What is Bohemian Rhapsody really about?

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  1. Norris Vulcan

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    Obviously this is a great song, so not to take anything away from it, but... if you were woodshedding a kind of cod-opera section in your latest composition, and you want something that sounds right to fit the lyric:
    Scaramouche, Galileo, Figaro. etc

    I think the song is a mix of carefully composed and more improvised elements, kind of rock meets Gilbert and Sullivan. Amazing song to get in the charts, and played on radio.

    Don't know what it's about, though....
     
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    I equate Queen, especially Freddie and Brian to Picasso and a whole lotta VanGogh, not necessarily in respective order either, but just massive amounts of color exploding in my ears with abstract images flashing in front of my eyes.

    Best way I can explain it.
     
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    One of those bands that I really respect, I thought that movie was great, Under Pressure is a classic , I went and explored their very first music on Spotify but –

    I would never put them on myself.


    One of those bands if I was at a party and it was on I would think it was fine (not the last bunch of records though) but you’d never hear it blasting out of my house when I was home alone.

    And I grew up with them ! :eek:

    Never made the connection...:(
     
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    Right.

    Beyond that, "nothing really matters".

    I mean, he already told us. Didn't he?

    :^)
     
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    Within the band they hardly discussed their lyrics. Brian May said that Freddy never explained the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody.
    I also think it is about coming out and the inner struggle that goes with it.
     
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    Making money?
     
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    In context of Post- Modernism in general and Post Modern art in particular:

    The goal is to be somewhere between inscrutable and incoherent. You don't want to be blatantly incoherent, an obvious fool. Being blatantly inscrutable means people will try to de- mystify your "message" long after you're gone.
     
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    This tribute would make Freddie very happy and proud. The lights imo are for Freddie rip.
    This performance introduced Angelina to the world. A huge risk singing this difficult song and it worked out wonderfully, she totally made the song hers. Her young career will now explode and everyone will want a piece.
    She needs to run as fast as possible away from agt. Seriously. She has smart parents.

     
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    It starts out kind of like “In the Ghetto.” Except this guy kills someone (executes, really – “Put a gun up to his head” is different than killing someone in the heat of a petty crime) – while in the Elvis song, the guy steals a car and gets killed by the cops. Then he realizes he needs to turn himself in and face trial...which he does, at which his lawyers plead for his life.

    The part that’s unclear is the fast part: “So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?” Etc. Is this him realizing that he never should have turned himself in, because he is not given what he sees as a fair trial? Is it him in prison, longing to break out? Is it him being deserted by his mother, after turning himself in for her sake? Who knows.

    But I don’t think it’s about suicide. I think it’s more about the complexities (i.e. the good and the bad aspects) of taking personal accountability for things you have done. The guy knows he has done something wrong, and wants to face the music for it...but at the same time, the “music” is not necessarily doled out in a just and understanding manner. And, of course, the “killing,” the “mother,” the “trial,” and the “prison” need not be literal. It’s just metaphorical drama/hyperbole used to make a general statement about life/humanity.
     
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    There is some dark spiritual stuff in that song.
     
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    Preposterous twaddle IMHO. Absolutely hate the entire song, always have always will. Freddy was a phenomenal talent and Queen, tremendous musicians especially given their ages at the time, but sweet baby Ray, I hate this song with a passion.
     
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    Brilliant and depressing. Interestingly, Galileo was an Italian astronomer who discovered the planet Mercury...
     
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    "Nothing really matters to me." All that fuss over what to me is obviously about coming out, only to arrive at this.
     
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    Brian May is also an astronomer...
     
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    Put a gun up to his head
    Pulled MY trigger
    Now he's dead....

    Happiness is a Warm Gun....
     
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    Whole Lotta Van Gogh - great name for a band! Quick - copywright!

    To me: it's just a collection of words Freddie came up with - being literally a drama queen and opera lover and taking baroque influence to the max.

    It's like Stairway, that started out as four songs. It has no common thread, just the singing is in English not Italian!

    It is a great song IMO. One of the first shown on Countdown, Australian pop show in the 70s everyone watched in the 70s on a Sunday night. I can remember my dad going 'whats this rubbish' when I was 16 or thereabouts.
     
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    Never much cared for Queen in general tbh

    Overblown overdramatic overpreening...

    They had a couple decent songs though. This is one:
     
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    It’s about 44 years nine months old and still a fantastic work of art...

    Everything from News of The World onwards declines rapidly... one of the best live acts ever. Glorious sound of guitar into dimed AC/30s!!

     
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