But who doesn't enjoy a good old-fashioned love story? So, because it's that time of year and we can just about get away with it, we asked three.
Blending perfectly with the end of the last, we come to one of the gentlest, loveliest numbers in Queen’s entire catalogue.
It’s a love song, but again, it’s for a friend.
Freddie’s deep love for his life partner Mary Austin is huge and transparent here.
I’m not going to delve into the nature of their relationship, apart from that it was life long, and marked by these beautiful words: ‘We believe in each other, that’s enough for me.’
Love of my life.
It’s strange isn’t it, how songs about pain end up being some of the most romantic ones. On first reading, the lyric reads as pretty entitled, someone is hurt, and wants someone back, and there’s no measure of what’s gone wrong.
There’s a lovely bit of understanding in the middle eight, and honestly, I don’t feel like it reads rationally anyway. The words are a vessel for some other sentiment, some expression of the need and support that wrap around the idea of love and friendship and being there.
When I grow older
I will be there at your side to remind you
how I still love – still love you
The arrangement turns to guitar live, and apparently by 1985 Freddie had forgotten how to do the piano part. Brian now always does it solo (passing most of the work to the audience) and dedicates it to Freddie.
I’ll be honest with you, it’s powerful enough that even when watching a covers band, I’ve been moved to tears by this song live. It’s got a lot of wallop, emotionally. Particularly looking back, and remembering.
It’s a good way to remember people. Fondly, with gut wrenching harmonies.
Back in the studio, those final parts of guitar in The Prophet’s Song, when Brian first states the theme of this one, are like an unfurling, and unwrapping. As it’s joined by piano, and flurries of harp, it’s just enormous. But in a softer way than usual. The delicacy of the voice, piano and guitar left alone. No percussion to distract, just perfect tones, wrapping around you.
The harmonies are all the thickening you need, pulling the vocal forward, and adding weight to Freddie’s surprisingly restrained lead line.
Then Freddie and Brian duel a little for a sequence of piano and guitar solos, pushing against each other in a surprisingly aggressive flurry of emotion. Again, the sparseness gives them room for all the expression they could ever need.
I don’t know why I’m trying to get so descriptive about it. It feels churlish. What we have here is a gripping, heartfelt and delicately overpowering love song. It’s convoluted structure belies a simple emotion, a really honest and dedicated longing.
It’s a sentiment so clearly expressed that it wraps Freddie around you.
And that’s what brings the tears. It’s not the clever harmonising, the unusually formal guitar solo, the rubato piano.
It’s Freddie. You can hear it everywhere. In every note, and every word. Freddie’s heart, there for the taking.
Because you don’t know what it means to me –
Maybe you need to fall in love with Freddie to understand Queen. I can’t imagine anyone feeling a passion for them and being able to resist him. To not be fascinated by his beautiful expressiveness, joy, theatricality and compassion.
And I’m not entirely sure how you could listen to this without having a little bit of your heart taken by him.
Back – hurry back
Please bring it back home to me
Apparently I grew up in love with someone who died when I was young, who I could never have met.
I guess it was good training for all those closer to hand that I’ve loved and lost. Knowing that, as here, the important thing to remember was that the love didn’t end because the person did.
I still love you – still love you.
Love of my life.
Love of my life.
We’ll still be beside each other forever. Me, Freddie, and everyone we’ve loved.
Held in this song. With singing hearts.
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Love Of My Life by Queen song meaning, lyric interpretation, video and chart position. the crowd to carry on the tune (as can be seen in their Live in Rio compilation). I've been haunted by their bittersweet lover story ever since I knew more.
I'd refer to you by name, but for now it's best I don't.
Everyone I've met thus far in my life has played a part in my story. And while some have taken up chapters, most just scribbled notes in the margins.
You are the one I want to grace all of the pages I have yet to write.
I've made no secret of the misfortunes in my life.
You expect your mid-20s to be a time for starting your life as an adult. You start a career, settle down with the one you love, and look to build a beautiful family together.
I wanted that -- more than anyone. I dreamed of being a husband and eventually a father. Unfortunately, it just wasn't my time. So instead of starting my life, I had to pick up the shattered pieces to one that was once filled with so much promise -- alone.
There are no words to describe that type of pain. It just hurts... like hell. The sun doesn't shine as brightly, life moves a little bit slower, and your heart -- it just doesn't beat the same way anymore.
There's this numbness -- to everything.
And so for the longest time, I've ventured along this broken road in hopes I would find something that would give my heart every reason to beat normally again. Pain made me fear it wouldn't, but faith led me to believe it would.
