The real “Bohemian Rhapsody,” by Queen

Queen, performing Bohemian Rhapsody.

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First 8-track I ever bought.

Here are the lyrics, then the video:

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

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
Mama, ooo
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, ooo – (anyway the wind blows)
I don’t want to die
I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning – very very frightening me
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo Figaro – magnifico

But I’m just a poor boy and 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 (never)
Never let you go – let me go
Never let me go – ooo
No, no, no, no, no, no, no -
Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama 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

Ooh yeah, ooh yeah
Nothing really matters
Anyone can see
Nothing really matters – nothing really matters to me

Anyway the wind blows…


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  • newbroom

    Tommy, Sgt..Pepper, Pet Sounds, thematic ALBUMS that don’t come close to the complex emotion in this single song. A musical masterpiece.

  • freewayblogger

    Recently had the pleasure of introducing my daughter – 10 – to this song. She loved it, but naturally asked “What’s it about?” “Everything.” I replied.

  • Tony Di Pietro

    I miss Mr Mercury more than anything ever. Thanks for helping keep him alive.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Love the classics. :-) That one is eternal.

  • Tor

    Another brilliant life taken before his time. And what happened to all that hair?

  • tonyt

    Love this song. It’s like three songs in one. I once read that the couple of verses that start out with “Mama just killed a man…” had been kicking around for awhile and Freddie’s band mates called it “That Cowboy Song.”

  • Angela Jelcic

    They don’t write songs like that any more. What a band!

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