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Strawberry Fields Forever: John Lennon Song

Updated on November 7, 2013

John Lennon Writes "Strawberry Fields Forever"

Rolling Stone Magazine cited John Lennon as saying he often considered "Strawberry Fields Forever" his greatest accomplishment with the Beatles. (posted on Rolling Stone's online News Blog on December 9, 2004). ~ This lens is about John Lennon's song "Strawberry Fields Forever," about the meaning behind the words, the complex musical structure, the influence the song had on fellow musicians, and the mass hysteria caused by the "I buried Paul" rumor following the release of the album in 1967.

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Strawberry Fields Forever

WHERE THE NAME OF THE SONG CAME FROM

"Strawberry Fields Forever" was written by John Lennon in 1966, and was named after the Strawberry Field orphanage, where he would play on the grounds as a boy.

It was a large Victorian building run by the Salvation Army

and located on Beaconsfield Road in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, England. John grew up near the orphanage and he loved to play in the woodlands behind it.

All that is left of the Strawberry Field orphanage today is this gate.

John Lennon's Response to his Mother & Aunt

"IT'S NOTHING TO GET HUNG ABOUT. STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER."

Both John's mother and his aunt disapproved of his involvement with the kids at the Strawberry Fields Orphanage, thinking they were wild and would be a bad influence on John. Often, when he was about to go out of the house, his aunt or mother would ask him where he was going. John would reply: "It's nothing to get hung about." That is how the phrase in the song came about.

John Lennon was raised mostly by his mother and later his aunt.

This is where John lived with his Aunt Mimi in Woolton, England. John's bedroom was above the front door.

Photo courtesy Geoff Penn from Flickr under Creative Commons license

In the famous 1980 Playboy interview with John Lennon & Yoko Ono, John says: "Strawberry Fields is a real place. After I stopped living at Penny Lane, I moved in with my auntie who lived in the suburbs in a nice semi-detached place with a small garden and doctors and lawyers and that ilk living around... not the poor slummy kind of image that was projected in all the Beatles stories. In the class system, it was about half a class higher than Paul, George and Ringo, who lived in government-subsidized housing. We owned our house and had a garden. They didn't have anything like that."

"Near that home was Strawberry Fields, a house near a boys' reformatory where I used to go to garden parties as a kid with my friends Nigel and Pete we would go there and hang out and sell lemonade bottles for a penny. We always had fun at Strawberry Fields. So that's where I got the name. But I used it as an image. 'Strawberry Fields forever.'"

John goes on to say: "I was different all my life. The second verse goes, 'No one I think is in my tree.' Well, I was too shy and self-doubting. Nobody seems to be as hip as me is what I was saying. Therefore, I must be crazy or a genius-'I mean it must be high or low'" and explaining that the song was 'psycho-analysis set to music.'"

"I thought I was crazy or an egomaniac for claiming to see things other people didn't see. I always was so psychic or intuitive or poetic or whatever you want to call it, that I was always seeing things in a hallucinatory way."

"Surrealism had a great effect on me, because then I realized that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity; that if it was insane, I belong in an exclusive club that sees the world in those terms."

"Surrealism to me is reality. Psychic vision to me is reality. Even as a child. When I looked at myself in the mirror or when I was 12, 13, I used to literally trance out into alpha. I didn't know what it was called then. I found out years later there is a name for those conditions. But I would find myself seeing hallucinatory images of my face changing and becoming cosmic and complete."

"It caused me to always be a rebel. This thing gave me a chip on the shoulder; but, on the other hand, I wanted to be loved and accepted. Part of me would like to be accepted by all facets of society and not be this loudmouthed lunatic musician. But I cannot be what I am not."

"Paul is Dead" ??!

WAS IT A RUMOR OR WAS IT A FACT??!

The fourth verse of "Strawberry Fields Forever" fades out and fades in again with dissonant melodies and with John Lennon saying "cranberry sauce" - although world over, many people instead heard the controversial words "I buried Paul." Many fans feared that Paul had died. Suddenly a rumor was born - & THIS ONE SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE!

The media was more than willing to support the hysteria and even the most conservative newspapers followed suit, adding fuel to the fire.

Paul McCartney went on television to show the world that he was very much alive. However, the rumors were well underway by then and although a large number of people gave a heavy sigh of relief, others believed the Beatles had found a look-alike to fill in for Paul and it wasn't really Paul they were watching on TV.

