“will you do the fandango?”
During a loud thunderstorm the other night I thought of the phrase from the Queen song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – “thunderbolt , lightening, very very frightening”. After singing it out loud for all to enjoy, I continued to the part “scaramouche, scaramouche, will you do the fandango”and I realised something.
It was time to find out what Scaramouche meant!
Turns out Scaramouche was originally a character in Italian theatre and farce who is cowardly, easily beaten and frightened. Usually dressed in all black or a harlequin costume. He appears in the background of Punch-and-Judy type puppet shows as the sneaky “baddie” trying to cause mischief.
These days it means someone who is a trouble-maker or an opportunist.
Of course, there is an awesome definition on urban dictionary
“… a person who thinks he/she is all that, but they aren’t all what they say they are. “
So then what about fandango?
The fandango is a Spanish dance for couples. It is lively and energetic, it also involves castanets, guitars and a lot of stamping.
Everybody knows the Queen song but there is a lot discussion about what it means.
Some people think ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is about a murderer who is caught by the police and is waiting for trial. He is the scaramouche
– will he do the fandango? Which could mean will he be hung, ‘dance at the end of a rope’?
There are many sites and many opinions on what this song is supposed to mean. But the writer, Freddie Mercury reportedly said
“… I think people should just listen to it, think about it, and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them …”
Anyway, it is still the best song to sing in a thunderstorm!