Mother Love


Made in Heaven album cover (1995)

"Made in Heaven" album cover (1995)

The title of this blog post comes from a little known song by Queen called “Mother Love”. The lyrical content of the song is one of the most depressing of any that I’ve ever heard yet is still one of my favorites for reasons that I’ll address below.

A little background on this tune…As some of you may know, Freddie Mercury, Queen’s lead singer, was a practicing homosexual and contracted the AIDS virus in the mid-1980s. This was kept hidden from the public until just 24 hours before his death on November 24th, 1991. The song makes its appearance on the posthumous 1995 album “Made in Heaven”. It’s the very last vocal performance by Mercury, recorded literally only weeks before his death. He was so weak during the recording of this album that he literally had to rest between vocal takes. The vocal performance is astounding for someone in that condition and the emotion in his voice is readily felt. The last verse is sung by Queen guitarist Brian May because Freddie was unable to do so as he began to suffer from bronchial pneumonia . The ending of the song takes you on a journey of some of Freddie’s vocal performances, both live and studio, and ends with the poignancy of the sound of a crying baby, as if Freddie were taking a trip back through time to the very point of his birth, crying out for the love and closeness of his mother.

It’s important to note that Freddie had been quoted as saying that he felt like he didn’t have a true friend in the world. Yes, he got along with his fellow band members in Queen but he lived his life never knowing true love or companionship. That’s what he had sought his entire life through the lifestyle he lived but unfortunately never found in another human being.

Sadly, many people who are far less well-known than was Mr. Mercury are going through the same kinds of emotions that this song describes. I cannot imagine the anguish that these people are going through and I hope I never have to experience the kind of physical torment that they go through in the process of dying. However, the reason for this being one of my favorite songs is because it reminds me of how truly blessed I am. I have a family and friends who accept me as I am, warts and all. But most of all, I have a savior, Jesus Christ, who sacrificed his life for a lowly sinner, undeserving of the glorious grace that he gave me.

Is the purpose of this song in my life more than just a reminder of what God has done for me? Is there a ministry somewhere that God is calling me to join, start, etc.? I don’t know yet but perhaps God has something in store for me that I’ll find out at some point down the road.

I’ll end this blog entry by including the lyrics to this song. The lyrics in bold are the ones that typically strike me the most when I hear them. If anyone would like to hear the song, please let me know and I’ll be glad to give you a listen.

“Mother Love”
Queen
Made in Heaven (1995)
Written by Brian May, Freddie Mercury

I don’t want to sleep with you
I don’t need the passion, too
I don’t want a stormy affair
To make me feel my life is heading somewhere
All I want is the comfort and care
Just to know that my woman gives me sweet mother love

I’ve walked too long in this lonely lane
I’ve had enough of this same old game
I’m a man of the world, they say that I’m strong

But my heart is heavy and my hope is gone
Out in the city, in the cold world outside
I don’t want pity, just a safe place to hide
Mama, please, let me back inside

I don’t want to make no waves
But you can give me all the love that I crave
I can’t take it if you see me cry
I long for peace before I die
All I want is to know that you’re there
You’re gonna give me all your sweet mother love

My body’s aching but I can’t sleep
My dreams are all the company I keep
Got such a feeling as the sun goes down
I’m coming home to my sweet mother love