Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow brings you exclusive editorial for each single included in the Messenger Of The Gods:

‘Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow’/‘Let’s Turn It On’ (1985)

Resident in Munich, Freddie recruited the best local musicians to create an album that lived up to the standards he’d set as the lead singer of one of the world’s biggest rock acts. Mr Bad Guy was a real labour of love: “I’ve put my heart and soul into this album,” he said. “It has some very moving ballads – things to do with sadness and pain, but at the same time they’re frivolous and tongue-in-cheek, because that’s my nature. I’ve wanted to do a solo album for a long time and the rest of the band have encouraged me to do it.”

For Freddie, the lifelong search for a rewarding, lasting relationship would inspire many songs, but few as personal as ‘Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow’. “Success has brought me world idolisation and millions of pounds,” he said. “But it has prevented me from having the one thing we all need: a loving, ongoing relationship. Love is Russian roulette for me.”

‘Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow’ is, in many ways, a typical Mercury ballad, not unlike Queen’s ‘It’s A Hard Life’, which was recorded around the same time. While it doesn’t sound mournful, it is nonetheless melancholy, as Freddie sings of the fading embers of a love about to die: “This is our last goodbye and very soon it will be over/But today just love me like there’s no tomorrow.” The song is said to have been written about Freddie’s close friend, Austrian actress Barbara Valentin, and is a poignant, personal farewell, tinged with regret. While Freddie is known for his flamboyant and extravagant epics, ‘Love Me like There’s No Tomorrow’ remains deliberately understated.

Paul McGuinness