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Which Beatle Songs Were Playing During Happenings In Your Life?
1 March 2020
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I can remember many times when the Beatles provided the soundtrack for events in my life (both happy, sad, silly, and otherwise). For instance, my younger brother married for the third time a few years back and I was best man. The ceremony was in a small redwood church that tightly held about 75 people. The plan was for the bride and her entourage to wait in the limo out front and then gather at the front door when the ceremony was about to begin. So all the lights were turned off, candles were lit, my brother was standing at the altar, and the song I Will started playing (on repeat because it's kind of short). I walked down the aisle to open the door for the bride's grand entrance. As I reached to open the door I glanced back and my brother was gone. The bridal party went back to the limo and to make a long story short my brother suffered a major panic attack and did not think he could go through with the ceremony. So for a solid 45 minutes the guests sat in almost complete darkness with I Will playing over and over. To this day when I hear the lalalalalala-laaaa ending I anticipate the song restarting. Later when I read my best man's speech, I quoted I Will and the "forever and forever" lyric got a big laugh (including from my brother and his new bride).

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Not Beatles but solo.

When my father was dying from lung cancer I had to travel thru each day and night to the hospice with 'Deep Blue' and 'Mrs Vanderbilt' the backing tracks to that horrendous period of life. 'Deep Blue' as it was just so fucking miserable a time and obviously George wrote it for his mum who was dying from cancer. The lyrics George are very real when you're going thru that

When you stand there, watch tired bodies
Full of sickness and pain to show you
Just how helpless you really are
When you get down to the truth
It hurts me

'Mrs Vanderbilt' due to 

What's the use of worrying?
What's the use of hurrying?
What's the use of anything?

Worrying and hurrying about was utterly pointless, nothing else mattered in the slightest, and really it was all just head down, get thru, and be there. 

Afterwards, and what I say to others whoever go thru anything similar is what John sang at the end of 'God '; "You'll just have to carry on", there is no other option. It may be bland and unhelpful but at those times there are no words that help anyway. Everyone deals differently and if it doesn't match your own it doesn't mean they care less or are better or worse.

It was just a fucking awful time, beyond what I could ever type or express, one which I wouldn't wish on anyone who ever lives on this planet. I don't care who they are or what they did/do. I cared for my father for six months and watched him slowly die in agony as cancer ate away, fuck knows how anyone can ever want anyone to go thru similar.

 

To lighten the mood, here is one of my favourite John gifs.

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When I was a little kid the record player fascinated me. The records did too. There were a couple with the yellow and orange swirl. One was Yellow Submarine and the other was Good Vibrations. I loved the former and disliked the latter. Trying to figure out which was which was a huge reason I learned to read at an early age,

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Hmm, fascinating thread idea!

The only thing I can think of off the top of my head right now is the following, which I may have alluded to in part previously.

When my sister was born, I was eight going on nine and obsessed with the Beatles. This was the midst of the economic downturn and we had a new baby, so understandably my parents were very busy and a bit distracted. I spent a lot of time in my room hanging out with the Fab Four during that time, banging along with the Yellow Submarine Songtrack with chopsticks on the edge of furniture and strumming a badminton racket, blissfully unaware of the real world. I remember it as a happy time, and that's probably why the Beatles' music will always be like family to me. heart

It was during the midst of one of these many hundreds of listening sessions that I read a book which alluded to the death of John Lennon , and that's when I learned that he had been killed. I was utterly "shocked and stunned," especially as John was my favorite Beatle in those days (I think because he was the first one whose name I could remember ahdn_george_06 By that point I knew them all, of course, but the bias was still present until quite a bit later). I think it was Only A Northern Song but I don't remember; all I remember was turning it off, because I couldn't bear to listen to it anymore. After that, I went ahead and asked my dad if any other Beatles had died, because I needed to know the worst. He told me George Harrison had died of cancer in the early 2000's and I felt okay about that, because cancer is a lot more understandable than murder, and with my hazy 9-year-old concept of time, that seemed a reasonably long life (at the time, I didn't know how long exactly -- I realized later that 58 isn't that old -- but it was a sight better than 40). It took me a couple of days before the knowledge of John's death had sunk in sufficiently for me to go back to normal and I went back to listening to Yellow Submarine Songtrack on repeat. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

I don't know if I ever told anyone in my family about this... I was a quiet child with a rich inner life (some things haven't changed much ahdn_john_08_gif).

