Why Did Freddie Mercury Write Bohemian Rhapsody?

1DaTJo
1DaTJo

As a songwriter myself, I know that songs come “through” me already written as it were. Especially the best ones. I am simply a channel for the songs. John Lennon and Bob Dylan said the same thing about their songwriting. Freddie would have channeled Bohemian Rhapsody. Songs are often a mixture of reality and dreamlike substance - they aren’t necessarily always factual.

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Caz 9
Caz 9

Well, the band's name was Queen. I assumed the whole band was gay. Was surprised when I found out he had had a relationship with a woman.

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BEL
BEL

gay or bisexual.

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jred1838
jred1838

I think you are really reaching here.

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The Green Queen
The Green Queen

Speaking for those of us so far outside the inner circle.. to me, this makes a lot of sense. Others of that time and even much later wrote the most beautiful music where their truth (not accepted by society) was hidden in plain sight. Society STILL hasn’t fixed this. How heartbreaking is the art made by the oppressed?

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Chad Samilin
Chad Samilin

I just watch it and somehow the radio plays bohemian rhapsody

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HumbleServing
HumbleServing

AIDS made Freddy deaddy. Rot in hell you homo.

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greengreensio
greengreensio

This is not true.. Freedy was singing about the devil on this song. You missed the devil part. He claerly mention the devil how he helped him get famous. "Easy come easy go" means the path he took wont last long.

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Mary Theodorou
Mary Theodorou

Omg how sickening!

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yes man
yes man

Queue wistful/pensive music. Who gives a fuck. By their first US hit, their best music was already on their first two albums. But if Garth and Wayne like it.... of course, they liked Madonna too. Primarily as a sex toy, but maybe if they had the whole story on Mercury, who knows?

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Dustin Moore
Dustin Moore

I thought this song was a sorry note to his mother after finding out that he had A.I D.S. & coping with the fact that he may have spread it unintentionally killing another man. Thats what it comes across as to me! Saying that he wished he had never been born at all, that he had to face the truth & pretty much saying goodbye to everyone! Makes sense!

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Debra DeLeone
Debra DeLeone

His talent and stardom was a gift from the Devil not from God. The devil's words are in his music and his life: it's right there for the world to see if you're not blinded from truth.

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TrippleOptix
TrippleOptix

I thought it was a sorry note to his mom for unknowingly giving another man A.I.D.S.! Was it? I'll watch the video now!

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Ann Traylor
Ann Traylor

Your religious philosophy is something you believe you do not know you can only go by assumption not proof.How we each live our lives is up to us God gave us freedom of choice .We all choose what we believe is right for us which is the way it should be no man priest,rabbi,minister,or any clergy should tell anyone how to live their life.No one knows if the old testament or the new testament is right or maybe the Koran is right!Catholics believe differently than Prodestants,Muslims differently than Hindus etc.,etc.,etc.God,Jehovah,Jesus,Buddah,Mohammad all gave us rules to live by if we expected to reach heaven.Well in the long run it's all a matter of belief in some instances forced on us from childhood the whole story of our lives in the end will tell the truth as the two most important days of our lives are the day we were born and the day we find out WHY!

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Raymie Covington
Raymie Covington

Weird I am not gay but I love the music of Queen, George Michael, Elton John, and of course others

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1DaTJo
1DaTJo

You don’t need to be a black woman to love Aretha Franklin :D

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BBlack6868
BBlack6868

Yeah, yeah , yeah .......it’s just a song i listen to when I want to hear perfection. RIP Freddy and thank you for sharing.

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Fett Boba Karim
Fett Boba Karim

Be a gay is finally bad

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Mike Lakefloor
Mike Lakefloor

Freddie had already adapted to these type of songs from My Fairy King on the first album to March of the Black Queen on the second album. Brian said that Freddie had picked up an acoustic guitar and showed him that riff (so you think you can stone me and spit in my eyes). It's a most unusual riff mimicking a trumpet or trombone. Freddie was a genius. I know precisely what he wanted. I'm so happy that I got to see him in concert 40 years ago this month, as a matter of fact!

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Og ig
Og ig

OMG this is something that I've been saying for years! Someone out there finally agrees with me! "Put a gun against his head," killing the older self. That's exactly how I perceived it but I thought it sounded too crazy. But I've heard Freddie originally refer to it as a cowboy song. Funny John Deacon's Another One Bites the Dust was originally about cowboys and Indians. Interesting.

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Lash Coh
Lash Coh

Is he the first ever gay singer celebrity that revealed himself? 🤔

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UserLMH
UserLMH

But Freddie was always bisexual and had lovers of both genders.

