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The Beatles arrive in New York City TODAY!!
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One day to go until the single is released here!

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AARGH I was switching between radio stations just moments ago and missed hearing all but the closing seconds of (that unmistakable voice) Paul singing "...Penny Lane, she's in my ears and in my eyes"  and the DJ blabbing on drowned out much of it...My FIRST time hearing (part of) the song and it was RUINED!! 🙁 

Oh well, at least I have proof the radio is playing it now. I'll stay tuned in! What little I heard sounded nice but surprising - I kinda expected it would be a guitar song. (It's been a while since "Paperback Writer" and they've done no guitar rocking singles since! Maybe "Strawberry Fields Forever" will be different? DON'T ANSWER THAT if you've heard it! )

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Just popped to the record shop to get it. How they have changed!

I like Penny Lane a lot! Very jaunty little song. 

I found Strawberry Fields Forever a little slow at first, but it gets more interesting towards the end with all the reversed and tape loop type stuff. The fade out / fade in made me jump!

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Uhg I really want to hear strawberry fields. If they don't have the 45 at the shop I'm gonna be so sad.

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My parents called me in sick so I could get to the record store right when it opens. I bought the new Penny Lane single with that funny fruit song on the B-side. Now I have to go back to school, so I'll get to hear it when I get home today. 

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SgtPeppersBulldog said
Just popped to the record shop to get it. How they have changed!

I like Penny Lane a lot! Very jaunty little song. 

I found Strawberry Fields Forever a little slow at first, but it gets more interesting towards the end with all the reversed and tape loop type stuff. The fade out / fade in made me jump!  

Aw no fair describing it to those of us who haven't heard it yet! 🙁  Don't be a "spoiler"!

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I heard Strawberry Fields Forever in the car - my dad almost shut the radio off saying "what the hell is that?" It was great, When "Good Vibrations" came out last year I felt like it was really out there. But this is even more out there but even better. The Beatles have done it again and everyone else will have to follow them now.

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Been counting down to this day ever since I first caught wind of the release. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

Excited jitters all day, didn't hear a thing any of my teachers said; went by the shop as soon as school let out and bought it; raced home, was happy to find the family all out and I had the house and turntable all to myself; put the record on and -- beatlemaniacs_02_gif 

It's AMAZING. I love Penny Lane especially, though SFF is strangely intriguing; the recording is so complex. And what's with all that barmy stuff at the end? 

My mum is going to go round the bend, though, when she hears it. Penny Lane she mightn't mind, but I can already hear her lecturing me on drugged-up burdens to society and the corruption of young souls by those outrageous Beatles. a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

She needn't bother -- my soul is Rubber! a-hard-days-night-john-1 

I have no idea what fish and finger pie is -- though I did ask mum to make fish pie for supper, in honour of the song. a-hard-days-night-john-6 I'm going to ask my cousins up north if they know anything about it; it sounds a Liverpool thing. 

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Yay, finally heard "Penny Lane" in full! Twice, in fact, on two different radio stations since I last showed up here. (And realize during the second hearing that it's about a street - all this time I was assuming it was a girl's name.) Also, believe it or not, my grandma actually heard it before I did! Says she heard it downtown yesterday while shopping and thought it sounded nice. Seriously, she can't believe that the same "yeah yeah yeah"-screaming, messy-haired boys are now singing nice songs like "I Believe in Yesterday" and "All The Lonely People" and she hopes they keep it up. 

What do I  think of it?  It's...nice, really tuneful. Beautiful, in fact. Reminds me a bit of "Good Day Sunshine" mixed with "Got To Get You Into My Life" and "For No One" - it would fit in nicely on side two of "Revolver". Very typical of the kind of songs Paul sang on the album. (I assume "Strawberry Fields Forever" will have John taking the lead?) I wasn't able to make out all the words yet (is Paul really singing about fish sticks??) but for now, I can't get "Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes!" out of my head! (And ears, and eyes...) Further listenings will surely reveal more layers. (And really, there's so much good stuff on the radio now, like "Good Vibrations" and "Ruby Tuesday" and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Mellow Yellow" and "I'm A Believer", it's a pleasure to wait for the next airing.) 

