Bohemian Rhapsody   wide format
Freddie Mercury and Queen (#9 in 1976)

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...

Released 31st October, 1975 - Spent 17 weeks on chart (9 at number 1). Went Platinum. First song ever to take advantage of a promotional video. Re-released 9th December, 1991. Entered charts at number 1.
"Bismillah" is the opening word in the Qu'ran (Koran) and literally means "In the name of Allah."
"Scaramouch" according to the dictionary means "a stock character who appears as a boastful coward."
"Beelzebub" is one of the many names given to "The Devil."