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Not played yet but regardless of what there is after I'm dead (funeral, thrown off a boat into the sea, dumped in a hole by the side of the road), I want the 'Anthology 3 ' mix of 'All Things Must Pass ' played. Fabulous lyrics and I love how George sings the demo especially

"Now the darkness only stays the night-time
In the morning it will fade away
Daylight is good at arriving at the right time
It's not always going to be this grey"

and how he stresses that last line. There is a real sadness in that recording which I think is badly lacking in the commercial version, I don't think all the instruments helped either.

'I'll Follow The Sun ' was played at my father's funeral, it had to be a track from 'Love Songs' and 'Yesterday ' was ruled out as it would have been far too sad. There is a bit less in 'IFTS'.

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meanmistermustard said
Not played yet but regardless of what there is after I'm dead (funeral, thrown off a boat into the sea, dumped in a hole by the side of the road), I want the 'Anthology 3 ' mix of 'All Things Must Pass ' played. Fabulous lyrics and I love how George sings the demo especially

"Now the darkness only stays the night-time

In the morning it will fade away

Daylight is good at arriving at the right time

It's not always going to be this grey"

and how he stresses that last line. There is a real sadness in that recording which I think is badly lacking in the commercial version, I don't think all the instruments helped either.

'I'll Follow The Sun ' was played at my father's funeral, it had to be a track from 'Love Songs' and 'Yesterday ' was ruled out as it would have been far too sad. There is a bit less in 'IFTS'.

  

My youngest uncle was only two years older than me. He died in a motorcycle accident in 2013. I made a tribute mix for him. The album version of All Things Must Pass was the last song. I also included Rocky Raccoon , Crippled Inside and Smile Away as they were favorites of his.

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My dad was not a fan of the Beatles music. I think that the only song he had ever willingly listened was Something (the version sung by Sinatra). When he passed away the funeral was held at the Catholic church he had attended for the last 5 years of his life. Instead of a choir, the services featured a small musical group consisting of 3 singers and a guitarist. During the funeral one of the songs they performed was Let It Be . I thumbed through the hymnal book and found it, so it must have been at least occasionally sung by the congregation during regular service. Unfortunately the composer was credited as Traditional, so I'll never know if he realized he was singing a Beatles song.

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As it so happens, the Beatles YouTube channel just posted this:
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I was in a rock band in the mid-sixties. The father of our rhythm guitarist (Doug) was an officer in the US Army. Each member of the band picked a song to learn/play and he chose a song named The Ballad of the Green Berets. This song was popular on the radio and was kind of a patriotic dirge built around military style drumming. First verse:

Fighting Soldiers from the sky
Fearless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what they say
The brave men of the Green Beret

Definitely not a dance song. We all disliked playing it and harmonizing behind Doug's vocal, but a deals a deal. At the very last drumbeat of the song, the lead guitarist would twang his guitar as hard as he could (think Hard Days Night with a strong measure of whammy bar) and we would go into Day Tripper (yeah) and the party would start again. That moment became a smiley smile insider thing for the band and I even started to look forward to it. Doug wasn't to thrilled the first few times, but he eventually loosened up as well. We would all hit that first line hard; "GOT A GOOD REASON FOR TAKING THE EASY WAY OUT". I was never in another band, but still remember the thrill of kids dancing to our bands stuff. 

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ahdn_paul_06 There's no high quite like the high you get out of seeing people respond positively to what you and your mates are doing. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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For the summer of 1971 I was driving a 1964 VW Bug (the model with the little moon roof). It came with the original AM radio, so I bought a used 4-track tape deck at the flea market. The deck came with one tape, Let It Be . I always planned to get some more tapes but by then everyone was switching to  8-track and 4-track was hard to find. Once we were on a road trip to Yosemite and a friend brought along a few tapes. Incredibly the tape had been in the deck for so long it was stuck. So that summer I listened to the Let It Be album almost every day. For some reason the only song that still stimulates that memory is I Me Mine , especially the guitar solo. Unfortunately the car was totaled that fall and the last time I saw the deck it was hanging sideways outside of the glove compartment (tape still stuck). Even getting broadsided by a two ton pickup truck could not dislodge that Let It Be tape.

