I often wonder what the artists think of these dissections. I was 10 years old and listened to nothing but AM top 40 radio when I first heard this song in 1975, I hated it, but it soon became one of the "top 3 at Ten PM' for about 3 weeks, and by time that was Over, I was looking at music like I never had before, not just to hum along, but to appreciate the lyrics and the imagination of the creators...37 years later I still find something new in this song everytime I listen to it...100 years from now people will look at classic rock the way we now look at Classical music of the late 19th century, and one of the centerpieces will be Bohemian Rhapsody. even though Freddie claimed it was all "nonsense", he was a very modest person.
I read the comments sections on a lot of songs and the "meanings" people come up with can be really creative.
Hi MUsic lovers, I think the idea of the lyrics of the song came from the lyrics of the song called 'I Shot The Sheriff' written and sung by Bob Marley in 1973. Put the cat outside last night, But I'll never win the fight. This is just no fun, That cat has gone and thrown me out again! Didn't mean to wake you up, If I'm not back inside before tomorrow, Carrion, Carrion . Put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger- now he's dead"Here he can be telling Mary about the affair- but obviously very much in code.
But I think that Freddie wrote a song 'Bohemian' influenced by cover version by Eric Clapton in 1974. He's saying how he "killed" his old innocent self."Mama, life had just begun- but now i've gone and thrown it all away"Still talking to Mary, he says how the old him was still young and he feels like he only just started dating people like Mary- but now he just threw that person away."Mama, ooh- didn't mean to make you cry.."Here he's more emotional and he's trying to apologize to Mary- saying that he really didn't want to hurt her."..
The week it is was at #2, the #1 record was "Jump" by Kris Kross... Maybe the outside story was about an excecution- I think that's very clear, at least in the "mama" section. Obviously I'm not Freddie, but I can share with you a few facts that I have researched, and they can allow one to infer the meaning of this very complex song.. He had been dating Mary Austin for give or take 6 years.
(musical interlude)I see a little silly green and nerdy man. The new, gay, guilty Freddie is the one who "killed" the old him. Well if your still here, then here goes nothing.."Is this the real life, is this just fantasy? This already gives us so much insight into how he had been feeling. But at this time- as far as we know, he hadn't been in any male relationships. I must get insideto shake that Yabba Dabba Dew off my lilly! If you think about this story, and you then listen to Bo Rap's lyrics- they may tie in together. The "man" that is killed could represent Freddie's old, straight, innocent self who was in love with Mary. Shall we do some line by line interpretations as examples of what I mean? But according to this claim, Freddie just wasn't happy.