Some facts on The Beatles lyrics

johnnydodStarred Page By johnnydod, 15th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I have put together some interesting and maybe unknown facts about the Beatles lyrics

I read the news today oh boy

The Beatles once referred to "four thousand holes in Blackburn Lancashire" in their song "A day in the life" it seemed that John Lennon was reading a local newspaper, and in it was a story about a rich man who committed suicide in his car hence the lines

"I read the news today oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well, I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He blew his mind out in a car

Potholes

Also in the news was a story about how many potholes there was in Blackburn’s roads.

I read the news today oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all


And now it seems that there are more holes in Blackburn this time it’s about all the gaps left by pubs closing, according to recent research Blackburn has more pub closures than just about anywhere else in the UK.
I read the news today oh boy

She Came In Through the Bathroom Window

According to McCartney the song was inspired by a groupie, who when finding a bathroom window slightly ajar at his home in St John's Wood London, grabbed a ladder and climbed in through it.
What happened after she got in? Your guess is as good as mine.
If you are not familiar with the song, it was featured on the album "Abbey Road"

I look at the world and I notice it's turning, while my guitar gently weeps

This song is from the eponymous double album (also known as The White Album). but did you know that the guitar was played by someone not mentioned on the album, and he was Eric Clapton.

The song was released on the Apple label on 22 November 1968, just in time for Christmas, I was working at the time in Norway and although I love the complete album, with such fabulous titles such as

    * Back in the U.S.S.R
    * Dear Prudence
    *Glass Onion
    *Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    *Happiness Is a Warm Gun
    *Martha My Dear and Blackbird I could of course go on and on

He got it from a book

"While my guitar gently weeps" was my all-time favourite it was written by George Harrison, he got his Inspiration for the song whilst reading" I Ching" one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts, he decided to write the song based on the first words he saw when opening any book, those words were “gently weeps” and from that moment the world was rewarded with his rendition.

Johnnydod 2013

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The Ale-House Door by Dutch artist Henry Singleton
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Peasants before an Inn" by another Dutch artist Jan Steen c.1653
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Paul_McCartney_black_and_white_2010.jpg

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
15th Aug 2013 (#)

You just never know where a songwriter is going to find their inspiration.
I wonder if that groupie earned royalties for their role in inspiring a line in a song?

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author avatar johnnydod
15th Aug 2013 (#)

She ended up working for the boys Mark she would often take his dog for walks – and later got a job at Apple Corps. She says that she was asked to retrieve a certain photograph, which she did
it was stolen when the some of the other girls broke in with her,

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Aug 2013 (#)

this is a great piece Johnny...I was given a chance to do their marketing back in London in the 60's...but had not the money to do it....che peccato!!!!

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author avatar Mariah
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Fantastic page johnny, loved the images and the videos
You learn something new every day, wasn't aware of the history behind these songs.Thanks for the share
Mariah

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author avatar Connie McKinney
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Wow, that is fascinating stuff, Johnny. Like Mariah, I, too had no idea of the songs' histories.

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Aug 2013 (#)

I still love the Beatles, though they are history now

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
15th Aug 2013 (#)

And "Come Together" is about the Beatles potential to break up after Yoko Ono came on the scene. And then see the movie "Across the Universe" and never think about Beatles' songs the same way ever again.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Aug 2013 (#)

Always inspiring to know more about such legends. Lennon sang about world peace through inclusive society (Imagine) but his life was cruelly cut short at his prime - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
18th Aug 2013 (#)

Very enjoyable...thanks for this wonderful share.. they are so much more than a memory- a big part of my youth...there music touched us all and it still does...!

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author avatar Trillionaire
24th Aug 2013 (#)

Awesome read.

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author avatar C. Montezuma
24th Aug 2013 (#)

Wonderful ride back in time!

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author avatar LOVERME
30th Aug 2013 (#)

some day
one day
when we go away
we all will be pages ....
no not pages as they say..
but of history
you may still be starry
but i will be scarry

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author avatar tz
30th Aug 2013 (#)

This is great! Johnydod i have a question for you!
Have you smiled today? I know you are smiling right now! Thanks.tz

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author avatar johnnydod
30th Aug 2013 (#)

I am always smiling tz

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author avatar LOVERME
5th Sep 2013 (#)

and you always skip me
johnny

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author avatar LOVERME
6th Sep 2013 (#)

i visited again
what has wiki achieved
the one still haunts all

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
16th Sep 2013 (#)

thanks for making us relive it

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author avatar snerfu
19th Sep 2013 (#)

I too like Beatles but I guess they belonged to the set much senior to us. Yet, their songs are still awesome. Thanks a lot for the information, it is like looking at a closeup of the group.
snerfu.

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author avatar Rashmi Arora
1st Oct 2013 (#)

awesome

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author avatar LOVERME
10th Oct 2013 (#)

johnny why have u stopped writing here

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Oct 2013 (#)

You write well. Come back soon. Blessings.

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

Amazing write, Johnnydodd, and the images are so nice. Michelle.

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author avatar lifesaving
31st Oct 2013 (#)

Very interesting information as I am a fan of beatles...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Nov 2013 (#)

Fascinating facts about the twentieth century's greatest composers.

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author avatar JonMcClusk
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Interesting, never knew these fun Beatles song facts!

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author avatar Lyndy
13th Jun 2016 (#)

I really enjoyed reading this and finding out the reasoning behind the sometimes cryptic Beatles lyrics. (I also think Jeff Healey's rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is beautiful) Thanks for the info, Johnny.

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