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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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    anonymous
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    Mar 14th, 2013 3:36am report


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    anonymous
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    Feb 23rd, 2013 2:07pm report


    The Interpretation of the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody

    Interpretation 1

    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,
    Little high, little low,
    Any way the wind blows doesn't really matter to me, to me.

    The first verse introduces the key character as an easy come easy go type of person, whatever will be will be. Lives his life as a carefree bohemian. Despite being poor he is happy so he needs no sympathy about being poor, thanks. This is how he lived his life in the past but now in the second verse he has made a mistake of murdering someone and has been caught.


    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, ooh,
    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.

    He tells his mother what he has done and regrets his action while being this young and the rest of his life is now thrown away. He is sorry to have disappointed her and if he does not come back to see her again, then just forget about him because he will have been caught for his crime.


    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, ooh (any way the wind blows),
    I don't wanna die,
    I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all.

    But in the third verse it is too late to escape. He is now about to face the courts and is scared about his fate which is most likely the death penalty. In death you finally leave everything of this life behind to face the real truth of our existence in the afterlife. The curse of many a `constantly in trouble young man’ is that he wishes he had never been born at all but yet he doesn’t want to die. This verse oscillates between a bravado in the face of death and the fear of dying.


    I see a little silhouetto of a man,
    Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?
    Thunderbolt and lightning,
    Very, very frightening me.
    (Galileo) Galileo.
    (Galileo) Galileo,
    Galileo Figaro
    Magnifico.

    Verse four sounds like a lot of mumbo jumbo but in fact is quite clear when taken in context of the music and how it is sung in an operatic style. This is the trial faced by the young bohemian and is played out in a style reminiscent of Gilbert and Sullivan’s `Trial By Jury’.

    I see a little silhouetto of a man, (says the defence lawyer to the jury)

    Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?
    Jury replies: Are you trying to dance your way out of this situation already? Just like a Sacaramouche (Read Houdini)?)

    Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me.(You are scaring me says the accused)

    (Galileo) Galileo.
    (Galileo) Galileo,
    Galileo Figaro
    Magnifico.
    (That is because we are the highest and greatest authority, they respond)


    The next verse is a plea for leniency based on being from a poor background (a ploy still used in today’s courts). Based on this defence the jury is being asked to spare him from the monstrosity of execution


    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.

    The bohemian believes he has their sympathy and asks them straight out – will you now let me go? And their response is adamant despite his repetitive pleading…

    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) Will not let you go.
    (Let me go) Ah.
    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.

    The bohemian’s anger now erupts. It looks like he will not be shown mercy and will be executed. He decides that he will be going to hell where Beelzebub already has a demon ready for him.

    But before he goes he is taking out his anger on those around him for deserting him.


    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.

    Desperation hits and he thinks he can find a way to escape
    But eventually he relents and accepts his fate....

    Nothing really matters,
    Anyone can see,
    Nothing really matters,
    Nothing really matters to me.

    Any way the wind blows


    Interpretation 2

    Freudians may argue that this song represents Freddy’s inner battle and eventual realisation of his true sexuality as gay. He killed the male aspect inside of him, devastated his mother, condemned by those around him and abandoned by those he thought loved him.

    Which interpretation do you prefer?



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    VaporTrail
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    Feb 1st, 2013 2:46pm report


    Like Ghattas & Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury died ‘young’. Life comes with Death. We’re not going to ‘get’ to get to where we’re going until the day we die. For these lives, as soon as a Life is accomplished then it is Death. These artists brought happiness to countless proles.

    Is this the real life?
    After some spiritual (not the right word) exploration & discover, this world appears to be more & more a fake world or at least a non-unique world amongst what, within this world, can only be described as parallel worlds.

    Is this just fantasy?
    Again, if our universe is not the only universe then there must exist a level of fantasy.

    Caught in a landslide
    No escape from reality
    Recognising this other reality is an extremely difficult task that risks a premature death (as described by Carlos Casteneda & Aldous Huxley, returning through these doors is not always possible)

    Open your eyes
    Look up to the skies and see
    The only empirical logic is, therefore, to accept our reality romantically as opposed to classically understanding its infrastructure, meaning & purpose.

