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Songs With Beatles References (Beatles mentioned in others' songs)
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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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23 April 2012 - 6.18pm

What's interesting about RedLennon's post is that this Paul Simon song was released during the Beatles' (and Rolling Stones&#39a-hard-days-night-george-10 heyday.

It's not a sentimental look-back.

 

Is there any more recent equivalent of someone singing about a contemporary band?

 

(PS Robert McNamara was US secretary of Defense)

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)

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minime
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23 April 2012 - 7.50pm

Well...a-hard-days-night-paul-6Happoradio (Acid Radio, I don't know if they were thinking about LSD or not when they named the band) Sings "Take me away from Kallio(a place, it means rock), the son of a porn dealer is selling gold records in Europe" They are talking about HIM

 

edit: of course HIM is nowhere near as big as the Beatles a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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24 April 2012 - 4.55pm

In James Taylor's Carolinia In my Mind the line "With a holy host of others standing round me"  refers to the Beatles  He was recording at Apple at the time. apple01

Take this brother; may it serve you well.

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24 April 2012 - 9.50pm

Rick Nelson Garden Party - yoko-ono-01Yoko brought her Walrus...

and Peter,Paul & Mary- I Dig Rock And Roll Music  

I dig Donovan in a dream-like, tripped out way
His crystal images tell you 'bout a brighter day
And when the Beatles tell you
They've got a word "love" to sell you
They mean exactly what they say
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Take this brother; may it serve you well.

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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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25 April 2012 - 2.31am

Good ones - (especially good to see Donovan as I'm on a Donovan kick these days)

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13 May 2012 - 6.18pm

Glycerine by Bush says "when you rise it's like Strawberry Fields" at one point.

The Beatles bassist
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20 May 2012 - 11.20pm

Celebrated_Mr_K said

In his comeback album, John Fogerty sings in "I Saw it on TV":

 

We gathered round to hear
the sound comin' on the little screen,

The grief had passed, the old men laughed, and all the girls screamed

'Cause four guys from England took us all by the hand,

It was time to laugh, time to sing, time to join the band.

Interesting, I love John Fogerty and CCR, but never noticed that part of the lyric.
However, the only song I know of with a Beatle reference by far is "Life Is Real (Song for Lennon)" by Queen. I think it's only mentioned in the song title, though. The song was written as a tribute to Lennon.

"Real music is made by real people playing real instruments using own creativity and skills."

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mr. Sun king coming together
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6 June 2012 - 9.24pm

Possibly innocent Lennon reference, but in Feist's Mushaboom, here's the chorus:

Old dirt road
Knee deep snow
Watching the fire as we grow old

(Old Dirt Road being a song of John's off Walls And Bridges, I do believe.)

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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Little Piggy Dragonguy
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12 June 2012 - 5.52am

Billy Joel's song She's Got A Way has a blatant reference to Anyway; a Paul McCartney masterpeice on Chaos And Creation.

She's got a way of pleasin'
I don't know what it is
But there doesn't have to be a reason anyway

All living things must abide by the laws of the shape they inhabit

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14 June 2012 - 12.37am

i know the beatles are mentioned in:

all the young dudes by mott the hopple " my brothers back at home with his beatles and stones"

the seeker by the who: "I asked The Beatles"

alternative title(randy scouse git) by the monkees: "four kings of emi"

1977 by the clash: " no elvis, beatles or rolling stones in 1977"

god by john lennon: " i dont believe in beatles"

 

properly these have all been said :p a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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mr. Sun king coming together
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8 July 2012 - 5.17pm

Arkells - John Lennon

She tells me her favourite song And I say:

"Yeah, that's a good one" 

She says it follows her around

No shit, it's by the Beatles
And the chorus:

And I’m John Lennon in ‘67,

I’m John Lennon in ‘67
I’m John Lennon in ‘67,

I’m John Lennon in ‘67


This is one of the most kick-ass songs I know. Closed out their concert that I saw on Friday with it.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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13 July 2012 - 7.41pm

ELO's Shangri-la says "faded like the Beatles on Hey Jude

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Dipsy
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19 July 2012 - 5.30pm

I'm into a lot of indie music, and there's a FANTASTIC band called "Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes". They (along with Fleet Foxes) are probably the most modern-day "hippie band" I can think of, and many of their songs were clearly inspired by The Beatles. In the opening track to their debut album, "Up From Below", the chorus goes:

 

Ah, it's the magical mystery kind

Ah, must be a lie

Bye bye to the too good to be true kind of love

Oh I could die

Oh now I could die


a-hard-days-night-ringo-8And directly after the chorus, voices come on sounding a lot like the "ho ho ho, hee hee hee, ha ha ha" that would be in "I Am The Walrus". Except it's kind of like their own take on it, if that makes sense...

 

And for the pop scene, the closing track on James Blunt's "All the Lost Souls" contains this chorus:


And if I can't hear the music and the audience is gone

I'll dance here on my own

And I hope the Lonely Hearts' Club Band will play out one last song

Before the sun goes down

"I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know? I'm just one of those people."

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19 July 2012 - 6.34pm

frank zappa

joe's garage

we got matching suits

and beatle boots

and a sign on the back of the car

and we was ready to work in a go-go bar

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19 July 2012 - 7.42pm

Has "Annie Christian" by Prince been mentioned yet?:

"She killed John Lennon/Shot him down cold/She tried to kill Reagan/Everybody say "gun control, gun control"

That was from 1981. (LOTTA high profile people getting shot back in those days.)

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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Dipsy
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21 July 2012 - 5.29pm

I kind of found another reference in a Florence + The Machine song last night, but I'm not completely confident that they were consciously making a Beatles reference. Anyhows...in "Dog Days Are Over", there's a line in one of the verses that says:

Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back

which I connected to "Happiness Is A Warm Gun". Could just be my Beatles nerdiness coming out tho... a-hard-days-night-george-10

"I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know? I'm just one of those people."

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mr. Sun king coming together
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21 July 2012 - 10.09pm

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I think you're over thinking this one, Dipsy. There's a point where it's just reading too much into it - but it's great someone else actually knows Flo. Welcome!

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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Dipsy
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21 July 2012 - 10.20pm

Yeah, I was worried I may have been thinking too much into that one...

And thanks, Sun Kinga-hard-days-night-john-6

"I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know? I'm just one of those people."

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22 July 2012 - 1.33am

mr. Sun king coming together said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I think you're over thinking this one, Dipsy. There's a point where it's just reading too much into it - but it's great someone else actually knows Flo. Welcome!

Isn't it one of most popular bands atm?

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.

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mr. Sun king coming together
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22 July 2012 - 1.47am

Are they? They certainly aren't around my area.

Edit: I mean among my group of friends. They get some airplay on the local Alternative station.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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