Regardless, I've journeyed. Along the way, life has pulled me in different directions, introduced me to new people, and given me a completely new perspective.
As I began to open the doors to another potential relationship, I forced myself to be extremely selective. I'm no longer 20-something looking for a girlfriend. I'm a 30-year-old man looking for a woman to build my life with.
"Settling for mediocre love isn't something I am willing to do. Not in this life anyway."
Someone to complement me, and conquer everything with -- one who will stand by my side and love me no matter where this journey takes us.
Needless to say, what I'm looking for today is a lot different than ever before.
But I don't believe in using others as a Band-Aid to a cover up a wound, either.
Sure, I get lonely at times (a lot of times, actually). But you have to reserve that spot for someone special. If you give it away freely, it loses meaning, and you'll never fully appreciate the right person when they do come along.
Time is so damn important. It's precious and should never be wasted on someone who doesn't make your heart scream. So I'm hesitant in giving it just to anyone. I love a woman's companionship, but I'm not desperate for attention. While most men find value in making themselves available to any woman that gives them the time of day, I've made myself unavailable to most. Unorthodox, yes... but I value quality over quantity.
As for the ones who have gotten my time? Some have been kind, others not so much -- yet none have ever made my heart beat the way it once did.
I guess I expect to look at someone and just want every piece of them in my life. Their mind, body and soul... their hopes, dreams and fears.
I've thought at times, "Maybe it's me. Maybe I just don't have the emotional capacity to feel that strongly for someone again."
You start to believe that pain sort of scars you and that everything you're looking for is unrealistic, especially when you're part of a generation whose dating habits consist of swiping on a screen.
Do I find that disappointing? For sure.
But settling for mediocre love isn't something I am willing to do. Not in this life anyway.
So willingly, I've walked alone. In hopes that one day I'll take a glance at someone and feel that fire burn violently inside me once again. Someone whose hand I'll grab and march together with toward the moon.
As the years have passed, I've focused on bettering myself, building a strong career that will serve as the foundation for the life I wish to give my family, mastering my craft as a writer, but more importantly, rebuilding a part of myself that was once lost.
And I've lived, hoping one day, someday, something magnificent would happen; something that would make sense of everything I've been through.
Time has passed, but I've never lost faith.
And sure enough, I glanced up to notice something more magnificent than I could have ever dreamed.
I laid eyes on you, and nothing in my life has been the same since.
You were draped in this beautiful outfit that contoured your body like a glove. And your hair, it fell so elegantly on your shoulders. Everything around you was black and white, and you shined in color.
It was magical. In an instant, you changed my life.
That feeling I prayed about just sort of happened. It's that feeling we all get once in our life -- if we're lucky. And on that day, I guess luck was on my side.
You were this different kind of beautiful, unlike anything I had ever seen. When you smiled and looked my way -- I can't even explain what that did to me.
You made my heart beat in a crazy way, like never before.
It was like my eyes locked onto a soul that I waited years to find.
I felt something so deep within me, and I immediately knew that this broken road filled with pain and uncertainty led me to you.
And while I didn't know how or even why at that point, I knew I had to clear space in my mind for you to stay. In whichever capacity destiny had planned.
But I knew I would have to let you go until destiny allowed us to meet again.
I drove home that evening with this overwhelming desire to learn everything about you.
I wasn't sure if or when I'd see you again, but I was determined to find a way.
Of course, life is never that simple. Circumstances have prevented me from expressing my true feelings for you. But life teaches us that the greatest things are worth waiting for, right?
"You were this different kind of beautiful, unlike anything I had ever seen. In an instant, you changed my life."
Somehow I knew that it would take time and patience; both of which I already knew you were worth. And both of which I was prepared to give.
So I waited.
I spent months uncovering bits and pieces of you, in an ever-so-subtle way. Naturally, you've shared. And slowly but surely, two people, strangers in the not-so-distant past, became connected in this crazy world.
You've occupied my thoughts, been inspiration behind my words, and have given me hope to believe that, one day, I'll love again -- deeper than I have ever loved before.
Even if fate has a different plan for us.
And I need you to understand how important that it is to me.
I think so highly of you. I admire your drive, your passion and your dedication to everything that you love. I adore your innocence and commend the respect you have for yourself. But what captures my attention more than anything else is your simplicity.
You're such a beautiful person.
Behind everything the eye can see, behind all the glitz and the glamour, is a woman with worries and fears. Someone who loves and desires to be loved in return.
So carefully I've listened to everything you've shared with me. And believe me, I've remembered it all.
And I believe so deeply in those dreams of yours. So much, in fact, that I dream even bigger for you.
