♫ Bohemian Rhapsody ♫

A week or so ago, a dear friend said that if I could play some Queen, I would be a star.  Well, I debated whether I really wanted to give up my quietly obscure life for stardom and after some deliberation, decided I would give it a quick try, although I suspect I will only be a star for a matter of hours, if that.

I am not a huge Queen fan, but I find this one interesting.  There are parts I like, and other parts that I find disturbing.  According to BBC America …

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen is one of the strangest, most inspired and least-understood songs in the history of rock. It manages to sound like a serious work of art, a moving lament and a moment of extreme silliness at the same time—which is part of the reason it’s equally loved by young kids and old rockers alike—and jumps from power ballad to light opera to heavy opera to hard rock and back to power ballad again before ending, nearly six minutes after it began, on a decisive gong.

It was entirely written by Freddie Mercury, and the song was pieced together using not only various different sections—as the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson had done with the equally epic Good Vibrations in 1966—but also an intensive overdubbing of harmonies (somewhere in the region of 160 overdubs, all told, often with Brian May, Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury singing in unison around a single microphone) recorded over three weeks of intensive work, one week of which was spent on the operatic section.

I try to keep my blurbs short on the music posts, but if you’re interested in some more fascinating information, clips and links, check out the BBC America article.

Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen

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 low
Anyway the wind blows, doesn’t really matter to me, to me

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, ooo
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

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, ooo (anyway the wind blows)
I don’t want to die
I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening me
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo Figaro – magnifico

But 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
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 (never)
Never let you go let me go
Never let me go ooo
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

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

Ooh yeah, ooh yeah
Nothing really matters
Anyone can see
Nothing really matters nothing really matters to me

Anyway the wind blows

Songwriters: Freddie Mercury
Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

23 thoughts on “♫ Bohemian Rhapsody ♫

  1. Jill, this is one of Rock music’s classic songs. My whole household are Queen fans, as they provided the soundtrack on many a road trip. Three Dog Night is another family favorite for the same reason.

    I am looking forward to the movie by the same name. You likely know this, but for those that don’t, Brian May has a Ph.D in Astro-physics and is the brother of the British Prime Minister. Apparently, his politics are not the same, but she has on occasion used him as a character witness in her campaigns. Keith

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    • Actually no, you have enlightened me, for I had no idea that Brian May is Theresa May’s brother! I also didn’t know a movie was being made of his life, but from what I’ve read about him, he led an interesting life and the movie should be well worth seeing. Thanks for adding to the post! This is what makes it all so much fun!

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  2. Believe in coincidence, or not? Earlier this week I read an advertisement in the local paper about a 20th Century Fox film being released here November 2nd…”Bohemian Rhapsody”, which apparently centers on Freddie Mercury. My elder daughter, a devoted Queen fan, and I talked about it that evening. She loves that song and loved Freddie Mercury’s mustache from the earlier days. I loved the music…but the lyrics, not so much. I was never much of a Queen fan and only have one album, their 1991 Innuendo, because of the song “These Are The Days Of Our Lives”. I believe it was Freddie Mercury’s last album. Although, my daughter told me that the song “Mother Love”, on their 1995 Made in Heaven album, is the last vocal recording by Mercury just before he died. Thank-you!

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    • I rarely believe in coincidence, but in this case, it obviously is! I had no idea a movie about Freddie Mercury’s life was coming out until first you and then Keith mentioned it! I also didn’t realize that he died from complications from AIDS … from what I read on BBC and Wikipedia, his life was an interesting one and the movie should be worth seeing.

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      • Coincidence indeed! When I saw the email this morning that said Bohemian Rhapsody, I got a chill down my spine. I immediately opened and read and listened. I started typing my comment, noting that there weren’t any posted yet. I was interrupted by a repairman for my gas burner and returned over 1 1/2 hour later to complete and hit post comment. Then, I noticed the previous two comments and that David suggested listening to the same song. So glad that you liked it too! The film is not of his entire life, I’m sketchy on details because elder daughter took the paper that was promoting it. Yes, he did succumb to the complications of AIDS…but, he fought it valiantly right up to the very end!

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        • Yes, I did like These Are The Days … and according to both Wikipedia and BBC, it was the last song he recorded and he died about 6 months later. Tragic. Now why did elder daughter steal your paper??? I will see what I can find out about the movie … though I don’t go to theaters, it might be one I would like to see when it is on Amazon.

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  3. I love all types of music from classical to Big Band. But this is one of my all time favourite pop songs. No I don’ know what it is about; there have been fun quizzes on Facebook – how well do you know the words to BR. It was playing all the time on Top of the Pops when it first came out. I didn’t really follow Queen because too busy with real life, but I enjoy many of their other songs. My friend’s Anglo Indian hubby went to school in India with Farrokh Bulsara as he was then and later when his family came to England he lived not far from the area we lived in for ages. Feltham, by Heathrow Airport, a very dreary town that is only famous for Freddy Mercury and Mo Farah our Olympic runner!

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    • Thanks for adding to the story! I, too, like what I used to think was a wide variety of music, from classical to jazz to soft rock. But lately, I think my choices are actually fairly limited, for I don’t care for opera, hip-hop, heavy metal, hard rock, gospel or rap, so perhaps there is less I like than I don’t like. Sigh.

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  4. Thank you, diolch yn fawr The record that made them famous,a one off original in terms of combinations of sounds. But it obviously didn’t rock your boat.and that’s a shame so I’m going to see if I can convert you with just one song which is my favourite of all the brilliant songs they did before poor Freddie died. In fact this one was recorded not long before his death.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB4K0scMysc These are the days of our lives.
    Cwtch

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