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The Beatles She Said She Said Lyrics

Last updated: 09/30/2013 01:00:55 PM

She said I know what it's like to be dead
I know what it is to be sad
And she's making me feel like I've never been born

I said who put all those things in your head
Things that make me feel that I'm mad
And you're making me feel like I've never been born

She said you don't understand what I said
I said no, no, no you're wrong
When I was a boy, everything was right
Everything was right

I said even though you know what you know
I know that I'm ready to leave
'Cause you're making me feel like I've never been born

She said you don't understand what I said
I said no, no, no you're wrong
When I was a boy, everything was right
Everything was right

I said even though you know what you know
I know that I'm ready to leave
'Cause you're making me feel like I've never been born

She said, she said
I know what it's like to be dead
I know what it's like to be dead
I know what it is to be sad
I know what it is to be sad
I know what it's like to be dead
I know what it's like...

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Beatlemania | Reviewer: 07sanjeewa | 8/17/13

It's really interesting to see many ways of interpreting a Beatles song..How many contemporary songs have that quality or driving fans in position to do that?...Then you know Beatles comes once a millennium.They will be here forever.

She said He said | Reviewer: colin w | 6/11/13

Awesome song. I like this album because it is constantly slipping in things that are seemingly going over the masses-at-the-times heads. For instance, I'm Only Sleeping seems to be all about lsd come downs and sleeping the day away. A great song. I absolutely love how absolutely "unwholesome" these guys where! Their elucidations on love where never trite, always pure and will secure them in history, but were also fueled in subculture fashion. I get it. So it wouldn't surprise me if these guys, who sing of love might get into a tiff every now and again. It seems a lot of people feel She said She said had to do with John's mother, but it's seemingly clear that this is an argument with a female lover. Think about it in that context. No no no you're wrong, when I was a boy I didn't think love would be like this. You're making me feel like I don't belong here. That's the impression I get, and I like it; I like thinking that these guys might be human like me, although so often they seem heaven sent.

Way after the fact. | Reviewer: Guitar Dave | 2/11/13

The Beatles outdid themselves with Rubber Soul, and then Revolver. I first heard "She Said She Said" when Revolver first came out (the 60s).

What an amazing work. Just with arrangement, they took two of the things that a lot of high-brows used to hate about rock (strident electric guitar and white noise crash cymbals) and wove them into one of the most beautiful musical works ever (right up there alongside Here, There, and Everywhere).

As for the lyrics, I am tending lately to think conversation w/Mother who has passed away. O.k., so maybe there was that publified LSD party influence ... but I don't think they said "hey, we've got a hit here", took Thorazine and grabbed a cab to the recording studio.

I'm sure there were many tributary feelings and concepts, but it sounds to me like an early Julia. I mean, I've been rejected before, but not just anyone can make me feel like I've never been born.

I don't claim historical expertise, but I have listened to their 60s stuff a gozillion times. I still sing baritone to a couple dozen of their songs on the way to work ...

still the best | Reviewer: najania | 1/30/13

None of the other reviewers have mentioned the Indian-style nature of the drumming, which really gives the song its trippy, hypnotic character. This is the most distinctive feature and one that is lacking from both the Gov't Mule and Black Keys versions. I too always took "feel like I never been born" as positive - even ecstatic, but hard to handle - like a wild trip. Mesmerizing.

John's Mother | Reviewer: Shannon | 9/13/11

This song was inspired by the story about Peter Fonda. However, John's mother, Julia, was killed in a car accident when he was young. I interpret the song to be a hypothetical conversation between John and his dead mother.

Mother: I know what it's like to be dead.
John: I know what it is to be sad. When I was a boy, everything was right.
(you were still alive)

Also, the part about him feeling he is mad comes from thinking he is talking to his dead mother. Then, she is ready to leave (abandoning him again, as she did when she died). This leaves him feeling like he never existed to her and never really knew her.

John also "talks" to his dead mother in the song "Julia".

Family | Reviewer: Juliana | 9/10/11

It seems to me a conversation between a mother and a son who's leaving home. She's talking about the pain of life, and he wants to be independent, even though all those things are true, because he's feeling so trapped as if he had never been born.