(I don't even know if the single's available in the stores yet, but I'm gonna wait to buy it even if it is. I don't know when we'll get another Beatle record - it may be another long time! - so I'm gonna stretch my enjoyment of this one out. I've waited this long for "Penny Lane", I can wait a little longer for "Strawberry Fields")

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I bought the record today! I got home and immediately played it. I think Strawberry Fields Forever is my new favorite song! What is that bit at the end of the song though? It kind of sounds like John is saying "I buried sauce" or "Cranberry Paul". Either way it's a quirky beautiful song that reminds me of the Revolver album(Which I found out has 3 extra tracks in the UK) greatly.

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🙁  🙁  🙁  🙁

OK you guys, this is really distressing to me. I finally heard "Strawberry Fields Forever" shortly after my last entry here...and I didn't "get" it. Heard it again a few hours later, and still nothing. But I didn't hear the whole thing either time - in both cases, the DJ was blabbing away over the beginning or the ending. Then I heard it a few more times over the weekend - including a couple more times without any DJ chatter - and I STILL didn't get it! 

So then I figured..."Hey, the Beatles are obviously into weird sounds these days, and my local radio station sounds pretty lousy. Maybe I have to hear it in optimum conditions to fully understand it. I'll buy the single so I can play it on the hi-fi!" So off I went to Melody Lane, plopped down $0.99 of my hard-earned babysitting money, took the single home (neat picture sleeve!), played the delightful "Penny Lane", played it again, took a deep breath, turned it over and prepared for "Strawberry Fields Forever" to overwhelm me...

...and still didn't get it. 🙁

I just don't get it. And I've played it at least a half-dozen times more. Why does John's singing sound weird? Why does the music keep changing? What does he mean by "No one I think is in my tree?" What's the point off the fake ending? And why does somebody (John?) mutter "cranberry sauce" near the end - the song isn't "CRANBERRY Fields"! 

If this is what "psychedelic" music, is, I don't think I like it. I mean, I didn't think much of "Tomorrow Never Knows" at first either, but I kept playing it and eventually Ringo's drum beats won me over, and I begun to tolerate and appreciate and like and love and eventually LUVVV it. But "Strawberry Fields Forever" keeps stopping and starting and stopping and starting again, so there's no WAY you could even DANCE to it if they ever played it at a discotheque! 

"Do you like ANYTHING about it??" you ask. Yes, I do. I like the beautiful opening, with the flutes and John's "Let me take you down, 'cause I'm going to strawberry fields," it's nice. But then it just gets weird, and weirder and weirder. And keeps going and going. For a full four minutes!! (The longest song they've ever done!) And such weird sounds - weirder than "I Feel Fine" or "Rain" or "Love You To" or even "Tomorrow Never Knows". 

I hate to say it - or even think it! - but I fear the Beatles (or at least John and possibly George) are taking drugs. First they start growing facial hair just like New York beatniks, then they start smoking dope just like beatniks. Or taking LSD like the hippies are doing in San Francisco. Think about it: could such lyrics as "...and your bird is green" or "...sea of green" possibly be referring to marijuana? Seems possible. 🙁  I just hope if they've done such things that they stop soon. I mean, if not for drug abuse, Marilyn Monroe and the comedian Lenny Bruce would still be with us. 🙁

Whatever. In the meantime, I'm not giving up on my boys yet! I'll continue to listen to "Strawberry Fields Forever" and hope that eventually I'll understand it...or that it's the Beatles' first (and only) real misfire. A experiment gone wrong. After all, they're only human. Even if they're SUPERhumans.

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🙁  🙁  🙁  🙁

OK you guys, this is really distressing to me. I finally heard "Strawberry Fields Forever" shortly after my last entry here...and I didn't "get" it. Heard it again a few hours later, and still nothing. But I didn't hear the whole thing either time - in both cases, the DJ was blabbing away over the beginning or the ending. Then I heard it a few more times over the weekend - including a couple more times without any DJ chatter - and I STILL didn't get it! 

