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Favorite Beatles Song Lyrics!
9 August 2012
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FlyOn13
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I noticed that there was a thread for non-Beatles song lyrics, but not Beatles song lyrics, so naturally, I sprang into action!!
One of my favorites is Long Long Long:

It's been a Long, Long, Long time,
How could I ever have lost you,
When I loved you?
It took a Long, Long, Long time,
Now I'm so happy I found you,
How I love you,
So many tears I was searching,
So many tears I was wasting, 
Oh, oh,
Now I can see you, be you,
How can I ever misplace you?
How I want you,
Oh, I love you,
You know that I need you,
Oh, I love you."

You can do a full song of amazing lyrics, like I did, or just do a section or a line that you like.
Enjoy!!!!!

“I was special. I always have been. Why didn't anyone notice me?" -John Lennon
9 August 2012
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"Once there was a way, to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby. Golden Slumbers fill your eyes. Smiles awake you when you rise; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby"
Golden Slumbers, 1969 (it was played during the get back sessionsin january 1969 so likely written in 1968)
The lyrics of the chorus are written by thomas dekker and slightly changed by mccartney, so is the end of the verses (which is the same as the end of the chorus). The lyrics of the verse's beginning (which are my favourite lyrics of the song) are written by mccartney allone

Once there was a way to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby
10 August 2012
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I have always loved the lyrics from ''Across The Universe'' – words are flowing out like endless rain into a papercup, they slither wildly as they slip away, Across The Universe. Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are driftig through my opened mind, possesing and caressing me. J'ai guru deva om….

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

10 August 2012
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"Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream
  It is not dying, it is not dying

 Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void
 It is shining, it is shining

Yet you may see the meaning of within
It is being, it is being

Love is all and love is everyone
It is knowing, it is knowing

And ignorance and hate mourn the dead
It is believing, it is believing

But listen to the colour of your dreams
It is not leaving, it is not leaving

So play the game "Existence" to the end
Of the beginning, of the beginning."

 

I try to do the first line of this song every day of my life.

10 August 2012
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FlyOn13
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fabfouremily said

I have always loved the lyrics from ''Across The Universe'' – words are flowing out like endless rain into a papercup, they slither wildly as they slip away, Across The Universe. Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are driftig through my opened mind, possesing and caressing me. J'ai guru deva om….

That's one of my favorites, too. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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10 August 2012
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fabfouremily said
I have always loved the lyrics from ''Across The Universe'' – words are flowing out like endless rain into a papercup, they slither wildly as they slip away, Across The Universe. Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are driftig through my opened mind, possesing and caressing me. J'ai guru deva om….

The camps always seem to be split on that one- I've always found those lyrics quite pretentious and overblown, with none of the spiritual conviction that one would usually expect from John.

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10 August 2012
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Love the lyrics to ATU personally, there is something quite tranquil about them which doesnt feel forced.

"Thats a lie" from No Reply, a lyric with such intent and threat, sums up Johns mindset in that song.

The whole lyric from Here, There and Everywhere (which im not going to paste in). I dont believe they could ever be improved and it really annoys me that Paul altered them in Give My Regards To Broad Street.

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10 August 2012
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The lyrics from "Tomorrow Never Knows" aren't John's.

They're from the Tibetan Book of the Dead. (Of course that doesn't stop you from being able to list them as your faves.)

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10 August 2012
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The last verse from "Girl":

Was she told when she was young that pain would lead to pleasure,

Did she understand it when they said

That a man must break his back to earn his day of leisure--

Does she still believe it when he's dead?

 

For reasons unbeknownst to me, I'm always intrigued by this excerpt from "I Am The Walrus":

Expert, texpert, choking smokers,

Don't you think the joker laughs at you?

(Ho, ho, ho, hee, hee, hee, ha, ha, ha!)

 

meanmistermustard said 
"Thats a lie" from No Reply, a lyric with such intent and threat, sums up Johns mindset in that song.

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I think a lot of the appeal to that line is the delivery: you just feel like you're the girl he's preaching to/threatening. Love it.

"I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know? I'm just one of those people."
11 August 2012
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Dipsy said
The last verse from "Girl":

Was she told when she was young that pain would lead to pleasure,

Did she understand it when they said

That a man must break his back to earn his day of leisure--

Does she still believe it when he's dead?

Agreed wholeheartedly, that's a wonderfully thoughtful and witty verse. Also love the stream of word play in Fixing A Hole- "and it really doesn't matter, if I'm wrong I'm right, where I belong I'm right, where I belong!" Makes sense wherever you want to split up the sentences and creates multiple layers of meaning and contradiction in the line. And the bold, spiritual, mantraic statements of Because- very "mother earth."

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11 August 2012
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Ben Ramon said 

Also love the stream of word play in Fixing A Hole- "and it really doesn't matter, if I'm wrong I'm right, where I belong I'm right, where I belong!" Makes sense wherever you want to split up the sentences and creates multiple layers of meaning and contradiction in the line.

You know, I've never made that observation about "Fixing A Hole"…A very insightful and interesting thought, Ben. apple01

Ben Ramon said 

And the bold, spiritual, mantraic statements of Because- very "mother earth."

I, too, have a deep appreciation for the lyrics of "Because", particularly "Love is old, love is new; love is all, love is you." Beautiful. heart

"I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know? I'm just one of those people."
11 August 2012
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I totally agree on the Because lyrics. I just thought of another one: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds! Like Across The Universe, it's a very visual song, and it just makes me smile every time I hear it. :)

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11 August 2012
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For No One might be my favorite. I also really dig Rocky Raccoon's lyrics. Paul's story-telling songs are the best.

I have also always loved the "You were in a car crash and you lost your hair" line from Don't Pass Me By just because I think it's funny.

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11 August 2012
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unknown said
Paul's story-telling songs are the best.

Same here. IMO, another good example is "She's Leaving Home", especially this part:

Father snores as his wife gets into her dressing gown
Picks up the letter that's lying there
Standing alone at the top of the stairs
She breaks down and cries to her husband
"Daddy, our baby's gone"

These lines are always making me sad, whenever I listen to them.

 

Dipsy said
For reasons unbeknownst to me, I'm always intrigued by this excerpt from "I Am The Walrus":

Expert, texpert, choking smokers,

Don't you think the joker laughs at you?

(Ho, ho, ho, hee, hee, hee, ha, ha, ha!)

 

Oh, I absolutely love John's "nonsense" lyrics – this one in particular:

Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye.
Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess,
Boy, you been a naughty girl you let your knickers down.

The lyrics don't seem to make sense at all, but I like how John played with the words and how the words sound. a-hard-days-night-john-1

12 August 2012
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In My Life, Across The Universe, Yesterday, Strawberry Fields Forever… ok I will just stop as this list would probably get too long.

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17 August 2012
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I just thought of two more:
For You Blue
And I Love Her

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18 August 2012
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I agree with For You Blue, the lyrics are so simple and yet they make me smile every time I hear them.

Within You Without You is another one, beautiful.

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20 August 2012
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"And in the end /

The love you take /

is equal to the love you make"

 

It kills me every time.

E is for 'Ergent'.
20 August 2012
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Just thought of another! (I'm on a streak this week!)
Julia. So beautiful.

“I was special. I always have been. Why didn't anyone notice me?" -John Lennon
20 August 2012
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I enjoy John's wordplay in lines like, "It won't be long til I belong to you."

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