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"Strawberry Fields Forever"
3 January 2011
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MeanMrsMustard
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OK. I love this song. It makes me go "Aaah John" like a fangirl. 

This is what I like about it:

Both versions: The lyrics, the melody, and the way he sings "Nothing is real." 

Album/single version: George Martin's mad skills, the fadeout/fadein/fadeout, and the cellos! 

Anthology/LOVE version: John's voice, placement of verses, and (LOVE only) bits of songs at the end. 

What do you think?

(And stay off this thread unless you have something other than "I hate this song because the lyrics are like a f***ing poem" to contribute, MrBig!) 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

3 January 2011
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

OK. I love this song. It makes me go "Aaah John" like a fangirl. 

This is what I like about it:

Both versions: The lyrics, the melody, and the way he sings "Nothing is real." 

Album/single version: George Martin's mad skills, the fadeout/fadein/fadeout, and the cellos! 

Anthology/LOVE version: John's voice, placement of verses, and (LOVE only) bits of songs at the end. 

What do you think?

(And stay off this thread unless you have something other than "I hate this song because the lyrics are like a f***ing poem" to contribute, MrBig!) 

That's uncalled for. Don't even go there. 

I agree with all assessments but 1. I dislike The Stupid Trick Ending


I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
3 January 2011
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I'm not trying to spark an argument. I'm simply introducing a Profanity Guard and an Unrelated Posts Guard.

What don't you like about the trick ending? I thought it was a nice surprise. 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

3 January 2011
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It was, but as Von said about Her Majesty, "But really, unfortunately, the surprise factor obviously only works the first time you play the album"

I just meant that Mr. Big isn't on anymore, so Lay Off The Insults

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
3 January 2011
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It's not an insult, and he may come back (again). I'm just including this as a warning. 

mr. Sun king coming together said:

It was, but as Von said about "Her Majesty," "But really, unfortunately, the surprise factor obviously only works the first time you play the album."


That's why you induce amnesia/don't listen to the song for a while and allow yourself to forget the surprise! a-hard-days-night-george-10

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

3 January 2011
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

mr. Sun king coming together said:

It was, but as Von said about "Her Majesty," "But really, unfortunately, the surprise factor obviously only works the first time you play the album."


That's why you induce amnesia/don't listen to the song for a while and allow yourself to forget the surprise! a-hard-days-night-george-10
 

But Then I can't listen to a great song For Months? You are Heartless.......As Am I


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3 January 2011
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The skip button?

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

3 January 2011
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

The skip button?


wHEN?
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3 January 2011
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When it fades out the first time.

Or you could shift the volume as the song continues so it doesn't seem to end the first time. 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

3 January 2011
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

When it fades out the first time.

Or you could shift the volume as the song continues so it doesn't seem to end the first time. 


Sounds Good.
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3 January 2011
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Yay! We concluded a sub-discussion without derailing this thread! 

(Don't jinx it!)

 

*(1+1)+1*

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3 January 2011
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It is probably one of my favorite John songs.  The lyric "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see" will probably end up tattooed on me someday.   I feel the lyric is incredibly relevant today with all the people of my/younger generations being sucked into the media and thinking everything is supposed to be that way.  i.e.  it is normal to act the way people do on MTV

 

Funny story,  for Johns birthday, I played John Lennons solo and Beatles songs at work.  And I was at the register, where the stereo happens to be when Strawberry Fields Forever came on.  When the trick ending came some guy in line was like "What it going on in this song!"  I simply said "The Beatles is going on." 

4 January 2011
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RedLennon said:

Funny story,  for Johns birthday, I played John Lennons solo and Beatles songs at work.  And I was at the register, where the stereo happens to be when Strawberry Fields Forever came on.  When the trick ending came some guy in line was like "What it going on in this song!"  I simply said "The Beatles is going on." 

That's awesome!


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4 January 2011
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Love the new Avatar. Glad you changed it. Great picture.

The further one travels, the less one knows
4 January 2011
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I love this song, especially the message it portrays. I personally like, "No one I think is in my tree / I mean I must be high or low" which I read somewhere was John talking about how he was different, especially as a child. That no one was really on the same page as him and that he was never really at the same level as everyone else, either too high or too low (part of this is my interpretation). Pretty much everything RedLennon was saying - everyone is supposed to be a certain way and anyone who isn't is weird. For me, my biggest struggle is actually one of my favorite hobbies, writing, which I'm constantly ridiculed for. a-hard-days-night-ringo-2

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4 January 2011
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I suppose it's an alright song. a-hard-days-night-john-1

But you're right M3, all of the versions are excellent but my favorite would have to be the beginning of the Love one, I love John's voice like that. It's so haunting and impossible to replicate, like on A Day In The Life and Oh My Love.

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4 January 2011
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One of my favourites songs, indeed. What versions? there's only one that counts for me (of any beatle song, by the way), the 1967 single, the other ones are... well, I don't care.

 

Miss Winters said:

For me, my biggest struggle is actually one of my favorite hobbies, writing, which I'm constantly ridiculed for.

 

What? Why are you ridiculed? Who do that?

I write too.

I'd like to say "thank you" on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition. John Lennon
4 January 2011
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Mostly my friends. It's usually because I write during lunch or in my free time, rather than hang out with them, and they hate that. And then practically anyone else who sees me writing in my journal at the library. a-hard-days-night-paul-1

But what type of writing do you do? Like fiction, diary writing, journalism, that kinda thing. I lean more towards little random fiction stories that pop into my head, but I'm open for any type of writing really.

 

Anyway, how many other versions of Strawberry Fields Forever are out there? I've only heard the one.

 

**9**

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4 January 2011
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Miss Winters, don't worry about it. You need to constantly write to become a good writer. Writing can also help you sort things out. It's undeniably a solitary activity, but your friends should respect that, I think. Have they ever read anything you wrote?

I'm trying this thing at 750words.com which has been pretty good for me in just getting crap out of my head.

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." — Dr. Seuss
 
 
4 January 2011
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Nice thread M3... For once, it will be me who actually re-rails one.

I like all of the versions I’ve heard (I do not own Love) but especially enjoy hearing the metamorphosis of the song on Anthology. John’s demo sends shivers up my spine.

As for the false ending – that’s one of my favorite parts.

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