Music, truly, is food for the soul. It was a heavily stunning sight in 2016 when 65,000 people at a Green Day concert sang along to the Bohemian Rhapsody in unison [1]. As a major part of the tour for their Revolution Radio album, the Green Day guys shared the video on their Youtube channel as an impromptu tribute to Freddie Mercury.

Hyde Park, London, literally shook on its heels when the massive crowd applauded themselves after pulling off the six-minute, soul-shaking song. They sang to an empty stage, but they found joy in one another’s voices.

Anyone who doesn’t know about that song has got to listen to it now. If you’re do know about it but you’re not a fan, try listening to it again. It calls out to a person’s deepest emotions and clearly portrays the trials and tribulations we all go through at some point in their lives.

Forever in our hearts…

Released in 1975 by the British rock band, Queen, the song has gone down in history as one of the most powerful sounds ever created. It doesn’t belong to one genre of music, but it slides out from Ballard into Guitar, from Guitar into Opera, from Opera into Hard rock, and just literally pulls at the different musical strings of the human soul.

27 years after his death, Freddie Mercury, leader of the British rock band, Queen, and writer of the Bohemian Rhapsody, is still shaking the world and opening hearts [2].

A comment on the Youtube video read: “…the most poignant moment for me was when I full screened the video to get the full HD experience and while they were singing. Look at the sky, it’s almost like Freddie Mercury was there, in the clouds, taking this all in.”

“It’s just so emotional because all those thousands of people who don’t know each other are just unified by music.”

Truly, it did seem like they were all looking up at Freddie.

The band never really explained the true meaning of the song. It’s like a smorgasbord of emotions, with confusion, nonchalance, realization, regret, anger, sorrow, resignation, and other feelings on full display.

Quotable lyrics:

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

To understand the song, immerse your life situation into it

Understanding the true meaning of the song is a tough task. Freddie himself once told everyone to tag their own meanings to the song.

“It’s one of those songs which has such a fantasy feel about it,” he said. “I think people should just listen to it, think about it, and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them. Bohemian Rhapsody didn’t just come out of thin air. I did a bit of research although it was tongue-in-cheek and mock opera. Why not?”

The song was written by Freddie at a critical time in his life. He was going through so many problems and was dealing with powerfully conflicting emotions. Freddie suffered from the guilt of cheating on his partner, and also trepidation for the judgment the society would pass on him when he comes out as bisexual. He tried to be nonchalant, and then the anger took over. He suddenly got afraid, and finally, he resigned himself to fate [3].

After receiving a Metacritic rating of 72 and the title of U.K’s third-best-selling single, being sung by 65,000 people in perfect unison (most of whom hadn’t even born at time of its release), and standing as one of the most emotional songs of all time, the Bohemian Rhapsody will continue to live on.

References:

  1. Must-See Moment Crowd of 65,000 Sings “Bohemian Rhapsody” In Perfect Unison, powerfulmind.co
  2. Freddie Mercury, Wikipedia
  3. What is the meaning behind Bohemian Rhapsody?, Quora.com
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