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Chris Leone
Chris Leone

Loved it. Very interesting.

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Yuanita Prawira
Yuanita Prawira

Rest in peace Freddie ...❤️

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MaskedGamingID
MaskedGamingID

Lol hand simulator

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m mc andrew
m mc andrew

ever heard of rodney rude? he said sumpin' about "freddy went to beddy.........." rod was a genius.

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Agus Dani
Agus Dani

I am sad

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Chris Power
Chris Power

The song was about selling is soul to the devil. Based on the lyrics?

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E. Allen
E. Allen

Freddy Mercury wrote the song because he was heavily inspired by the operatic song "Marionette" written and composed by Ian Hunter and performed by the band "Mott The Hoople". The song was released in 1974 on their album "The Hoople". Important note worth mentioning is that Queen was the supporting act for "Mott The Hoople" during their 1973-1974 U.K. and U.S tours. Here is a link to the song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y050qWhNVQ. It's very interesting and is very difficult not to notice the similarities of a song written and recorded more the a full year prior to the recording and release of Bohemian Rhapsody. That is not to say that Bohemian Rhapsody is not a great song. In my opinion credit needs to be given a lot to the song "Marionette". It is no secret that the members of both Mott The Hoople and Queen have both worked and performed together for many years prior to and after the death of Freddy Mercury. More info here if interested.... https://www.allmusic.com/song/marionette-mt0012484686. and here too.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYL8OTbagHw. and even more interesting reading... https://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-semioli/a-hooples-life-rock-star-_b_5850418.html. Lastly here as well... http://ultimateclassicrock.com/joe-elliott-interview-2014/. Enough said as to why this song was written.

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Michael C. Bertoni
Michael C. Bertoni

Freddie is an absolute genius. Ever since I saw the movie, I've been digging down deeper into him and the band. My first take away is that this song would have never been able to be constructed without the ENTIRE BAND. Everyone needed to buy into Freddie's vision for the song and play their unique part in order to make it a reality. The second thing is the song itself is a Biopic and Freddie's coming out anthem. The third and most important thing for me is the message that it's trying to convey to everyone, which is, be the best version of yourself, every day.

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addin8585
addin8585

who are u really. even u dont know. we need God.

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nahmanini sithole
nahmanini sithole

Ah, the group is called Queen. If something has to be explained then it's not getting its message across let alone having to explain it ten different gays er, ways. Cool song though but it's just that, a song. I think the working title for "Hey Jude" was "scrambled eggs". Let's not get carried away with it.

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nahmanini sithole
nahmanini sithole

+1DaTJo very good! Thanks. I was remembering from long ago so I put I think it was hey Jude but you are correct. I appreciate the civil reply.

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1DaTJo
1DaTJo

nahmanini sithole Agreed. Art is the message itself and doesn’t require an explanation. BTW it was “Yesterday” that was initially called Scrambled Eggs because those were the words Paul McCartney sang when he was first writing it.

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Monica Solar
Monica Solar

I heard it was about making a deal with the devil.momma just killed a man meant for him and now he sold out A different man

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MIFNP
MIFNP

Kenny Everett was more than a 'friend of the band'.

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Jeff Kells
Jeff Kells

Great voice,great band nothing comes close to news of the world every song great,sing him in that last video was sad

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Angel Diamond Star
Angel Diamond Star

People everywhere: Freddie did not have AIDS in 1975

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jess jesse
jess jesse

2: terrible gay - disease killed him ! And he fight till they end ! If your are an fan or not ! Admitt these guys where great musicians together ! Easy sum dude!

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jess jesse
jess jesse

1: it an song about his disease processing ! Bohemian rapsody : no escape to reality , to late mine time has come , goodbye everybody , i have got to go , leave you all behind , ooh mammmmaaaaaa!!!! His disease let left us giant song piece !

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Madison Greene
Madison Greene

It's a shame a man with such a beautiful voice was nothing more than a flaming homosexual, satan-worshipping vessel of the devil. I wonder if he thinks all that fame and fortune was worth the pain he's feeling in the lake of fire right now. Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords! I wish Freddie would have found Christ before it was too late.

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Angel Diamond Star
Angel Diamond Star

What if I said that is worthy of a spanking, Madison? You would be offended, wouldn't you? I can't believe you said that.

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Nina Stewart
Nina Stewart

BS, I Don 't believe that this is Freddie " Coming out", Hay would he? To Him sexuality seamed to be a very privat Matter... Why are you so obsesed with sexuality Anyway, why does It Matter how other på peaple choose to live Their loves?

