We Will Rock You: The History of a Favorite Queen Song

During my 1980-81 school year, I was in 6th grade at the time.

One day, riding home on the school bus, kids were stomping their feet and clapping their hands. Stomp-stomp-clap! Stomp-stomp-clap!

Let me add, I was one of two black kids riding the bus. Everyone else was white. Well, because some folks thought he was black, I can include the Puerto Rican kid. This was Jorge Devilla. So, there were three black kids riding the bus. Yet, the other black kid, Tony Brown, knew the song.

Stomp-stomp-clap! Stomp-stomp-clap!

Then, the kids started singing to the stomping and clapping.

Buddy you’re a boy make a big noise
Playin’ in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on yo’ face
You big disgrace
Kickin’ your can all over the place

We will we will rock you
We will we will rock you

There were other afternoons they stomped and sung the song.

Over the years, “We Will Rock You” has always been one of my favorite songs.

To explain the history of “We Will Rock You”, I’ll sample from Wikipedia:

“”We Will Rock You” is a song written by Brian May and recorded by Queen for their 1977 album News of the World.[2]Rolling Stone ranked it number 330 of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” in 2004,[3] and it placed at number 146 on the Songs of the Century list in 2001. In 2009, “We Will Rock You” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[4][5]”

“”We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” were written in response to an event that occurred during the A Day at the Races Tour.[13] The band played at Stafford‘s Bingley Hall, and, according to Brian May:[14]

We did an encore and then went off, and instead of just keeping clapping, they sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to us, and we were just completely knocked out and taken aback – it was quite an emotional experience really, and I think these chant things are in some way connected with that.

During my short DJ career between 2010 to 2014, I used to play “We Will Rock You”. Then, follow up the song with House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” Folks went crazy when I did that.

As of this writing, I hadn’t seen Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic movie.  I’ll probably wait until it gets to Netflix.

My brother and his family saw it. From what I hear, my six year niece is now a Queen fan.

In that case, I’ll dedicate this blog to Tony Brown and my niece Kaliyah.

About Patrick Scott Barnes

Most of Central Florida knows Stone Crazy (Patrick Scott Barnes) as a poet. Yet, he also photographs, DJ and blogs. The rest of the time, the now sober blogger guzzles Diet Coke in Central Florida nightspots.
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