While giving an interview, Freddie Mercury of Queen explained the meaning and interpretation of the song. He shed some light on the meaning and creation of the song. With a bit of oblique meaning, the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” has managed to gain a wide audience.
Why Did Freddie Mercury Write “Bohemian Rhapsody”?
In his book, Freddie revealed the composition that made the structure of the three songs the band released together. He wanted to do music that has its opening in the form of operatic “mood-setter” music, followed by a phase of rock music. Mercury says that the song doesn’t seem like an opera to him and he is not a big fan of opera. However, Freddie Mercury wanted the song to sound like an opera with a bit of rock and roll in it.
The song turned out to be a juggernaut. Freddie incorporated a rock, opera, balladry, and Capella singing fusion into 1 song. While people have no problem grasping the song’s grandeur, they can’t quite shed light on the meaning of the song. According to a report by BBC America, the song’s meaning often appears as intentionally opaque. It was due to the sexuality of Freddie Mercury and the changes it would bring into the relationship between Freddie and Mary Austin, ex-fiance.
Another interpretation was that it was due to the forced exit of Mercury from Zanzibar, his native place when he was just 18. While one can draw a superficial meaning out of the song, the meaning being, it is the story of two men, out of which, one man killed the other man, and later was consumed with feelings of regret and guilt. Is that the real meaning of the song, “Bohemian Rhapsody”.