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Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody Lyrics Meaning
This bewildering musical artifact took seven years just to complete its lyrics. Let’s learn the meaning behind the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
The combination of the lyrics for three different songs gives us the classic, Bohemian Rhapsody. No one except for Freddie Mercury himself knows the real meaning behind the song.
Introduction: Bohemian Rhapsody Lyrics
Despite being unknown to the actual meaning of the song, we’ve tried our best to come up with a few ideas so as to explain what the song means for you.
Just like you, our curiosity to understand the meaning of this song drove us to this point. We are just two lost souls swimming in the lyrics to find its meaning.
Bohemian Rhapsody Lyrics Meaning
Let’s learn the meaning behind the lyrics of the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen section-wise.
The God himself, Freddie Mercury, must have written this song to express himself the way he understands.
Even though Freddie isn’t the only person to have discovered this fire of “existentialism”, we must admit that we’ve all been through it.
In the intro section, the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody shows the ongoing conflict between “reality” and “fantasy”.
The lousy self-dubious state of Freddie’s mind is confused with the reality-based on his existence.
An interesting rule to live by in our lives is to be able to question anything that confuses us. This is exactly what Freddie is doing in the intro.
The singer has reached the point of saturation where he cannot be moved by any external forces whatsoever.
Anything that is directly involved with disturbing his inner peace cannot move him even an inch.
This is the peak of freedom. Maybe this is what Freddie Mercury had always wanted to experience, THE FREEDOM!
The major sensation here is the first line of the first verse from the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody.
Freddie Mercury alludes to taking a life. However, we cannot assure you if he’s confessing a crime or if it’s just a metaphor.
Since we know Freddie was openly bisexual, we can refer the phrase as him taking the life of his secretive “straight” soul.
Maybe, he had believed that he would experience true freedom if only he could eliminate his straight persona.
However, he had to do it without ruining his public image as a singer.
Let’s hope he could have felt the freedom of experiencing who he really was in his later life.
The singer/ songwriter, Freddie Mercury, was probably referring to his ex-wife as “Mama”.
This would make sense since they broke up as a result of his sexuality being public to the world. She was probably hurt because they’d been together for seven years.
Imagine the love of your life coming out to you, the heartburn, it’s the absolute worst.
Freddie Mercury was probably trying to express the denial phase that he had had to go through.
For obvious reasons, we didn’t want his personal image to get destroyed by his reality.
This would make sense since he was risking it all so as to express his real identity to the world so as to experience the ultimate freedom.
But a major difference between the two personalities, the straight one and the bisexual one, is that the bisexual one is a bit more daring. Maybe, he liked it that way.
However, he didn’t want to come out as a bisexual publicly because of his fears.
This phase of denial must have made him go through a lot of self-conflicting thoughts, mostly the negative ones.
I don’t wanna die
I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all
The representation of the dark phase of denial is clear in the lines above.
In this verse, he describes the phase after he comes out to the public completely.
The way some people treated him was so bad that these people had a visible dark side to overshadow his public image.
This is what he probably means by:
I see a little silhouetto of a man
According to Genius Lyrics, “Scaramouche” is portrayed as a coward, thus Freddie is a coward who is frightened of thunderbolts and lighting.
Freddie Mercury was seemingly a person who would get along with literally anyone.
Since it was easy for people to enter his life, he wants them to get out of his life in the same fashion. This is what he probably meant by:
Easy come, easy go, will you let me go?
But it makes much sense if this was a conversation Freddie was having with his inner God.
However, his God wouldn’t let him go.
The lord of the flies, Beelzebub, had set aside a devil for the singer as a punishment for choosing his sexuality.
In this verse, Freddie Mercury is fully convinced that he won’t be allowed to enter heaven even if he chooses to go back to being “straight”.
So, instead, he would rather have fun while he is alive an healthy.
In this verse, he seems to be talking to his fans, to you guys, on a personal level at the same time.
So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?
So you think you can love me and leave me to die?
The singer reminds us that we have once loved him without knowing his real identity.
But now since we know his reality, he questions if we are going to stone him and spit in his eyes as a punishment for being “different”.
But it doesn’t matter what we choose to do with the image that Freddie Mercury has created for himself.
Nothing really matters to him.
Conclusion: Bohemian Rhapsody Meaning
This explanation is far from being perfect.
If you have better meaning behind the lyrics of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, let us know in the comments.
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