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Strawberry Fields Forever
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I don't think it means he IS crazy; conversely, people might be confusing the definition of sanity because they are not on the same wavelength.

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KaleidoscopeMusic said
I don't think it means he IS crazy; conversely, people might be confusing the definition of sanity because they are not on the same wavelength.  

Exactly. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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My favorite Beatles song by far.  I recall where I was the first time I "remember" hearing it.  It was around dusk and cold, so it was winter 67/68 right after it was released.   I was about three and a half years old.

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For some reason, I thought John was singing, "Strawberry Beatles Forever". a-hard-days-night-john-7

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c64wood said
My favorite Beatles song by far.  I recall where I was the first time I "remember" hearing it.  It was around dusk and cold, so it was winter 67/68 right after it was released.   I was about three and a half years old...

It’s amazing you can remember that, @c64wood. I barely remember what happened at that age. It is my favorite song as well.

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In the orchestral take (25), I hear John say "I buried Paul" twice in as row. I listened to it again trying to hear "cranberry sauce," but I heard "I buried Paul" clear as day.

"I buried Paul... I buried Paul."a-hard-days-night-john-1

Paul is not dead, but Lennon is a goddamn genius for all of the clues that he snuck in.

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Or maybe he buried Paul alive.

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It does sound more like "I buried Paul" than cranberry sauce.

And in I Am The Walrus , it sounds more like "everybody smoke pot" than everybody's got one. I think in both cases it had to be intentional.  Sort of like how he did "Baby, you're a rich man too" and "Baby you're a big fat jew."

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Isn't it "rich, fag Jew"?

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Ahhh Girl said
Isn't it "rich, fag Jew"?  

Yes, that's right. Maybe my mind was autocorrecting it to something slightly less offensive.

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I thought he replaced rich with queer. Learned something new today.

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"Rich fag Jew" is a myth. It's not sung - in case anyone suggests it is. Neither is "I buried Paul" or "Everybody smoke pot".

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Philip Norman wrote that John sang the jew line in his biography. But then Philip Norman's biography was just one big, extended character assassination. 

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Philip Norman wrote that John sang the jew line in his biography. But then Philip Norman's biography was just one big, extended character assassination.   

It's been suggested a number of times and is complete garbage.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-e.....e-38995175

 

I saw this article about Strawberry Fields site being revamped and I noticed this....

 

The song's refrain "and nothing to get hung about" is said to be a reference to Lennon's retort "they can't hang you for it" to Mimi about playing on the property.

I never knew that. (Is it correct?)

 

It's my favourite song of all time.

Pivotal Moments in Beatles History No.118:  Yoko helps herself to one of George's digestives. 

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Can anyone explain why most sources claim John plays an acoustic guitar on the song. All guitar parts are electric, so where is this acoustic guitar.

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Leppo, I can't verify that. That would be a great piece of trivia if it is true!

HMBeatlesfan, I can hear something very low down in the mix in places that resembles an acoustic guitar. 

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There's a really good article here from Rolling Stone marking fifty years since the release of Strawberry Fields and there are some of the very earliest demos (possibly even the ealriest?) which I'd never heard. http://www.rollingstone.com/mu.....ke-w450580

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I think it significant that this was the first song put down in the open-ended EMI sessions. Not just because John literally threw away the musical straightjacket, but also the effect it had on the others. The effect of the song on me has changed over time; when I was a kid it honestly frightened me at times with its intensity, later it was the effortless directness, the snapshot of a self-aware mind that impressed. It's one of the few Beatles songs I can hear without doing the musicians thing of separating and mentally packaging the elements.

Most of all, Strawberry Fields Forever /Penny Lane underline the difference between John and Paul. If for Paul, psychedelia was abseiling off a cliff, for John it was base-jumping. Somehow George and Ringo hung on for the ride. And just a month later...A Day In The Life

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Apologies if this has been posted, but Aaron Krerowicz has posted what SFF would have sounded like if George Martin hadn't varied the tempo and pitch of takes 7 and 26 to achieve the final product:

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