Suddenly the rumors took a new direction and proof of Paul's death was to be "found" in the symbolism of the Beatles album cover art and by playing certain phrases backwards. The year was 1967. Somehow listening to music backwards didn't seem that out of the ordinary.

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For years the source of the rumor was a great mystery. Because of it, the Beatles sold more records than ever before.

A number of people thought the Beatles or the record company started the rumor. Others speculated it was because of a car accident Paul was involved in a few days before. Some people also believed that the rumor started over the radio.

Finally, Russ Gibb, a DJ for Detroit's underground station WKNR-FM, spoke up. He said the rumor started when he aired a call from an Eastern Michigan University student who pointed out that at the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever," John Lennon says "I buried Paul." The student also said that when the song "Revolution 9" is played backwards, you can clearly hear "Turn me on, dead man." The DJ said he played both songs over the radio and the phone lines instantly went crazy. Russ Gibb confessed that he took it from there, and the press jumped in wholeheartedly.


For more information, please see 'Paul Is Dead' Hoax.

"Turn Me On, Dead Man: The Beatles and the "Paul Is Dead" Hoax" - by: Andru J. Reeve (paperback)

Turn Me On, Dead Man: The Beatles and the "Paul Is Dead" Hoax
Turn Me On, Dead Man: The Beatles and the "Paul Is Dead" Hoax

Editorial Reviews from Amazon In the fall of 1969, the story seemed to come out of nowhere. Was Beatle Paul McCartney dead? This was no ordinary death rumor. It was believed that McCartney had died years earlier and been replaced by a lookalike. What's more, the surviving Beatles were thought to have planted "clues" to his death on their record albums. "Paul-Is-Dead" mania swept the United States as people attempted to solve the riddle of Paul's alleged demise. How did all of this happen? Beatles scholar and journalist Andru J Reeve has gotten to the bottom of this intrigue. After years of research, Reeve has assembled TURN ME ON, DEAD MAN to tell the strangest tale ever in the history of rock 'n' roll.

 

"I Buried Paul" ?!

Articles appeared in the New York Times, the London Times, Washington Post, Billboard, Time Magazine & Variety, all asking the questions:

"Was Paul Really Dead?"

"Why would the Beatles Keep Paul's Death a Secret?

In 1974 Paul McCartney said, "That wasn't 'I buried Paul' at all. That was John saying 'cranberry sauce'. It was the end of 'Strawberry Fields.' That's John's humor."


This rare and early fab photo of Paul McCartney and John Lennon is hanging on the wall of a bar in Clarion, PA.

Photograph from Flickr

John & Paul: Nostalgia for Childhood in Liverpool

JOHN LENNON & PAUL McCARTNEY

John Lennon and Paul McCartney shared a common nostalgia for their childhood years in and around Liverpool, England. Although both are credited with the writing of "Strawberry Fields Forever" & "Penny Lane," actually it was John Lennon who wrote the former, while Paul McCartney wrote "Penny Lane."

"Strawberry Fields Forever" was originally recorded in 1967 for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, but it was instead released in the USA as a single, backed with Paul McCartney's "Penny Lane." It was later included in the album "Magical Mystery Tour" (1967).

The Musical Structure of "Strawberry Fields Forever"

UNITING TWO DIVERSE VERSIONS OF THE SONG; INTRO. OF THE INSTRUMENTS

TWO VERSIONS OF THE SONG

There were actually two versions of "Strawberry Fields Forever." One version was light and slow, while the other version was quite intense. John decided he liked both versions equally but because they were so complicated, there was no way to re-record so John asked Producer George Martin to splice the two versions together.

At first glance, this seemed impossible because they were in completely different keys and tempos, and yet with a stroke of genius, George Martin pulled it off. Working with engineer Geoff Emerick, they devised a plan to speed up the first version and slow down the second, creating a smooth transition which enabled them to fully realize their artistic potential.

TWO UNUSUAL INSTRUMENTS WERE ADDED

One of the instruments used in Strawberry Fields was a keyboard instrument called the Mellotron. The keyboard triggered tape loops containing string, brass, voice and other assorted sounds, and has been described as 70 tape-recorders in a box.

If you would like to know more about the Mellotron, please click here: Rebirth of the Cool: Mellotron and Mellotron, Mellotron VST & Samples.