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The Beatles have played through out my life probably since birth. I think The Beatles is one of those things you can bond over with people. My parents and brother are this example. My mom and I don't get along a number of times; however, we get along when it comes to Beatles music. Some of my early memories we listening to Beatles music either on record or car or tv with my parents. The two that stick out the most in my mind right now are Octopus's Garden and Revolution . One of my last memories of my brother was playing Beatles Rock Band. I remember he impressed my now ex husband by knowing all the words and melody to Birthday . It should be noted my brother was special needs, so he was a bit slow, but really intelligent. 

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After Sgt. Pepper was released there was a lot of curiosity about how the Beatles were going to perform live. Though widely known now that they had quit the road, it certainly was not known then. Many people thought that the format of the Pepper album (the crowd noise at the beginning, introducing Billy Shears, "We'd love to turn you on") hinted at a perhaps more intimate/theatrical stage show sans the Beatlemania. So a few weeks later when it was announced that the Beatles would take part in the first worldwide satellite broadcast, I was excited that I would finally get my answers; first among them, would they appear in costume as the Lonely Hearts Club Band? So for several hours on a Sunday afternoon I waited through each countries presentation (as I remember things like opera, folk dancing, and urban planning). * Finally the first strains of the French National Anthem play and then there they were, "Love, love, love". I dug All You Need Is Love and bought the single the first day available (one of the few I still have because I put the picture sleeve and 45 in my scrapbook) but the performance confused me. No group shots, everyone seated, John without a guitar... So no answers about future live shows could be derived from the broadcast, but at least there was a live audience that wasn't screaming.beatlemaniacs_02_gif 

 

*It should be said, prior to the internet things were a lot different. Now if you miss something on tv you can catch it again the next day. In the 60s if you missed something that was it, you were out of luck. In fact I never saw this broadcast video again until Anthology was released 25 years later. Martha (or maybe Pepperish) asked me once why I attach so many pictures to my posts. In the 60s the only pictures you had access to were ones you cut out of magazines or the newspaper (posters were swell as well). They were a precious commodity that you coveted and enjoyed sharing with your friends. So now being able to have almost every picture ever taken of the Beatles available at will is something I have no power to resist.

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The current university closings reminded me of a time that the schools were closed for a different reason. Near the end of April 1970, Nixon announced an expansion of the Viet Nam War into neighboring Cambodia. This triggered protests on campuses across the country. On May 4th the Governor of Ohio called out the National Guard to quell a student protest at Kent State. Subsequently, 4 students were shot and killed and 9 were injured. This resulted in mass protests across the US and nearly 500 universities and colleges closed due to student strikes, walk-outs and civil unrest. I believe the movement to turn the universities into active anti-war centers started at Yale when the students/activists squatted in the President’s office and hung banners outside of the windows. Soon protesters had gained control of most of the open areas on campuses, such as the student union, library and food facilities.

During a protest march at San Jose State, I was recruited to volunteer for the American Red Cross. I was given a hard hat with a red cross painted on it and a two hour first aid class. Our main duties were to block traffic while the marchers crossed the street (the thinking was that angry drivers would not run over Red Cross personnel). We were assigned to the fourth floor of the library, which turned out to be lucky because there were 4 sound proof booths up there provided to enjoy the libraries large record collection. I brought my sleeping bag and lived in one of the booths for the 2-3 weeks the takeover lasted. The fourth floor was also the nerve center of the protest and the leaders would meet daily to plan marches and share intel. Most of the them were nonviolent but a few were super radical and wanted to provoke the police. For the most part they were ignored or shouted down until what became the last day. It was in this environment that us volunteers would get our Beatles on. Especially apropos was Revolution . It was like a soundtrack to the events that were occurring in real life and I remember laying in that glass booth feeling both exhilaration and fear (listen to the intro - that's how that emotion sounds). It all ended when news was broadcast that the Bank of America was helping to finance the war. That day a small group of the radicals broke off from the main march and threw a brick through the front window of the local Bank of America. Within the hour the police arrived on campus and gave us until midnight to leave or we would be arrested for trespassing. That was the end of my career with the Red Cross.

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I remember peeking in on the forum a year or so ago and reading a discussion regarding sexual orientation (I believe it started with a comparison of health class curriculum). I think it is the result of a real cultural Revolution that there are so many categories and personal choices. One of my favorites is Emma Watson, who describes herself as self-partnered. This is a great response to give if trying to explain your sexual preferences and you just don’’t wanna (so nonthreatening-love Emma).

