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Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody Meaning

Song Released: 1975

Covered By: Panic! At The Disco (2016), Pentatonix (2017)

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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...


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    Oct 26th, 10:03am report

    Freddie found out he had aids and was going to die eventually. He was bisexual. And he eventually died of pneumonia due to complications from aids.

    The song is in the form of a tragic opera to tell the story of his realization that he will die. The entire song is about his realization that he got the disease that he knew existed but still took the risks and ended up infected and ruined his life and would die. He is the man he killed. And therefore, having been at the top he is now at the bottom facing his reality and that it appears life has no meaning and nothing “really matters” because in the end, we all die.


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    Oct 18th, 10:52am report

    It's a song about consequence. In this case the dark one of murder.

    Starting off scared and helpless
    "Mama just killed a man"
    "I don't wanna die, sometimes wish I'd never been born at all"

    Then the crowding voices of conflicting ideas of forgiveness after it all, pleading for forgiveness.
    "easy come easy go will you let me go"
    "no we will not let him go, let him go"

    Then him explaining his reasons for it all
    "So you think you can just stop me and spit in my eye"

    Then accepting what he did and facing the consequences
    "Anyway the wind blows"


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    Sep 13th, 9:10pm report

    there is a man thinking of ending it all due to social and physical pain. look at these lyrics closely

    "Mama, life has just begun, but now ive gotta throw it all away..."

    "I dont wanna die, i sometimes wish id never been born at all"

    sound strange? yeah. sounds like a guy in need of mental support


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    Jul 28th, 2018 7:31pm report

    For me this sad story song's meaning is about the 'tragic outcome' that was rooted and manifested in the mind of this poor boy's sinful nature that was caught in the irresponsibility of the perverted revolutionary leftist evil indoctrination. Which had a big impact on the mind of the boy, who sadly became driven to hate and kill the other, like a brainwashed terrorist would do. Instead of being educated the right way to empower his individuality from within his god given soul. In order to know how to resist the temptations of the devil and his revolutionary leftist evil ideology that was invading and controlling the boy's fragile mind. Which eventually was shattered into chaos and nihilism that led to the death of a man and the wrath of god that came down upon the poor boy's mind metaphorically as ''thunderbolt and lightning''.


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    Jul 26th, 2018 7:04am report

    I think this song is a lot simpler, its about a boy who kills himself and his spirit goes to heaven and there is a split between letting him in or send him to hell, its in first person narrating what happened after he killed himself.


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    Jun 28th, 2018 6:54pm report

    The song starts out in this state of confusion, of a man who has killed a man proven by,"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.."
    Mostly proven by the very first two sets of lyrics because when you do something like a pull a trigger on someone you can only imagine the feelings of amazement and confusion.
    Then the song continues into a pleading from the man his mother, wich the turn of events make her cry. He explains the events.
    Then he is put on trial where then in the song comes to:
    "I see a little silhouette 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, ooh
    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"
    Where as I imagine it as a plead in the courtroom between the jury and the victims family. The song closes with the sad verses forseeing he is in jail.


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    May 16th, 2018 5:39pm report

    When you make a mistake that screws up your life.


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    May 3rd, 2018 5:20pm report

    What makes the most sense to me is that this Is all about the death sentence from AIDS that he has to face. His death is what he is facing. I understood that Bismallah means....As God wills it..... His ‘gun to head killing’refers to the homosexual act whereby he infects another man because of the deadly disease he was carrying. He is now facing the “fantasy” (disbelief) of leaving this life and how he can’t believe it will all end. Everything he’s accomplished in life really doesn’t matter anymore. I could go on but this is the gist of it all.


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    Apr 22nd, 2018 4:04am report

    Despite what people have said about this being just a man who murders someone, I believe that this song is actually about a soldier coming back home from a war and dealing with PTSD symptoms (hallucinations, tremors, etc). Because of his PTSD, he is debating whether or not to kill himself ("let me/him go" refers to the voices as to whether they should let him go to the afterlife or not), as he sees himself as nothing and that he does not matter because of the atrocities he may have committed/seen as a soldier. I'm not sure how this would be related to any of Freddie Mercury's background or not, but this is just what I interpreted the song to be.


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    Apr 12th, 2018 4:27pm report

    For me it is so clear that is all about the Fred Mercury epiphany to assume his homossexuality.
    The man he killed was the fake of the masculin figure (the mach side) he tried to pretend he was until then. He new his mother would be sad with the public declaration of his homossexual condiction, but he shows that it was not possible to be hidden anylonger.
    He had fought against his internal demons and got to the conclusion he couldn’t hold the lie anymore and had to assume it or die.
    “Sometimes I wish I haven’t been born at all” is a common phrase you can hear from gays during their conflicts searching for their own identity until they get in peace with their real and natural sexual condiction.


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    Apr 8th, 2018 4:15pm report

    I think my interpretation is a little bit different, and who knows if it's right!
    I think that this song is about a guy who kills someone. I think that the man is younger, because he says how his life had just begun, and now he's thrown it away. I think that he goes on the run, from either the law or something else. I think after he's been on the run for awhile he gets tired of it, and he turns himself in. The line says "Gotta leave you all behind a face the truth".
    Then I think that he goes on death row, because he says he doesn't want to die. The silhouette of a man could be someone coming to get him for the execution. Thunder bolts and lightning could be the electric chair. Then I think that all the nonsense is him imagining what the afterlife is going to be like, whether he goes to heaven or hell. I think that he thinks he will go to hell because of the line about Beezlebub, who is the devil. I think that the reason he keeps saying 'Mama' is because he is writing a letter or something to his mother, telling her to forgot about him and the bad things he's done and to move on. I assume that he is also going a little crazy because he is like screaming and saying he needs to get out, and then it gets quieter and says nothing matters.
    Idk honestly:)


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    Apr 8th, 2018 4:07am report

    I love most of the suggestions and I agree with most.
    but my interpretation of this song is a man who has killed someone and he is descending into madness as he cannot believe what he has done so that why as the song progresses the tone gets more upbeat and as his mind is trying to comprehend what he has done. the song gets more upbeat because it starts off slow as he is fairly sure that it's not real "is this the real life or is this just fantasy" he is questioning himself and when he realises that he has killed this man he can't believe it and tells someone to clear things up which sends him to prison on death row which leads up to him spiralling down and down, and at the end of the song he is finally put to death hence "a devil put aside for me" as he has gone to hell to face his demons.
    (I understand that ppl might not agree with this but this is how I feel about the song)


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    Jan 7th, 2018 1:20pm report

    I thing it is about a boy who in deep depression and has been dumped by his girlfriend. The boy's family might be in bad place with the law too.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Oct 29th, 2017 10:21am report

    its about a young man that committed murder and is explaining his feelings and his thoughts to his family, but in some parts his family and the family of the man who was murdered say what they want to happen to the man that killed.

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    Oct 26th, 2017 10:11pm report

    The meaning that was told was that a boy killed someone, and is telling his mother, but the hidden meaning is actually Freddie fantasising about what his life would have been like if he had come out. "Mama, just killed a man" He is killing his straight self, "Didn't mean to make you cry" his family is homophobic, "I see a little silhouetto of a man" this is his gay self haunting him.

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