Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody Meaning
Song Released: 1975
Covered By: Panic! At The Disco (2016), Pentatonix (2017)
Bohemian Rhapsody Lyrics
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...
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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)
anonymous 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.
This song, in my opinion speaks of the suicide of the young man, says "Mom, I just killed a man, I put a gun on his head, I pulled the trigger, now he's dead", later says that it has to go, Specifies to which man he killed, he only says "to a man", then leaves an incognita of whom of the man is assassinated.
anonymous Mar 20th, 2017 3:11pm report
Okay, I've seen a lot of interpretations I believe (minus the AIDS thing because Mercury didn't have AIDS at the time and the outbreak wasn't massively in the public eye) but I believe it's not just the man who murders, not only the coming out of the closet or fighting with God and the devil but just being torn between everything in life. Mercury felt like a man being sentenced to death if he had to come out as a gay man to Mary Austin and is fighting between not coming out and living life a lie or coming out and disappointing Mary and leaving whom he is close to. When they say, "No, we will not let you go/let me go!" the judges and witnesses of the "trial" are telling Freddie (the boy/man in the story) that they won't let him come out and that they are going to kill him-or shame him in the public eye for being gay and destroy his career- and he's screaming let me go but he can't because he has to face his "sentence" of shame, disgust, and death for his "crime"-his career's destruction.
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