George Harrison brought in an exotic indian instrument called a Swordmandel (Swarmandela), which was similar to a harp. This was used as a transition at several points in the sound tract.

The final version included other effects as well such as tape loops, backwards cymbals and heavy use of compression and equalization.

More on the Musical Strucure - from Wikipedia

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER MUSICAL STRUCTURE

This section is quoted from Wikipedia. For those of you who are not interested in the technical aspects, please skip to the following module.

"The song is written in the key of B-flat major. It begins with an introduction written by Paul McCartney, who played it on a mellotron keyboard, and then continues to the refrain. A half-measure complicates the meter of the verses, as well as the fact that the vocals begin in the middle of the first measure. The first verse comes after the refrain, and is eight measures long. The verse starts with an F major chord, which "deceptively" turns into a G minor (vi). According to the musicologist Alan Pollack, the "approach-avoidance tactic" is encountered in the verse, as the V chord never resolves into an I chord directly as expected. Instead, at the end of the verse, the V chord turns into an I chord after passing through the E-flat major (IV) chord."

"In the middle of the second chorus, the 'funereal brass' is introduced, stressing the ominous lyrics. After three verses and four refrains, the line "Strawberry Fields Forever" is repeated three times, and the song fades out with a guitar, cello, and an Indian stringed instrument known as a swarmandal. After a few seconds, the song fades back in to the mellotron playing dissonant notes, scattered drumming, and John Lennon saying, 'cranberry sauce.'"

from Wikipedia

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For those of you interested in reading more on the technical aspects of this complex recording, this paper by Joseph Brennan goes into it at detail: Strawberry Fields Forever: Putting Together the Pieces.

Let me take you down 'cause I'm going to strawberry fields,

Nothing is real, and nothing to get hung about.

Strawberry fields forever...

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.

It's getting hard to be someone, but it all works out.

It doesn't matter much to me.

Let me take you down 'cause I'm going to strawberry fields,

Nothing is real, and nothing to get hung about.

Strawberry fields forever...

No one, I think, is in my tree. I mean, it must be high or low.

That is, you can't, you know, tune in, but it's all right.

That is, I think it's not too bad.

Let me take you down 'cause I'm going to strawberry fields,

Nothing is real, and nothing to get hung about.

Strawberry fields forever...

Always, no, sometimes think it's me, but you know I know when it's a dream.

I think er, no, I mean, er, yes, but it's all wrong.

That is, I think I disagree.

Let me take you down 'cause I'm going to strawberry fields, Nothing is real, and nothing to get hung about.

Strawberry fields forever

Strawberry fields forever

Strawberry fields forever

Strawberry Fields Forever - Sung by The Beatles

HOW MANY OF YOU WITNESSED OR READ ABOUT THE "PAUL IS DEAD" RUMOR?

The year was 1967. It was called "the most elaborate pop hoax in history" and it generated an astounding amount of rumors, conjectures and deductions for the Beatles.

It all began in 1967 when a DJ in Detroit aired a call from a student named "Tom" who said Paul was dead and proof was to be found at the end of the song "Strawberry Fields Forever." The telephone lines went crazy. The fans were hysterical and the media frenzy began.


Have you heard about the "John Is Dead" controversy before?



Rumor, Joke or Conspiracy Theory?

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MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR - AND THE SONG THAT STARTED IT ALL

Magical Mystery Tour
Magical Mystery Tour

This album features John Lennon's "Strawberry Fields Forever." It's a GREAT album. Every song on it could have been a hit single. Songs include: Strawberry Fields Forever, I Am the Walrus, Penny Lane, All You Need is Love

 

Miscellaneous Facts about "Strawberry Fields Forever"

THE SONG SHOOK UP HIS CONTEMPORARIES AND RAISED THE ANTE

Brian Wilson of the "Beach Boys" was driving his car when "Strawberry Fields Forever" came on the radio: He pulled his car over to the side to listen closely to the song. The passenger who was riding with him reported that when the song was over, Brian shook his head and he said, "They already did it. They already did what I wanted to do."


Mark Lindsay, singer/saxophonist of the successful group "Paul Revere & The Raiders" heard the song on the radio, bought it, and then listened to it at home with his producer at the time, Terry Melcher. When the song ended, Lindsay remarked: "With that single, The Beatles have raised the ante. What are we going to do now?"


