If you saw the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, you’ll remember Mary, Freddie Mercury’s soulmate and lifelong friend. When Freddie died in 1991, he left his home and all its contents to her. Now, she’s selling it all.
Thirty-thousand items are going up for auction next month, managed by Sotheby’s. The collection includes everything from photos to Freddie’s baby grand piano to the original lyrics for Bohemian Rhapsody, scrawled on a hotel note pad. That piece of paper is expected to fetch at least $1-million.
“A lot of my songs are fantasy. I can dream up all kinds of things. That’s the kind of world I live in. It’s very sort of flamboyant, and that’s the kind of way I write. I love it.”Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury was a brilliant songwriter (and singer, of course), but this got me thinking about lyrics that have really spoken to me. I’ve done my share of head-bopping to BR, but there are songs that hit me harder in the feels. Those lyrics are fun to sing along to, but if we’re honest, they don’t relate on a deep, human level. I’ve certainly never killed a man, and I wouldn’t tell my Mama about it or expect her to fix it for me. Scaramouche!
The lyrics in Mike and the Mechanics’ The Living Years would be in my top five.
I know that I’m a prisoner
To all my Father held so dear
I know that I’m a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years.
Although I don’t have those specific regrets about my own father, I can relate to the sentiment.
This one in Carry On Wayward Son from Kansas always gets me:
And if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don’t know.
And Derek loves this brilliant passage from Rush (Neil Peart) and the song, Freewill.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
I also have one that’s so dumb I can’t forget it! It’s from Van Halen, a band I love. “Only time will tell if we stand the test of time.” So bad it’s good!
So, what song lyrics get to you? Which song hits you in the soul and rings true? (Dumb lyrics accepted, too!)
And if you’d like to preview Freddie Mercury’s collection of stuff, just click HERE.