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:-), AD40.

Continue on, one and all.

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Blackbird : “Take these sunken eyes and lean to see.”

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I Need You : I didn’t realize, as I looked in your eyes.

"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” - John Lennon.

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Julia

Seashell eyes, windy smile…

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Excellent.

I have 17 more on my list.

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Please continue on with finding the references to eyes in Beatles songs when you think of one. I am just throwing this post in here in the middle of the list here because I am thinking about it and it fits in with the eyes theme.

I was listening to Across The Universe today. The lines

…shades of life
Are ringing through my opened ears

made me think about these lines from Tomorrow Never Knows

But listen to the
Color of your dreams

It seems as though John often sees life (shades & color) through his ears (ringing through my opened ears & listen to color of your dreams).

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Here, There And Everywhere : watching their eyes and hoping I’m always there

Also: Perhaps John had synesthesia…is there any other evidence of that?

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Note by Ahhh Girl: for context, I moved Matt Busby’s posts and the four posts after it to this thread. The conversation from which this post flows began here.

 Ok, those other two topics don’t match what I’m after exactly.  I’m looking for specific, named or not (but not metaphors) real-life references. I’m sure there’s lots of them. Here’s some examples:

Taxman – Mssrs. Wilson and Heath (knowing George, I’m sure they were real – but if you know otherwise please say :) [literal reference]

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – There is no “Lucy” in real life, so it doesn’t count. Even if it’s about LSD, it’s an allegory which doesn’t count.

Dear Prudence – duh…

Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey – if the monkey is “on his back” and refers to heroin addiction, it’s a metaphor and doesn’t count.  For that matter, it doesn’t count period.

Lovely Rita – nope

To get this going, I’ll put this one out for discussion:

I Saw Her Standing There – Somewhere (can’t find the cite atm) I saw that it was written about Rory Storm’s younger sister.  Wiki indicates the possibility that it was about Paul’s gf Celia Mortimer. However, Joe’s write-up & subsequent discussion say nothing specific about what the subject other than when one of them saw some cute 17yo. Regardless, without a cite there is no way to identify the subject as a specific person. The difference in my mind is that monkey is using an old metaphorical expression to refer to a real life situation, while “she” could easily be a specific person and is not a metaphor. In my mind “she” either refers to 17yo girls in general or one specific girl. Does that make sense? What say ye?

Ok, it sounds interesting to me…

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@Matt Busby I don’t know if this is right but I believe Mr. Wilson and Mr. Heath like the Prime Minister and some other English politician.

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@Matt Busby I don’t know if this is right but I believe Mr. Wilson and Mr. Heath like the Prime Minister and some other English politician.

You’re right.  PM Wilson introduced the 95% tax, and PM Heath followed him.  But the song still counts ;)

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Harold Wilson was the UK prime minister in 1966. He was also the leader of the left-wing Labour Party. Edward Heath was his right-wing Conservative Party opponent, who was PM from 70-74. By mentioning both The Beatles were being political yet remaining non-partisan.

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Matt Busby said
 Ok, those other two topics don’t match what I’m after exactly.  I’m looking for specific, named or not (but not metaphors) real-life references. I’m sure there’s lots of them. Here’s some examples:

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – There is no “Lucy” in real life, so it doesn’t count. Even if it’s about LSD, it’s an allegory which doesn’t count.

There is a real Lucy @Matt Busby. From Joe’s song entry

And the Lucy of the title? Her name was Lucy O’Donnell, and she attended Heath House, a private Weybridge nursery school, with Julian Lennon. She didn’t realise she had been immortalised in a Beatles song until she was 13, in 1976.

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@Matt Busby, ah, you made me smile this morning. I get where you’re coming from. I made this post a few months ago. I will x-post it here. But do go back to the link and see how the conversation developed. It all started with @Joe correcting information from a story in a book by Steven Gaines. Aren’t we glad we have smart folks keeping the truth alive. a-hard-days-night-john-1

Your idea is the perfect type of thing for this thread. As I mentioned earlier, I wish I had found this thread earlier. I would have made posts like this in here instead of over on a book review thread.

(Shameless plug here: I have many more songs with “eyes” that I hope people will list in this thread.)

