The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Strawberry Fields Forever”

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The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Strawberry Fields Forever.” “Strawberry Fields Forever” was written by John Lennon. The song was part of the greatest single ever-the Double A “Penny Lane”/”Strawberry Fields Forever” single. For most of my life “Strawberry Fields Forever” has been my favourite Beatles song and one of my Mt. Rushmore songs. In recent years it remains on my Mt. Rushmore of favourite songs ever but I think “In My Life” is now my favourite Beatles song. John wrote this song in September 1966 when he was in Spain filming the movie “How I Won The War.” At this time John and Paul were trying to write songs about growing up in Liverpool. “We were trying to write about Liverpool, and I just listed all the nice sounding names arbitrarily. But I had visions of  Strawberry Field.” Strawberry Field was a Liverpool children’s home near where John had grown up with his Aunt Mimi.  “I was hip in kindergarten, I was different all my life.”  John had long felt that he was either crazy or a genius. Lennon finished the song on on a Spanish beach. When John came back to England and played the song for the rest of The Beatles there was a moment of stunned silence. Paul then spoke up and said “That is absolutely brilliant.” The song was just acoustic at the time but when they went into the studio to record it, it became something totally different. “Strawberry Fields Forever” would be the first song cut for the “Sgt. Pepper” album but due to record company pressures it was released as a single along with Paul’s “Penny Lane.” Many consider “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” to be the greatest album of all-times. I can’t imagine how great that album would be considered if “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” had been on the album. George Martin would later say that the decision to remove the two songs from “Sgt.Pepper” was the worst decision of his career. John Lennon: vocal, guitars and piano/ Paul McCartney: mellotron, bass guitar and bongos/ George Harrison: guitar, gvarmandal and timpani/ Ringo Starr: drums and maracas/ Tony Fisher, Greg Bowen, Derek Watkins, Stanley Roderick-trumpets/ John Hall, Derek Simpson and Norman Jones-cellos/ Mal Evans: tambourine. The song was recorded November 24,28-29, December 8-9, 15th and 21-22, 1966 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin.

Rating “Strawberry Fields Forever” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ***** a classic.

  • “Strawberry Fields Forever” was released as a single. It peaked at #8 in the United States and #2 in the UK.
  • The Beatles used 55 hours of studio time to record “Strawberry Fields’ all I can say is time well spent.
  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “Strawberry Fields Forever” at #3 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs’ list. Spignesi and Lewis rank it at #2 in “100 Best Beatles Songs’ Both of those lists got it right.
  • Length of song 4:05
  • “Strawberry Fields Forever” would eventually appear on The Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour’ album in 1968.
  • The working title for the song was “It’s Not Too Bad.”
  • The original opening line John had was “Let me take you back” not “Let me take you down”
  • Spignesi and Lewis nail it when they say ” Strawberry Fields Forever” defines everything The Beatles were about: introspection, experimentation and above all beautiful music.”

“Strawberry Fields Forever” {Lennon-McCartney}

Let me take you down, cos I’m going to
Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever
Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out
It doesn’t matter much to me
Let me take you down, cos I’m going to
Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever
No one I think is in my tree I mean it must be high or low
That is you can’t you know tune in but it’s all right
That is I think it’s not too bad
Let me take you down, cos I’m going to
Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever
Always, no sometimes, think it’s me
But you know I know when it’s a dream
I think I know I mean a “Yes” but it’s all wrong
That is I think I disagree
Let me take you down, cos I’m going to
Strawberry Fields Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever Strawberry Fields forever Strawberry Fields forever
[Cranberry sauce…]

 

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