Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

April 10, 2022

Today’s song of the day is a British progressive rock song, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” by Queen.

Fun Facts:

  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” was recorded in the latter half of 1975 and released as a single on October 31st of that same year.
  • The single’s B-side track was “I’m in Love with My Car.” Both songs were later included on the band’s fourth studio album, A Night at the Opera.
  • The song is just under six minutes long and is categorized as a suite or a musical piece composed of an ordered set of varying pieces. Uniquely, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has five distinct sections and no refraining chorus.
  • The sections include an intro, a ballad piece, an operatic component, a hard rock piece, and a reflective coda.
  • Upon release, the song topped the UK’s music chart for nine full weeks and went on to sell more than one million copies within three months. It is currently the UK’s third best-selling single of all time.
  • The song was formally inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 and is considered to be one of the greatest songs of all time.
  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the song at number seventeen on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Lyrics:

(Genius)

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, little high, little low

Any way the wind blows doesn’t really matter to me, to me

Mama, I 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, ooh, 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, ooh (Any way the wind blows)

I don’t wanna die

I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all

I see a little silhouetto of a man

Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?

Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me

(Galileo) Galileo, (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo Figaro magnifico

But I’m just a poor boy, 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) Will not let you go

(Never, never, never, never let me go) Ah

No, no, no, no, no, no, no

(Oh, mamma mia, mamma mia) Mamma 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

[Outro]

(Ooh)

(Ooh, yeah, ooh, yeah)

Nothing really matters, anyone can see

Nothing really matters

Nothing really matters to me

Any way the wind blows

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