2. What’s in a Name?
So what does the name Bohemian Rhapsody even mean? Well, let’s break it down.
‘Bohemianism’ is a form of detaching from the popular culture. “Bohemian” people focus on developing their ties to nature, spirituality, and self. This kind of attitude is echoed in the song’s lyrics “easy come, easy go,” and “nothing really matters,” for example.
‘Rhapsody’ has a few meanings. It is an expression of powerful feelings and emotions. In technical music terms, it’s a free instrumental composition in one extended movement, usually, one that’s emotional or exuberant in character. The word also has a meaning in ancient Greek, which is an epic poem, or part of it, of a suitable length at one time.
Okay, now let’s move on the lyrics…