You're something real. And I'm grateful that you've trusted me enough to give me even the smallest glimpse inside your world.
I'm attracted to everything you've exposed me to.
Those big, beautiful eyes; so captivating.
Your laugh; innocent enough to bring a smile to the angriest of people.
That walk; striking and canny.
Your voice; how it giggles when we speak.
Your intelligence; and how you try to impress me with all you know.
But what I adore the most, what draws me in more than anything else, is that incredible smile.
My God, you take my breath away.
I talk about you to everyone. Like you're poetry to a world still learning the alphabet. And if I had one wish, I'd allow you to see how beautiful you are through my eyes.
Hearing your name or seeing it pop up on my iPhone brings this excitement. A feeling I deliberately waited for; and at times, feared I would never feel again.
So I savor every moment of this feeling because I've learned in my life how quickly things can change.
But I've refrained from sharing any of this with you -- by design.
Sure, I'm certain you're aware of my interest, I've made it rather obvious. But what I actually feel for you I've kept a deep secret -- until now, of course.
Why did I decide to put this out there?
Because I wanted the entire world to know how amazing I think you are. Sure, there are countless men who I'm certain appreciate your obvious outer beauty. But I cannot imagine there being another man in this world who sees your inner beauty the way I do.
It pains me to see you be treated any less than amazing.
I can only hope you give your heart to the person who wants to watch you fly.
"You're poetry to a world still learning the alphabet. And if I had one wish, I'd allow you to see how beautiful you are through my eyes."
I'm aware of what stands in my way, so purposefully, I've kept a safe distance. I've listened and observed, as any man should. But I've refused to be just another who comes along saying you deserve better, telling you how beautiful you are, all while promising you the world.
Truthfully speaking, I don't have a world to promise you. Just my company to explore it with.
What I can give you, though, is a piece of your soul that you never knew was missing and every reason to never stop smiling.
I've allowed my actions to speak louder than any word could. All in hopes that it becomes clear to you there's a man out there who just wants one thing: to make you happy.
Believe me, there's no time too long that will keep me from showing you what you truly deserve... even if that's my only purpose in your life.
If you find interest in me, I'd be honored. And if you don't, that's OK, too.
I believe in energy. And I believe that we're gravitated toward those whose energies we're meant to share. Clearly, I feel yours. And I don't think I met you just to meet you.
That's always been reason enough for me to entertain the idea of there one day being a "you and me."
Maybe this story has more chapters -- or maybe this is the end. Either way, there's something you should know.
You've changed my life.
In an instant, you unknowingly touched my heart, grabbed a piece of my soul, directed it at you, and gave me every reason to never look back.
In perfect harmony, I've released the deepest of my emotions in the smallest of doses.
But this... this is me opening up in ways I never have before.
I wish I could explain how it all happened, but I can't.
It just happened, exactly the way they describe in books and movies. The only difference is that this is real.
Just you and me. And a beautiful story that's waiting to be written.
I wasn't looking for you; you kind of just appeared.
And I don't know if it makes me believe in coincidence, fate or sheer blind luck, but it definitely makes me believe in something.
You've made me feel what pain and heartache once threatened to take away. So for that, I'm thankful. And that has always been reason enough to pursue you in ways I have never pursued a woman: with deliberate care and a subtle persistence.
And while I may have the attention of people from all over the world, it's only yours that I want.
So for now, I'll watch you from a distance and continue to be your biggest fan.
But trust me, I'll come for you, when the time is right, to uncover everything.
Your hopes, your dreams, your biggest fears. What makes you laugh and what makes you cry.
And I'll leave more than flowers on your doorstep or kisses on your forehead. I'll leave my fingerprints on your soul and pull you close enough to touch your heart.
All so I can wipe away your tears and wash away the insecurities that have been left by those who have failed to love you correctly.
Because like a crisp, blue summer sky, you're the beautiful sight I want to get lost in day after day after day.
The unprecedented music group-Queen, known to be the greatest band to have conquered Rock music, goes on to show their musical versatility in “Love of My Life” song. This ballad is considered to be one of Queen’s best works from their diverse portfolio. Queen’s lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury straddles back from Rock and performs this serenading song in a display of his unimaginable vocal prowess.
“Love of My Life” is included in one of the biggest selling Rock albums-‘A Night at the Opera’ by Queen from 1975. This album is also the home to one of the most revered Rock songs ever-“Bohemian Rhapsody.” In the original album version, Freddie Mercury plays the piano while performing the song with other members on different instruments, whereas on a live stage, this song is performed with Brian May on guitar and Freddie performing only the vocals.
