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Mystic-State Allusions in Queen Lyrics
Queen: "Sheer Heart Attack", from News of the World
Queen album art: how can Determinism be trusted to govern the world?
Made in Heaven (Freddie Mercury/queen): It's for all to see
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>What is your analysis of the lyrics to the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" by the 1970s Rock group Queen?
The lyrics clearly allude to entheogenic ego-death.
My site mentions the song as a definite acid-rock egodeath song. Below I write a full exegesis for the first time.
A Night At The Opera (1975)
Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide, [inevitable labyrinth pull]
No escape from reality. [from which there's no escape]
Open your eyes, Look up to the skies and see, [open 3rd eye]
I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy, [pathetic ego delusion dies]
Because I'm easy come, easy go, Little high, little low, [ego dissolves
easily, manic depression]
Any way the wind blows doesn't really matter to me, to me. [wind rustles and
wiggles the mental constructs] [profound stoic detachment from ego concerns]
Mama just killed a man, [egodeath]
Put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he's dead. [sacrament is a
trigger for egodeath]
Mama, life had just begun, [discovery of wondrous loose cognition led quickly
But now I've gone and thrown it all away. [now ego is gone, threw away animal
childish freewill agency]
Mama, ooh, Didn't mean to make you cry, [sorry I killed myself, ma]
If I'm not back again this time tomorrow, [I am dead now yet I will likely be
back resurrected into a semi-reconstructed egoic cognitive worldmodel within
Carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters. [stoic resignation to fate's
Too late, my time has come, [no backing out of this collision-course with my
Sends shivers down my spine, body's aching all the time. [tremors and aches
when frequent heavy doses]
Goodbye, ev'rybody, I've got to go, [very common theme of acid rock: "I'm
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth. [ego delusion is leaving,
killed by comprehending and perceiving the truth about time, control, will,
and Ground as ultimate author/injector of my thoughts]
Mama, ooh, I don't want to die, [fear and resistance to religious
I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all. [manic depression]
I see a little silhouetto of a man, [egoic homunculus infinite regression]
Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango. [ego is an unreliable
servant, genius of intrigue and conspiracy, getting in trouble but shifting
blame/responsibility/punishment to someone else]
Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very fright'ning me. [struck down by Zeus,
thunderbolt Amanita mushroom]
(Galileo.) Galileo. (Galileo.) Galileo, Galileo figaro [shift from egoic
worldmodel to block-universe worldmodel]
Magnifico. I'm just a poor boy and nobody loves me.
He's just a poor boy from a poor family,
Spare him his life from this monstrosity. [self dies, is humiliated, dangerous
puppet-slavehood controlled by some alien unseeable controller, abducted by
Easy come, easy go, will you let me go. [the alien puppet has ahold of my
thoughts and acts of will]
Bismillah! No, we will not let you go. [the Ground's control is in-principle
and perceptibly absolute]
(Let him go!) Bismillah! We will not let you go. [prayer to a God outside the
deterministic cosmos to rescue the psyche from powerless chaos puppethood]
(Let me go.) Will not let you go. (Let me go.) Ah.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
(Oh mama mia, mama mia.) Mama mia, let me go.
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me, for me. [devil is ego-demon
haunting cognition, king of demons put it into me]
So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye. [the Ground has frozen me
perceptibly into itself as an iron-block universe] [ego-I is humiliated and
taunted via 3rd eye]
So you think you can love me and leave me to die. [unity consciousness is
love, or depends on love of controller, mind leaves ego behind as ego dies]
Oh, baby, can't do this to me, baby, [egoic self construct is killed and mind
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here. [(I thought that was
"freedom") frozen-future block-universe is a death-trap and prison cell, cave
of cosmic determinism that we want and need to somehow transcend ]
Nothing really matters, Anyone can see, [stoic resignation to being a slave of
Nothing really matters,
Nothing really matters to me. [there is no egoic me]
Any way the wind blows. [heavenly rest and stoic apathy]
News Of The World (1977)
Sheer Heart Attack
Well you're just 17 and all you wanna do is disappear [ego vanish]
You know what I mean there's a lot of space between your ears [homunculus
The way that you touch don't feel nothin'
Hey hey hey hey, it was the DNA [or some other 3-letter abbreviation -- DOM,
STP, DMT could it be?]
Hey hey hey hey, that made me this way
Do you know, do you know, do you know, just how I feel [secret covert
encoding/decoding communication with listeners who are in the matching
I feel so in-articulate [loose cognition, dis-integration including word salad
speaking in tongues]
Gotta feelin', gotta feelin', gotta feelin', like I'm paralysed
[experientially conscious of being frozen into iron-block universe]
It ain't no, it ain't no, it ain't no, it ain't no surprise
Turn on the TV let it drip right down in your eyes [t.v. is common during
mystic state, and it wavers during perceptual distortion]
Sheer heart attack [build-up of panic religious control-breakdown seizure]
Real cardiac [sweat, palpitations, erratic heartbeat when receive the Holy
Sacrament every Sunday]
These new write-ups are my original work. I discovered this song interpretation and general lyric interpretation framework around 1994. My journal notes may have the exact date of when the mysteries of acid-rock lyrical allusions were revealed to me. During that period I determined that this language, the authentic mystery religion of the late 20th century, is common in the most influential Rock, and is especially concentrated and combined with high philosophy in the lyrics of Rush. Queen does not allude to the mystic loosecog state in many songs -- Sheer Heart Attack is another, and Stone Cold Crazy. I have not inspected Queen lyrics much.
