Text Analysis: Bohemian Rhapsody

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10 October 2012
Analysis of “Bohemian Rhapsody”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, a British rock band from the 1970’s, is a very complex and elaborately written and performed song. After a first listen, your senses and feelings are being stretched every which way. The song starts out slow with deeply emotional lyrics that signal deep emotion in the writer. Following the intro, the song seems to get even darker, and describes killing someone with a gun. As the song progresses, the tempo picks up with a guitar solo and eventually gets very chaotic. During this part of the song, there are a multitude of words used from foreign languages. Also, there is a fair amount of repetition used in later parts of the song. One thing to note is that there
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He tells her to carry on with her life and just move on after he is executed. Next, the narrator says, “Goodbye everybody, I’ve got to go. Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth. Mama, ooh, I don’t want to die. I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all” This verse is him stating that he’s going to die now and that he needs to leave everything behind and face the consequences of his actions. He gets even more emotional when he confesses to his mother that he doesn’t want to die but instead, wishes that he had never been born at all. This is where the song shifts completely into an opera style of music. The tempo increases as well as the narrator’s voice and tone. The narrator gets energy in his voice and seems to almost get angry when he says, “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!” Next, the song slows down again and goes back to the same sorrow filled tone as the beginning of the song. He finishes off by saying again that nothing really matter to him because he’s about to die. Alluding to the beginning of the song where he says that nothing really matters, he sadly concludes with the verse “Any way the wind blows…” Although Freddie Mercury always said the song was meaningless words and didn’t mean anything, clearly