So then I figured..."Hey, the Beatles are obviously into weird sounds these days, and my local radio station sounds pretty lousy. Maybe I have to hear it in optimum conditions to fully understand it. I'll buy the single so I can play it on the hi-fi!" So off I went to Melody Lane, plopped down $0.99 of my hard-earned babysitting money, took the single home (neat picture sleeve!), played the delightful "Penny Lane", played it again, took a deep breath, turned it over and prepared for "Strawberry Fields Forever" to overwhelm me...

...and still didn't get it. 🙁

I just don't get it. And I've played it at least a half-dozen times more. Why does John's singing sound weird? Why does the music keep changing? What does he mean by "No one I think is in my tree?" What's the point off the fake ending? And why does somebody (John?) mutter "cranberry sauce" near the end - the song isn't "CRANBERRY Fields"! 

If this is what "psychedelic" music, is, I don't think I like it. I mean, I didn't think much of "Tomorrow Never Knows" at first either, but I kept playing it and eventually Ringo's drum beats won me over, and I begun to tolerate and appreciate and like and love and eventually LUVVV it. But "Strawberry Fields Forever" keeps stopping and starting and stopping and starting again, so there's no WAY you could even DANCE to it if they ever played it at a discotheque! 

"Do you like ANYTHING about it??" you ask. Yes, I do. I like the beautiful opening, with the flutes and John's "Let me take you down, 'cause I'm going to strawberry fields," it's nice. But then it just gets weird, and weirder and weirder. And keeps going and going. For a full four minutes!! (The longest song they've ever done!) And such weird sounds - weirder than "I Feel Fine" or "Rain" or "Love You To" or even "Tomorrow Never Knows". 

I hate to say it - or even think it! - but I fear the Beatles (or at least John and possibly George) are taking drugs. First they start growing facial hair just like New York beatniks, then they start smoking dope just like beatniks. Or taking LSD like the hippies are doing in San Francisco. Think about it: could such lyrics as "...and your bird is green" or "...sea of green" possibly be referring to marijuana? Seems possible. 🙁  I just hope if they've done such things that they stop soon. I mean, if not for drug abuse, Marilyn Monroe and the comedian Lenny Bruce would still be with us. 🙁

Whatever. In the meantime, I'm not giving up on my boys yet! I'll continue to listen to "Strawberry Fields Forever" and hope that eventually I'll understand it...or that it's the Beatles' first (and only) real misfire. A experiment gone wrong. After all, they're only human. Even if they're SUPERhumans.  

It just doesn't reach some people I guess.

That's an interesting interpretation of the end bit, "cranberry sauce". In the words of the A side "very strange".

No, no, no, there is no way the Beatles are doing drugs. They would never. At least I don't think that they would... I hope that they aren't.

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My eyes and my brain have been OPENED. I take back everything bad I said about "Strawberry Fields Forever" a few weeks ago. I completely get it now! And the reason is....
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MARIJUANA! :O :O :O

Yes, I feel I can trust you people, since I doubt any of you are policemen and we're not using our real names anyways. (unless some of you are...I'm looking at YOU, Ahhh and Silly, the Girl sisters! :D) Yes, I confess: I have ILLEGALLY officially smoked pot! :O And it was AMAZING! It was spring break, and I went to Toronto to visit my sister at university for a few days. We were in her dorm room just talking and playing records and drinking beer - which I don't like, but feel I should develop a taste for before I leave my teens. Anyways, she could tell I wasn't enjoying the beer and asked if I'd like to try something better. And I assumed she meant hard liquor, gin, whiskey, whatever, and I said no thanks, knowing it'd make me barf for sure, but she said "No, no, I'm talking about green and natural, something from God's own garden!" (I swear, corny as it sounds, those were her exact words. I think she was trying to be profound.) And I knew immediately she was talking about Mary Jane, and I was SHOCKED...