This section mentions Bohemian Rhapsody and Sheer Heart Attack, and was uploaded several years ago.
http://www.egodeath.com/mcpnotes.htm#lttatarwmsp -- Lyrical techniques to allude to and resonate with mystic-state phenomena
In the total of 4'-square art spread from the inside and outside of Queen's album News of the World, the inside of the album shows a giant innocent robot leaning down through the hole broken in a large high ceiling, reaching down to an endless or all-inclusive crowd of countless thousands of people, with the nearest fleeing in sheer panic toward the viewer as the giant innocent robot hand threateningly reaches near.
On the front of the album, the perspective is from above the hole torn in the ceiling; the band members are dead and bloodied, in the hands of the innocent giant robot.
During the mystic altered state, a common experience is that of puppethood, sensing that one's fate, future, near future, and entire life are frozen in spacetime, with all sense of oneself as origin of control vanished along with the sense of being a self-contained entity moving through time into an open future that is set by one's own power of control agency.
A standard theme in pre-modern mystic astrology is that of ascending to the sphere of the fixed stars, representing the awareness of cosmic determinism, and often including dying and being spiritually born anew by tearing through that sphere of fixed stars or cosmic determinism.
When reaching the sphere of the fixed stars, this is the experiential insight of cosmic determinism. The unseen puppetmaster is determinism or is some hidden controller beyond determinism, reaching through a tear in the heavenly veil. Although there are two views, one stopping at determinism and one going beyond, these are almost two interpretations or plays upon the same idea. Determinism secretly rules over the illusory and impotent freely willing control agents.
Can determinism be trusted? Determinism can be personified; is this transcendent agency, Determinism, a benevolent and trustworthy entity, or a bumbling blind machine without compassion and feelings?
Metallica asks determinism or the puppetmaster over us "Who made you god to say, 'I'll take your life from you'?" Rush: "Look up to see a giant boy, you've just become his brand new toy, and no escape, no place to hide, here where time and space collide."
Bob Daisley of the band Blizzard of Ozz wrote: "Your image in his hands it's useless to try escaping his curses, you never imagined such a fate could follow you, your kind of trouble's running deeper than the sea, the little doll is you, no where to run, your fate is in his hands, your time has come, you'll live to his command."
It is terrifying to have the truth experientially and intellectually unveiled, that all our personal power as self-steering control agents is nothing, relative to the power of determinism, which creates our thoughts and movements of will.
Can we trust the determinism that controls every aspect of the world? Terror is a rational stance, terror of the intuited unknown, terror of the utterly hidden yet experienced puppetmaster which is cosmic determinism. If the blind mechanical determinism ruling the cosmos cannot logically be trusted, is it legitimate to envision and postulate Isis, the transcendent loving mother who both is determinism and who transcends determinism and controls the deterministic cosmos, and is by definition benevolent?
She, Queen of Heaven, is terrifying in taking away and taking over our power as freely self-steering control agents, and her other aspect is benevolent; Determinism as loving and powerful transcendent mother. The android 'I' (1001001) bows its head and prays to the mother of all machines, taken up by Determinism as higher hidden yet experientially revealed controller, and Determinism as a transcendently, spiritually postulated benevolent and powerful agent who is in control of cosmic Determinism.
The mood and spirit of all this speculation (mystic-state observation and reflection on such experiencing) coheres fully, even if there are many objections and variables in interpretation. One's every thought and movement of will is in the hands of Determinism. Can Determinism be trusted or loved? How can one coherently and practically reach an arrangement regarding control power with this terrifying all-controlling a mysterious thing, this god of or over the cosmos -- Determinism?
The song Sheer Heart Attack --
Turn on the tv let it drip right down in your eyes
Heart palpitations as "heart attack"/cardiac arrest.
>Time after time [regular heavy tripping]
Block-universe determinism; continuation of practical life after having experienenced timelessness.
>you can't win with your hands tied
"Hands tied" is a common theme in acid-rock allusions; one's control power or power of creation is experienced as nullified as one is frozen and bound into the timeless block universe.
Some additional lines explained:
>They're turning me upside down [hanged man Tarot card]
>Waiting for possibilities
>Don't see too many around [only 1 possibility: that which timelessly has happened in the frozen block universe]
>Made in heaven, yes made in heaven [every thought was authored not by me as ego, but is branded with that which made all thoughts and all things, from outside spacetime]
>Made in heaven, made in heaven
>That's what everybody says [every speech act was ultimately authored by heaven, not ultimately by egos]
>When stormy weather comes around [cognitive disintegration, violent waves of perceptual distortion, ship sinking in sudden storm on Sea of Galilee]
>It was made in heaven
>When sunny skies break through behind the clouds [after ego death, enlightenment and ascension]
>I wish it could last forever, yeah
>Wish it could last forever, forever [ironic -- it does, when time stops when illusory aspect of motion is perceived/recognized]
>Looking to find my goal [future predecided, preexistent, waiting for me ahead on the frozen path/tunnel/track/labyrinth/worldline]
>Taking in all this misery [misery of humiliation, loss of control, revelation of illusory aspect of our core control-power]
>Written in the stars... [ancient cosmic determinism; star cycling is predictable and represents Necessity]
>>The song "The Wicker Man" by Iron Maiden is overloaded with explicit allusions to egodeath.
A key is to deliberately read phrases in isolation *just like* is the default mode in the altered state: the tapestry of allusion emphasizes granularity first and large scale coherence as a distant second; same is true when reading myths: de-emphasize the grand storyline and zoom in first on the particulate fragments, like independent stones created first and then cemented together afterwards in mortar.
Forget all the warnings against taking things out of context; reading lyric lines and mythemes out of context first is the key to altered-state encoding/decoding.
See also my posting from months ago about Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, which is about as thick as possible with egodeath allusions.
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