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11 Obscure References in Classic Songs—Explained! January 13, 2013

Posted by tkcollier in Music.

We’ve all heard these classic pop and rock hits a thousand times. But even if you know all the words, do you know what they were about?

“Hotel California,” The Eagles

“Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air”

According to the Eagles’ then-manager, “colitas” was explained to Don Henley and Glenn Frey as literally meaning “little buds” by their Mexican-American road manager, and further as Spanish slang for “marijuana.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen

“Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango?” … “Bismillah! No!”

Scaramouche is a traditional clown character featured in Italian commedia dell’arte. He is a stock character in Punch and Judy shows and often gets his head knocked off of his shoulders by Punch. The fandango is a lively couples dance usually accompanied by guitars, hand claps and castanets.

“Bismillah” is an Arabic word that means “in the name of God.” It is used at the head of almost every chapter in the Holy Quran

Read the full text here: 11 Obscure References in Classic Songs—Explained! | Mental Floss.


1. Dave Bryan - January 14, 2013

Interesting article. Chock fulla UBK’s … useless bits of knowledge.

Dave Bryan

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