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At number 5 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “In My Life”. This 1965 John Lennon composed song is one of my favourite Beatles songs of any period. It is the 4th track on the second side of their 1965 album Rubber Soul. It reflects a departure for Lennon, in that the song is more personal and introspective in an obvious and direct way than his previous songs. For me the song is simply perfect, Lennon at his best. In addition to being number 5 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs, “In My Life” is also ranked by them at number 23 in the 500 greatest songs (by anyone) of all time.

“In My Life” was recorded in October 1965 and was never released as a single, so came out with the release of Rubber Soul in December 1965. As I have commented before (but in case there are new readers of this blog), The Beatles rarely released album tracks as singles, and they tended to not include their already released on their albums. None of the tracks on Rubber Soul was released as a single in the Disunited Kingdom, although some were in other countries.

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At number 5 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “In My Life”

One of the beautiful features of “In My Life” is, for me, the exquisite ‘harpsichord’ sounding solo. In fact, it is a piano solo, sped up. George Martin, The Beatles’ producer, wrote a piece  of music for this song with Bach influences, but found that he could not get it to match the tempo of the song. So, he played it on a piano, then sped it up to match the song’s tempo, the resulting sped-up piano sounding more like a harpsichord. It adds to the majestic feel of this wonderful song.

There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

In my life I love you more

Here is a video of this beautiful song. Apologies if the link stops working, Beatles songs on YouTube are often removed for copyright reasons, but as of my writing this the link works.

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Today I thought I would post this gallery of Beatles photographs which I came across a few months ago. Judging from the appearance of the Beatles, I am guessing they were taken in 1965, during the Rubber Soul and Help! period. One of them appears to be a still from a scene in the movie Help! Enjoy……

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UPDATE: Unfortunately, to reduce my use of the allocated storage space for images, I have had to remove the gallery. This is what the gallery looked like.

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A screen capture of the gallery. I have had to remove the individual images to save space. Sorry!

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At number 43 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Drive My Car”. This is one of my favourite Beatles songs from this period, it is such a groovy track (to use a phrase from those times). “Drive My Car” is the opening track on The Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul, a superb album which I blogged about here, it is rated number 5 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.



At number 43 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is "Drive My Car".

At number 43 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Drive My Car”.



The song is a Paul McCartney composition, with a small but significant contribution from John Lennon who came up with the idea of the phrase drive my car as a sexual metaphor. “Drive My Car” shows Paul McCartney at his rocking best and his voice is great too; showing a raspiness and texture that you also hear in e.g. I’m Down”, the B-side of the 1965 single release of “Help”.


Asked a girl what she wanted to be
She said baby, “Can’t you see
I wanna be famous, a star on the screen
But you can do something in between”

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I love you

I told a girl that my prospects were good
And she said baby, “It’s understood
Working for peanuts is all very fine
But I can show you a better time”

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I love you
Beep beep’m beep beep yeah

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I love you

I told that girl I can start right away
And she said, “Listen baby I got something to say
I got no car and it’s breaking my heart
But I’ve found a driver and that’s a start”

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I love you
Beep beep’m beep beep yeah
Beep beep’m beep beep yeah
Beep beep’m beep beep yeah
Beep beep’m beep beep yeah (fade out)


Here is a video of this wonderful song. Enjoy!


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At number 23 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest songs of all time is “In My Life” by The Beatles. I have already blogged about this 1965 song here, but you can’t get too much of a good thing.



At number 30 in Rolling Stone Magazine's '500 Greatest Songs of all Time' is "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.

At number 23 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of all Time’ is “In My Life” by The Beatles.



This is one of my favourite John Lennon-composed Beatles songs, and is from their wonderful album Rubber Soul, an album which I blogged about here. It appears half-way through the second side of the album.


There are places I’ll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life, I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more
In my life– I love you more


Here is a video of this wonderful song. Enjoy!





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At number 2 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums is “Pet Sounds” by The Beach Boys. I remember the first list I ever saw of “the best albums” in The Observer newspaper back in the late 1970s when I was about 14 or 15. I remember that this album was either number 2 or number 3 in that list (with Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” being the other album which was either 2 or 3). Although I like the Beach Boys, I have to admit that I have never been much of a fan of this album. I just cannot get into it, groundbreaking though it may have been in its harmonies.



At number 2 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums is "Pet Sounds" by The Beach Boys.

At number 2 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums is “Pet Sounds” by The Beach Boys.



There are four songs I like very much on this album, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?”, “Sloop John B”, “God Only Knows” (which I blogged about here) and “Caroline, No”, but I am not much of a fan of most of the others. I can’t explain it, as I appreciate the harmonies in the songs, and the complex musical arrangements, but for some reason these other songs just don’t do it for me. I feel I should like this album more as it is so highly rated, but there you go, I don’t.

I have already shared “God Only Knows”, so today I thought I would share “Sloop John B”. For some reason, this song became the default song for rugby teams when I was in my teens; so any away match we played, we would sing this on the bus both going and coming back. What a dubious honour for a song!


We come on the Sloop John B
My grandfather and me
Around Nassau town we did roam
Drinking all night
Got into a fight
Well I feel so broke up
I want to go home

So hoist up the John B’s sail
See how the main sail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I want to go home, yeah yeah
Well I feel so broke up
I want to go home

The first mate he got drunk
And broke in the Cap’n’s trunk
The constable had to come and take him away
Sheriff John Stone
Why don’t you leave me alone, yeah yeah
Well I feel so broke up, I want to go home

So hoist up the John B’s sail
See how the main sail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I want to go home, let me go home
Why don’t you let me go home
(Hoist up the John B’s sail)
Hoist up the John B
I feel so broke up I want to go home
Let me go home

The poor cook he caught the fits
And threw away all my grits
And then he took and he ate up all of my corn
Let me go home
Why don’t they let me go home
This is the worst trip I’ve ever been on

So hoist up the John B’s sail
See how the main sail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I want to go home, let me go home
Why don’t you let me go home


Here is a video of “Sloop John B”. Enjoy!






Which is your favourite song on “Pet Sounds”?

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On this day in 1980 John Lennon was gunned down in front of his apartment in New York City.



John Lennon in 1965, the year "In My Life" was recorded.

John Lennon in 1965, the year “In My Life” was recorded.



Here is one of his more beautiful songs, “In My Life” from the 1965 album Rubber Soul.


(Words & music by Lennon & McCartney)

There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
In my life I love you more


John – you’re missed 😦





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