The show = life, and life must go on. Also, performing = never-ending lifestyle of constant internal and external pressure.
I’m so obsessed with this song, and with the story of this song. Freddie Mercury, so weakened by AIDS that he has to use a cane to walk into the studio, takes a shot of vodka and records the vocal line in one take. This song so articulately expresses that being a performer is both a blessing and a curse, but those truly in love with it will keep going despite insurmountable odds.
Kudos to Doro Productions who edited this music video completely out of old footage, as Freddie was too sick to be filmed in 1991 when this single was released, weeks before his death. The editing is impressive.
I heard a cover of this song a full decade before I heard the glorious original, and for nostalgia’s sake I feel I should include it, even though it may be my least favorite number from Moulin Rouge.
More nostalgia: a picture of 18-year-old Maggie with a statue of Freddie Mercury, at the 2010 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. This was before I’d realized my deep, abiding love for Freddie as an artist and singer/songwriter, though I did love quite a few Queen songs.
“My make-up may be flaking
But my smile still stays on” 🙂