No-one will ever know the true meaning behind Freddie Mercury’s lyrics for Bohemian Rhapsody.

The secret died with him in 1991.


Rock band Queen, which will soon celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1975 hit, has denied claims by biographer Lesley-Ann Jones that the rock-opera anthem was the late, great Freddie’s way of admitting he was gay.

Guitarist Brian May said: “What’s it about? None of us know.

Freddie never talked about it to my knowledge and didn’t want to and that’s the way it should be.

He had something in his mind and he loved to spin these little pieces of magic. A little bit of reality and little bit of fantasy.”

Speculation surrounding the song’s meaning centres on the lyrics: “Mama, I just killed a man/Put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he’s dead.”

According to Jones, the words symbolised Freddie killing off his heterosexual self.

But May told the BBC: “If anyone tries to unravel it, they’ll never manage it because they’ll never know what went into those lyrics.”

Bandmate Roger Taylor also admitted he doesn’t understand the meaning of the song.

What does it mean? I get asked that all the time and I have no answer.”