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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Saturday Rave: Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddie Mercury.

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A Cloudy Catshark

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) Galileo Figaro

Who knows what Bohemian Rhapsody, the song written by Freddie Mercury and performed by the group Queen, means?

Well, if anyone ever knew I suppose it was Freddie Mercury himself. He called it 'random rhyming nonsense' and suggested that 'people should just listen to it, think about it, and then decide for themselves what it means to them.'

And, goodness, that is what people have been doing ever since it was first released: AIDS, divorce, name it, there's probably a theory involving it somewhere in the Bohemian Rhapsody literature.

What do I think? 

Well, personally I don't care in the slightest what it means. The sound of the words is marvellous enough for me.

As the man said, magnifico.

Word To Use Today: Figaro. Figaro is the wily servant who appears in Beaumarchais' plays (as well as in various operas with more or less the same plots); it's the oldest existing French newspaper; it's a sailing race, a genus of catshark, a type of chain used in jewellery - and a kitten in Walt Disney's film Pincocchio.

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