    I'm just a poor boy (Poor boy)
    I need no sympathy
    Because I'm easy come, easy go
    Little high, little low
    Any way the wind blows
    Doesn't really matter to me, to me
    We are all alone to seek alone, life appears as random as it is fated. We brush off statistically implausible destiny as sub-consciously engineered. Yet, our universe is only ever defined by our point in time (& whatever that defines: flat/round earth, gravity/no-gravity etc.). Yet, further, our individuality is defined by something other than our constituent atoms & molecules, because these, it is understood, changed during the course of our lives whilst ‘we’ journey & ‘grow’.

    Mama just killed a man
    Put a gun against his head
    Pulled my trigger, now he's dead
    Mama, life has just begun
    In this prime reality, terrible things can happen that we ourselves choose which can either mess up our lives or complete our lives or create a trough from which to attain a peak?
    But now I've gone and thrown it all away
    Mama, ooh
    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
    We are individuals. Our lives may even be unique to us alone. One must continue with diligence to determine our own meaning.

    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
    We all die, whatever out culture & defrauded religions promise. Take responsibility for your life with all that that entails & We’re not going to ‘get’ to get to where we’re going until the day we die.

    Mama, oooooooh (Anyway the wind blows)
    I don't want to die
    Sometimes wish I'd never been born at all
    Being deprived of the point of life can potentially destroy its meaning. Cleary, not everyone finds their meaning. Some people die so old without ever finding their meaning. Others die so young, because they haven’t even got a chance to get going.

    [Guitar Solo]

    I see a little silhouetto of a man
    Scaramouch, Scaramouch, will you do the Fandango
    Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me
    (Galileo) Galileo (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo Figaro
    Magnifico-o-o-o-o
    I'm just a poor boy 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 (Will not let you go) (Never, never, never, never)
    Let me go, o, o, o, o
    No, no, no, no, no, no, no
    (Oh mama mia, mama mia) Mama Mia, let me go
    Beelzebub has the 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
    This part describes the choices & fates we have in life & how those appear to be affected by those around us or, more correctly, by our universe.
    Galileo made huge changes to our universe affecting religious claims and all that was claimed by the establishment (or the manipulators of the institutions)- by the ‘Figaro’.

    [Guitar Solo]
    (Oooh yeah, Oooh yeah)

    Nothing really matters
    Anyone can see
    Nothing really matters
    Nothing really matters to me
    We all die and as such, in some ways, cannot claim to any more important than the diligent dung beetle what works, focussed, entranced, in fusion with nature, every moment of its life. How is our typically mis-guided lives any better than that of Mr Beetle? Who is going to heaven?

    Any way the wind blows...
    It all appears to be out of our control. Yet, there is flow: sometimes it is possible to almost see our future unfold and flow positively.
    •Last Updated on ••Thursday•, 28 •July• 2011



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    anonymous
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    Jan 14th, 2013 1:19am report


    One of the best songs ever! While there doesn't seem to be any type of covert meaning and is simply a story, my favorite part is when he says, "sometimes wish I had never been born at all." To be a grown ass adult and feel this way is odd but maybe he continuously found himself in the most bizarre and inane of circumstances most of his life.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 12th, 2013 1:18pm report


    This murder is about his own identity done by a mother from a backward culture who especially in those years would look at a gay person as a dirty thing. When he sings mama just killed a man, he really means that. His mom really killed his spirit, perhaps by a fight after finding out he was not the same as the culture she and her husband were from. Familiarity of Farokh Bolsara (Freddie Mercury) with the word Bismilah which is Arabic for "in the name of God" says that he is confronting the culture of the east and culture of Islam (even his parents were not muslim, but Zoroastrian) who are very much against homosexuals. That culture is going to keep and kill him for being gay and the murder of the soul. It is not about Aids, as in those years there was no such concept. It definitely becomes clear when he says towards the end that he cannot stay and he has to leave here (meaning his family).



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    anonymous
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    Jan 9th, 2013 1:39pm report


    I agree with the person on the top listing. Great Song... Don't forget to play the drums and play pokemon



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    anonymous
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    Jan 9th, 2013 1:23am report


    Using terms from the Quran points to his family life and anyone who reads newspapers suspects that being gay in an Iranian family ain't easy. Somehow the meaning of the lyrics is couched in family conflict about confronting the gay issue and the woman who gave him life. "Momma just killed a man" means just that. I think his mother at some time confronted him about his lifestyle in a way that excludes him from family consideration. It might be best if someone from his culture commented on being a gay son in an immigrant Iranian family in Great Briton during the 1950s and 60s.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 29th, 2012 12:09pm report


    Thank you for these interpretations... I was at a party last night and someone told me this song was about AIDS. Though the person is a great person and the idea of it being about AIDS was really, really cool, I couldn't help but think about how the song was written in the 70s, before doctors had officially recognize AIDS. I was doubting the interpretation but didn't want to seem like a jerk in a party of good people... but I can get into the interpretation of the song being about murder.



