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Re: Lennon's unfavorite Beatles album
« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2016, 12:56:49 AM »

Didn't John also not like Strawberry Fields?  I thought he said he wished he could have re-recorded it differently.  But I never learned what exactly he wanted to change about it.

Strawberry Fields Forever is actually one of his favorite Beatles songs, though I think it's true he was not very happy with the recording. But the song was very meaningful to him.

"Strawberry Fields is a real place. After I stopped living at Penny Lane, I moved in with my auntie who lived in the suburbs... not the poor slummy kind of image that was projected in all the Beatles stories. Near that home was Strawberry Fields, a house near a boys' reformatory where I used to go to garden parties as a kid with my friends Nigel and Pete. We always had fun at Strawberry Fields. So that's where I got the name. But I used it as an image. Strawberry Fields Forever. 'Living is easy with eyes closed. Misunderstanding all you see.' It still goes, doesn't it? Aren't I saying exactly the same thing now? The awareness apparently trying to be expressed is-- let's say in one way I was always hip. I was hip in kindergarten. I was different from the others. I was different all my life. The second verse goes, 'No one I think is in my tree.' Well, I was too shy and self-doubting. Nobody seems to be as hip as me is what I was saying. Therefore, I must be crazy or a genius-- 'I mean it must be high or low,' the next line. There was something wrong with me, I thought, because I seemed to see things other people didn't see. I thought I was crazy or an egomaniac for claiming to see things other people didn't see. I always was so psychic or intuitive or poetic or whatever you want to call it, that I was always seeing things in a hallucinatory way. Surrealism had a great effect on me, because then I realized that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity; that if it was insane, I belong in an exclusive club that sees the world in those terms. Surrealism to me is reality. Psychic vision to me is reality. Even as a child. When I looked at myself in the mirror or when I was 12, 13, I used to literally trance out into alpha. I didn't know what it was called then. I found out years later there is a name for those conditions. But I would find myself seeing hallucinatory images of my face changing and becoming cosmic and complete. It caused me to always be a rebel. This thing gave me a chip on the shoulder; but, on the other hand, I wanted to be loved and accepted. Part of me would like to be accepted by all facets of society and not be this loudmouthed lunatic musician. But I cannot be what I am not."


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Re: Lennon's unfavorite Beatles album
« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2016, 01:59:10 AM »

Didn't John also not like Strawberry Fields?  I thought he said he wished he could have re-recorded it differently.  But I never learned what exactly he wanted to change about it.

Thing with John, he'd never have been able to tell what he didn't like about it. Probably say he wanted it to sound more like an orange or something.
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Re: Lennon's unfavorite Beatles album
« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2016, 06:24:34 PM »

I didn't care much for Strawberry Fields when it first came out.  I thought it was inferior to Paul's flip side - Penny Lane.

But it's grown on me and I really like it a lot.  I can listen to Paul's Penny Lane once at a time but I can play Strawberry a few times successively and still enjoy it.

Deep song, isn't it?
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