At number 28 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest songs of all time is “A Day in the Life” by The Beatles. This song ends the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” album which, as I blogged about here, is consistently rated the best album of all time.
This is a remarkable song, and one of my favourite Beatles songs. Lennon took much of the lyrics from newspaper articles, so the reference to “4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire” was, in fact, a story about potholes in the roads in that part of England! The song’s climax is the build-up of orchestral instruments all playing from low notes to high notes, and then a long piano note to end it all, which slowly fades into silence. The song is a masterpiece, simple as that.
Although I’ve shared a video of this song before, here it is again, as you can’t get too much of a good thing! Enjoy!