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Under Pressure (E-day-da, that's okay)

Updated: Aug 23

"Under Pressure" is the 1981 duet between David Bowie and Freddie Mercury/Queen. This anthem to humanity and its possibilities and challenges always gives my emotions a nice stirring. Its resonance becomes more salient over time. It's a reminder of our shared experience with trying to just exist in a messed up world, our limited ability to control it, and our natural capacity for love for our fellow sapiens.


By the way, this video is pretty cool—it's is an edit of the audio from the studio recording synced up with two separate live performances from Bowie and Mercury to make it look like they sang it together at a concert.



Under Pressure, 1981


Mm-bah-dah Dum-dum-bah-beh Doo-ba-dum-ba-beh-beh


Pressure Pushing down on me Pushing down on you, no man ask for Under pressure That burns a building down Splits a family in two Puts people on streets


Um-ba-ba-beh Um-ba-ba-beh Dee-day-da E-day-da, that's okay


It's the terror of knowing what this world is about Watching some good friends screaming "Let me out" Tomorrow, gets me higher Pressure on people People on streets


Dey-dey-dey-mm-hm Da-da-da-ba-ba Okay


Chipping around, kick my brains 'round the floor These are the days, it never rains, but it pours


Ee-do-ba-be Ee-da-ba-ba-ba Um-bo-bo Be-lap

People on streets Ee-da-de-da-de People on streets Ee-da-de-da-de-da-de-da


It's the terror of knowing what this world is about Watching some good friends screaming "Let me out" Tomorrow, gets me higher, higher Pressure on people People on streets


Turned away from it all like a blind man Sat on a fence, but it don't work Keep coming up with love, but it's so slashed and torn Why? Why? Why?

Love (love, love, love, love)

Insanity laughs, under pressure we're breaking

Can't we give ourselves one more chance? Why can't we give love that one more chance? Why can't we give love, give love, give love? Give love, give love, give love, give love?


'Cause love's such an old fashioned word And love dares you to Care for the people on the Edge of the night (people on streets) And love dares you To change our way of Caring about ourselves This is our last dance This is our last dance This is ourselves

Under pressure Under pressure Pressure