This album has always struck a chord with me, unlike any other album ever produced.
Why is this? Everything seems to flow perfectly in this album. There is something about the progression that gives me chills, because I can relate to it on so many levels.
I think the entire Sgt. Pepper album has to do with life/death and/or the psychedelic experience. The beginning is very "in this reality," but as it goes on, there are revelations and insights. Each song is perfectly placed.
Caught in the illusions "reality," led astray from the truth:
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
With A Little Help From My Friends
Trip begins, things start to seem new:
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
Fixing a Hole
Peak is coming, life will never be the same:
She's Leaving Home
"She's Leaving Home" is such an amazing song..
The beginning has to do with birth ("as the day begins") in my opinion. By the end of the song she's "leaving home," or leaving the material/superficial world her parents have brought her up in for "truth." Although her parents are good, they are misled. She realizes this and starts a new path on her spiritual journey. They think she's crazy, but in reality she's simply found the truth. Even though leaving this reality can be hard because it is familiar and comforting, it must be done to find the ultimate truth, because the illusions of "reality" hide the truth. And once you find that truth, you'll find comfort there. "Fun was the one thing that money can't buy."
Peak of trip (and album):
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
Moments after peak, thinking and reflecting about life:
Within You, Without You
I get chills when I listen to this song, regardless of situation. George wrote this song, and he really tells it how it is. This song is so blatantly truthful, and it makes perfect sense in the context of the present situation. Ponder the lyrics.
Trip levels off, positive mindset:
When I'm Sixty-Four
The tripper becomes a new person, they have found "truth" or woken up:
Good Morning, Good Morning
Tripper thinks about life before revelation (looking back on 1st song):
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Tripper now realizes "truth," it is both beautiful and frightening, but most of all it is jaw-dropping/amazing/fascinating/perfect.. they have found themselves and "God" - they see life in an entirely new way:
A Day in the Life
Everyday is unique and wonderful.
The very last lyrics sum it all up - life is life:
"never could be any other way"
Also the noise that happens before the "never could be any other way" part can only be heard when someone is young. It is too high pitched for adults to hear. This lends a certain beauty to the idea that there are certain things you can only see when you're young.
It seems as though people connect with this album so well, because they are subconsciously and consciously always thinking about life/death, aging, their youth, etc. .. so Beatles music in general strikes a chord with many, because it talks about such fundamental concerns, worries, musings, etc.
What do you think? Does this interpretation resonate with you? Please don't hesitate to share your opinions! (heart2)