Monday, July 2, 2007

Song of the Week (02/07/2007) Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Well I'm back in Cancun for some more days.

I was riding with my dad on his car, looking for some songs in his new ipod, and among several other songs I dare not mention I found a great classic :P. Bohemian Rhapsody is a pretty crazy song, jumping from one theme to another (from ballad to rock-ish), with some pretty gloomy lyrics at times. Queen is one of those bands most people have heard of at least once... even if it's We Will Rock You or some of those over-the-board popular songs. This is probably my favorite, although Killer Queen is pretty nice too, and some others. It is also amazingly popular for such an "experimental" song (very experimental for 1975 when it was released), I was singing along when I was at the CocoBongo the other day ;)

About this song... hmm. Some people relate the lyrics to the plot of The Stranger, novel by Albert Camus. This weird relationship comes directly from the lyrics and is not a hard fact. The song deals with some guy disappointing his mother, and killing a man. The attitude of the "character" of this song matches the "existential" nature of the character from Camus' novel. Check it out yourself :P The song is a little too happy at times and unrelated to the book's plot for me to actually place a strong relationship.

There's probably a great number of interpretations from these lyrics but I liked the relationship with the Stranger. It is a fact that Freddy Mercury, who wrote this song, never revealed the actual meaning of the lyrics. Some other people speculate it's about HIV, but HIV still didn't appear in Mercury's life at that time. That can only mean it is probably a very obscure secret, or he simply left it to the interpretation of the listener; or that he was high when he wrote it.

It's a great song either way.

Curious facts. The classic Queen image with the band in half-light is taken from the promotional video made out of this song. The video is right over here.

For the lyrics (weird word meanings):
Beelzebub-the devil
Scaramouche-"a cowardly buffoon" according to M-Webster also "a stock character in the Italian commedia dell'arte that burlesques the Spanish don and is characterized by boastfulness and cowardliness" may be the case, since Freddy Mercury enjoyed Opera
Fandango-spanish dance
Bismillah-in the name of Allah
Figaro-means barber, but i'm not really sure, he, very probably, refers to the world from FF6

Now go build your interpretation.

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody Lyrics

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...

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