16 July 1984, Queen released “Is This The World We Created..?” as a B-side to “It’s A Hard Life” in the UK by EMI Records

“We were looking at all the songs we had and we just thought the one thing we didn’t have was one of those little acoustic things, the Love Of My Life type of things. One of us said, “OK, I’m gonna go back and do it… go back and think about it”, but Brian… I just said, ‘Brian, why don’t we just think of something right here?’, and that song just evolved in about two days, he just got on acoustic and I just sat next to him, we just worked it together. I came up with the lyrical side and then he came up with the chords, and something just happened and it’s the first time that… we never had… see, if I actually thought before this that Brian and I should sit down and write a song together, I don’t think it would happen, because then all kinds of egos… and who does what… this way we didn’t have to think about it, we just sort of went in there, and it seemed to work, it was sort of quite strong, it worked very well as a tail end of the album. I wouldn’t like to say I wrote all the lyrics, Brian helped, but I remember most of the lyrics of that song are mine, Brian probably did help with a line here and there.”

Freddie Mercury – 1984, interview with Rudi Dolezal

This song was written as a last-minute replacement for ‘There Must Be More To Life Than This,’ which had been written in 1981 and intended for the ‘Hot Space’ album and again for ‘The Works’ as the album closer

Freddie was reportedly inspired to write this song after viewing a documentary on television about poverty in Africa.

It has been rumored that a piano version was recorded, though it is uncirculated among collectors. Any version with piano that has been leaked to the public is likely to be a fan recording / mix.

This track was given a special spot during Live Aid. After Queen stole the show, Freddie and Brian went back on stage later in the evening to perform this heartfelt song.

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