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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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    Jun 17th, 2011 6:34am report


    This song is very clever and very literary. It is an allegory. If you simply read the lyrics, it is about a man who is being put to death for murder. However, if you consider that Freddie Mercury was homosexual and died of AIDS, you can read another meaning into the lyrics.
    In my interpretation, the song is about killing a man with AIDS and then dying of AIDS himself. The words "...put a gun to his head, pulled my trigger, now he's dead..." can be interpreted in two ways. Literally, the singer shot a man in the head. Or, allegorically, the man gave his gay lover AIDS and is now dying from the disease.
    As I said, it's a very clever and literary song.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 9th, 2011 6:18pm report


    I think you are probably correct, one I think of as the most sensual interpretations I heard. I think the "Scaramouge" part is them asking the guilty man if he will fess up or if he is willing to apologize, based off of the fact posted by someone else on this page about the name Scaramouge.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 5th, 2011 6:45am report


    Ok. Confusing song but, if you listen, I think you will find that he's a transvestite. He kills himself to become a her !!

    The murder is killing the boy in him to become the person he wants to be ... There was a death, of a boy and the birth of a girl ......!



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    anonymous
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    May 31st, 2011 5:32am report


    As far as I'm concerned, it's about murder by shooting your diseased man-love-bullets into his head.



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    johnpugh
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    May 19th, 2011 5:31am report


    Well after watching the film 'The Desert Fox' with James Mason, reference is given to the Corporal Bohemian rising to power. It's plain and clear The infamous Madman's psyche is questioning his last minutes before his suicide in the bunker.



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    anonymous
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    May 19th, 2011 5:02am report


    Well after watching the film 'The Desert Fox' with James Mason, reference is given to the Corporal Bohemian rising to power. It's plain and clear The infamous Madman's psyche is questioning his last minutes before his suicide in the bunker



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    anonymous
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    May 15th, 2011 5:36pm report


    There's no way anyone besides Freddie Mercury can ever interpret this. It's so deep and personal that there's almost no point. But its amazing how one song can be taken so many ways. It's a masterpiece.



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    anonymous
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    May 14th, 2011 5:27pm report


    It’s really interesting reading all the thoughts and ideas. I went googling after hearing the song again yesterday. I think Freddie wrote it with meanings on different levels, from the allegorical murder/execution plot to his personal struggles/epiphanies. And some fun nonsense in between. Random musings on what some of it sounds like to me…

    On the cover plot, it sounds like the guy is a sociopath whose only remorse about killing somebody is that he’s feeling persecuted by suffering the consequences. It paints an interesting picture of him possibly using every bargaining chip, from “pity poor me” to “how dare you?” to “think of what this will do to my poor mama.” When I hear the part below I think of old cartoons showing a character (Bugs Bunny? Wile E. Coyote?) being electrocuted, with their skeleton standing out:

    "I see a little silhouetto of a man;
    Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?
    Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very fright'ning."

    Is Scaramouche (the “stock character” as somebody pointed out) “doing the Fandango” (“dancing”) as he’s executed? Kinda graphic, but... The final words “any way the wind blows” sound to me like his last thoughts before the huge gong is struck (the switch is pulled?).

    Anyway, it’s fun to imagine and each bring our own potential meanings to it; a cool thing about a song or poem is that it can just mean whatever it means to any particular person without needing to be “right” or “wrong.” I think Freddie knew that.

    Auntie M



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    anonymous
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    May 8th, 2011 5:20pm report


    This song is about Freddie Mercury's Aids and killing someone through aids.. "Momma, just killed a man put a gun(his *down there*) against his head. Pulled my trigger now hes died": meaning someone died through aids because we all know that can happen fast.

    If you don't believe me fine, but i know or a fact it is that.. "so you think you can love me then leave me to die": Obviously two people love each other and one died from the disease that the other had. I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS ABOUT FREDDIE BUUT I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT FREDDIE HAD AIDS (and died from aids too :'( r.i.p)

    Technically Freddie was right when he said it was about murder.. but everyone that said it was just murder was wrong. ITS ABOUT HIS DISEASE!!!!



