The video explores the pressure-cooker mentality of a culture willing to wage war against political machines, and at the same time love and have fun
(there is also footage of crowds enjoying concerts, and many black and white kissing scenes).
The music video for the song features neither Queen nor David Bowie due to touring commitments.
Taking the theme of pressure, director David Mallet edited together stock footage of traffic jams, commuter trains packed with passengers,
explosions, riots, cars being crushed and various pieces of footage from silent films of the 1920s, most notably Sergei Eisenstein's influential
Soviet film Battleship Potemkin, the silent Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring John Barrymore, and F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu, a masterpiece of the German Expressionist movement.
Pressure, pushing down on me
Pressing down on you, no man ask for /
Under pressure, that burns a building down /
Splits a family in two /
Puts people on streets /
That's okay /
It's the terror of knowing what this world is about /
Watching some good friends screaming let me out /
Pray tomorrow gets me higher /
Pressure on people, people on streets /
Chipping around, kick my brains around the floor /
These are the days it never rains but it pours /
People on streets /
Turned away from it all like a blind man /
Sat on a fence, but it don't work /
Keep coming up with love, but it's so slashed and torn /
Why, why, why? /
Love, love, love, love /
Insanity laughs under pressure, we're breaking /
Can't we give ourselves one more chance? /
Why can't we give love that one more chance? /
Why can't we give love, give love, give love, give love /
Give love, give love, give love, give love, give love? /
'Cause love's such an old-fashioned word /
And love dares you to care for /
The people on the (People on streets) edge of the night /
And love (People on streets) dares you /
To change our way of caring about ourselves /
This is our last dance /
This is ourselves /
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