Rolling Stone Magazine cited John Lennon as saying he often considered "Strawberry Fields Forever" his greatest accomplishment with the Beatles. (posted on Rolling Stone's online News Blog on December 9, 2004).


There were two versions of "Strawberry Fields Forever," which producer George Martin edited together using variable speeds to make the final version.


There was a "Strawberry Fields Forever" video in the works that was supposed to be something of a sequel to "Yellow Submarine" but it was abandoned when it was about 3/4 complete.


In 1990, British dance group "Candy Flip" recorded an electronic version of Strawberry Fields Forever. It was a major hit in the UK and the USA. Their version can be found here.


Michael Jackson had owned the rights the Beatles' music, but a couple of years before his death, he put up the Beatles' Catalog as collateral to borrow against. Technically the Beatles' catalog is now owned by the estate of Michael Jackson, Sony and Barclays, Jackson's biggest creditor.


eonline has this to say: "It could very well be years before anyone figures out what exactly Michael Jackson owned, owed and bequeathed-other than a big old tangle of drama." In other words, it's currently a real mess.

The Beatles' Complete Studio Albums

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

June 1, 1967

Editorial Reviews from Amazon

Before Sgt. Pepper, no one seriously thought of rock music as actual art. That all changed in 1967, though, when John, Paul, George and Ringo (with "A Little Help" from their friend, producer George Martin) created an undeniable work of art which remains, after 30-plus years, one of the most influential albums of all time.

 
Yellow Submarine (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Yellow Submarine (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

November 13, 1968

Soundtrack from the original motion picture

 
Abbey Road
Abbey Road

September 26, 1969

Editorial Reviews from Amazon

The Beatles' last days as a band were as productive as any major pop phenomenon that was about to split. After recording the ragged-but-right Let It Be, the group held on for this ambitious effort, an album that was to become their best-selling. --Rickey Wright

 
Magical Mystery Tour
Magical Mystery Tour

Every song on "Magical Mystery Tour" could have been a hit single. Songs include: Strawberry Fields Forever, I Am the Walrus, Penny Lane, All You Need is Love

 

Our John Lennon Book Selections - READING MATERIAL ABOUT THIS GREAT MAN

Various Recordings & Singers - STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER & OTHER SONGS

Beatle John Lennon with second cousins from Levin (from left; Susan, Helen & Mark Parker),

23 June 1964, Evening Post staff photographer

Ref.#: EP/1964/2089-F, B&W original negative,Dominion Post Collection

Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

• Left to Right: John Lennon and George Harrison

• Regarding their jackets, the Beatles started the fashion craze in the USA for Nehru jackets and Nehru shirts in the late 60's and early 70's.

• Are they wearing makeup for the stage and/or television? George looks like he has it on but probably both of them do.

Art Session: John Lennon | Paul McCartney | George Harrison

The Beatles - BOOKS ABOUT THE BEATLES: JOHN LENNON, PAUL McCARTNEY, GEORGE HARRISON & RINGO STARR

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very beautiful lens...I love John Lennon and all his work !

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      Very nice lens indeed! Pinned onto my board "Music I love."

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      @JMaltman: I love your comment about your 2.5 featuring "Strawberry Fields" in their "10 Best Beatles Songs" lens. I'll have to look for that one and add a link! :)

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      A huge "Thank You!" to KimGiancaterino, JMaltman and Close2Art!

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      @Close2Art LM: "I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier" has been added to the list. Please vote for it. And thanks for your awesome feedback and for suggesting it!

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      Lots of cool information I had no idea about, he said cranberry sauce..."I Don't Want To Be A Soldier" should be in his top songs, in my opinion, let me know what you think.great lens!!!!..:)rwjr

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      JMaltman 6 years ago

      Fantastic job! And the song transcends generations: my son featured it in his 10 Best Beatles Songs lens, and he's only 2.5

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      Wow ... what can I say? This is a beautiful tribute. I really enjoyed learning more about the Beatles and the story behind the song.

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      @godinhora: "Stand by Me" has been added.

      From Wikipedia: ""Stand by Me" is the title of a song originally performed by Ben E. King and written by him, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller, based on the spiritual "Lord Stand by Me, plus two lines rooted in Psalms 46:2-3. There have been over 400 recorded versions of "Stand by Me", including versions by John Lennon, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, and Elton John.

