Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever – The epitome of Psychedelic Sixties Britain – Lyrics that mean something

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The Beatles were amazing. We forget how good they were. It is quite usual now for them to be slagged off or side-lined. But they were exceptional and there has been nothing so phenomenal again. Their popularity sets them up to be knocked down.They reinvented themselves from a great Rock/Pop band into a real inventive, innovative Rock Band at the forefront of the British Underground. They never followed; they led. Whether it was electronic, Indian, poetry, tape-loops, backward tapes, different formats, instruments or sounds. They were at the forefront.

In the States we had the West Coast Acid Rock Scene. In London we had the Psychedelic Underground. They would both check out what the other was doing. The Beatles were always hip.

Strawberry Fields Forever was a Psychedelic masterpiece. It should have been on the Sgt Peppers album but was merely put out as a single. Most people thought it was all Lennon’s nonsense words – He was good at nonsense words. When you look at the lyrics there are lots of meaning in them.

We are used to hearing the full range now. Back in the sixties it was all new. I remember hearing it for the first time. There had been nothing like it! It was completely new.

“Strawberry Fields Forever”

Let me take you down, cos I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields foreverLiving is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out
It doesn’t matter much to me
Let me take you down, cos I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

No one I think is in my tree
I mean it must be high or low
That is you can’t you know tune in but it’s all right
That is I think it’s not too bad
Let me take you down, cos I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

Always, no sometimes, think it’s me
But you know I know when it’s a dream
I think I know I mean a “Yes” but it’s all wrong
That is I think I disagree
Let me take you down, cos I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever
Strawberry Fields forever
Strawberry Fields forever

4 thoughts on “Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever – The epitome of Psychedelic Sixties Britain – Lyrics that mean something

  1. I agree Opher. I heard ‘Across the Universe’ for the first time in a long while just recently and was amazed how good it was. Although I never saw them live, and I suspect I might have been disappointed with all the screaming had I done so, I had their complete UK output on reel-to-reel at one point, plus all of the later records on vinyl. The ‘From me to you’ EP was the first record I owned. I think I’ve still got it somewhere amongst my late fathers records πŸ™‚

    1. I was thirteen when Please Please Me came out. It changed my life. I remember rushing out to buy every single, EP and LP on the day of release with great excitement. The thing was that they never played safe. Each new song was different. They didn’t just churn out stuff to a formula and take the money. There was real care, craft and innovation. They went from strength to strength. I loved it all! They stood for a new age!

    2. My first shop-bought single was Apache by the shadows (I bought some Buddy Holly and Adam Faith singles from a friend cheap before that). My first LP was also a Shadows one.

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