Bo Rhap features in the “10 Songs Nobody Understands”


The Telegraph identifies songs that have been ‘serially misunderstood’… and offers opinion.

10 songs nobody understands
8 April 2015

As the original manuscript of Don Mclean’s 1971 anthem American Pie goes under the hammer, we take a look at some other songs that have been serially misunderstood

1) Hotel California, The Eagles
2) In the Air Tonight, Phil Collins
3) Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
4) Every Breath you take, The Police
5) Puff the Magic Dragon, Peter, Paul and Mary
6) Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, The Beatles
7) I Am the Walrus, The Beatles
8) Mr Tambourine Man, Bob Dylan
9) Perfect Day, Lou Reed
10) Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen


This song has Islamic, satanist and astrologist theories surrounding its meaning. “Bismillah” means “in the name of Allah” in the Qu’ran. Some believe the song is about Freddie Mercury coming to terms with his sexual identity. Others even go so far as to say that Mercury had a premonition of his own death from Aids almost a decade before the first case was diagnosed. As well as elsewhere claiming its lyrics to be nonsense, Mercury himself said of Bohemian Rhapsody:”It’s one of those songs which has such a fantasy feel about it. I think people should just listen to it, think about it, and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them.” Guitarist Brian May only stoked literary detectives when he said that the song had a specific meaning, but that none of the remaining Queen members would reveal it out of respect for Mercury’s memory. [READ MORE]

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Official Video)