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Strawberry Fields Forever
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5 January 2011
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When I listen to Strawberry Fields Forever I remember a special place I had when I was a kid. There was a lemon tree behind my house and a branch grew making a nice arc, so I could sneak into and sit under the tree. It was dangerous because the torns of the tree could sting me, but it was beautiful to sit there, watching the vivid green colors and smelling the lemon scent. I love it. And I felt different. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

 

And yeah, kids hate different people. Specially writers (BTW Is there a requisite that in order to be Beatle fan you must be a writer? Or maybe they inspire you so much that you feel an urge to write? a-hard-days-night-ringo-7). Anyway I was saying, kids hate different people. So you get hurt yeah.  a-hard-days-night-ringo-5

 

So SFF talks about those special places that make you feel an individual. A dreamy place. But if you notice, John sings this like shrugging his shoulders saying "Yeah, I'm different, so what?". So I can feel zero animosity here. (John? Not angry? Come on Mith, you must be high a-hard-days-night-ringo-12)

Not at all. John says :

"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. "

I understand that John says "Ok, I have the right to be different, so do you. If you hurt me, it's because you don't understand we're different and yet, we're the same, 2 persons. You don't get it. I get it. Your loss, not mine".

 

People hurt individuals because they're afraid of them. And that's terrible when you're a kid, because you're just learning to defend yourself. But when you grow up and see these people with empathy, you feel nothing but sorry for them, because they follow just the flow of the fashions to fit. Is that wrong? As long as they don't erase your individualism, no. Is it wrong if you don't do it? No.

 

And speaking of tattoos, RedLennon, check this. Dominic Monaghan, from LoTR and Lost, has this tattoo. And he got a new one with the lyrics of the End.

 

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
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mithveaen said:

And speaking of tattoos, RedLennon, check this. Dominic Monaghan, from LoTR and Lost, has this tattoo. And he got a new one with the lyrics of the End.


More reason to absolutely love him. I'm a bit of a LOTR nerd too so I already adore him. I read that he got the "and in the end..." quote on his upper back.

 

And thanks for the support everyone! I love writing so I don't think I'll stop anytime soon because of a bunch of jerks. And Starwisher, I love the 750words site! I'm going to start using it. Okay, I swear, I will stay on topic from now on. I apologize

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5 January 2011
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I like a lot of what you said there, mith. The part about John being different and not being ashamed of it, I feel like that's one of our society's biggest problems, that individualism and originality are being suppressed. It seems like people hide from themselves because they are different and so they don't want to go against the status quo. But the reality is that others make the status quo, and that doesn't mean that it's true or that we have to follow it. Understanding how we are different and unique is the most important step in realizing our tremendous similarities with each and every person, so accepting ourselves and who we really are is the only way to achieve any level of world peace, that's how I feel at least.

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mithveaen said:

When I listen to Strawberry Fields Forever I remember a special place I had when I was a kid. There was a lemon tree behind my house and a branch grew making a nice arc, so I could sneak into and sit under the tree. It was dangerous because the torns of the tree could sting me, but it was beautiful to sit there, watching the vivid green colors and smelling the lemon scent. I love it. And I felt different. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

 


No one, I think, is in your tree.

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5 January 2011
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Dang it, I never thought of it that way. Wow Zig you're on fire this year!! a-hard-days-night-john-1

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GniknuS said:

I like a lot of what you said there, mith. The part about John being different and not being ashamed of it, I feel like that's one of our society's biggest problems, that individualism and originality are being suppressed. It seems like people hide from themselves because they are different and so they don't want to go against the status quo. But the reality is that others make the status quo, and that doesn't mean that it's true or that we have to follow it. Understanding how we are different and unique is the most important step in realizing our tremendous similarities with each and every person, so accepting ourselves and who we really are is the only way to achieve any level of world peace, that's how I feel at least.


Very well said. It is important to be ourselves and express our true thoughts and not just do things because society says we need to. 

That has always been my problem with Paul. I feel he plays it safe and has sold out to the pop world where as John and George took chances and yes they paid for it but for me this is the true expression of being yourself. Being your own person and not worrying about what other people say or think. I will always respect them for their decision to stay true to themselves.

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Probably my favourite track on LOVE.

 

The intro is just amazing.

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Number Nine said:

Probably my favourite track on LOVE.

 

The intro is just amazing.


They played a Mellotron there, an analog sampler (that instrument is pretty awesome itself). Do they also invented techno-pop too? Hahaha!!!
 

I agree with Mithveaven about that part of the lyrics about the tree.

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6 January 2011
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This is simply one of the greatest songs ever recorded.  I don't know how anyone can NOT like it. 

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I hated this song at first, because of the vocals. However, it has really grown on me. Amazing song. The lyrics are a class above those of any other song they wrote. Weirdly, I got into it after listening to a Finnish version, which made me realise how fantastic the backing track is.

I take it as being mostly about how amazing childhood is, and how difficult growing up is (it's getting hard to be someone... Strawberry Fields Forever), as well as John's struggles to convince himself that he is sane.

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7 January 2011
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Strawberry fields is the greatest song of all time. a-hard-days-night-george-8 It sends shivers down my spine everytime! I could listen to it forward and backward a hundred times! a-hard-days-night-paul-3

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10 January 2011
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The song is one of the main reasons I'm a John fan.  I mean, it demonstrates just what John Lennon is capable of as a writer.  It shows that he is capable of writing poetically through taking a childhood image and twisting it into a serious poetic song (sorry, I don't have a Thesaurus.).  At the same time, it stands a great contrast between songs such as I'm A Loser, which are more biographical and less poetic, truly showing his abilities as a songwriter.

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4 February 2011
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The original release of Strawberry fields is actually two different versions spliced together. John liked one version in some parts and another in other parts. george martin had to match the tempo and splice the two versions together.

 

The two takes were different tempos and a different key. listen to the original release and about a minute in you can hear in lennons voice that the track has been slowed down.

5 February 2011
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I think everyone on this thread already knew that. In fact, I think some people have said how awesome George Martin is for putting them together. 

I've listened to this song several times, but I still can't hear the splice. I know where it's supposed to be, but I can't hear it. 

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I Love that song. If you want to know more about it; watch this:

And this:

And if you wanna hear a mashup of all (I think) recordings; watch this:

Like it if you can.a-hard-days-night-george-10

(Or probably heart it).

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Bringing up old subject here but listening to SFF the other day I was struck but how little guitar rthere is in it.

 

In fact am i right in saying there is NO guitar apart from a couple of 'licks' towards the end?

 

(Does that make sense?)

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10 June 2011
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Yeah.. that's interesting I'm going to check SFF today.... I haven't noticed that of almost no guitars in the song

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Actually, there is a lot of guitar in this song. As a matter of fact John, Paul and George all play guitar on this one.

I think if you find and listen to the versions on Anthology, you will get a better sense of just how much guitar there is.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I just realized I really need to stop using earphones. a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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Zig said:

Actually, there is a lot of guitar in this song. As a matter of fact John, Paul and George all play guitar on this one.

I think if you find and listen to the versions on Anthology, you will get a better sense of just how much guitar there is.

Ok thanks Zig .. I'm not a musician so i suppose I don't have a 'trained' enough ear. Will try again as suggested.

On the other hand I was quite impressed with all the drum work on this song . .is that all RIngo?

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