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      Thank you all so much! I appreciate your feedback!

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      A great lens. Being a BEATLE fan I'm always looking for something I forgot or didn't know. I love this history

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      Create content, my best is Stand by me...

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      Awesome lens, this one rocks and does make us feel like we can connect in some form

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      Deborah Swain 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      remembering john lennon on the 30th anniversary of his death. a great tribute lens!

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      whatisyourstory 7 years ago

      Congrats on an entertaining & informative lens. It was nice to have the biographical info neatly detailed on a well designed webpage .

      Here is a url link to a copy of a 3 Act Play, titled "Strawberry Fields"

      http://fairusefiction.blogspot.com/

      The play is about the Afterlife adventures of John Lennon. You may find it an interesting read.

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      Richard 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Wonderful tribute to John Lennon and his talent!

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      NarrowPathPubli 7 years ago

      I love John Lennon! I wrote a lens about him too, but I'm always looking for stuff to enhance my enjoyment of his music and understanding of his life. The photos are especially a nice touch.

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      kt_glasses 7 years ago

      I love the song and I love Beatles! Awesome lens!

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      TriviaChamp 7 years ago

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      Beautifully constructed lens. Blessed today by a Squid Angel and featured on my "Being a Squid Angel" lensography.

      Lensrolled to my "Beatles Get Covered A Lot" lens, too.

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      nelabai 7 years ago

      one of the greatest music artists of all time :) !

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      AppalachianCoun 7 years ago

      Very complete lens! Full of info and great pictures. 5* and Favorite

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      I love this lens, love John Lennon and love this song. Very good job putting this lens together!! "Blessed by a SquidAngel"

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      EveStock 8 years ago

      great lens, thanks for sharing.

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      amandascloset0 8 years ago

      Great lens! 5 stars! Very informative. Never knew there was this much history directly related to the song Strawberry Fields. I've also lensrolled this to my "Remembering Music of the 1960s" lens.

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      It's so pink! Nice lens :)

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      pyngthyngs 8 years ago

      Awesome lens!!

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      Sam 8 years ago from Australia

      I love John Lennon, hes still one of the greatest artist to date in my opinion, lovely lens. :)

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      Oosquid 8 years ago

      Great song, great musician, great lens, 5 stars.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Incredible lens! Strawberry Fields is my favorite Beatles song by far. I'm lensrolling this to my Beatles posters lens.

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      The story about Strawberry Fields made a wonderful lens. Good Job! John was always my favorite during their whole career as the Beatles. I so wish we could have had more stories about him.

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      I like the song "Imagine" and then "Hey Jude". Great lens!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      What an excellent lens. I never knew the story beyond the song.

      Thanks for writing about it.

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      Amazing 5* lens. When Join died is one of those days that lives in the memory as does his music.

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      Aquavel 8 years ago

      Ann, I know how you feel! Thank you so much for writing. And thanks also to Heather426, ratso, 3dMooNMaN, and ElizabethJeanAllen.

      I'm lighting a special Christmas candle for John.

      Thanks to Everyone and Merry Christmas!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Merry Christmas from the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.

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      AnnRadley 8 years ago

      Rich and complex lens. I adored John Lennon, remember receiving the news of his death. Still feel the pang. I love his small books of nonsensical writings. I used to own 2 of them, but am not sure where they are now. I loved his sense of humor. Great lens! *****

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      Heather Burns 9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Awesome lens, 5*

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      ratso 9 years ago

      An excellent and informative lens of one of my favorite musicians. 5*

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      3dMooNMaN 9 years ago

      4 lens rolls and a Planet of Strawberries !

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      Aquavel 9 years ago

      Thanks RichenChodron, Cinetech, flipflopnana, enslavedbyfaeries, Shery, Michelle, Maarten, Elizabeth, for your support and wonderful feedback. It is truly appreciated!

      3dMooNMaN asked: "Have I been to Strawberry Fields?" hmmm... How shall I answer?

      I haven't been to the physical Strawberry Field in London but I have my own version as I know you do. I'm not always in touch with it these days.

      ~I've been to the "Strawberry Fields" Memorial site in NYC since I lived very close to it back then. I lived in an apartment building close to where John & Yoko lived on West 72nd Street at the time John was killed. I heard shots, the commotion, screams and frenzy and felt the horror. A cousin witnessed it from her kitchen window in the Dakota, which overlooked the garden & fountain area and looked out toward the front gate where John was killed.

