As some of you know, part of my early morning ritual is to exercise, usually listening to 70s music. A couple of weeks ago while exercising a familiar song played. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’; you know the song by Queen, it released in 1975. So I am listening while exercising and listening to the words and a feeling came over me; an understanding of me. Are these lyrics describing me and my life? The website songmeanings.com has the lyrics and reader’s comments on what they think the lyrics meaning are.
Here is my interpretation of this song and how it relates to me –
First Verse –
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
This verse is me at a younger age questioning why I am here, my purpose, not understanding my struggles.
Second Verse –
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
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
This verse is me attempting suicide and telling my mom ‘I’m sorry’.
Third Verse –
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
This verse is me realizing I am reaching out for help and not really wanting to kill myself – but yet wish I did not have to live.
Last Verse –
Ooh yeah, ooh yeah
Nothing really matters
Anyone can see
Nothing really matters nothing really matters to me
This verse is me telling myself, nothing matters to me, not even myself, not even my life.
The Wikipedia.org site has the following information pertaining to the context of this song –
Mercury refused to explain his composition other than saying it was about relationships; the band is still protective of the song’s secret. Brian May supports suggestions that the song contained veiled references to Mercury’s personal traumas. He recalls “Freddie was a very complex person: flippant and funny on the surface, but he concealed insecurities and problems in squaring up his life with his childhood.
And as I exercise listening to this song and the words, I realize everything and everyone matters, including me, including my life. The severe struggles I encountered in my childhood and as a younger man did matter –
they mattered because they made me who I am today.