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28 June 2014
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MeanMrsMustard said

OK. This isn't a "weird interpretation," but it is sort of on topic, so I will post it. (Ooh, that sounds like a T-shirt. Front: "If it's on-topic, I will post it." Back: "Heck, I'll post it even if it's not on topic." Underneath lettering on both sides: "Brought to You by the Beatles Bible Fab Forum")

In the second verse of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," there's a line. I always interpret it this way:

"I look at the world and I notice its turning." This means "I look at the world and notice the turning of the world."

But it can also be interpreted this way:

"I look at the world and I notice it's turning." Now, this might look exactly the same to all the people who frequently commit the vile atrocity of using "it's" to indicate possession or using "its" to indicate "it is." But it isn't. The above ("I notice its turning") is possessive. This ("I notice it's turning") is not. It means "I look at the world and I acknowledge that it turns." 

How do you guys interpret it? 

 

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My brain put two lines from two different Beatles songs together this evening. While searching for a place to post my rambling thoughts, I came across this gem of a post. I hope MeanMrsMustard will return one of these days.

I was listening to Abbey Road in the car on my way from work and heard this in Because

Because the world is round, it turns me on

Then, while mowing, I listened to the While Album again (it seems to be my go-to mowing album of late) and heard this in While My Guitar Gently Weeps

I look at the world and notice it's turning

I lean towards the line meaning "it is turning", but I can see the other interpretation as valid also.

I wonder if @Bungalow Bob has any thoughts about my ramblings here?

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Your description evokes peaceful images, mmm. You sound like Mother Nature's Son in his field of grass.

On another tain of thought, I think Paul should write a song called "Ramble On" to go with "Ram On".

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The Walrus said

On topic: Is Helter Skelter about heroin or a similar drug? I never thought this about the White Album version, but the Anthology version has altered lyrics: "when I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the ride, and I know when I get there I'll never get higher" with Paul's voice getting higher and quite smooth (not as in legato, but smooth in another way...), but anxious sounding. Then he goes a bit falsetto on "then I get to the bottom", and on "AND I SEE YOU AGAIN" he sounds like he's in agony and about to burst into tears, like he's just come down from a different sort of high.

There is a bunch derailment in this thread, but this is an interesting post. No one back then had any comments. I was wondering if anyone who is here now has any thoughts on this interpretation. (This was post 58 on page 3.)

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Helter Skelter was never a drug song, any such interpretation is fans reading far too much into what was never there.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Thanks, mmm.

I didn't know about this thread at the time so I put this comment in the impossible to derail thread. I can't move the post over here because it is too intertwined in the thread, so I will just reproduce that part of the post here.

I've seen this lyric to "I've Got A Feeling" written with and with out a comma:

I've Got A Feeling I think that everybody knows

I've Got A Feeling, I think that everybody knows 

I usually hear/interpret that as

I have a feeling that we all share in common.

However, I was feeling a bit paranoid the other day and heard it as:

I've Got A Feeling that everybody knows this certain thing about me.

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I always heard it the same as the "and you know what I mean" line in I Saw Her Standing There. Him not telling us exactly, expecting that we know his feeling.

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Ahhh Girl said

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I was listening to Abbey Road in the car on my way from work and heard this in Because

Because the world is round, it turns me on

Then, while mowing, I listened to the While Album again (it seems to be my go-to mowing album of late) and heard this in While My Guitar Gently Weeps

I look at the world and notice it's turning

I am listening to Fool on the Hill, and I have to add this here.

But The Fool On The Hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

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Ahhh Girl said

Ahhh Girl said

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I was listening to Abbey Road in the car on my way from work and heard this in Because

Because the world is round, it turns me on

Then, while mowing, I listened to the While Album again (it seems to be my go-to mowing album of late) and heard this in While My Guitar Gently Weeps

I look at the world and notice it's turning

I am listening to Fool on the Hill, and I have to add this here.

But The Fool On The Hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

Let's not forget these:

"Let me know, honey, how you feel

Tell the truth now, is love real"

 ~ and ~

"Hold me close and tell me how you feel

Tell me love is real"

...both covers featured on the same album. Then there's...

"Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream"

~ and ~

"Stay in bed, float upstream"

...also both from the same album. And finally...

"Time after time you refuse to even listen;

I wouldn't mind if I knew what I was missing."

~ and ~

"Nowhere Man, please listen

You don't know what you're missing"

...which are both - you guessed it - from the same album. Not only that, but they're right next to eachother in the album!

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@MrMoonlight, Great finds!!

One more off topic post here. These are from different albums (Revolver and Sgt. Pepper)

Tomorrow Never Knows has

Lay down all thought
Surrender to the void
It is shining
It is shining

That you may see
The meaning of within
It is being
It is being

and Within You Without You has

Try to realize it's all within yourself
No one else can make you change
And to see you're really only very small
And life flows on within you and without you

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On the Within idea (a common idea in eastern mysticism), I like what (I suspect) John wrote in Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me and My Monkey --

"Your inside is out when your outside is in
Your outside is in when your inside is out --
So come on!"

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How come John sings about "floating upstream" in "I'm Only Sleeping" but then - on the very same album - advises us to float DOWNstream in "Tomorrow Never Knows"? Make up your mind, man!

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