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      3dMooNMaN 9 years ago

      I was sitting here reading all this the I looked to the right and it was AQUAVEL !

      This is a Fantastic lens ! Have you been to Strawberry Fields ? John said nothing was real.... However it was all so real. Nothing is real is real. That is what John was saying but most just don't see it. Inside of the White Album you will find a new nothing. Flip it over and you will find a new real every time you flip it.. it will change to a new real. Almost all of us hope we don't flip it and it becomes nothing.

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      What I trip, I loved it, the time and effort you put into this, really shows! Well done! - Kathy

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 9 years ago from FL

      What a wonderful lens. 5*

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      RinchenChodron 9 years ago

      This lens took me way back! Down memory lane. The 60s were a trip! Thanks - extraordinary lens *****

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      John Parr 9 years ago from Montreal

      I really liked your lens, learned few thing I didn't know. Cheers

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      Wow, very nicely done. Love it!!

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      SherryHolderHunt 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! 5*s and faved, also rolling it to my Carl Perkins lens. I can remember several times that members of the Beatles came to Jackson, Tn to visit Carl, they were fans of his music.

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      michelledurakis 9 years ago

      What A fun lens so colorful. Great lens on lennon.

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      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group

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      OMG What an amazin lens! 5 Starts for the whole thing and thanks for all the fun trivia!

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      Aquavel 9 years ago

      [in reply to Merre] Exactly Merre.

      Here are my notes about the Abbey Road album re clues to Paul's "death." (Strawberry Fields Forever held clues, as did Magical Mystery Tour, Sgt. Pepper, etc.)

      a) Paul's eyes are closed & he's barefoot. Both are supposedly indicative of Paul being dead. b) There's either an ambulance or "morgue car" parked down the street. c) Paul is out of step with the others. Paul is leading with his right foot. The other Beatles have their left foot forward. d) There's a VW "beetle" parked on the street. The license plate says "28IF" and Paul would have been 28 when the album was released. e) On the back cover, the last letter in the word "Beatles" has a crack running through it (the "s").

      ~Thanks for the feedback Merre!

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      Merre 9 years ago

      I remember the rumors about Paul being dead. Wasn't that because he had bare feet or his eyes were closed on the Abbey Road album?

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      Aquavel 9 years ago

      [in reply to debnet] Thanks Debnet. I was in grade school myself. I put the entire "Paul is dead" episode in the back of my mind until I started doing some research for this article and then it all came flooding back. Thinking back on that time - 1967 - it makes the riddles in Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code" seem fairly commonplace.

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      Debbie 9 years ago from England

      Super well researched and presented lens. I was just a child in the 60's and don't remember the 'Paul is dead' saga. I also had no idea where Strawberry Fields was. Thank you for educating me! 5*****

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      Aquavel 9 years ago

      [in reply to Comfortdoc, Margo_Arrowsmith & Tennisbum] I'm glad you like this lens. Thanks so much for your feedback!!!

      To Comfortdoc, re the "Paul is Dead" controversy, it was a crazy time. People were trying to find great meaning in every word & action of the Beatles, and when they couldn't find it, they would make it up. ~ Thinking back to those days when people were listening to sound tracks played backwards and scrutinizing Beatles album covers to search for visual clues to some great metaphysical mystery....seems to share some similarity to Dan Brown's DaVinci Code, except that great numbers of people were involved.

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      Aquavel 9 years ago

      [in reply to EuroSquid] Oops! Major blunder on my part! Thanks for the observation & feedback Eurosquid!

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      EuroSquid LM 9 years ago

      Excellent Job! 5 stars. The only thing I can think of to suggest is to make an amazon Spotlight module and feature the single "Strawberry Fields" and the Album it comes from. I see that you have other songs for sale but I don't see Strawberry Fields for sale. Or am I blind?

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 9 years ago from Northern California

      Beautifully done. Thank you for lensrolling many of my John Lennon lenses. I remember hearing about the "Paul is Dead" controversy as a child even though my parents weren't listening to their music at the time.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      What a fun ***** lens

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      tennisbum 9 years ago

      This is a good looking and informative lens on lennon and one of my favorite songs. Thanks for making it.