Is This the World We Created...?

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"Is This the World We Created...?"
Song by Queen
from the album The Works
Genre Rock, folk rock
Length 2:13
Label EMI/Parlophone
Capitol, Hollywood Records (US)
Songwriter(s) Freddie Mercury, Brian May
Producer(s) Queen and Reinhold Mack

"Is This the World We Created...?" is a song by the British rock band Queen, which was originally released on their eleventh studio album The Works in 1984.

The song was played at every Queen concert from 1984 to 1986. It was part of the finale at Live Aid in 1985. The song is the shortest one on the album but still is one of the most famous songs on it.[1][2] It has more than 20,000 hits on[3]


Is This the World We Created...? was written in Munich after Mercury and May watched the news of poverty in Africa; Mercury wrote most of the lyrics and May wrote the chords and made small lyrical contributions.

The song was recorded with an Ovation but live May used Roger Taylor's Gibson Chet Atkins CE nylon-stringed guitar. A piano was tracked at the recording sessions for this song, but ultimately not included in the final mix. Originally, a Mercury composition, "There Must Be More to Life Than This" (which was around since the Hot Space sessions and finally ended up on his solo album Mr. Bad Guy) was supposed to be the album's last track. Was written in the key of B minor,[4] but the recording sounds one semitone lower.

The song was performed at Live Aid as an encore, with additional instruments and arrangements in the last part; changes was present also in the vocal line. A month before their Live Aid appearance, "Is This the World We Created…?" was Queen's contribution to the multi-artist compilation Greenpeace – The Album.


In 1988 the song was covered by English singer Elaine Paige on her The Queen Album solo release.[5]


"Live Aid" lyrics change[edit]

The "Live Aid" lyrics version differ from the studio album version in some part:

  • "So many loneliness, scattered all around" vs. original "So many lonely faces, scattered all around"
  • "Elsewhere a wealthy man, Is sitting on his throne" vs. original "Somewhere a wealthy man, Is sitting on his throne"
  • "looking down, what must He think" vs. original "looking down, what can He think"


  1. ^ The Works – Queen | Songs, Reviews, Credits. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2016-03-27.
  2. ^ Is This the World We Created...? – Queen | Song Info. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2016-03-27.
  3. ^ (in Russian) The Works – Queen. Retrieved on 2016-03-27.
  4. ^ Is This The World We Created Chords by Queen @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com. Retrieved on 2016-03-27.
  5. ^ Queen Cover Songs. WhoSampled. Retrieved on 2016-03-27.