(But not too shocked. My sister's always been slightly "artsy" - she was into Bob Dylan long before he was popular. And even when everybody else was into folk music like Peter Paul and Mary, she was listening to "authentic" Negro folk singers like Leadbelly and Odetta, even though she could only borrow the records from the library and complain about how the record shop didn't stock them....)

...SHOCKED, I tell you! And before I could answer, she reached into her purse (FABULOUS purse by the way, leather fringes) and pulled out a joint (marijuana cigarette). I was worried, but she assured me that she'd been smoking them for months, and we'd talked on the phone several times since and she'd not seemed to suffer any brain damage in the meantime. I was nervous, and the record that was playing (Bob Dylans "Desolation Row", which lasts FOREVER) wasn't helping, so I asked if I could put on "Rubber Soul" instead. "Great idea!" she answered, "it's the BEST record to listen to when you're high!" "Really?" "Everything sounds amazing with pot. The depth, the colours, it's like you're in the recording studio with the Stones or the Beatles or the Mamas and Papas...or like you're right there with them while they're writing their songs, like you can imagine their thought processes. If you want to."

WOW! This definitely sounded cool. So she put on "Rubber Soul", pulled the curtains shut, stuffed a towel under the door and lit up. "I've Just Seen A Face" was halfway through by the time she'd taken a few puffs and handed the joint to me. I tried to hold it in my lungs like she did and suffered a coughing fit that lasted the rest of the song, worse than the one I'd gotten when I'd tried a cigarette in Grade 10. A few sips of my now-room temperature beer cooled my throat, and I tried to relax and listen to the wonderful "Norwegian Wood" while looking at those lovely bent rubbery faces on the album cover. And listening to George play that sitar, metal strings, wood frame, Rubber Soul...this was when I realized that the drug was starting to take effect. I could almost see the inside of that house, the Norwegian Wood wall paneling the exact same shade of brown as John's jacket on the cover. And just when John sang about lighting a fire, my sister reminded me that the joint was still burning, and would I either take another puff or hand it back to her. I handed it back, but not before taking another puff (no coughing this time, thanks) while thinking about the coincidence, and the more I though about it the funnier it seemed and I started laughing and couldn't stop, which got my sister laughing too, and then she said "Isn't it good?" and I answered "...Norwegian Wood!" and that got us laughing more. Because it WAS good! How can a feeling this benign be illegal? Especially considering it's just some plant that grows naturally.

We sat without talking for awhile, just letting the record play while my thoughts raced. (Honestly, I had so many psychological revelations all evening, I wish I'd written them down.) I'd never really REALLY noticed before how many different guitar tones there were on the album, and how each one suited the song perfectly. Not to mention the singing! Geniuses. I was so absorbed that I spent some time (15 seconds? 30? half an hour??) listening to a weird "scritch...scritch...scritch" sound before my sister asked me to turn the record over or put on another one. I decided on "Revolver" and proceeded to put it on the turntable (which took quite a bit of concentrated effort...and I thought I was clumsy WITHOUT being high on marijuana!) And listening to that album on pot was as close to a mystical experience as I'd ever encountered. "Taxman" made me get up and dance, "Yellow Submarine" got me laughing again (those weird voices! the way Ringo seemingly sings "in our yellow slubmarine" at one point!) "Eleanor Rigby" and "For No One" had me in tears. Even the album cover had me mesmerised for some time - it never occurred to me how many different shades of grey could exist between black and white. Or how John's hair is drawn to resemble palm fronds. Or...marijuana leaves!

And that's exactly what they are, I'm convinced. Because after "Revolver", my sister suggested playing the "Penny Lane"/"Strawberry Fields Forever" single which she'd only bought a few days previous, and "Strawberry Fields" sounded INCREDIBLE! I can't believe I didn't recognize this epic for the masterpiece it is. And now I'm totally convinced that (a) The Beatles have been smoking marijuana for quite some time, definitely since "Rubber Soul" if not earlier. Maybe you have to actually be high to realize it but the clues are there. "Strawberry Fields" is certainly a metaphor for fields of pot plants, and how people who aren't experienced should open their minds and not be judgemental. And no one can convince me otherwise.

