heart decide
    It's so easy when you know the rules
    It's so easy
    All you have to do is fall in love

    Play the game, everybody play the game
    Of love

    When your feeling down and your resistance is low
    Light another cigarette and let yourself go
    This is your life, don't play hard to get
    It's a free world
    All you have to do is fall in love
    Play the game everybody play the game of love

    My game of love has just begun
    Love runs from my head down to my toes
    My love is pumping trough my veins
    Driving me insane

    Play the game, play the game
    Play the game, play the game

    Play the game everybody play the game of love
    This is your life, don't play hard to get
    It's a free world
    All you have to do is fall in love
    Play the game everybody play the game of love

    Your life, don't play hard to get
    It's a free world
    All you have to do is fall in love
    Play the game, play the game of love Writer/s: Freddie Mercury
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 18

  • Alexandra from Zagreb, CroatiaI turn on the speakers, light a cigarette and join Freddie (to the chagrin of the other tenants of the building). I love this song. Great melody, and great synth.
  • Stefano from Rome, ItalyThe Game is reportedly the first Queen album in which a synth appears. A spot on the cover says something like "This album inculdes the first appearance of a Synthesizer (an Oberheim OBX) on a Queen album".
    According to Brian May (interview to the magazine "Guitar Club", 1984), they changed their mind about synths because synths themselves had changed, having reached a more ductile sound rather than the one of a "rude" keyboard.
  • Jonathon from Clermont, FlI like the sounds at the beginning. It's a soothing song, I suppose.
  • Rosa from Reading, Englandlove it. its one of those yep world is on my shoulders but just chill kinda songs great just relax, play the game. interesting fact, when freddie dumped that cheating tony bastin, he kept his cat oscar, go freddie
  • Gnome from Hollywood, FlWhenever I'm depressed i seem to end up listening to this song... subconciously i guess... but its great. all of Queen's songs are great. And i like them, especially Freddie, because you can tell that he was going through all the things that happen in the song. He sings so emotionally.
  • Bryan from Melbourne, FlPlay the Game is one of Queen best.
  • Jameson from Lexington, KyI believe "The Game" was Queen's first album to NOT sport the "No Synthesizers" label. Before this, I'd say they really didn't have much need for one -- Brian's "Red Special" guitar was able to sound vaguely like other instruments (and could harmonize with itself better than most), but when they tipped over into synth-land, this song really shows what they were able to do with one.
  • Jake from Newport, NhGreat song. #42 on the US charts I believe. But this is my favorite from their US #1 album 'The Game'... the piano work, the vocals, all so nice. It's such a seducing song, isn't it? "Open up your mind and let me step inside"...
  • Alicia from Tamaqua, PaLOL, yea I guess you can say that!! But anything with Freddie's voice is increadible.... in my opinion
  • Randall from Dallas, TxMost bands write plenty of bad songs... you just never get to hear them. It's more fair to say, "Queen never RELEASED a bad song..."
  • Jeanette from Irvine, Cai love this song! the guitar is great in the middle! this song is so awesome! :D
  • Alicia from Tamaqua, PaI agree Freddie, Orlando, FL....... Freddie never wrote a bad song. Some are more difficult to understand than others. If you're like me and love to anilize things down to the bone, you can get quite frustrated when listening to songs of that criteria. But still, i love this song, I cant' say its one of the best considering all Queen songs are the BEST!!!!
  • Dee from Indianapolis, InThis to me is Queens best work. The Game has it all, and I remember as a eleven year old boy going to my buddies house and listening to this on vinyl along with the sound track to Xanadu. ELO and Queen were doing stuff that no one else has ever been able to duplicate, which is a good thing. To bad Freddie is no longer around to belt out great tunes, but he left a wonderful legacy.
  • Freddie from Orlando, Flyou dont have to imagine darling! whats to imagine? they BOASTED about not having them-- for a very long time.
  • Chris from State College, PaI can't even imagine Queen without synthesizers, but maybe that's just an illusion in their pre-"Play the Game" days.
  • Freddie from Orlando, FlNot too much to read into I think, a lovely melody though, Freddie never made a bad song.
  • Kent Lyle from Palo Alto, CaQueen started using synthesizers roughly a decade after everyone else did. I guess they were the last great hold outs.
  • Shana from Pembroke, CanadaThis song makes love into a game which is really all it is...
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