"I was thinking about football when I wrote it. I wanted a participation song, something the fans could latch on to. It was aimed at the masses; I thought we'd see how they took it. It worked a treat. When we performed it at a private concert in London, the fans actually broke into a football chant between numbers. Of course, I've given it more theatrical subtlety than an ordinary football chant. You know me." - Freddie Mercury
''I certainly wasn't thinking about the press when I wrote it. I never think about the British music press these days. I suppose it could also be construed as my version of 'I Did It My Way': we have made it, and it certainly wasn't easy. No bed of roses as the song says. And it's still not easy.'' - Freddie Mercury
''This song is very theatrical. Freddie is very close to his art. I must say, when he first played it for us in the studio, we all fell on the floor with laughter. So many of the people in the press hate us because we've sidestepped them and got where we have without them. But there's no way the song says anything against our audiences. When the song says 'we', it means us and the fans.'' - Brian May
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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