Bohemian Rhapsody


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Freddie Mercury - vocals, piano, operatic vocals
Brian May - guitars, operatic vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, timpani, gong, operatic vocals
  • Length: 5:59



A Night At The Opera, 1975
Live Killers, 1979
Greatest Hits, 1981
Live Magic, 1986
Classic Queen, 1992 USA
Live At Wembley '86, 1992
Queen On Fire: Live At The Bowl, 2004
Return Of The Champions, 2005


Bohemian Rhapsody, 1975
Bohemian Rhapsody, 1988 3" CD Single
Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives, 1991


Now That's What I Call Music! 1991, CD, UK, 1993, 7243 8 27083 2 2
Now 21, CD, UK, 1992, CD NOW 21
Music Of The Millennium, UK, 1999, 5453002
The Best Air Guitar Album In The World...Ever!, UK, 2001, VTDCD 416


Waynes World, CD, USA, 1992, 7599-26805-2
Loaded Weapon 1 (featured in movie, no official soundtrack available)

Queen Talks

"I'm going to shatter some illusions, it was just one of those pieces I wrote for the album: just writing my batch of songs. In its early stages I almost rejected it, but then it grew. We started deciding on a single about halfway through. There were a few contenders - we were thinking of The Prophets Song at one point - but then 'Bohemian Rhapsody' seemed the one. There was a time when the others wanted to chop it around a bit, but I refused. If it was going to be released, it would be in its entirety. We knew it was very risky, but we had so much confidence in that song - I did anyway. I felt, underneath it all, that if it was successful it would earn a lot of respect. People were all going, You're joking, they'll never play it, you'll only hear the first few bars and then they'll fade it out. We had numerous rows. EMI were shocked - A six-minute single? You must be joking! The same in America - Oh, you just got away with it in Britain."

Freddie Mercury - January 1976, Sounds

"When we finished the album, the Night at the Opera album, that was the track on it that we thought we were gonna release as a single in England first. And when we released it in England we didn't necessarily think it'd be released in America, cause we know even over here, you know, the AM tastes are even more (hesitates) stricter. Anyway we did have thoughts about even in England, perhaps editing it down at all, but we listened to it over and over again and there was no way we could edit it. We tried a few ideas, but if you edited it, you always lost some part of the song, so we had to leave it all in. And luckily it took off anyway."

John Deacon - 1977, Innerview

Interviewer: Who came up with the idea for the vocal harmonies used in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'?

"We always were keen on that kind of thing. That was something which we wanted to do from the beginning. We wanted to be a group that could do the heaviness of hard rock, but also have harmonies swooping around all over the place. We thought there was some real power and emotion in that combination."

Interviewer: Was the first solo in that song very difficult for you?

"No, that was pretty much off the cuff, except I think I had plenty of time to think about that one. I remember playing along with it in the studio for a while when other things were being done. I knew what kind of melody I wanted to play."

Brian May - 1982, On The Record


Cover Versions

Chords & Tabs


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 oooh,
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 oooh (any way 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,
Scaramouche, scaramouche will you do the Fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening me
Galileo Galileo
Galileo figaro, Magnifico
I'm just a poor boy, 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
Will not let you go let me go
No, no, no, no, no, no, no
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 out of here

Nothing really matters,
Anyone can see,
Nothing really matters, nothing really matters to me,

Any way the wind blows....