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    D1987
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    Dec 25th, 2012 12:16am report


    Ok I'm not trying to have the reason in the interpretation of this song; however, if you want to do it, try acid and listen to it. Summarizing, IT TALKS ABOUT THE LOST OF THE EGO.

    The meaning of the song is really deep in terms of the understanding of reality, particularly about the duality of the mind of the human being (the way we see ourselves against the way people see us). It has definitely something to do with the first moments of discovery of Mercury's gay or bisexuality.

    Also, it is a complain of his life to someone in especial. Would u people believe if I say that he is talking to the "top of the pyramid"? if you know what I mean ;)



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    anonymous
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    Dec 2nd, 2012 12:59pm report


    I think it is about murder. A man has committed murder and is confessing to his mother, she then abandons him. I think the songs reflects how he feels after his mother has abandoned him. But a lot of people have said Beelzebub is Satan; he is not. Actually Satan is in charge of hell (Hell's number 1) And Beelzebub San is his second in command (Hell's number 2).
    Nobody except Freddie really knows what the song means, we can only guess, and everybody will think something different when they hear it. There's not really a right or wrong answer. But there's no denying the song is awesome and we should just enjoy it and not stress out trying to find what it means.



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    isoarcars
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    Oct 30th, 2012 10:54am report


    The key to understanding the song is when he employs a word BISMILLAH a probably often heard his mother use. In our culture we might say "God help me". I think it is used to mean "Allah please intervene."

    Freddie was a homosexual; not an easy thing to be if you live in a traditional Muslim family. He probably heard his mother use this phrase when she considered how family and friends would deal with his sexual orientation. He probably suffered a sort of death under his mother's condemnation when the whole thing went down. Momma just killed a man.

    I like to think of the song unfolding from this point of view.



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    Desaman
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    Oct 29th, 2012 10:53pm report


    Scaramouche is a 1922 silent movie who stared
    Ramon Novarro. He was considered a heart throb is those days even though he was openly
    gay. He was viciously murdered in his hollywood home in 1968 bt 2 brothers.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 7th, 2012 10:55pm report


    In reply to SEP 8th 18:37
    yes he did not know that it was aids because they did not have the resources to check but my idea is still valid because if he loved the man then he found out he had died for the same reason as all the other gay guys who where dieing from aids at the time he would of blamed himself.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 3rd, 2012 10:13pm report


    Interpretation:
    I've always felt the crime in the song doesn't matter. In the moment of reality, it hits him of the action he just committed, he feels depression; The very feeling that probably was part of why the crime was committed to begin with. It's too late though. He's responsible for something he didn't know he had the capability to do, and he's thrown his whole life away in this one moment. He's sad that his mother has to witness this very low part of his life. He reaches in and outwardly tries to explain he knows why and knows better. He knows his life is so messed up, it could only have been better to not have been born at all.

    That's it for me. Sure there's more to the song, but as offered in other interpretations, it doesn't really matter, because it still ends...that is not the song...his hope because the fight for "justice" or "revenge" is over powering the fight for mercy.

    When I listen to this, I take it so personal, for I am remorseful of my past of a "child" of 21 (I'm 42 now and that age seems so un-adultish). I thought if I confessed and showed I knew the I did something wrong, I would see mercy. No matter how well I try to live my life; no matter how well I try to show I'm a changed person, the chains are still there seemingly never to be released. People don't believe change is possible. So I feel it would have been better to not have been born at all or have been executed. Living life like this is very painful. If people really knew what that pain could do and how in one way, it's been conquered.

    I do believe my "poor boy" (lacking in so many things - not necessarily money related) is a huge part of why my life started heading down the wrong path. I feel blessed in the life I've had since then for I think many people would be amazed that I, someone like me, could live such a "upstanding" and "rich" life. But it doesn't matter.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 25th, 2012 9:36pm report


    This is about "ego death" google it lol






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