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 May 30th, 2014 5:52am report
I agree with the number one rated interpretation, except this part. "Momma, just killed man, put a gun against his head,pulled my trigger, now he's dead." Essentially means his mom killed the guy, and used his gun (PULLED MY TRIGGER). So he is now taking the fall for a murder he didn't commit.
kakabakatis Apr 17th, 2014 4:24am report
Bohemian - Unconventional Lifestyle
early 1970 in a relationship with Mary Austin, mid 1970 has a secretive relation ship with a (male) executive at a records company , 1975 writes Bohemian rhapsody, 1976 revels to Mary Austin of his homosexual relationship, 1987 diagnosed with AIDS (this is the final outcome of HIV which can last for some time)
Now to the song,
*The first part until the part "anyway the wind blows doesn't really matter to me" he speaks about his life and how he has been living it.
*Then from the part "mama I just killed a man..." he talks about his homosexuality " just killed a man" refers to killing the man(gender) in him, and "life has just begun" his life with Mary Austin whom he really loved until his death, his confession on it and his repentance goes on until "carry on ,as if nothing really matters"
* From the part "too late my time has come.." he refers to his being exposed and being diagnosed with HIV (HIV is the virus that turns out to become AIDS) and his acceptance to it " send shivers down my spine, and my body's aching all the time" is the part where he fears the sickness and its symptoms, He even says "goodbye everybody, i've got to go, leave you all behind and face the truth" its about carrying on life knowing the circumstances at the end is death and living it with the reality of the sickness. this goes on until "sometimes I wish I was never been born at all" realizing fatality of the disease.
* The latter part goes on about what he is to face with " Bismillah- we will no let you go- no let him go" I think refers to the constant fight of wanting to live and the fate of dying(decision of god) and it goes on in this scale here it shows hope and endless fighting expecting something miracles but finally with "never let you go -let me go , never let me go" is I think about the world (his fans) not wanting him to go but he has accepted that he has to go but telling his fans to have him in their hearts forever.......
This is my opinion on this magnificent piece of work which is mind blowing filled with love, pain, and the audacity he had in fighting HIV with hope in some corner.
anonymous Apr 3rd, 2014 4:27am report
Interpretation #1 completely fits, but let me add some more things for something that is 100%
The narrator's Girlfriend had left him for someone else, Then the narrator murders the new guy for which he was sent to the death row. and then blah. blah. (read from #1)
and electric chair part was wrong, Thunderbolt and lightning refer to the argument and fights between the two sections on if or not to execute him.
and for the last "so you think you can stone me and spit in my eye,
so you think you can love me and leave me to die,
baby! cant do this to me, Baby!" are the words the narrator shouts to his GF before execution
and then he tries to escape the execution by running which is where "just gotta get out, just gotta get right out of here." line comes in.
and then, the rest from #1 ultimately fits.
anonymous Dec 17th, 2013 12:42pm report
There are a couple of gaps in the top-rated interpretation that I would like to fill in. Forgive me that I haven't checked if anyone else has done this yet.
"Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango?"
There are two results for this in the first half-page of a google search for the name that seem relevant. One in a 1952 film with the description "After Andre Moreau finds he is the secret bastard son of a recently deceased noble, he realizes that it his own sister that he's romantically drawn to."
The second is a stock character in renaissance plays named Scaramuccia (literally "skirmish"), who was "beaten by Harlequin for his boasting and cowardice." He also dressed in black.
The line could be the executioners or the family of the murdered man shouting out "BASTARD! PATHETIC CLOWN! DANCE ON THE END OF YOUR ROPE!"
I asked my phone to translate "Bismillah." It said the word was Arabic. Plugging that into Google Translate, I got the word "Basmala," which wikipedia tells me: "Basmala (Arabic: بسملة basmala) is an Arabic noun used as a collective name for the whole of the recurring Islamic phrase b-ismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi. It is sometimes translated as "In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful""
They are executing this man in the name of God, for his crimes, and their minds shall not be swayed by the pleas of the poor.
anonymous Dec 11th, 2013 12:26am report
Yeah, he killed a man..Himself, and then went out of the closet, and left Mamma Mia (Mary)..
anonymous Nov 20th, 2013 11:37pm report
I always though it was his way of expressing how he felt when he found out he has aids.. The murder is his murder (the aids) it's a story of how he felt when he found out he had it like he was murdered
anonymous Sep 21st, 2013 9:46pm report
you are all very simple freddy loved opera and its an opera about a murderer on trial sentenced to die for his crimes he tries to plea politely for his life and when this fails he dams his persecutors. The mother part is about Alfrid Hitchcocks psycho when he talks to his mother even though he doesnt use a gun and btw u are simple and should not be allowed on the internet by your dead mothers.....
anonymous Aug 17th, 2013 8:37pm report
"Scaramouche" is a character from a book by the same title by Raphael Sabatini. He is kind of like the more familiar" Zoro" who, while a person of noble background, he choses to disguise himself to right perceived " wrongs", usually among the"common" people. Scaramouche enjoys irony. He plays at being a"buffoon", but is really a master swordsman. He remakes himself as his situation dictates, while hiding in plain sight. Perhaps they want Scaramouche to "dance the fandango" over the body of the man about to be executed, because either "justice" was done, or for the irony of something everyone now knows.
anonymous Jun 13th, 2013 6:40am report
I'm not sure, but i think I've heard a scaramouche is an Italian figure who makes other people happy, while being sad in his heart.
K, I think it's a good interpretation. However, I'm not sure if I agree. I think he's going to commit suicide. 'Cause he said: anyway the wind blows doesn't really matter to me. In your interpretation, it's obvious he don't wanna die (k, that's what he said)and he want to escape, etc. But when nothing matters, why in heavens sake does he want to escape? I think, he wants to punish himself for his actions. In the end of the song, you hear a sound, (the last sound), I think that sound used to be a gun. He shot himself.
anonymous Jun 7th, 2013 6:09am report
The song is about a man telling the world he is gay. he says mother I killed a man because he no longer sees himself as a man. this is shown again when he says he sees a silhouette of a man. while some may consider these comparisons to be wrong, consider the global opinion on gays when this song was written.
anonymous May 5th, 2013 5:08pm report
This song is obviously about death and murder. However, there is more than one interpretation. Good Art in any form whether it is a painting, poetry or music should have many interpretations. All art forms should evoke a variety of emotions. Freddie Mercury was an amazing artist and his passion was conveyed through his music.
IMO this song may not necessarily be about Freddie having contracted and unwittingly spread the HIV virus to others himself, but it could be about the overall process of how it initially unfolded during his time in the gay community. The song illustrates this tragedy to those who understand it.
"Momma just killed a man put my gun against his head pulled My trigger now he's dead" could be a metaphor for sex that causes death. It does not have to be literal. Just because the public thinks Freddie wasn't suffering from aids at the time the record was released does not mean he wasn't socially aware. Quite possibly Freddie would have been sympathetic toward those suffering from this disease and willing to dedicate a song to their plight.
The Bohemian Tragedy: HIV.
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