I remember being fourteen years old when I first listened to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. I was with my mom, somewhere around the UQAM metro/subway station waiting for her at a random food court.
I think this was the day we went downtown to get my first OPUS card since this was the year that I would start using public transportation to go to my new high school, Pierre Laporte. As great as it was to change schools and discover new people and cultures, I unfortunately was bullied by some of my classmates (I already mentioned this a couple times I think in my other posts) but one thing I am fortunate of is that they made me discover Queen. Or, at least, they made me curious about getting to know Queen.
The reason I started listening to Queen was to fit in the crowd – it was to be able to have something in common with my bullies so they would see that I wasn’t too different.
So anyways, I was sitting down at this food court and that’s when I first played ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – boy oh boy. For someone who wanted to fit in so badly, this song was not it. This song, or at least what I understood/took from it when I was a kid, was the idea of how hard it feels to be yourself but people don’t accept you.
So I listened to the song and of course started crying after Mercury started to sing ‘I don’t wanna die, I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all’ – which is the moment that my mom came back from the bathroom or from wherever she was.
She saw me crying and just hugged me and told me she loved me. Then she realized I was listening to Queen and she smiled and we talked a bit about the band.
This song means the world to me just like it means the world to so many other people. However, everyone has a different story and that’s mine related to Queen and Freddie Mercury.
I started listening to Freddie Mercury with the idea of fitting in when really he taught me the opposite and to be myself.
Comment below the first time you listened to Bohemian Rhapsody if you remember it!