We've all been drunk in the back of a police car before (uh, right?), and under those boozy circumstances, some of us may even have elected to show off our vocal chops, on the off-chance we'd wind up on an episode of Cops. But in a newly-uploaded YouTube video, recorded by a dashcam inside a Royal Canadian Mounted Police car last November, we learn how it's really done.
The video begins with an intoxicated, unidentified man slurring a proclamation of his innocence in the back of an RCMP cruiser. He then launches into a rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," just another frustrated opera singer in the back of a cop car. But as we wait for the Freddie Mercury-wannabe to inevitably forget the words and trail off into babbling nonsense, we're struck by a strange thought: what if he actually makes it through to the end?
The man's wailing starts to take on unexpected power, ostensibly informed by real melancholy, though comically-relieved by a number of "bump bump bump"'s.
Then, at the 3:43 mark, the moment we've all been waiting for arrives, and we're not disappointed. That's right, it's one-man, multi-part-harmony time, in all its a cappella glory, with The Five Faces of Galileo moment being a particular highlight. And the dude finishes strong, even improvising a new line at the end.
And then, suddenly, it's over, as if the spirit of Mercury had abruptly left the man's body. As he's about to exit the cruiser, the back-seat Caruso asks, "Do you have to cuff me?" The Mountie responds, "Are you gonna be good?," and the man replies, "Physical violence is the least of my priorities." Voila! Instant t-shirt. You can be sure he wasn't doing any karaoke the next day.