♫ Bohemian Rhapsody ♫

I had a new song (well, ‘new’ meaning one I haven’t yet played here) for tonight, but my headphones are being highly uncooperative and I’m too tired to try to figure out what’s wrong with them just now.  So, I am reduxing one that I last played two years ago, October 2018.


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

31 thoughts on “♫ Bohemian Rhapsody ♫

  1. Pingback: ♫ Bohemian Rhapsody ♫ — Filosofa’s Word (hope the video plays, if not…go to the source) | Rethinking Life

  2. I’m a HUGE QUEEN FAN!!! I LOVE THEM. Miss Freddie, but then so does everyone else. They are my go to group and I play them all the time and have all their concerts on CDs. They were incredible. They still are, but Freddie was special. I’m also a Roger Taylor fan (drummer). Great post.

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  3. ‘Beelzabub has a devil put aside for meee, for mee, for meeeeee!” Now, this one should be played during all of Trump’s rallies. This is how whacked out his brain is. But it would make poor Freddy roll over. 😏

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  4. This song saves my brain from the self destructive avenue of stress every time. So much expression, so many rift changes and peaks and valleys. I get so lost on them that I forget what was troubling me. A true fretter’s release.

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  5. I’m not a Queen fan but I do sorta enjoy this one. Watched it on Quello last year and it took a few times to really enjoy. The words hit a little bit too close to home for comfort but it was one I could readily understand.
    I’m on a sabbatical from blogging at the moment. Have about 15 posts in my drafts, there mainly because I couldn’t figure out how to publish them after hitting the publish button several times still didn’t work. Can’t figure out why so many people fix things that have never been broken. Or am I just getting too old and tired to continue to try? Might help if the arthritis would ease up but……

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    • I just like the song, don’t really pay much attention to the lyrics (especially since I cannot hear them, and didn’t know what they were ’til the first time I played this song!)

      A sabbatical, eh? Can I help you figure out how to publish the posts you have written? If you let me know what’s giving you problems, I’ll be more than happy to try to help you. I fully agree with you … as my late ex-husband used to say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Of course, half the time, whatever it was really WAS broken and he was just trying to get out of fixing it, but still, the saying has merit. WordPress has mucked up their program and every day they seem to try to make it a bit worse! The result is it is taking me longer to get my posts done, but what do they care? Anyway, let me know if I can help in any way! And yeah, I hear you about the arthritis! Love you, my friend! ❤

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      • Could just be me, but I hit the “publish” button and nothing at all happens. If I could just jump thru the screen and stab it with something it might do my mood a world of good. I think I just don’t need the aggravation right now with even my fingers swollen from arthritis. Everything just hurts too much right now to worry about this also. I’m losing interest faster each day. If the site would ask first and then believe me when I tell them to leave my site alone it would be different. But with a constant headache accompanied by a paralyzed finger causing constant pain I’m just ready to give it all u[. Thanks for the offer, but I have better things to do with my time.

        My keepers are hrre now “urging” bedtime so my trusty LED flashlight and I will duck under their radar a,d read for a few hours. Love you

        Angela

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        • Oh, I know what you mean about wanting to jump through the screen and stab it with something! I have abused my poor computer more since WordPress made all these pointless changes than in the past 3 years! I will email you tomorrow with what I hope will be helpful in getting your posts published. I’m so sorry you’re in pain, my friend. Take care as best you can, and enjoy your reading. Heh heh … reminds me of when I was a kid and took a flashlight under the covers after “lights out” to finish ‘just a few more pages’. Love you!!!

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          • I did that all the time. Can’t remember what I was reading one night but it was sad and I was sniffling, thinking it would be muffled by the covers. Next thing I knew my mother was in there with some nasty cough medicine thinking I was sick. The things I had to endure just to read a book on the nights I couldn’t sleep!

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  6. Jill, the movie by this name is excellent. It reveals how much effort went into it and then how poorly the record label received it. Per the movie, Mercury went to a local DJ and said the record company refused to cut it, said it was too long and bizarre, and the DJ would have to be a fool to play it. Of course, he did and it took off. It is bizarre, though. But, fun. Keith

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  7. This is the first Queen record I ever heard and it fascinated me from the word go. So different, Since then they became of of my favourite groups from the consistent quality of their music and Freddie’s showmanship. heir last record ‘Days of our Lives’ will remain my favourite and possibly the most emotive record I’ve ever heard. They have a long stream of chart hits to appeal to everyone. I love Radio Gaga. Nice choice Jill.
    Cwtch

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