And so we round off our Queen week, we’re looking at Don’t Stop Me Now, a song that served as a superb backdrop for a fight scene in British zombie movie Shaun Of The Dead. Read that review there, or continue to read this one, here!
Don’t Stop Me Now uses a lot of imagery, with lyrics such as…
I’m a shooting star leaping through the sky
Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity
I’m a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva
I’m gonna go go go
There’s no stopping me
Yeah, I’m a rocket ship on my way to Mars*
On a collision course
I am a satellite I’m out of control
I am a sex machine ready to reload
Like an atom bomb about to
Oh oh oh oh oh explode
Together, they work to create this upbeat, ecstatic and completely enjoyable song about having so much fun that you don’t want it to stop. Or, I dunno, maybe someone being so high or drunk that they don’t know what the fucks going on, other than someone denying them that next hit, or blunt, or fix, or whatever the hell you young people call it nowadays.
In fact, it changes the song somewhat if you consider that this is, in fact, the wording used towards a dealer by an addict, leading up to them getting their fix at the end of the song. I’m now viewing it in a whole new light.
It’s got a simple drum beat throughout, the piano adds a layer of urgency, whilst also sophistication to it – it’s the kind of song that feels as though it transcends class, in a way that The Show Must Go On just doesn’t. Now, that doesn’t make the latter a bad song, but it doesn’t feel universally likeable in the same way.
And that’s part of the success of Don’t Stop Me Now. We’ve all had that experience of wanting the fun to not end, despite the fact that, no matter what we did, it was going to, practically begging for it to carry on just that little bit longer, and so, we can relate.
And that’s why I like Don’t Stop Me Now. That and zombie violence.