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Ali Gulraiz
Ali Gulraiz

This was more emotional and captivating than the film

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skorpia g
skorpia g

my interpretation was the operatic part was his concern for his soul. hes singing about if satan put a spell\curse on him (maybe his happiness?) now that he finally came out he then finds out he has aids. the rock part :Hes fighting\arguing with himself - "so you think you can stone me and spit in my eye". the line "just got to get out" is him obsessing about his mortality and decisions. remember religions to this day see being gay as a sin.he was worried about his soul\in turmoil.in the end he realizes "nothing really matters to me" he made peace with his spirit and is fine .

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beejjjjjj1
beejjjjjj1

This is a very intriguing theory about the meaning of the song and it makes a lot of sense, for the most part, but I'm not fully convinced. If "Mama, I just killed a man" is a reference to Freddie walking away from his false straight self and accepting his reality, then what do you make of the line, which he sings in anguish, "Why did I have to throw it all away?" He sings that line with great regret. Also, he was still living with Mary when he wrote this, so he was still living as the old Freddie. On the other hand, maybe I'm answering my own question as I write this. Perhaps he was still fighting this struggle within himself. He's killed the old Freddie, but he doesn't want to lose Mary ("Why did I have to throw it all away?"). Thoughts?

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Alex Hoo
Alex Hoo

Yeah, the cowboy song SUCKS.

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Nikita Bongiorno
Nikita Bongiorno

I heard his music after he passed (I didn’t know him before) and I felt so identified with the great pretender and Living on my own that was playing on the radio constantly. Later on I have learned about Crazy little thing called love and Love of my life.

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Shanni-Leigh Boobear
Shanni-Leigh Boobear

God bless you freddy x

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supasye
supasye

Thank you so much for this.

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S M
S M

The Commandments of God are given to us out of love, by Our Loving Heavenly Father, they guide us back home to God if we just seek to understand them & obey the laws God has given us. They are meant for our safety & happiness, & in them we find true peace & comfort. Freddie was a gifted man & his music has brought much joy & happiness to millions of people. May God have mercy on His soul. For who among us is without sin? The Commandments of God are not antiquated & the devil is real & he & his minions seek to destroy all that they can through temptation & breaking the laws of God. Eternal Lives of love & peace are worthy of every sacrifice we make. Don't give in to temptation, pray for the strength to avoid temptation. We are all the children of God Our Heavenly Father & He sent His Only Begotten Son John3:16 to show us how to live our lives & to complete the Infinite & Eternal Atonement, whereby through Jesus Christ we can receive forgiveness of our sins & be cleansed... God is not a respector of persons, He loves each & everyone of us perfectly.

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Jesse Alexander
Jesse Alexander

You have a point. God is the way. Certain things music, alcohol, drugs, believing in saging/crystals open doors for spirits and the enemy to attack. A lot of people suffer through sexual addiction. When you open up yourself to these things you can be influenced. John 1 darkness doesnt recognize light and cant be with it.

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Jesse Alexander
Jesse Alexander

Amen!!

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Az Mujahid Ibn Aris Bamadhaj
Az Mujahid Ibn Aris Bamadhaj

Lols..

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Frank Shear
Frank Shear

@mrcynthiag Freddie Mercury’s family was Parsi and they practiced Zoroastrianism.

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# lakewood20
# lakewood20

I wonder if Freddie ever read The Namesake

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Nisha
Nisha

Beautiful

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Glenn Weeks
Glenn Weeks

that's heartbreaking...

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HonduDan
HonduDan

The movie has sparked so much interest in Freddie's life and I for one love him more with every little snippet we get about him. He just seemed genuinely cool and sweet. I've always been a Queen fan, I think everyone is a Queen fan even if they don't know it. My kids, 10 and 9, knew lyrics to "We will Rock You", "We are the Champions", "Another one Bites the Dust" and had no idea it was Queen they were singing. They are a magical band and Freddie fronted them perfectly. I wish we could have heard what Queen would have been in 2018, rather tragic that we don't get to.

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John Hendrix
John Hendrix

Speculation, many great musicians dedicated to the music itself do not have to have a message for the music to be great. This masterpiece may have the perception he is pouring out his soul or it is simply music from a creative genius.

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Rod Gibson
Rod Gibson

Great video mate. Emotional narration and brilliant background mellow mockup of Bohemian Rhapsody. Bravo!