“I hate this thing about trying to recreate the albums on stage. We sometimes deliberately change. Look at ‘Love Of My Life’, for instance. On record I play piano on that but on stage it’s just Brian playing the guitar and me singing it, because it works on stage better that way.” – Freddie Mercury
“Love of My Life” is written about Mary Austin-the true love of Freddie Mercury’s life. His true passion for Mary Austin is evident in every performance of this song by Queen.
Written entirely by Freddie Mercury himself, this song is a confessional on his love and affection towards Mary Austin.
Mary Austin was another ordinary girl, born in 1951 in London, UK. She met Brian May during college and dated him for a short while. Brian May was then forming a rag-tag band in college with Roger Taylor. They soon got introduced to Freddie Mercury who changed the group name to ‘Queen.’ Thus began Mary Austin and Freddie Mercury’s relationship. In 1973 they moved in together, but never got married. They lived together for seven years, and according to an interview with Freddie’s mother Jer Bulsara done by The Telegraph, Mary Austin laboured two children named Richard and Jamie, not biologically related to Freddie. He was the godfather of the two children of Mary. Even after Mary and Freddie had a falling out of their relationship, they said to have remained close friends until Freddie’s death in 1991. Mary Austin was passed on Mercury’s massive mansion in West London.
Mary Austin and Freddie Mercury posing for a picture at his 38th birthday after performing at Wembley Arena (Image Credits: mirror.co.uk)
Freddie Mercury could be talking about a time when Mary Austin had left his life. If we glance at their relationship timeline, sources confirm that the two met in 1970 and moved in together in 1973. By 1980, Freddie Mercury had confessed to Mary that he has been continuously unfaithful to her, which leads to their fall out. “Love of My Life” is written in 1975, which leads us to believe that these two had their own share of ups and downs in their relationship.
Freddie Mercury was obsessed with Mary Austin, but that could not prevent him from getting into relationships with other partners, especially men. He repeatedly calls her the love of his life, and the tonality of this song leads us to believe that he means it.
Freddie Mercury begs for her to give him her love back. Mary Austin had been a major part of Freddie’s life in the band’s toughest times as well as their peak. She had been a major source of strength and inspiration in Freddie’s life and music.
Freddie Mercury is talking about an apparent breakup-maybe short-lived and undocumented. However, he is pleading for her to come back in this emotional outcry.
Freddie Mercury knows she is not coming back. He affirms to her that she will remember all the good times even after they are over their relationship. Freddie says that even if they are not together, he will still love her till he dies. We can only assume this held true to his last breath.
Queen’s “Love of My Life” is one classic tribute to love. There have been covers of this song over the years, but nothing beats Freddie Mercury who sings with the true passion for Mary Austin for whom he wrote this song for.
Let us know your thoughts about this classic hit and Freddie’s diverse vocals in a spectrum of genres. Leave your ideas and interpretations and experiences of this song in the comments below.
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I met her two years ago and we did not have much to say at that time. Little did I know that she would later steal my heart and become an intimate part of my life. As the saying goes "there is someone for anyone at any time in this life" and I was about to find out that this saying was so true. I have had a wall built around me and my defense was as a stronghold to protect myself from all the relationships that have come and gone over the years. I thought that I was meant to be alone in this old life and happiness was forever gone from me. This wonderful woman I am speaking of is Mary Doe, and the joy she has given me has revived my hope and faith that I may have finally found love and peace within. She has made me feel like I am a child…show more content…
I met her two years ago and we did not have much to say at that time. Little did I know that she would later steal my heart and become an intimate part of my life. As the saying goes "there is someone for anyone at any time in this life" and I was about to find out that this saying was so true. I have had a wall built around me and my defense was as a stronghold to protect myself from all the relationships that have come and gone over the years. I thought that I was meant to be alone in this old life and happiness was forever gone from me. This wonderful woman I am speaking of is Mary Doe, and the joy she has given me has revived my hope and faith that I may have finally found love and peace within. She has made me feel like I am a child and I am holding on to her with loving arms and a smile that seems to never end. It has been such a long time since I have felt this way and I am so happy at last. I have learned so much from my past and will never forget the lessons I have been through. Being a kid at heart, but still with age creeping up on me, I have been told by Mary Doe that as long as we are together we will grow old side by side and enjoy life as long as we live. I have asked myself many times, "why did I not settle down as a younger man" and now I have the answer. It was time and destiny that we should meet and find love with one another. Am I scared, just a little, but it is not of loseing her I may add. She is laying in bed now asleep as I write this and I barely
relationship with Mary Austin, the woman who inspired Queen's song "Love of My Life." The Untold Story of Freddie Mercury and Queen.