Anyways, after listening to records for awhile we watched "The Monkees" (oh, and I'm now convinced that Micky and the boys are pot smokers themselves.) And we paid a visit to a friend of my sister's whose terrier had me in hysterics. It was just chasing its tail like dogs do, but pot makes mundane things hilarious. Plus it apparently makes you hungry too, so we went out to grab a burger and fries at a nearby lunch counter. This turned out to be a bit nerve-racking, since I was convinced that every stranger on the street could tell that I was on dope and was ready to report me to the police, but no such thing occurred. (I did lose my gloves somewhere on the ten-minute journey, unfortunately. The only sour note of the evening. 🙁 )

And so, that's my story. I'm so grateful that my sister was cool enough to introduce me to this wonder of nature - and roll me a few joints to take back home with me, which are now hidden somewhere in my room where Mom or Dad will never find them. I can't wait to smoke one and listen to "Yesterday And Today" or "Beatles '65" or even good old "Beatlemania! With The Beatles" and see what hidden secrets THEY reveal! I hope you guys don't get judgemental on me for trying pot, otherwise I'll have to get judgemental on you for NOT trying it! 😀 I "highly" recommend it if you ever get the chance. Just keep track of your gloves.
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@Von Bontee, Woah! What an adventure! That actually sounds really exciting. Although I'm pretty sure that stuff is against the word of wisdom(and I know that alcohol definitely is against it), so I probably won't be trying it anytime soon.

Maybe they are on drugs. I still don't want to beleive it, but maybe I'll have to. Either way, they still make great music, and I don't want to give them up for their life choices.

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What?!?!?!!! The Beatles on drugs?! 

No, I can't believe it. My mum would never let me listen to them again (she already thinks they're going to corrupt my youth as it is). She was already going on about it when she heard Rain -- I haven't even let her hear the new single. 

Perhaps it's just that I play guitar and have what the injudicious call too much imagination, but I never needed drugs to hear all the different guitar sounds or imagine the wood paneling. 

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Well, everybody has an imagination, obviously! It's not as though I couldn't imagine the wood paneling without the drug - it's more of a case of the image occurring to me without thinking about, or thinking about thinking about it, or something. I don't think I can explain it, it really has to be experienced to be understood. a-hard-days-night-george-10

But whatever. Whatever you think of the idea of somebody altering their brain chemistry, I'm glad you guys aren't judging me by some moral standard based on what the law is. Some laws are stupid! Did you know that in the Southern states of the USA it's ILLEGAL for a white person to marry a Negro? That doesn't seem right - I think you should be allowed to marry whoever you happen to love, no matter their colour!

And sorry @Silly Girl , I'm still convinced that the Beatles' change in wardrobe and decision to quit shaving (to say nothing of their evolving music) means that they've been smoking marijuana. I just hope they don't get arrested! My parents would probaby make me get rid of their records just like your mum. 🙁

[Incidentally, do you like my new fancy avatar? I felt I needed to have a visual manifestation of the way I feel inside. Consider it my version of the Beatles moustache!)

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Thank you, @Von Bontee, for telling us your story. Now I feel safe to tell mine. I was at a friend's house last weekend, and she had brownies and milk for us. She didn't tell us that she had baked pot into the brownies. Swirl. Swirl. Swirl. Up. Down. Up. Down. Swirl again. They tell me I kissed and danced with their coat rack while I Feel Fine was playing. I'm glad she didn't have her dad's video camera out, but, as you say, being all thumbs, maybe no one could have made it work anyway.

Best. Brownies. Ever.

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Cool story, @Ahhh Girl ! Now that you and I have broken the ice, I wonder how many others will show up with confessions of their own? (Of course I'm aware that this is at least your SECOND big confession around these parts! a-hard-days-night-george-10)

Is your Dad's video camera one of these doohickeys? They sound amazing!

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