The Beatles Song Of The Day:”A Day In The Life”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “A Day In The Life.” “A Day In The Life” is the final track on “Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. “A Day In The Life” is The Beatles at their peak, this is considered by many to be their greatest song, their greatest achievement in the studio. I agree that it is their greatest song and possibly the greatest song in rock and roll history but its not my favourite Beatles song [but its in the top ten] John would say ” I was reading the paper one day and noticed two stories. One was about the Guinness heir who killed himself in a car. That was the main headline story. He died in London in a  car crash. On the next page was a story about four thousand potholes in the streets of Blackburn, Lancashire, that needed to be filled. Paul’s contribution was the beautiful little lick in the song ‘ I’d love to turn you on’ that he’d had floating around in his head and couldn’t use. I thought it was a damn good piece of work.” Paul also contributed the middle section of the song that refers to waking up and catching the bus. The Geinness heir Tara Browne was a friend of The Beatles. On December 18th, 1966, Browne ran through red lights at 110 miles per hour and smashed into the back of a parked van in South Kensington. He was 21. John Lennon: double-tracked vocal, acoustic guitar and piano/Paul McCartney: vocal, piano and bass guitar/ George Harrison: congas/ Ringo Starr: drums and maracas/ Erich Gruenbert, Granville Jones, Bill Monro, Jurgen Hess, Hans Geiger, D.Bradley, Lionel Bentley, David Mccallum, Donald Weekes, Henry Datyner, Sidney Sax, Ernest Scott: violins/ Francisco Gabarro, Dennis Vigay, Alan Dalziel, Alex Nifosi: cellos/ Cyril MacArthur, Gordon Pearce: double basses/ John Marston: harp/ Basil Tschaikov, Jack Brymer: clarinets/ Roger Lord: oboe/ N. Fawcett and Alfred Waters: basoons/ Clifford Seveille, David Sandeman: flutes/ Alan Civil, Neil Sanders: French horns/ David Mason, Monty Montgomery, Harold Jackson:trumpets/ Raymond Brown, Raymond Premru, T. Moore: trombones/ Michael Barnes:tuba/ Tristan Fry: timpani and percussion. The song was recored on January 19th, 20th, February 3rd,10th and 22nd, 1967 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin.

Rating “A Day In The Life” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ***** a classic.

  • “A Day In The Life” was never released as a single.
  • Length of song 5:03.
  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranks “A Day In The Life” at #1 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs ‘ list. Spignesi and Lewis in “100 Best Beatles Songs’ agree #1 on their list too.
  • The working title for the song was “In the Life of…”
  • “A Day In The Life” was banned by the BBC because of the line “went upstairs had a smoke” because they viewed it as a reference to marijuana. They also had to take notice of the line “love to turn you on.”

 

“A Day In The Life {Lennon-McCartney}

I read the news today oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He blew his mind out in a car
He didn’t notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They’d seen his face before
Nobody was really sure If he was from the House of Lords
I saw a film today oh boy
The English Army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
But I just had to look
Having read the book
I’d love to turn you on
Woke up, fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
And looking up I noticed I was late
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke
And somebody spoke and I went into a dream
I read the news today oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
I’d love to turn you on
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