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10 Druggiest Beatles Songs
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Bungalow Bob said

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This might be an interesting discussion. The list seems to be premised on an assumption which I think many people unconsciously have which is that LSD has a sound. In other words you can hear a song like Tomorrow Never Knows and Strawberry Fields or Lucy and say, “This sounds like someone has been on acid.” However, can you say the same about other drugs? Outside of songs that overtly reference the drug itself, is there a marijuana sound? A heroin sound? A cocaine sound (maybe – something really obnoxious and excessive?)? How about an uppers sound? Or an alcohol sound? Or is it really the case that the Acid movement happened to come at a time when, say, Indian/sitar music was gaining prominence? Where certain effects pedals were being made? When things like the Moog synthesizer were being invented? That, in fact, there is no Acid sound just two things happening at the same time?

I always felt that “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Money” was the ultimate caffeine song; the jittery lead guitar, the lurching stop/start rhythm, the way Lennon pleads “C’mon, c’mon”… he is obviously begging to have his coffee cup refilled. It’s dificult to listen to him in the throes of such an addiction.

Don’t forget the manic jangling of that bell, rung by one of the Beatles (probably Paul) like a monkey on crack.

 

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Funny Paper said

Bungalow Bob said

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This might be an interesting discussion. The list seems to be premised on an assumption which I think many people unconsciously have which is that LSD has a sound. In other words you can hear a song like Tomorrow Never Knows and Strawberry Fields or Lucy and say, “This sounds like someone has been on acid.” However, can you say the same about other drugs? Outside of songs that overtly reference the drug itself, is there a marijuana sound? A heroin sound? A cocaine sound (maybe – something really obnoxious and excessive?)? How about an uppers sound? Or an alcohol sound? Or is it really the case that the Acid movement happened to come at a time when, say, Indian/sitar music was gaining prominence? Where certain effects pedals were being made? When things like the Moog synthesizer were being invented? That, in fact, there is no Acid sound just two things happening at the same time?

I always felt that “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Money” was the ultimate caffeine song; the jittery lead guitar, the lurching stop/start rhythm, the way Lennon pleads “C’mon, c’mon”… he is obviously begging to have his coffee cup refilled. It’s dificult to listen to him in the throes of such an addiction.

Don’t forget the manic jangling of that bell, rung by one of the Beatles (probably Paul) like a monkey on crack.

 

That analogy is fantastic.apple01

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I’m glad no one mentioned “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” — as some people back in the day tried to exegete that one as being a “druggy” song, when Lennon, so I dimly recall, corrected that myth by saying he was just inspired by seeing a circus poster.  The “druggy” interpretation can be rather insulting, implying that a Beatle cannot naturally have a Muse for fantastic creative imagination, but needs to alter his state pharmaceutically.

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Bought at an antique shop in Sevenoaks while filming the Strawberry Fields Forever /Penny Lane  promo films at the nearby Knole Park.

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I dunno, I still suspect that most of John’s songs from that particular era were at least partly druggy – the result of him lying around his bungalow, stoned on something, and getting enlightening inspiration from staring at a circus poster or viewing a Kellogg’s Corn Flakes TV commercial or whatever was in his line of sight and struck him as suitable topic for a song.

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions, Marvin Gaye. PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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Just to be pedantic, Kenwood wasn’t a bungalow.

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It was George who lived in a bungalow, Kinfauns.

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mja6758 said

It was George who lived in a bungalow, Kinfauns.

Not to continue the pedantic antics, but Bill lived in a bungalow, too. Although it couldn’t have been too small, because his mommy lived there with him. And I’m assuming there was a trophy room, for all those big game heads that would be mounted on the walls.

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Bungalow Bob said

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It was George who lived in a bungalow, Kinfauns.

Not to continue the pedantic antics, but Bill lived in a bungalow, too. Although it couldn’t have been too small, because his mommy lived there with him. And I’m assuming there was a trophy room, for all those big game heads that would be mounted on the walls.

You beat me to it Bungalow Bob!

I just Googled “bungalow”. I see lots of pictures that declare the house to be bungalow style. I had always thought thick columns with a porch were necessary to fit the definition. Such as

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And these are labeled as bungalows too.

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I have no idea how to bring this back around to a drug song.

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I have no idea how to bring this back around to a drug song.

In keeping with the spirit of “druggy” songs, we will find a creative way back to the topic… after a long strange trip… or we’ll forget what the topic was and just keep posting aimlessly. :)

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Ahhh Girl said

 

I have no idea how to bring this back around to a drug song.

In keeping with the spirit of “druggy” songs, we will find a creative way back to the topic… after a long strange trip… or we’ll forget what the topic was and just keep posting aimlessly. :)

…and it’s Bungalow Bob with the save.

 

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I’m still miffed about Magical Mystery Tour . I’ve never read it being about or influenced by drugs and getting to the conclusion that it was because “roll up, roll up” is in the song seems like a bit of a jump.

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I’m still miffed about Magical Mystery Tour . I’ve never read it being about or influenced by drugs and getting to the conclusion that it was because “roll up, roll up” is in the song seems like a bit of a jump.

It’s the same problem as Day Tripper . Just because the words “Roll Up” or “Trip” are in a song’s lyrics doesn’t mean it’s referring to marijuana or LSD. I always took the “roll up” to mean the bus’ wheels rolling up for the Tour.

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Ditto about the wheels on the bus going round and round. Dahhh. Not that song.

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

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I’m still miffed about Magical Mystery Tour . I’ve never read it being about or influenced by drugs and getting to the conclusion that it was because “roll up, roll up” is in the song seems like a bit of a jump.

It’s the same problem as Day Tripper . Just because the words “Roll Up” or “Trip” are in a song’s lyrics doesn’t mean it’s referring to marijuana or LSD. I always took the “roll up” to mean the bus’ wheels rolling up for the Tour.

 

I thought “roll up” was a double entendre.

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“Roll up, roll up” is the cry of the circus/fairground barker calling attention to the show.

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mja6758 said
“Roll up, roll up” is the cry of the circus/fairground barker calling attention to the show.

Didn’t know that. Very interesting tidbit of info. Thanks.

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Yeah, that I knew. It could still be a double entendre.

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Yeah, that I knew. It could still be a double entendre.

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Possibly – but I don’t think the folks who wrote the article in your OP even knew about the common meaning of ‘come along folks’ from their reasons for choosing it.

Glass Onion for me.

 

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Yeah, that I knew. It could still be a double entendre.

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Possibly – but I don’t think the folks who wrote the article in your OP even knew about the common meaning of ‘come along folks’ from their reasons for choosing it.

Possibly. But like I said, I posted the article simply as a jumping off point for our own discussion. And it’s actually not the first time I’ve seen someone suggest that “roll up” was also a drug reference.

 

Glass Onion for me.

That’s a good one.

 

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^ Yes, and the Fellowship of the Ring going through Moria in the Lord of the Rings is symbolic of a Freudian wish-fulfilment for a return to the womb for some.  You just can’t have a phrase have only one meaning when you are rich and famous :)

Just kidding – great art is of course open to multiple interpretations – whether the original artist meant them or not.

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