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Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody Meaning

Song Released: 1975

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

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Bohemian Rhapsody Lyrics

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...

  1. anonymous
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    Apr 3rd 2014 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.

  2. anonymous
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    Jan 19th 2014 report

    For the #1 interpretation, he says that the whole "love me and leave me to die" might just be out of passion. I think that there was an acclomplice (who was his girlfriend) that either escaped out of fear or intentionally ditched the narrator.

    Notice how the narrator has stayed quiet about his acclompice until this point in the song. Maybe he was doing this so they wouldn't find out there was a second shooter and she wouldn't have to suffer the same fate, for even though she might've ditched him, he still loves her.

    Maybe right before he was going to be executed, the narrator realized how blind he was in still loving her, inducing the "passionate freak-out" where we hear him admit to authorities that he had help in the murder. But, alas, the guards are too busy trying to restrain him to figure it out.

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  3. anonymous
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    Jan 11th 2014 report

    Frankly, I thought it was a spot on interpretation that lined up exactly with my own [almost creepy], but nevertheless, great work.

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  4. anonymous
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    Dec 17th 2013 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.

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  5. anonymous
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    Dec 11th 2013 report

    Yeah, he killed a man..Himself, and then went out of the closet, and left Mamma Mia (Mary)..

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 20th 2013 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

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 21st 2013 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.....

  8. anonymous
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    Aug 18th 2013 report

    I agree, this is just nonsense crap. Well not saying the song is crap or anything lol, it's just for fun. Although, it's good for chorus, IMO. I love Queen! And this song too lol. ^^

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  9. anonymous
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    Aug 17th 2013 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.

  10. anonymous
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    Jun 13th 2013 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.

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 7th 2013 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.

  12. anonymous
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    May 5th 2013 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.

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 20th 2013 report

    I just listened to this a few moments ago for the very first time and I simply do not understand why people have been freaking out over it for decades. It's aimless and the words put together describe a possible murder but that's just about it. I understand the structure and elements of the song are pretty different--complex, even--but that's technically all. Nothing symbolic or life-changing about it.

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  14. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2013 report

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  15. anonymous
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    Apr 1st 2013 report

    You've got it all wrong. Yes, he killed a man, but he's already dead. (Hence the "Is this the real life, is this just fantasy".) "No escape from reality" He's facing the fact that he's dead. "Look up to the skies and see, I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy" He needs no sympathy because he's dead, and you have to look up to see him in heaven.

    In the second verse he's confessing to his mom in heaven (she's already dead.) about him murdering the man.

    In the third verse he's reflecting on his execution.

    The fourth verse is him trying to be retrived by satin (beezlebub) to go to hell, but the angels give him sympathy (even though he doesn't ask for it) and try to keep him there.

    Fifth verse is him talking to his living family (though they can't hear him) before going to hell.

    Sixth verse he's in hell and saying he doesn't care, because he's pretty much paying for his actions.

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