Women definitely don’t get enough credit for all the stick their bodies have to go through. From periods to childbirth, we face enough to last us a lifetime before we’ve even hit our early fifties… but there’s still one final hurrah that’s yet to come.
We are, of course, talking about menopause. This natural part of aging usually is caused by declining estrogen levels and occurs when you’re between 45 and 55 years of age.
While the end of the period hassle is worthy of celebration, many women have mixed feelings about menopause.
It can be a little depressing to be given such an obvious sign that you’re getting “old”. Plus, the menopause brings with it mood swings, anxiety and depression for good measure, which can really shake you up.
Thankfully, considering literally every woman goes through the menopause, you’re certainly not alone. All your feelings and symptoms are shared by women around the world, and there’s always someone to turn to if you need help.
We’re also not short of humorous, relatable menopause content online.
Perhaps the best thing to premier this year is Shirley Serban’s parody of “Bohemian Rhapsody” – aptly titled “Menopause Rhapsody”.
Shirley shot to internet fame with her COVID take on The Sound of Music’s “Do Re Mi”. If you haven’t seen that yet, it’s also incredibly funny, and worth checking out after you’ve listened to Shirley’s Menopause song.
Since then, she’s been busy penning other humorous songs to make us laugh, and in May this year, “Menopause Rhapsody” was born.
The hilarious thing about Shirley’s songs is that they sound so much like the real thing.
Shirley has worked hard to make sure her “Menopause Rhapsody” is as legitimate as possible, from the style of singing to the infamous music video itself.
The clever anthem is so relatable that it already has more than 2.6 million views and nearly 10,000 comments.
From the opening verse, “Is this my new life, irritability? Shutting down inside, I can’t sleep and am so itchy,” we know this is a song we’re going to love.
It’s essentially just a list of the worst menopause symptoms to music, and we can’t get enough of it.
The music video features Shirley, wearing four different wigs and acting as all four members of Queen. She harmonizes with herself, like the Queen legends did, and the end result is actually pretty good!
Imagine being funny and good at singing, somehow managing to make sweaty thighs and hot flushes sound like they belong in a professional song.
We all know “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and we’re familiar with how it goes: the slow start that builds up to a slightly chaotic ending. As it turns out, this unique style of song is perfect for singing about menopause, as Shirley proves with her parody.
As the song progresses, Shirley gets gradually more worked up about the symptoms she’s dealing with.
And by the end, when the guitars are rocking and the drumbeat is at its fastest, Shirley gives it her all, singing:
“Oh menopausa, menopausa, menopause just let me go,
This hellish club turns all women into wild banshees, banshees, banshees!”
Then she headbangs to the guitar riff. Pure brilliance.
If you haven’t heard “Menopause Rhapsody” yet, stop what you’re doing to listen.
Even if you haven’t experienced the menopause, or you’re a man, you’ll still find yourself sniggering along to this song.
Check it out in the video below.
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