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At number 18 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Tomorrow Never Knows”, the last track on their 1966 Revolver album. This song is pure John Lennon. It is, in my opinion, a simply stunning song, and one of my favourite Beatles songs. It has all kinds of weird effects which would become a staple of so many other bands’ music over the next few years. One could argue that “Tomorrow Never Knows” is the first psychedelic track, fuelled by Lennon’s frequent tripping on LSD. It gave a hint of what was to come from the Beatles in 1967.

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At number 18 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Tomorrow Never Knows”

Lennon did all kinds of trickery in this song, with the help of their producer George Martin. There are backwards loops of music, droning-type sound effects, and part of the inspiration for this song was Tibetan chanting. It is one  of the most “ahead of its time” pieces of music that I can think of.

Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream
It is not dying, it is not dying

Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void
It is shining, it is shining

Yet you may see the meaning of within
It is being, it is being

Love is all and love is everyone
It is knowing, it is knowing…

… that ignorance and hates may mourn the dead
It is believing, it is believing

But listen to the colour of your dreams
It is not living, it is not living

So play the game “Existence” to the end…
… Of the beginning, of the beginning
Of the beginning, of the beginning
Of the beginning, of the beginning
Of the beginning, of the beginning

Here is a video of this stunning song. I hope the link stays working for a while. Enjoy!

Which is your favourite song on Revolver?

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At number 22 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Eleanor Rigby”. This Paul McCartney composition was recorded in April and June 1966, and released on 5 August 1966 as a double A-side single with “Yellow Submarine”. It is also the the second track on the first side of my favourite Beatles album, Revolver. In fact, in the Disunited Kingdom the single “Eleanor Rigby”/”Yellow Submarine” was released on the same day as Revolver, but in the USA Revolver was released 3 days after the single, on 8 August.

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At number 22 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Eleanor Rigby”.

“Eleanor Rigby” is an exquisite song, certainly one of my favourite Paul McCartney songs. The lyrics are beautiful and haunting, and the use of  a double string quartet showed that the band were evolving beyond the confines of a normal “pop” group, with just a guitar-based sound. The musical arrangement was done by George Martin, the Beatles’ producer.

Ah look at all the lonely people
Ah look at all the lonely people

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

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

Father McKenzie, writing the words
Of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near
Look at him working, darning his socks
In the night when there’s nobody there
What does he care

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

Ah look at all the lonely people
Ah look at all the lonely people

Eleanor Rigby, died in the church
And was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father McKenzie, wiping the dirt
From his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

It seems that all the postings of the original Beatles version of “Eleanor Rigby” have been removed from YouTube. I have found this video of the song, which is from the opening sequences of the animated movie Yellow Submarine, but it may get removed.

http://en.musicplayon.com/play?v=556898

You can also find the song on most of the streaming services. Enjoy!

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Today I thought I would start a count down of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 greatest Beatles songs. I have decided not to count down the whole 100, as if I do one of the songs in the list once a week it is going to take two years! So, I will do the top 50, which is till going to take a year.

Starting at number 50 is “Got To Get You Into My Life”. This Paul McCartney song is off the Beatles’ 1966 album <em"Revolver, which I blogged about here. The song is a bit of a homage to Motown, with a very colourful brass section and upbeat tempo typical of the Motown hits of the day.



At number 50 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is "Got To Get You Into My Life".

At number 50 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Got To Get You Into My Life”.




I was alone, I took a ride
I didn’t know what I would find there
Another road where maybe I could see another kind of mind there

Ooh, then I suddenly see you
Ooh, did I tell you I need you
Every single day of my life

You didn’t run, you didn’t lie
You knew I wanted just to hold you
And had you gone you knew in time we’d meet again
For I had told you

Ooh, you were meant to be near me
Ooh, and I want you hear me
Say we’ll be together every day

Got to get you into my life

What can I do, what can I be
When I’m with you I want to stay there
If I’m true I’ll never leave
And if I do I know the way there

Ooh, then I suddenly see you
Ooh, did I tell you I need you
Every single day of my life

Got to get you into my life
Got to get you into my life

I was alone, I took a ride
I didn’t know what I would find there
Another road where maybe I could see another kind of mind there

Then suddenly I see you
Did I tell you I need you
Every single day?


Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!





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