Since this is where this conversation about people who are named in Beatles songs developed, I will put this post here. I collected all the names, threw in some more I thought about, and grouped them by album. All four Beatles are found somewhere in a song a-hard-days-night-john-1a-hard-days-night-paul-7a-hard-days-night-george-10ahdn_ringo_09
If anyone thinks of any real person named in a Bealtes song that has been missed, let me know, and I will add them to this post to keep it all together.
Live At The BBC
Matchbox = John (Lennon) and Ringo (Starr)
Beatles For Sale
Honey Don’t = George (Harrison)
Revolver
Taxman = Wilson (Harold) & Heath (Edward)
Eleanor Rigby = Eleanor Rigby (See Joe’s page for more on this name and Father McKenzie)
Doctor Robert = Doctor Robert (Freymann)
Sgt Pepper ’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds = Lucy (Vodden née O’Donnell)
Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite ! = Mr. Kite (William) & The Hendersons (John and Agnes) & Pablo Fanques (His real name was William Darby)
Magical Mystery Tour
I Am The Walrus = Edgar Allan Poe & Lucy in the sky gets a mention
The Beatles (White Album )
Dear Prudence = Prudence (Farrow)
Glass Onion = Paul (McCartney)
I’m So Tired = Sir Walter Raleigh
Julia = Julia (Lennon)
Yer Blues = Dylan (Bob)
Revoultion 1 = Chairman Mao (Zedong)
Abbey Road
Polythene Pam = Polythene Pam (Pat Dawson née Hodgett)
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window = *
Her Majesty = Her Majesty (Queen Elizabeth II)
Let It Be
Dig It = B.B. King & Doris Day & Matt Busby & Georgie Wood
Let It Be = Mother Mary (McCartney)
For You Blue = Elmore James
Past Masters
Ballad of John and Yoko = Peter Brown
*This may be a stretch, but quit in “quit the police department” comes from Eugene Quits.

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‘Oil smear’ is an anagram of which Beatles song?

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The Dung Beatle said

‘Oil smear’ is an anagram of which Beatles song?

LOL! I figured it out, but I’ll let the next person who figures it out post the answer.

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The Dung Beatle said
‘Oil smear’ is an anagram of which Beatles song?

It took me quite some time to figure that one out.

It is…

ahdn_ringo_09

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Ahhh Girl said
@Matt Busby, ah, you made me smile this morning. I get where you’re coming from. I made this post a few months ago. I will x-post it here. But do go back to the link and see how the conversation developed. It all started with @Joe correcting information from a story in a book by Steven Gaines. Aren’t we glad we have smart folks keeping the truth alive. a-hard-days-night-john-1

Your idea is the perfect type of thing for this thread. As I mentioned earlier, I wish I had found this thread earlier. I would have made posts like this in here instead of over on a book review thread.

(Shameless plug here: I have many more songs with “eyes” that I hope people will list in this thread.)

Since this is where this conversation about people who are named in Beatles songs developed, I will put this post here. I collected all the names, threw in some more I thought about, and grouped them by album. All four Beatles are found somewhere in a song a-hard-days-night-john-1a-hard-days-night-paul-7a-hard-days-night-george-10ahdn_ringo_09
If anyone thinks of any real person named in a Bealtes song that has been missed, let me know, and I will add them to this post to keep it all together.
Live At The BBC
Matchbox = John (Lennon) and Ringo (Starr)
Beatles For Sale
Honey Don’t = George (Harrison)
Revolver
Taxman = Wilson (Harold) & Heath (Edward)
Eleanor Rigby = Eleanor Rigby (See Joe’s page for more on this name and Father McKenzie)
Doctor Robert = Doctor Robert (Freymann)
Sgt Pepper ’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds = Lucy (Vodden née O’Donnell)
Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite ! = Mr. Kite (William) & The Hendersons (John and Agnes) & Pablo Fanques (His real name was William Darby)
Magical Mystery Tour
I Am The Walrus = Edgar Allan Poe & Lucy in the sky gets a mention
The Beatles (White Album )
Dear Prudence = Prudence (Farrow)
Glass Onion = Paul (McCartney)
I’m So Tired = Sir Walter Raleigh
Julia = Julia (Lennon)
Yer Blues = Dylan (Bob)
Revoultion 1 = Chairman Mao (Zedong)
Abbey Road
Polythene Pam = Polythene Pam (Pat Dawson née Hodgett)
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window = *
Her Majesty = Her Majesty (Queen Elizabeth II)
Let It Be
Dig It = B.B. King & Doris Day & Matt Busby & Georgie Wood
Let It Be = Mother Mary (McCartney)
For You Blue = Elmore James
Past Masters
Ballad of John and Yoko = Peter Brown
*This may be a stretch, but quit in “quit the police department” comes from Eugene Quits.

and not forgetting…….”Let’s hear it for Dennis O” Dell!!”

Dennis O’ Dell was a film producer who they worked with in A Hard Days Night and John worked with in How I won the war. He gets a mention in You know my name- look up the number.

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Are we still doing the songs that mention the word “eye” or “eyes”?

If so, add Taxman : “my advice for those who die – declare the pennies on your eyes”.

How many are left @Ahhh Girl? Maybe we should compile a list of what we have so far and how many are waiting to be mentioned.

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I have a list. There are 15 more to go. When all of them have been listed, I will compile them into one master post.

EDIT: Sometime today I will make a post of what we have so far.

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I’m guessing you already have this, but Lonesome Tears in My Eyes , written by one or both of the Burnettes, qualifies. Great little song too I might add. 

All My Lovin’ too (“Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you…”_) EDIT – you already have this one, but not Lonesome…

Maybe I should just wait for AG’s compilation.

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