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Justin Oldmusician
Justin Oldmusician

I was there, in the 60s and 70s. The mantra was sex, drugs and rock & roll. There were no diseases and the sex was free and honest. Nobody cared what kind of sex you had, so there were gays, and lesbians and bisexuals and heterosexuals all having sexual fun. The drugs enhanced the sex and the music and it all kind of melded together. It's very different from today and it's also difficult to understand, if you weren't there. Freddie was just coming out as a bisexual and homosexual. He had been living with a woman and living a heterosexual life for so long because his family was totally against homosexuality. But, living that lie was getting to him. Just like in an interview I saw of him. The interviewer asked if he had any hobbies. He smiled really big and said, "I have a lot of sex.". I'm sure Freddie knew the interviewer thought he was having heterosexual sex, when he really wasn't. Even Brian later said that he was worried about Freddie, because of how free he was with his sex life. This was later, after HIV had been infecting and killing gay men, but they still didn't really have a name for it, and for sure, there was no way of stopping it. He was honestly worried about his friend. But Freddie said he had a full life and was happy. Bohemian Rhapsody was actually three songs that Freddie couldn't finish and so he put them together as one. I'd guess the lyrics came after the music was put together, and that really created the masterpiece. It was a bit of a song about his life, a bit of it was about his friends and the band, and a bit of it was about telling them all that he was finally deciding to be himself and it no longer mattered to him what others thought. It was a masterpiece of a song as well as a very strong and driving force within the man himself, dealing with this decision. He was such a character on stage...he could be himself, without anything fake. So many musicians feel that way...on stage, they can be themselves. But, off stage, he was troubled. That song helped him to be himself, to be Freddie Mercury.

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Bodhi1satva
Bodhi1satva

BS! Freddie refused to discuss the meaning of his songs, especially this one to his death! He insisted that the meaning was ours to discover!

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Bodhi1satva
Bodhi1satva

mikefin65 Exactly! A true artist understood that their work could mean many things to many people and to take away from that would take away its widest reach! I always respected that approach.

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mikefin65
mikefin65

You are correct.  Freddie, in an interview, indicated that he didn't like music videos because they take away one's interpretation of a song, leaving an impression of the music video director instead of the listener.  So true.

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John Smith
John Smith

Bodhi1satva it amazes me that nobody links it to the bohemian grove? Satanic rituals & this song is explaining the whole ritual. He probably wrote it after visiting the hellhole. Queen are all Freemasons & always we’re from the very beginning. Wake up.

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Janet Shaud
Janet Shaud

Overwhelming beautiful and brilliant... Long Live Queen.. Long Live Freddy...

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Jacob Persico
Jacob Persico

5min and something seconds is long for a song?! Really?!

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Moon Malik
Moon Malik

Every thing explained in this video about song and words except BISMILLAH. why he would use this word cuz it's unrelated?don't you think?

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1DaTJo
1DaTJo

Bismillah is an Arabic term meaning “God willing”. I imagine Freddie would have heard it growing up in the Parsi religion.

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Angel Diamond Star
Angel Diamond Star

+Moon Malik , honey.....It's not unrelated. Freddie used words that were befitting of a great song. Bismillah was the appropriate word and he put it in the song. (You are a beautiful woman btw!!)

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Moon Malik
Moon Malik

+Angel Diamond Star and what do you mean by that?

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Angel Diamond Star
Angel Diamond Star

Yes and no, Miss Moon Magic.....

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shawna scully
shawna scully

Who else cried at this

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heba Salloum
heba Salloum

Thanks It brought tears to my eyes Really amazing

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M.J Entrepreneur
M.J Entrepreneur

I am proud to be an Indian There are only few people know that freddi was born in India And Yes he was an Indian guy with Indian language not English Remember English would be his Second or Third language But not Mother tongue

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Stephanie Grow
Stephanie Grow

I think it's simpler than that. He includes "Mama" all over the song, so there's a good case he means it's Mama who pulled the trigger. The gun is a wrong upbringing.  Not enough love.  Maybe quality time.  It's Mama's fault he's different from the others.  Well at least partly.  Will Mama let go and accept the result?  A gay or bisexual man whatever it is.  A man he's not.  Not a man in the sense of what his Mama thinks is.  So far removed the man is a small silhouette.  Will Mama let him go to be who he is, who he has become?  RIP Freddy

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Eva PM
Eva PM

This song was not about AIDS! He would not have made it to 1991 if he was infected in the 70s. I’m pretty sure it was about him coming out. So sad that you can have so many people in your life and still be sad and lonely

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Reynaldo Cardoza
Reynaldo Cardoza

Going to watch the movie on Thanksgiving with my son and daughter

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Ron Miller
Ron Miller

Long live Freddie Mercury

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stephen leger
stephen leger

I really like the flash sound track

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MissRico5286
MissRico5286

I'm in tears.... that was beautiful review and its soo tragic to me

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Sandra Perez
Sandra Perez

oh wow

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Lucas Andrews
Lucas Andrews

Wow! OH MY GOSH! Such a wonderful song and video! I loved it soo much! Thank you!

