My name is Caimh McDonnell and I'm a long time Beatles fan although this is my first post on this fantastic site. I'm looking for help from the Beatles fan community with a problem I have.
I'm a writer/performer and I'm bringing a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005 called "A brief history of the future". It's basically a light hearted look at mankinds obsession with the future and predicting it. Part of it will deal with the predictions of Nostradamus. Now, while everyone has heard of him not everyone realises that Nostradamus gave all his predictions in the form of four line poems. These have then been enterpreted by many different peoples in many different ways.
So what's all that got to do with the Beatles you ask? Well, personally I'm not a great believer in Nostradamus, although obviously I respect anyone's right to believe in whatever they like. I've made the bet though that I'm sure I could find some of Beatles lyrics that could be seen to "predict the future". Just to be clear, I'm clearly not suggesting that's what they tried to do, I'm merely using The Beatles to illustrate the point on how easy it is to interpret things after the fact.
So, essentially what I'm looking for is any lyrics, either from the Beatles as a group or from solo work, that were written before any significant event occured that could be interpreted as a prediction after the fact. If anyone has any ideas I'd really appreciate hearing from you. Obviously I've no intention of in any way poking fun at The Beatles through this.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post, I hope you can help.