I was a teenager in the mid-late 70’s, and even though we were still listening to the Beatles, some other bands were starting to catch our attention.
I still remember laying on my bed in the dark, listening to Pink Floyd’s “Us and Them”, from “The Dark Side of the Moon” album.
But the band I would have in my cassette player in the car was the English group “Queen”, and I would sing along them, out of tune and with my horrible English (by the way, I didn’t have a clear understanding of what the lyrics said anyhow).
I listened to every song released by Freddie Mercury and his friends for over a decade, as they continuously evolved their musical style.
Those guys sold millions of records and made more money then I could count.
In the early 90’s it became public that Freddie Mercury had AIDS, which would lead to his death in 1991.
Towards his last days, Freddie Mercury recorded a remarkable song: “The Show Must Go On”.
It is a beautiful song that explores his unusual vocal range, but what strikes me the most is the message that it carries.
Despite of all the success and all the money that he made, he expresses deep questions in the lyrics.
The first verse sets the tone for the song:
“Empty spaces – what are we living for?
Abandoned places – I guess we know the score..
On and on!
Does anybody know what we are looking for?”
He will continue with his questions and profound statements:
“Does anybody want to take it anymore?”
“Inside my heart is breaking,
My make-up may be flaking,
But my smile, still, stays on!”
“Does anybody know what we are living for?”
“Outside the dawn is breaking,
But inside in the dark I’m aching to be free!”
I feel sad when I hear those words.
Words of a man who had all that money and fame can bring, but had no peace.
What about you? Do you have peace? Do you know what you are living for? Are you truly free?
Life is extremely complex, isn’t it? So many things we don’t understand. So many struggles.
I don’t expect to find all the answers, but I am convinced I don’t need them all.
Peace and freedom can be found only in a full relationship with God, through Jesus Christ.
What I can do is to live a life that honors and glorifies His name. That is what I am living for.
Think about this as you listen to the complete song: