Stoned again...of course! And thinking about mebbe putting on some
Beatles. Sound good? Thought so! So what'll it be tonight...one of
the usual suspects Rubber Soul or Revolver? Naw. Tonights gonna be
different. I'm goin out on a limb limb this time. You comin with me?
How about Sgt. Peppers? Glad you agree! Lets go!
First off is the sound of people. Lots of people. Laughing,
talking...havin fun! (I would hope so! They're about to hear the
Beatles!) And it cheers me up. It ain't often there's people around
me...and when they are they prolly ain't having much fun...:( Anyways
then the music kicks in. Wow...sounds nice. That's some mean lead
guitar. As one would expect nothing less from George friggin Harrison
one of the pre eminent lead guitarists known to rock n roll. First its
Paul singing then hold on, here come those wonderful Beatle harmonies.
Paul and George and John! I'm in heaven. Could it possibly get any
better than this?
Why yes. Because Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is followed by
With a Little Help from my Friends. And nothing brings a smile to my
face like the sound of Ringo's voice. I wish he sang lead more often!
:) Well mebbe not he had some stiff competition from John and
Paul...not to mention George (more on him later!)...Its been "rumored"
over the years that "help" from my friends is a code word for...you
guessed it...marihuana! So I do believe Ill light up!
Ahhhhh...nice an baked now. But Im feelin a bit sad too. Im almost at
the bottom of my stash. Also the Beatles sing about "help from my friends"...and my pot didnt come from friends. It came from my
dealer...who doesnt particularly like me if you must know. Always
complaisn when I ask him to fron t me a few oounces. Come to think of
it I really dont have any friends. Thank God for Beatles eh?
Next up, one of my all time faves, Lucy in the Sky. This is John at
his best. Nuff said. Theres a magic to his words that is more than poetic...its a glimpse into the mind of a genius, John Lennon. Now its
always heard to "know" what John means...But ITs been "rumored" Lucy in
the Sky "stands for" LSD. Some certainly feel so and the images John
creates may remind some of the delights of tripping...cellophane flowers...rockinghorse people...and of course my favorite marshmallow
pies. When I was a youngster lemme tell you I begged my mom to whip me
up marsmallow pies and take me to grammas so I could eat them on her
rocking chair. Anyways John says no its not about acid and that's
enough for me. End of friggin story. That said, I could go for some
nice acid, it would make experience that much nicer. That said, its
fine as it is! Its the Beatles innit? Prolly my fave moment of this
song is Ringo's drum fill before the chorus. Howd the heck did he do
it? It sounds damn near impossible...and Im sure drummers of the
future will still be woodshed there lives away trying to learn Ringo's
Now here comes Getting Better. Nice optimistic message. Nice contrast
between Pauls sunny deposition and John's more "sarcastic" side if you
will. This was before Yoko was there to cheer him up. Again superb
playing from Ringo and George. Prolly songs like this prolly had the
beatles "competition" (if there was such a thing, ya just cant compete
with the Beatles) Cream, Hendrix, the Who, ect., shaking in their
boots. Pop rock folk jazz psychedelic funk...the Beatles could do it
all. And they did.
Next up, She's Leaving Home. Nice change of pace. Nice slow tune with
cellos and stuff. Some rockbands would shy away from such orchestrial trappings but this lemme remind you is no ordinary rock band, its the Beatles. Now its also Quite a sad song about a woman who leaves her
parents, dont know why she did it, mebbe chasing after some man. Now
you might now be surprised to hear it b ut there was a time when a
woman would leave her parents home for me...at least for a few minutes!
:) These days the only home a woman would leave for me is a shelter.
Not that theres anything wrong with that. Guess we'll never know...but
the song's a real tear jerker. Some will say Paul is all sunny and
good cheer but make no mistake her could write a sad one when he felt
like it. And he did. All I can say is I hope the woman went back home
to visit the old folkes one and a while. They sound like they really
On comes Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite. One of John's songs...which
says all you need to know. Pure genius. Some say it reminds them of
being at a circus...and who doesnt remember sitting there laughing at
the clowns eating cotton candy as a kid...or as a 50 year old for that matter! :) Now some will say this song also is mebbe in some way about
drugs. Ever heard the expression "high as a kite?" Which is zactly
what I am at this moment.
Next up is Within You Without You. This one's by George so as youd
imagine its deep dark and mysterious...much like India itself. A very spiritual place. Anyways the song is within you (your soul) and
without you (your body). Some people just concentrate on the body.
They see a fat unemployed lazy person and think he's...well a fat lazy unemployed person. But thats just the body. George says look at the
soul. My body may be fat and lazy but my soul is posting to rec.music.beatleS!
Then Paul pops back in to brighten the mood with a cute liTtle ditty
When Im Sixty Four. Ya know its a kinda scary thought...Paul almost IS 64...and I aint to far behind. Wish I had someone to need me and feed
me at 53! :)
Next up is another Paul song Lovely Rita. Song's almost As lovely as
Rita is! Could use some nice John touches here and there tho...might
give it more of an edge. But its Paul and its Beatles and its good
enuff fer me! :)
Now comes John with Good Morning Good Morning. Wow. Genius. Folks I
ask. How did the Beatles do it? I dont know, no one ever will, but
having John is a big part of it! :) The world will never know. The
song is pure genius from beginning to end. Some will find it quite
eerie that the song starts with "nothing to do to save his life call
the wife in..." Cuz they couldnt save Johns life either and Im sure
they called Yoko in. Afterwards she saw him in the sky. Anyways maybe
John saw the future what would happen. Whos to say he couldnt. Also
This song as a real cool fadeout with Paul singing "Good morning good
morning ga"....and it gets quieter....then a chicken cries! And on
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (repise). Nice. Paul says "one
two three four"...Id rather hear Ringo say it. Hes the drummer after
all. Some may accuse Paul of showboating...but its still a nice repise.
You prolly thot the album was over. But you were wrong. Next up is
Day in the Life a number on everyones short list. Some nice piano
playing (prolly John) wonderful guitar (George) and earth shaking
drumming (Ringo of course :)...Then in comes Johns voice sounding quite eerie. Singing of events that may have happened or may not...it doesnt
matter what matters is the music. Some feel its Johns voice that makes
the song...others feel its Ringos drumming. I feel its both of them.
John and Ringo. Geniuses. And Paul and George aint zactly sloutches
Next up: Magical Mystery Tour! Thanks for reading!
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