The Beatles Lyrics
The Beatles lyrics consist of infectious statements, surreal 1960's imagery, and the vivid viewpoint of "The Fantastic Four" from Liverpool, England. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison were responsible for extraordinary lyrics, choruses and melodies that brought their British brilliance onto the airwaves of music lovers the world over. Enjoy these five excerpts of The Beatles' lyrics that showcase their gift for songwriting.
- "Eleanor Rigby" "Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been, lives in a dream, waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door, who is it for?" These dreamlike lyrics from The Beatles portray a lonely woman with romantic fantasies that haven't materialized. Her isolation is displayed by her keeping the rice from someone else's wedding, waiting by a window, and apparently practicing a happy face that she is saving for the man of her dreams. What makes these Beatles lyrics so melancholy is the fact that Eleanor Rigby appears happy but she has no one to share it with.
- "Strawberry Fields Forever" "Living 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." The psychedelic design of this song from The Beatles is apparent from the title. As you move through the lyrics, you begin to realize that it isn't about picking fruit on a farm. These lyrics have The Beatles addressing the debilitating power of ignorance. Avoiding to look at the problems around you might makes life appear simpler to deal with, but then nothing will change for the better.
- "Revolution" "You say you got a real solution, well you know, we'd all want to see the plan, you ask me for a contribution, well you know, We're all doing what we can, but if you want money for people with minds that hate, all I can tell you is brother you'll have to wait." The Beatles embark on the topic of revolution and how it isn't always the best way to evolve. Violence begets more violence, which adds continuity to a vicious cycle. These lyrics have The Beatles informing aggressive radicals that they won't contribute to fueling more hate into the world.
- "Baby You're A Rich Man" "How does it feel to be, one of the beautiful people? Now that you know who you are, what do you want to be?" Glamour and good looks aren't everything in life. These elements have an expiration date and can only take a person to a limited level of achievement. The Beatles make this known in their lyrics by asking the beautiful person "what do you want to be?"
- "With A Little Help From My Friends" "What would you think if I sang out of tune, would you stand up and walk out on me. Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song, and I'll try not to sing out of key." That special camaraderie that exists between friends allows them to often over look each other's flaws. No one is perfect, and as long as you aren't putting each other in dangerous situations - who cares if you sing out of tune? These lyrics from The Beatles showcase the comfort that comes from knowing, even when you fail, your friends will still make you feel like a winner.