It was Peter Fonda!!!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/18/10

Peter Fonda, the actor who starred in Easy Rider with Dennis Hopper, was the man who kept telling John that he knows what it's like to be dead, which freaked John out. One does not simply kick Peter Fonda out of a party for saying creepy, acid-filled comments, so John was forced to try avoiding him all night.

Religious meaning? LOL | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/3/10

This song isn't about anything religious, it was inspired when John Lennon was tripping on acid and some guy (I forget his name) kept saying, "I know what it's like to be dead".
Yes, there probably is some deeper meaning than that, but that's how it came to be.

My Interpretation | Reviewer: Disscusionz | 6/29/10

I know i'm probably wrong about this but i feel this song is about a woman that recently got dumped by her boyfriend. She's feeling the pain and it's unbearable.(She said "I know what it's like to be dead" "I know what it is to be sad")
The second character in this story is her male friend, who i'm guessing, wants to be more than just friends. He's the one that's constantly the shoulder she cries on. He wants to be noticed by her but he'll always be nothing more than a friend. Invisible.(I said "Who put all those things in your head?" "Things that make me feel that I'm mad" "And you're making me feel like I've never been born.") At the end of the song she finally sees whats been in front of her the whole time but is a little to late.(She said, she said "I know what it's like to be dead"
"I know what it's like to be dead" "I know what it is to be sad...")

That's what "She Said...... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/13/10

I believe the singer, ("Me" as referenced in the song...) is approaching from an Atheist point of view. "She".... (a person of Faith) dismisses the singer's notions as unworthy of consideration . That disregard allows him relate to those gone by. "Making me feel like I've never been born" is as if... "Your opinion bears no fruit. You don't matter." Buh-bye.

As Alec says... | Reviewer: Rodrigo | 6/15/09

Probably that´s why it was written, but this is my understanding to the lyrics of the music.

I think the music express the fact of some understanding, enlightnment (how is it spelled?).

Didn´t anyone of you feel strange when some people you know die, and then you see the dead body, and you can imagine yourself in that process (passing by). You think about what would you feel at the transition. How would it be. "I know how it is to be dead"

Anyway, who lost someone must have felt pain, missing that person. "I know what is like to be sad".

You´ve been on the two sides, even the fact that the first one is only an introspective experience.

This way, you may figure that nothing much is known by ourselves, and there is a lot to learn to reach nirvana/enlightnment. In this way, you may consider yourself as a baby, unborn people (i´ve never been born - i don´t know ANYTHING until now).

"When I was a boy everything was right" - there was no doubt: we thought we know EVERYTHING.

Then, you´re ready to go, to go out and learn by yourself, from a new perspective. The path has been opened from some master." know that I'm ready to leave
'Cause you're making me feel like I've never been born."

It´s only a trip, uh?

Songs about Life | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/1/09

I don't know if I can see any relation here to an acid trip, although this may be true. About it being random - i can't agree to that. I've heard this song before, but it's only after life happens that songs start to talk to you, and have relevance and meaning in your life, and cease to just be fun sing-alongs. I find this song pretty haunting, especially as its paired with an upbeat tempo and melody. I have to agree with Adrian here. This woman is drowned in her own sorrows. She can't see outside of herself. She's consumed with morbid thoughts, and her lover here is just about fed up with the constant negativity. He tries to shake her out of it, give her some perspective - that everyone experiences these feelings, but she doesn't shake loose. He sees someone whose following their own tail, stuck in a pattern of endless self-pity. So he cuts out. This reminds me of the metaphor St. Exupery illustrates in his book, about the different people the little prince meets as he travels to different 'planets.' Each one is stuck in their sphere, and can't see beyond it.

That's what rock is all about | Reviewer: Julian | 4/28/09

I can't take the words of the song separatedly to the music. The effect resides in the dramatic intention as much in what the song says as through all the music as a conjunct, specially the drum.
I absolutely love this song.

Classic Song of our Time | Reviewer: Tahoe Rob | 3/4/09

This is such an important song for describing the individualistic dynamics of modern love. The Black Keys have an amazing cover, which is more of a reinterpretation of it put to their own style. Definitely worth a look for fans of the Beatles, especially of this great song!

Brilliant lyrics! | Reviewer: Lily | 11/10/08

I heard a cover of this song by Snake river Conspiracy.
Their version is really good.
I haven't heard the Beetle's one. But from what I have read and what people have told me, it's a brilliant song.