Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Song Analysis

Here is my analysis of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen


Bohemian Rhapsody is a song written by Freddie Mercury, and performed by Queen. It is a cold, sad, and pitiful song. The tone of the song progressive as it starts with sadness and then becomes self-pity, “But I’m just a poor boy and nobody loves me.” It is also very cold and bitter due to the wording in the verses, “Bismillah! No we will not let you go – let him go,” this quote shows how it is about a group of people not letting him go. The figurative language in this song are mainly idioms and alliteration. “So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye,” is a figure of speech used to represent the writer being betrayed and abandoned as well with the verse, “So you think you can love me and leave me to die.” There is also a lot of repetition and alliteration; such as the verses when the words “no” are repeated as well as when the name “Gallileo” is repeated. This songs style has a rhyme scheme and many verses. The rhyme scheme is odd because it is a lot of repetition and is mainly A,B,A,A, an example would be “Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango/ Thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening me/ Gallileo, Gallileo,/ Gallileo, Gallileo,/ Gallileo Figaro – magnifico,” because it starts with Fandango(a), and then frightening me(b), and then it repeats Gallileo(a), and then Manifico (b). It has 8 verses with each verse varying from 1 line to 15 lines. For interpretation I think the song is about someone either self-pitying or feeling guilty about something that they did. Personally this song has no meaning to me or do I think it ever will, but I like the song so that is why I chose it.