For most of the sixties, the sexual mores of he 50s were still in place and men were in charge. There was a certain order of conduct and contact between the sexes that traditionally lead to various degrees of intimacy (the unwritten 3 date rule was a thing). Couples would go steady after that which meant a commitment a bit above boyfriend/girlfriend. Should note- for any of the LGBTQ categories, coming out was not an option unless you wanted to be shunned or subjected to violence. I had a male friend come out to me on his HS graduation night. Once he realized I was not shocked he opened up about what was going on behind the scenes with that community. He was on the track team and he asked me if I ever noticed anything odd. He pointed out there wasn’t a single person on the team that played another sport and they hadn’t placed in one race the entire year. I’m sure stories like this were common throughout the world.

As the sixties went on a few things started to change. Probably number one was the availability of birth control pills. This gave females a lot more control over their sexuality. The feminist/liberation movements also made the 50s traditions seem archaic. At my high school this all seemed to come together overnight. As the 60s ended so did the dress code for women, who until that time had to wear dresses (of a certain length) or they would be sent home. I think of that amazing day (hundreds of years of convention abandoned) as the beginning of the changes that are common now.

It was in this environment that a girl in my class (who I knew through a friend) asked if I was going to the large Moratorium Day anti-war march in San Francisco. I was and she offered a place to stay (her brother was out of town) in exchange for a ride. Note-I identified as heterosexual with a strong leaning toward the romantic. My ethereal ideal was expressed in the song Here, There And Everywhere (to love her is to need her everywhere). However the actual physical scenario I desired was perfectly conveyed in the Beach Boy’s song Wouldn’t It Be Nice.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could wake up
In the morning when the day is new?
And after having spent the day together
Hold each other close the whole night through?

So we drove up to San Francisco Friday evening and got to the apartment pretty late. Saturday was the march and there were a ton of people there and we heard a lot of inspiring speeches and sang Give Peace A Chance many times. Sunday there was a large concert planned in Golden Gate Park, so we headed back to the apartment. The pad was like walking into the intro to Within You Without You ; walls covered with tapestries depicting Hindu deities and  permeated with the smell of sandalwood incense, ceremonial tea set arranged on a redwood slab. The place was stocked with food and drink. Usually staying in SF for a march would mean sleeping at a crash pad, so this was very unusual. We made dinner, drank and smoked, played records, and talked Revolution into the night. There was a water bed with a huge sheep skin rug on top. When morning came I felt like I was living WIBNice, that feeling like your life has just begun and you are walking on clouds. We held hands all day, went to the concert, and drove home where I dropped her off with a kiss. That was the last time I ever spoke to her other than a passing hello. I guess the last thing in the world she was looking for was a relationship (or maybe she was already in one). For me up until then, I really thought I was the type of person who could not have the feelings those songs promise without the presence of LOVE (or even luv). The whole experience made me take a hard look at myself and in particular I learned to watch out for my heart. When you are young it is usually a good idea to keep an open mind because well, unless you can truly perfect the art of self-partnering things will happen. As Tom Paxton sang:

It's a lesson too late for the learning
Made of sand, made of sand
In the wink of an eye my soul is turnin'
In your hand, in your hand

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I spent a few summer weeks at a place called the Russian River in N. Cali when I was around 10. My most vivid memory of that time is of a teenage girl singing along with Roll Over Beethoven and at the end screaming "Dig these rhythm and blues!" as she jumped into the water. I had never heard those words before and they sounded very mysterious and exciting to me. 

A few years later I rode my bike home from the record store, the newly released Revolver album in a plastic bag hanging from the handlebars. My bedroom was downstairs and faced the front of the house. There was large walnut tree in the yard and a porch swing right outside my window. It was hot that day so I put the album on and sat outside to listen and stare at the cover. My second time through Revolver (still shook up by Tomorrow Never Knows ), I saw a girl I didn’t recognize coming down my street. As she walked by she stopped for a second and then sort of blurted out "You've got the new record already!?!". She immediately came bounding up and introduced herself as Linda and asked if she could see the album cover. I had left it on my bed when I turned the record over, so I went back in to get it. When I opened the front door I realized she was following me into my bedroom. She sat on my bed and started staring intently at the drawing and murmuring things like “I can’t believe this”. That was my very first experience with Revolver and though new associations have been added over time, that hot day discussing music with Linda is forever the foundation. We became friends and even put together a little thing for the talent show at the neighborhood Cabana club pool. She loved the song The Word so we lip-synced and hand clapped a silly routine (dressed like Sonny and Cher in some sort of fringe).

