September 2nd, 2015

Remembering Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury was like a shooting star.   Today, we celebrate his birthday and his talent, so bright and fleeting, rare and beautiful.   One of his grandest achievements was “Bohemian Rhapsody. “   There has never been and never will be a song like it: part wistful ballad, part fiery rock anthem and opera parody.   Some of the greatest works of art are great because they can be interpreted in so many different ways. That’s what makes “Bohemian Rhapsody” a masterpiece. No one is exactly sure what a genius like Mercury meant by the lyrics intricately woven like tapestry in and out of the melody.

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, No escape from reality.

The words leave so much to the imagination.

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.

Mercury deals with personal struggle and ponders the depth of our purpose on this planet.

Nothing really matters, Anyone can see, Nothing really matters, Nothing really matters to me.

Queen always let listeners interpret their music in a personal way, rather than revealing or imposing their own meaning on songs.   The band also agreed to keep the personal meaning behind the song private out of respect for Mercury who left us all too soon in 1991 at the young age of 45.

Goodbye everybody I’ve got to go Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth

Happy Birthday Freddie! We are grateful for the gift of music you bestowed upon us and for allowing us to interpret your lyrics through Lyric Culture.


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