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    anonymous
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    May 8th, 2011 5:18pm report


    This song is about Freddie Mercury's Aids and killing someone through aids.. "Momma, just killed a man put a gun(his *down there*) against his head. Pulled my trigger now hes died": meaning someone died through aids because we all know that can happen fast.

    If you don't believe me fine, but i know or a fact it is that.. "so you think you can love me then leave me to die": Obviously two people love each other and one died from the disease that the other had. I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS ABOUT FREDDIE BUUT I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT FREDDIE HAD AIDS (and died from aids too :'( r.i.p)



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    anonymous
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    May 5th, 2011 5:28am report


    As the person who explained this thoroughly stated, I agree with all of what they said. However, another interpretation is that all of this is the case, but he is still on the run at the start of the song; they are searching for him and basically if they find him, he will die. So naturally, he says to his mother "If I'm not back again this time tomorrow, carry on" as in if he isn't back where they arranged to meet, he has been captured.

    I also think it can be interpreted that the weird bit in the middle could be either an internal battle of his thoughts or perhaps a talk between God and Satan himself; God pardoning him being a poor boy and saying Satan was tempting him in which Satan possibly agrees.

    Towards the end, he is caught and this iw hy nothing does matter. He loses his energy and just doesn't care anymore.



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    anonymous
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    May 3rd, 2011 5:08am report


    To be honest I think Freddy came up with a song like that cause it summed up his state of mind at that time in his life. He was confused about his sexuality and probably fully realised about then he was definately homosexual. "Mama did'nt mean to make you cry....etc.", was this his way of saying I'm not the boy you wished me to be. "Got to leave you all behind and face the truth"- his way of saying I must move onto a new life with my gay community. The middle part is upbeat suggesting he's happy after coming out, and later downbeat suggesting he wish he was'nt gay. The song is filled with sadness and confusion, in my opinion it's analogous to his state of mind over his sexuality at that time in his life. Total crap or not thats what i believe.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 30th, 2011 4:06pm report


    its so easy to interpret a song in many different and justifiable ways. you can try to interpret a song line by line or word for word. me i just want to "discover" why the song was written, i think thats the most interesting part.
    this song seems like a political song to me. basically i get the sense that it is about the death penalty in bohemia. from the title itself, Bohemian Rhapsody. I mean if this was just a random rhyming words according to freddie - why the title?
    Bohemia is quite a historical place. It was only in the 1990's that the Death penalty was abolished over there.
    The lyrics are pretty much straightforward. feels like they mean exactly what they say.. at the operatic part of the song, i actually feel like freddie was painting a picture of a courtroom where this italian guy awaits judgement after commiting murder and the jury is torn in the middle: "we will not let you go! Let him go!)



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    anonymous
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    Apr 29th, 2011 4:18am report


    This is about the confronting fears of a young man succumbing to homosexuality.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 28th, 2011 4:18am report


    I think that the song has many meanings and to everyone it means something different. The whole point of the song is to sound good and mysterious. It may be about suicide, murder, God's judgement, AIDS (though I doubt it), death, victims, or have no real meaning at all. It's an amazing song, so just appreciate it and all it's glory. No one's analysis is wrong completely.

    But, despite all that I just wrote, I have my own analysis on Bohemian Rhapsody.

    Beginning: somber, alone, most likely in his jail cell with thoughts running through his head.

    Beginning/middle: maybe he is allowed to speak to his mother and he does so, telling her that he is sorry for everything.

    Middle: all these thoughts, the murdered person's friends and family against the boy's friends and family, trying to convince the guards to let him go. Meanwhile, a much bigger argument is taking place between God and Devil.

    Middle/end: I imagine this as a fight to get free against HHS guards, and him renewed with energy.

    End: returns to somber sadness and alone feeling.

    Queen forever!






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