“Bohemian Rhapsody” is one of those quintessential songs that everyone seems to know. Maybe you were a fan of Queen in the 1970s or Wayne’s World in the early ‘90s, but either way, the song is deeply ingrained in pop culture and our memories. Even though Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen and author of the song, never revealed exactly what the lyrics mean, most of us can sing along.
Aside from the bizarre lyrics, there are a few other things that make “Bohemian Rhapsody” stand out from other pop and rock songs of the era. There’s no recurring chorus or bridge to hold the song together; rather, a soulful ballad followed by a guitar solo and opera. The actual “rock” of the song doesn’t appear until four minutes in, when tension finally gives way to a guitar riff. Or, as you might remember it from Wayne’s World, the head-banging scene. Another differentiator is the use of over-dubbing. While other bands, most notably the Beatles, had experimented with overlaying tracks in the past, “Bohemian Rhapsody” took three weeks to record in full, with Mercury and other band members reportedly singing their parts for up to ten hours a day. After all, making a song that will be loved for generations to come isn’t always easy!
What the three sleep-deprived moms in this video pull off couldn’t have been an easy feat either. Not only do they change every lyric of “Bohemian Rhapsody” to reflect the life of a parent, they nail each and every rise and fall of the song with perfectly placed props and dance. Since the performance took place at Church on the Move’s Mother’s Day service in 2010, it has been seen on YouTube by over 2 million people. For parents and fans of Queen alike, it’s a real treat.