This is a song that has taken me ages to warm up to. It was something I felt was in bad taste for a while. Like it's too light a song for such a heavy topic. But upon further research and listening to other people covering it, I think it's a pretty nice track actually. Apparently, Freddie wrote it about one of his former lovers who threatened to commit suicide when they broke up. I need to find my source on this, but I'm pretty confident it's legit. So what are your thoughts on this number?
As a bonus, these kids put on a great performance. It's really jazzy and it puts the song in a new light for me. Love it!
I did this song for karaoke at a "Royal Vision" North American Queen convention back in the late 90s.
I always thought of this song as a joking light wake up call to snap out of a suicidal funk.
After all, Freddie said "you got a good thing going now" and that Freddie was saying that he is not worth committing suicide over (IMHO).
Back from my teenage years, I have found Don't Try Suicide as theraputic, along with Rush 2112, Rain Must Fall, Keep Passing the Open Windows, Pain is so Close to Pleasure, and Friends Will Be Friends.
I've always kind of liked the song, but it's never made my top 50 Queen tracks. When The Game first came out, I considered DTS and Coming Soon rather as fillers, which now seems odd given it's been said that they had something like 40 songs for the record, and it only ended up being just over half an hour long - were the rest that bad?
Anyway, when I hear it now, it's a little bit of a different vibe to the rest of the album, and I get the feeling they had the music first, then needed some lyrics. It sounds to me like the lyrics were written fairly quickly and off-the-cuff, and it was intended to be quite tongue in cheek, but that was then and it might be seen in a different light were it released today.
All of the above is pure unfounded speculation and personal thoughts. It's probably completely wrong, but it's one way of looking at the song.
I remember a story about the building that Musicland studio was in being a place that had more than a few jumpers. I think it was an interview with Brian and he mentioned that it was part of the crazy that was Munich. I wonder if that could have had something to do with the song.
Freddie’s former lover David Minns claimed in his book Is This the Real Life that Freddie wrote it “for” him after they broke up in 1979, and was apparently inspired by something Minn actually tried. I haven’t read the book too in depth (too tabloid-y for me, not interested in Fred’s sex life) but I believe that’s the general idea.