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God Who?
God Who?

Play it in a Church

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Born2RiffRock
Born2RiffRock

I feel like he was a liar in that he could have exposed a lot of the band and others to AIDS by a simple cut on stage gear. He looked dead at the end already

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Robert Galloway
Robert Galloway

The song is not about coming out , it's about him selling his soul to Satan. Live footage of a show they played he gives a little speech about Satan gifting him.

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phfreakitty
phfreakitty

Can't wait to see his concert..... in heaven!

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Michelle Yoon
Michelle Yoon

I feel like he wrote it from his subconscious. He knew he was gay which was frowned upon back then. If his alter ego had surfaced, he would just as well been dead. Metaphorically, it was genius. Way ahead of his time and incomparable.

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Lucio Plorutti Dormal
Lucio Plorutti Dormal

I remember the first time I listened to Bohemian Rhapsody. It was at school, during music class. A student came in with a tape recorder, and with the insistance of the teacher, turned off the lights and hit play. My very soul was driven by every chord, chorus and note from mysterious stillness to euphoric motion, there and back again. When the song concluded and the lights came back, I was a different person. Transported and bewildered, the song was part of me from then on. Magnificent.

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Polina Happy
Polina Happy

I’m crying again, Freddie will be forever in our hearts...

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ashish rai
ashish rai

Why why why .... Freddie ..love u till many more ages to come and go.

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Mich Sal
Mich Sal

This video is BEAUTIFUL THANK YOU

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Spider Boy
Spider Boy

For me, Bohemian Rhapsody is the best rock song ever, Stairway To Heaven is a second for me.

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Joey Peckerwood
Joey Peckerwood

The song was about Charles Whitman. The tower shooter at UT.

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M Cassis
M Cassis

very interesting..

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Antonia Long
Antonia Long

Ahhhhhhh you bloody genius ♥️♥️♥️♥️

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Robbie Underwood
Robbie Underwood

https://youtu.be/zrIzs6v1HOA

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Matt Mccaslin
Matt Mccaslin

God that's so stupid. He didnt write the solo. Do people not know what solos are. Jesus. Brian said freddy wrote the guitar riff not the the solo. You know when the guitar gets real distorted and the rhythm gets faster. "So you think you can stop me and spit in my eyeeee" . That part. That riff. Awe forget it.

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Parthian Capitalist
Parthian Capitalist

Do "Working Class Hero" by John Lennon

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Jolene Plourde
Jolene Plourde

Pure genius....there will never be another Freddie. He was amazing. I often wonder what other music he would have written had he not died so young. RIP Freddie❤️

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Noel Delfin
Noel Delfin

Lyrics makes perfect sense now. Thanks @HollyHubs

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Doug Watkins
Doug Watkins

This song was actually Brian May's coming out as straight song.

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LiSa MaRiE
LiSa MaRiE

Freddie was a musical genius, I would have married that man, he was so handsome! There will never be another Freddie Mercury!!!

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Paul Riley
Paul Riley

Very cool, thanx.

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Quentin Bohannon
Quentin Bohannon

Wow I saw movie yesterday was awesome.

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Bella MD
Bella MD

Those lyrics can only come from a very well educated person who read quite a lot of books and was able to mix them up in an quasi-opera piece of art turned into a super rocking song!!!

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Jon Dunmore
Jon Dunmore

"Why Did Freddie Mercury Write Bohemian Rhapsody?" A: The devil.

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Johann-Sebastian Bach
Johann-Sebastian Bach

Here’s another valuation: https://youtu.be/zrIzs6v1HOA

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Colin Bell
Colin Bell

Why did he write it?... well because he was a musician. ..it was his ******g job wasn't it?..it's what he did for a living!

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SuperLift Rick
SuperLift Rick

Freddy was a lyrical genius and told his life story through numerous songs produced by Queen. The band is legendary as each member provided just what it needed to make it so as Freddy said several times. However, I and his fellow band members know and will never dispute that Freddy was the TRUE lyrical artist that brought out and enhanced the entire bands talents.

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Ronellocson2012 Ronellocson133
Ronellocson2012 Ronellocson133

Movie brought me here.

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no no
no no

Thats his deal with the Devil! Beelzebub Freddy got turned out by the devil! He got the short end of the stick so to speak!

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LynnJ
LynnJ

First Ive heard of him 🤔

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