Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

This is my favourite song ever, reason being the first time I heard it and that was like two years ago (yes …. yes…. better late than never) I realised two things pain and confusion. I was pained at the lyrics and Freddy’s voice and confused by the music – I mean what was the music about rock, pop, opera…… and the unusual lyrics ….. Scaramouch, Fandango, Bismillah, Beelezbub, Figaro ……

So, I did what I do best, research about the song, about the band and about the enigma that was Freddy Mercury. Btw Freddy and me share the same birth date… how kool is that !!! That’s when the song made sense to me. Now years later none of the band members have confirmed what the song exactly means this song is open to different interpretations. Well, this is what I think the song is about.

This song is about a Moral Crisis and the five stages of grief. Freddy being gay. Something not so common in the 70’s. There are five sections to this song with each covering an emotional point.

  • Denial : The song starts off just after an event that has rocked Freddy to the very core of his being (maybe he realises that he can’t change the who he is and he knows he is not being fair to the woman he loves) He is confused, alone and overwhelmed, wondering if what has happened has really happened. Anything else in the world is unimportant compared to his problem.
  • Depression : The second part is not about killing someone; Freddy has destroyed his own future. He is not running away from a crime but from his friends and family who he feels would reject him. But in the end he has to face what has happened.
  • Bargaining : Before the bargaining part there is a bit of random stuff that just bridges into the important stuff. Freddy is asking to be spared from this monstrosity, he wants to go back to how things were before. He is not on trial with anyone other than himself and his friends and family.  
  • Anger : How dare people judge him, how dare his friends and family turn on him this way. If they will not accept who he has become he will just leave them and make his own way.
  • Acceptance: Now Freddy has accepted what has happened and is peace with who he is. The problems of the world are of no concern because he has learned to accept things that he cannot control.
Is this the real life? 
Is this just fantasy? 
Caught in a landslide 
No escape from reality 
Open your eyes 
Look up to the skies and see 
I'm just a poor boy, 
I need no sympathy 
Because I'm easy come, easy go 
A little high, little low 
Anyway the wind blows, 
doesn't really matter to me, to me 
Mama, just killed a man 
Put a gun against his head 
Pulled my trigger, now he's dead 
Mama, life had just begun 
But now I've gone and thrown it all away 
Mama, ooo Didn't mean to make you cry 
If I'm not back again this time tomorrow 
Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters 
Too late, my time has come 
Sends shivers down my spine 
Body's aching all the time 
Goodbye everybody - I've got to go 
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth 
Mama, ooo - (anyway the wind blows) 
I don't want to die 
I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all 
I see a little silhouetto of a man 
Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango 
Thunderbolt and lightning - very very frightening me 
Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo 
Figaro - magnifico 
But I'm just a poor boy and nobody loves me 
He's just a poor boy from a poor family 
Spare him his life from this monstrosity 
Easy come easy go - will you let me go Bismillah! 
No - we will not let you go - let him go Bismillah! 
We will not let you go - let him go Bismillah! 
We will not let you go - let me go 
Will not let you go - let me go (never) 
Never let you go - let me go 
Never let me go - ooo No, no, no, no, no, no, no - 
Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia 
let me go 
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me for me for me 
So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye 
So you think you can love me and leave me to die 
Oh baby - can't do this to me baby 
Just gotta get out - just gotta get right outta here 
Ooh yeah, ooh yeah 
Nothing really matters 
Anyone can see 
Nothing really matters - nothing really matters to me 
Anyway the wind blows...

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