A couple of days ago, I featured a parody of this song. Now, here’s the original.
I first heard this song in the 1970’s when I was attending a church camp. Sponsored by the local Presbyterian Church, the program was called Niners Camp because it was for students going into and coming out of the ninth grade.
We were told not to bring television sets or radios. So, one of the girls in my cabin brought a tape deck. Our counselor grudgingly allowed us to listen to music only during free time. This we did when we weren’t wading in the creek or engaged in other activities with the boys. The girl who brought the tape deck only had one tape, which had a variety of songs by different artists. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen was one of them.
Like many songs during that period of time, it didn’t have much meaning to me until I became an adult. Telling the story of a convicted killer about to be executed, it starts out somber and serious, then becomes more of a comic opera, as the song progresses. The parody is similar except it’s obvious the executioner is the coronavirus. If you missed it, click here. Then, you can compare it with the original below. Happy listening!
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Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.