Killer Queen Lyrics - Queen
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She keeps Moet et Chandon
In a pretty cabinet
'Let them eat cake' she says
Just like Marie-Antoinette
A built-in remedy
For Khrushchev and Kennedy
At anytime an invitation
You can't decline
Caviar and cigarettes
Well versed in etiquette
She's a Killer Queen
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind
Recommended at the price
Insatiable in appetite
To avoid complications
She never kept the same address
She spoke just like a baroness
Met a man from China
Went down to Geisha Minor
Then again incidentally
If you're that way inclined
Perfume came naturally from Paris
For cars she couldn't care less
Fastidious and precise
Drop of a hat she's as willing as
Playful as a pussy cat
Then momentarily out of action
Temporarily out of gas
To absolutely drive you wild, wild
She's out to get you
Recommended at the price
Insatiable in appetite
You wanna try?
Writer: MERCURY, FREDDIE
Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing
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I like the song but I think..... | Reviewer: JohnBarry@gmail.com | 6/30/13
I like the song and I'm a huge Queen fan but I think in my opinion that the song's lyrics could be about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.... I don't know for sure but I think it is. :)
Great art has many interpretations | Reviewer: Renee | 5/6/13
Freddie is talking about his boyfriend in the first line about the champagne storage, but after that he could be talking about other things. For instance all the things that drove him wild about men, women and cocaine. They "kill" him. IMO That is why he called the song killer queen; it can refer to a gay man or a woman.
People who sell their bodies for money often offer drugs as well. A high-priced prostitute whether they were a man or woman would likely also sell small amounts of recreational drugs. The illegal activity is referred to in the line "to avoid complications"...
Freddie could also be referring to himself as a Killer Queen, since he was one. Killer was also a slang term for amazing. And Freddie was amazing. Freddie Mercury was a Killer Queen.
Can't Wait | Reviewer: Silvia | 4/12/13
My sister is learning this on the piano. I cannot wait until she has it down and then we can sing it together! Still, it won't quite be the same as when Queen sings it, because they are just so amazing!
Freddie wasn't Arab, but Persian | Reviewer: Jesse | 11/5/12
With all due respect, Freddie's parents were Parsis, who descended from Iranian Zoroastrians who immigrated to India way back in the tenth century AD to flee persecution. Iran is Persian, not Arab. Part of the West's trouble with understanding the region is not understanding the difference between Arabs and Persians. They're two different peoples, both with very rich cultures.
Just an idea... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/24/12
Might not ‘Went down to Geisha Minor’ be a joke (apart from the fellatio interpretation, which I like!)? Geisha, highly accomplished and with sex not being formally among the services they offer, would not consider themselves prostitutes. Does this suggest that ‘[Meeting] a man from China’ would render her lower than a geisha (‘Went down’ as in losing status)?
It also struck me that this song might be about the Profumo affair.
Anyway, great lyrics; so playful!
High-class hooker | Reviewer: Starman | 8/12/12
I just read an interview/BIO with Brian May in Astronomy Magazine (he has a PhD in Astrophysics!). The article mentions "Killer Queen", the group's first hit song, is "often claimed as the most beautiful song ever written about a prostitute". Freddy Mercury wrote the song, and said the following: "It's about a high class girl. I'm trying to say that classy people can be whores as well. Thats what the song is about, though I'd prefer people to put their own interperetation on it- to read what they like into it." So... whatever you think it's about would be okay with Freddy... but it sounds like HE wrote it about a high-class prostitute.
todi | Reviewer: Todi | 7/29/12
I love Freddie but he was an Arab. I say the western references for an eastern person are accurate. Marie Antoinette seems to be someone not supposed to be understandable, as do Kruchtov (sp?) and Kennedy in their meeting in Vienna. He was brilliant socialy and I assume politically. I use the song when I teach the Vienna meeting. Purely for fun, because I don't actually know the meaning. Mabey you do!
Geisha Minah/Minor | Reviewer: Ikkaku_l337 | 7/11/12
"went down" kinda says it all. But when i saw that cocaine post it kinda made me think: geishas have white makeup. went down to geisha minor could mean face covered it cocaine lol.
It could also be a reference to sex while on coke, think about it.
Geisha Minah / Asia Minor | Reviewer: Kevin | 3/3/12
Yes, that's what I mean to say. The man from China is the client and "Asia Minor" is a euphemism for his privates.
Now when I first posted this interpretation, this site was still listing the lyric as "Asia Minor", but now I see they've changed it to "Geisha Minah" to reflect the consensus of other web sites on this verse.
I don't really get the "Geisha" part. I think although he's pronouncing the second word "Minah" (to rhyme with China), I still think he might be meaning to say "minor". Some people say Geisha Minah/Minor is a synonym for Asia Minor. I've never heard that.
In any case, I'm standing by my interpretation that it's an oral sex reference. The true meaning of the verse is betrayed not by the phrase's subject, but by it's action ... "went down", and that, combined with the downward pointed index finger gesture that Freddie makes when he performs the verse makes it clear to me what he is talking about.
Re: Asia Minor | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/15/12
While yes, I agree those lyrics refer to oral sex, I think the client is not Asia Minor, but the man from China. In my opinion, Asia minor is a bit of a stereotypical pun of Asians having a small penis
Freddie Mercury lives on in us all! R.I.P Freddie!
meaning | Reviewer: Nico | 2/15/12
To me this song seems to be talking about Cocaine rather than a particular woman. "To avoid complications, she never kept the same address." A dealer moving locations. The reference to Kennedy and his troubles with the drug. "Then momentarily out of action Temporarily out of gas To absolutely drive you wild, wild" The crash you get after the high. "Recommended at the price Insatiable in appetite Wanna try?" In general it seems the song is trying to get the listener to try cocaine.
Queen are British | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/6/12
In response to an earlier review, Queen probably said gelatine not gelatin because they are British, not just because it fitted the lyrics better. Gelatine is how they would say it. Ou Americans really are up yourselves.
Asia Minor | Reviewer: Kevin | 12/13/11
Met a man from China, went down to Asia Minor, then again, incidentally, if you're that way inclined ...
So I think what this means is that she performs oral sex on her client ("Asia Minor"), and then afterwards asks for it in return (the last part meaning, basically, would you mind returning the favor).
It's the ultimate manipulation, well in keeping with Freddie's explanation that classy people can be whores too. She is being paid to perform a service for the client, and is able to manipulate the situation to where she receives the very service that she was paid to perform.
Well, I could be a complete idiot, but that's how I interpret it.
the BEST song/lyrics to come out of the era of QUEEN | Reviewer: lee nager | 12/6/11
Killer Queen, to me is an anthem. An anthem of the 70's. Queen was probably the greatest group of musicians and the undying sound of Freddie Mercury was a blessing to our generation. I just recently learned all the lyrics to Killer Queen and it's amazing how much better I enjoy listening to the song along with the most ingenious lyrics. Long Live Queen!
In response to "That's Stupid"... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/29/11
I'm all for everyone deciding whatever song they love best, but please, get your facts straight:
John Deacon wrote "You're my Best Friend"
Brian May composed and sung "'39"
And overall, Freddie's greatest hit must go to "Bohemian Rhapsody", though Champions had the greatest western success, chart wise.
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