"I was green with envy when I heard ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It was a piece of sheer originality that took rock and pop away from the normal path.”
- Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA
One of my favourite songs is "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. The song was released on October 31, 1975 as the lead single on Queen's fourth album, A Night at the Opera. Written by lead singer Freddie Mercury, it is almost six minutes long. Elton John was reported to have said that the song was too long and too weird.
Freddie Mercury began writing "Bohemian Rhapsody" in 1968, when he was a student at Ealing Art College in London, England. The song was not originally titled "Bohemian Rhapsody." In May of 2023, a collection of Mercury's personal belongings were being prepared for an auction at Sotheby's. A copy of his handwritten lyrics revealed that he had intended to call it "Mongolian Rhapsody." According to The New York Times, he crossed out the first word and changed it to "Bohemian,"
I never really understood the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody until I read the following. It was posted by Brice Forest, a member of the band Balearic Burger. I would like to share it with the readers of Number 16.