Me: Say the word and you’ll be free
Her: Say the word and be like me
Me: Say the word I’m thinking of
Her: Have you heard the word is love?
Us: It’s so fine, it’s sunshine, it’s the word LOVE

At the end we both jumped in the pool singing (howling actually) DIG THESE RHYTHM AND BLUES! As I write this, I wonder if anyone remembers us from that day?

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Magical memories, @sigh butterfly. I can see now why you chose that signature. john-lennon-salute_gif

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Great thread @sigh butterfly

ive got a good and a bad one

the good one is the first night I spent with my girlfriend we listened to Band On The Run all the way through and she loved it so much we played the whole thing again. Great memory. 

The bad one was when my friend had a really bad acid freakout while we were listening to Magical Mystery Tour . I Am The Walrus I remember being particularly chaotic so much so that I had to turn off the music. 

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Anyone who has participated in an end of life vigil knows it isn't like in the movies. There aren't final speeches, a candle lighting, perhaps a prayer or a song, a person closing their eyes and the end arriving. More often the experience unfolds over a period of time and whatever you may have planned becomes less of a focus. My brother's wife was a victim of leukemia and after several remissions, bone marrow transplant and several experimental treatments had sadly run out of options. Because she had been given untested drugs the hospital could not release her to a hospice setting. There was a wing that was set up for final care patients. The lights were set low and everyone including the nurses spoke in a whisper. All of the patients were DNR so the sound on the monitors was set very low, all you could hear was a very quiet beep...beep...beep. My brothers and I share a spiritual connection to a Moody Blues album named Seventh Sojourn, so  we determined that would be the perfect music to go (as in one of the lyrics) "Beyond the reach of the nightmare come true". For the first 24 hours or so we played that CD through her headphones near constantly. Occasionally her breathing would become slow and we would gather around her holding hands. Each time she would recover and the process went on. The second day I went down to my car to find some other CDs. Most of what I had was inappropriately loud, but I did have a copy of Wild Life that we started playing for her. Finally late on the second night her breathing got very shallow. We could barely hear Tomorrow through the headphones; Oh, baby, don't let me down tomorrow/Holding hands we both abandon sorrow. When she stopped breathing the beeping stopped and changed to a solid hum. The nurse came in confirmed she was gone and switched off the equipment. The last sound she heard on this earth was Paul singing Oh, for a chance to get away tomorrow. I hope it brought her some peace.

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Anyone who has participated in an end of life vigil knows it isn't like in the movies. There aren't final speeches, a candle lighting, perhaps a prayer or a song, a person closing their eyes and the end arriving. More often the experience unfolds over a period of time and whatever you may have planned becomes less of a focus. My brother's wife was a victim of leukemia and after several remissions, bone marrow transplant and several experimental treatments had sadly run out of options. Because she had been given untested drugs the hospital could not release her to a hospice setting. There was a wing that was set up for final care patients. The lights were set low and everyone including the nurses spoke in a whisper. All of the patients were DNR so the sound on the monitors was set very low, all you could hear was a very quiet beep...beep...beep. My brothers and I share a spiritual connection to a Moody Blues album named Seventh Sojourn, so  we determined that would be the perfect music to go (as in one of the lyrics) "Beyond the reach of the nightmare come true". For the first 24 hours or so we played that CD through her headphones near constantly. Occasionally her breathing would become slow and we would gather around her holding hands. Each time she would recover and the process went on. The second day I went down to my car to find some other CDs. Most of what I had was inappropriately loud, but I did have a copy of Wild Life that we started playing for her. Finally late on the second night her breathing got very shallow. We could barely hear Tomorrow through the headphones; Oh, baby, don't let me down tomorrow/Holding hands we both abandon sorrow. When she stopped breathing the beeping stopped and changed to a solid hum. The nurse came in confirmed she was gone and switched off the equipment. The last sound she heard on this earth was Paul singing Oh, for a chance to get away tomorrow. I hope it brought her some peace.

  

That was really, really moving sb. heartheart I have no words to say.

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