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Posted: 27 Dec 04, 21:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i know this must have been asked a thousand times but what do you think it is about i think the song is about death. Because The beginning is about someone one seeing someone else's death and the operatic part is about someone experiencing death and the after life. and the last rock part is about someone surviving death
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Posted: 27 Dec 04, 21:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Honestly, we'll probably never know the true meaning of the song, but I don't think it's about death. The rock section doesn't seem to be about surviving death, but more about standing strong against something, be it his (Freddie's) sexuality or even his religion. And in the beginning, I think it's more of a symbolic death, not literally witnessing a death.

I wish we knew what was going on in Freddie's head when he was writing Bohemian Rhapsody, but I think anybody who knows plans on taking it to the grave.



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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 01:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i think that if we knew what it was about we wouldn't love it as much. the whole idea of a good song is that we apply our own meaning to it and it becomes something different to every person.


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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 06:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 07:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Some say it's a song about death (maybe aids) could be a "I'm stoned let's write down what comes in my head) <---- then again that might be march of the black queen... But we all know it was meant to be 3 songs but sounded good enough for a single song. So it's very difficult to say what it was about, cause while writing a song you have to be in a certain mood. Ah well, enough rambling.


It isn't about AIDS... can't be, because the disease wasn't discoved yet in the seventees. I don't know what's te meaning of Bo Rhap. I think the songs doesn't have a message.


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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 08:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree that knowing the meaning might spoil the magic and beauty of the song. Personally, I think it's about Freddie struggling to come to terms with his sexuality. I think Roger himself said that the operatic bit was just a load of nonsense.

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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 10:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

and knowing what a song is about doesn't make it any "less great"

fairy fellers masterstroke - being a case to point


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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 10:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Watch "Freddie's Loves" documentary!
Phoebe explains it all! :)


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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 11:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's on the hub!


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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 11:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 11:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You're welcome :)
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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 14:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I’m sure it started off life as three separate songs which Freddie didn’t finish so he stuck them together and hey presto Bohemian Rhapsody or something like that

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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 18:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mercuryworks wrote:

Meaning Of Bohemian Rhapsody
Entertainment.


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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 20:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dan "The Host" Corson wrote:

Mercuryworks wrote:

Meaning Of Bohemian Rhapsody
Entertainment.

You're sooo old ;)


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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 23:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The song has clearly a deep & hidden meaning, but I believe it's SO


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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 23:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

(oops, sorry, where was I?)

The meaning is SO


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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 23:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

damn, keep accidentally pushing enter. This TOTALLY distracts from what I'm trying to say.

It's so deep that Freddie didn't understand it's himself. It's more an emotion than a message. Or a meaning that has no words so we do the best we can. Make sense???


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Posted: 28 Dec 04, 23:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If you have to ask.....
You'll never know.

Freddie never asked even himself.
So do you think he would know?
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p.s. Or maybe it is about something that will only keep us queenzoners guessing, eh? heh


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Posted: 29 Dec 04, 00:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think this song just calls for people to take whatever message from it. Be it 'a drug trip' or 'paternal issues' 'struggling with his orientation' - whatever. Maybe this is the song where it's just best NOT to know. Who knows?

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Posted: 29 Dec 04, 01:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Good point Zander.
I agree with thee. ;)
Cheers


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