#music, «Turn Me On Dead Man» (A Song for the Middle of the Week)

(Image: UCR Ultimate Classic Rock)

«Strawberry Fields Forever» has always been one of my fave Beatles songs. Why? Simply speaking, it’s a song that kicks bollocks for sure and at the end, when it gets jazzy, freaky and solid, John says, in this magical voice, «I buried Paul.» Doesn’t he? Have you heard it clearly, slowly and loud? Well, if you haven’t take a listen.

The Beatles released «Strawberry Fields Forever» in February 1967. John Lennon wrote the song (of course it is attributed to Lennon/McCartney) thinking of his childhood when he played in a playground called Strawberry Fields, which belonged to the Salvation Army in the outskirts of Liverpoo. Although the song was to be included in the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, it was instead released as a double A sided single with «Penny Lane» and later included in the EP Magical Mystery Tour in the United States.

A curious note that shows how The Beatles were always engaged in the search for an artistic aesthetic in their music is that in «Strawberry Fields Forever,» besides the use of the Mellotron (a primitive synthesiser), George plays a swarmandal, a special type of sitar used in Indian music with a capacity to play many notes. So, there you have it, some of my reasons why this kick arse song is and has always been one of my favourites.

Now for the strange phrase at the end, well, you tell me…


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  1. equipsblog dice:

    Wonderful backstory for the song. Thanks for providing it, Francisco.

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    1. A great song for sure! Thank you Pat! Glad you liked it.

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  2. One of my absolute favorite songs by them. To be fair, I really love all of their darkly-tinged works the best. Songs like this and «Eleanor Rigby» spring to mind. Thanks for the write-up. 💀

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    1. Yes, I like those too. Great choices. Thank you!

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  3. If I were to judge from this video, I would say that there was some jealousy, friction, and competition between band members, especially John and Paul. There is a hoax rumor that Paul died in a car accident and was replaced by a look-alike. And I believe it was started by John’s words at the end of this song. And I agree, I have always loved this song!

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    1. That’s an interesting take on the «Paul is dead» theme… Thank you Dawn.

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      1. Looking at the body language!

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      2. Good point Dawn…

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