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What was their first "psychedelic" song?
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I always think their first hint at psychedelic came years before they knew what it was, and was on their first album. "There's a Place". All about exploring the inner self. Their first "conventional" psychedelic song was obviously "The Word ".

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So you're thinking of anything that's lyrically introspective as psychedelic? That's an interesting perspective.

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So you're thinking of anything that's lyrically introspective as psychedelic? That's an interesting perspective.

I think a song from John, considering how he went on to describe the genesis of Strawberry Fields, where he says, "And it's my mind..."

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I would say: George's Think For Yourself .  The lyrics are very much in an "abstract" sense and, it's like someone dictating their arrival-at a (personal) conscious-expanding worldliness the listener is wrong if they don't (also) adopt.

The Dylan influence had spread to George on Rubber Soul (after John dabbled with it during the HELP album).  It was always rumored, here in the States (at least), that: Think For Yourself was, actually, an anti-LSD diatribe aimed at Dr. Timothy Leary (for having created a cult of celebrity around himself, at the time, for almost pushing people to start using LSD).  Even though George and John, I'm sure, would sample more than their fair share (after the alleged incident of their dentist spiking their coffee/tea with it); considering: how George was later so (correctly) cynical about the Haight-Ashbury scene, maybe(?) he'd already realized there was no meaningful "soul searching" to be found if one got hooked on drugs.

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Might seem a bit early but i think I'll Be Back is their first psychedelic song. The song sounds so relaxed, like as if the band was high when they recorded it, and this gives it a real dreamy feel, helped by the unusual chord changes.

As for Think For Yourself , it doesn't really come off as psychedelic IMO.

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I think Norwegian Wood is a good contender. That sitar was pretty psychedelic. 

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The first song that came to my mind was She Said, She Said.  Nowhere Man crossed my mind also, for whatever reason, but I don't really believe it is psychedelic. 

After reading the comments here, I vote Rain .  Backwards vocal seals it. 

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I've been thinking about RN's 'There's A Place ' comment, and listening to the song quite a bit, and I think it does foreshadow their psychedelic phase quite a bit. Actually, the song itself, with that mournful harmonica, the propulsive drumming, and the buildup to the last triumphant chorus, wouldn't be that out of place on a Byrds album from 1967, or something. 

Also, Ticket To Ride is quite psychedelic, with the chiming riff, the droning vocal line and the off-kilter drum beat. 

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Lots of good comments. Of course, it all depends on each person's definition of psychedelic: the meaning of the words, the sound of the song, the amount of drugs consumed to write it...

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QuarryMan said 

Also, Ticket To Ride is quite psychedelic, with the chiming riff, the droning vocal line and the off-kilter drum beat. 

  

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JW OBoogie said
Lots of good comments. Of course, it all depends on each person's definition of psychedelic: the meaning of the words, the sound of the song, the amount of drugs consumed to write it...

  

In the latter category, we could probably include everything written after 28th August 1964...a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-john-6

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Except that marijuana isn't classed as a psychedelic drug...

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True, but I guess in the context of The Beatles we mostly talk about the songs influenced by drugs as a whole, not just LSD.

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The first ‘weird’ song of theirs I heard was I Am The Walrus . Loved it! 

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Psychedelia is an abstract concept. One of the best things about psychedelics is they make everything seem relevant and strange at the same time. The Word has always been weirdly psychedelic to me, however, the first truly psychedelic song appeared on Revolver . Whether you think it is Im Only Sleeping, Love You To , or the obvious Tomorrow Never Knows , the psychedelia became intentional on Revolver . The Rubber Soul single Day Tripper is arguably the first song about psychedelics, but it is a straightforward rock banger, and i wouldn't classify it as psychedelic rock

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Ron Nasty said
I always think their first hint at psychedelic came years before they knew what it was, and was on their first album. "There's a Place". All about exploring the inner self. Their first "conventional" psychedelic song was obviously "The Word ".

  

I agree with The Word , however I wouldn't necessarily classify There's A Place as psychedelic, more of an exploration of internal emotions. The Beach Boys song In My Room explores a similar theme, and is highly based on emotional experiences rather than psychedelic experiences. 

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sir walter raleigh said
The Rubber Soul single Day Tripper is arguably the first song about psychedelics, but it is a straightforward rock banger, and i wouldn't classify it as psychedelic rock

I always thought the song was about a prostitute.

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"Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again"
Sounds like one of those weird experiences while on psychedelics
The whole lyric of "I'm Looking Through You " sounds pretty psychedelic also.

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