Higher Power | Reviewer: beatlesgal12 | 10/1/12

Ironically, what Paul was really talking about is getting to that "higher state" of conciousness where we communing with God or "Higher Power", and just recognizing that need for that "something" beyond ourselves. This song works on many levels and you can read into it whatever you want. That is the brilliance of great music and lyrics.

Shock and Horror (tsk-tsk, Paul!) | Reviewer: Lynne | 2/15/10

This is a brilliant song, no doubt. Actually the one I heard first was by Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers and I had no idea that it was by Lennon/McCartney, etc. And then I saw it in a Beatles book and Googled it and I am shocked to find out that it is a song about marijuana. It sounds so much to-another-human-being-ish. Tsk-tsk-tsk.

Which Paul are we referring to? One looks at pictures... | Reviewer: David Tanaka | 1/21/10

Which Paul are we referring to?

One looks at pictures and sees a huge difference between Paul and Paul2! One is more thinner built, gaunt facial features, taller and verbally less eloquent than the other. One looks at lyrics as a reflection of mental dexterity, verbal coordination, literacy and worldliness. One cannot digress literally in less than a year as far as vocabulary, mental dexterity and musical composition talent. One just reads and then sings aloud Paul2's words/lyrics and wonders what the hell happened to the genius who came up with 'Yesterday', 'Got To Get You Into My Life' and others where it is clearly complicated arrangements. I don't intend to be rude to Paul2 but his songs from 1967 to present date do not compare to the complexity and sophistication that his precessor possessed. All you have to do is read and then compare literally the lyrics and they will reveal two things... the direction and maturation of Paul and the whimsical, carefree, music-for-the-masses of Paul2.

not that risky to say he did lsd | Reviewer: anonymous | 12/5/09

First it wouldn't be that risky for Paul to say that it was about LSD since he had already said that he had done it...he was actually the first to announce it publicly of all the beatles.
Second saying that lsd was the preferred drug of the beatles is a slight oversight since paul was the last to try it and the one that advocated it's use the least the songs about marijuana because he said it was also he said he originally wrote the song after first smoking marijuana

Drug *experiencing*, not just drugs | Reviewer: Cyberdisciple | 10/8/09

Paul McCartney said the song Got To Get You Into My Life from the album Revolver (1966) is about marijuana, but that's kind of misleading. It's not just or only about the drug marijuana, it's more directly and primarily about drug experiencing. For the Beatles in the mid-60s, this should primarily be thought of as LSD (mixed with pot) and LSD experiencing (mixed with pot). The classic LSD (mixed with pot) experience is mystic-state egodeath and union with the higher controller of thoughts.

I was alone, I took a ride
I didn't know what I would find there
Another road where maybe I could find another kind of mind there.
[The user is alone, i.e. without the higher controller. He takes a ride, i.e. lsd trip. by altering perceptions and mental processes, lsd promises a new way of viewing the mind. The user is uncertain what exactly that is, but is still led on by the promise of adventure and self-knowledge, knowledge about the mind. To see another kind of mind is to switch from one mode of thinking to another]

ooh, then I suddenly see you,
ooh, did I tell you I need you,
every single day of my life
[lsd experiencing visibly and forcefully demonstrates our dependence on a higher source of thoughts. We need this higher controller and source of thoughts everyday of our lives, at every moment in time.]

you didn't run, you didn't lie
you knew I wanted just to hold you
had you gone, you knew in time, we'd meet again
For I had told you
[playful lyrics depicting the union with the higher controller as a faithful, accepting relationship. The user predicts future unitary experiences with the higher controller]

ooh, you were meant to be near me
ooh, and I want you to hear me
say we'll be together everyday
[It's determined or destined that the lower self and the higher controller be together at every moment. This is determinism. Whether the lower self realizes it or not, all it's thoughts and actions are pre-determined and have been timelessly set in place by the higher controller. The lower self wants to prove to the higher controller that the lower self recognizes its dependency and need.]

Got to get you into my life
[delivered with a passionate shout in the recording. The lower self has got to get the higher controller into its life, has got to change its mental mode in order to incorporate the higher controller]

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
[The questions represent the user's questioning of self during the lsd trip, questioning of the accustomed mental mode and way of operating that views the self, the "I", as alone and an independent source of thoughts. The lower self wants to stay in union with the higher controller. If the lower self is true, i.e. has fully grasped transcendent knowledge and incorporated that knowledge into a revised mental model, it will never lose the perceptual memory of union and the model of reflected control power.]

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...


The song is simultaneously about a girl, about drugs, and about drug experiencing. It works on all those levels. That's what makes it great art.

When did Paul McCartney say that it was really about Marijuana? I recall that it was in the late 90s/early 21st century. He was playing it safe. At that time Marijuana had become more or less culturally acceptable. But did he say it was about LSD, which everyone knows was the preferred drug of the Beatles and the 1960s? No. LSD is something too radical, too dangerous to associate with himself. Saying the song was about Marijuana was slightly edgy, but still safe. He should have at least said it was about LSD or about LSD+Marijuana, if he didn't want to ruin the game of figuring out the puzzle. If he were really being honest, he would say something like the song is about LSD+Marijuana together and the dissociative experiences of egodeath and union with the transcendent controller of thoughts.

For more information on these ideas and this way of reading lyrics, see Michael Hoffman's egodeath.com

my website about the Egodeath theory, cyberdisciple.wordpress.com/

The kings... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/26/09

This is clearly one of his best songs. Paul was on a serious roll at this point. He really took over on this album and Sgt. Pepper. John always had some great songs as well, but Paul was very involved in the arrangement ideas for his songs also. Geoff Emerick and George Martin were also instrumental in bringing the songs to life.

strangely true | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/1/09

As retarded as our friend Dave may sound, this isn't the first time I've come across the 'taco theory' behind this song. There's a definite possibility Paul wrote this as an ode to his favorite food, the taco.

it's all about da tacos | Reviewer: dangerous dave | 1/31/09

if you really want to know what this song iz about i can tell you. Here me now! everyone knows the beatles was big time ganja users so in a sense, all da songs are about drugs. this song is different tho. Paul is clearly singing about gettin well high and then cravin some mad eats. He "took a ride" to find some tacos because he was also known as the "taco-eating" one (side note, ringo loves hez cababs) so there you have it, this song is really about tacos. respec!

he he he he he yahoo | Reviewer: andrea | 9/29/08

i ove this song me and my sister would sing it in the bathroom when we heard it on the radio in the shower and my mum would be screaming at us to turn it down man i love this song its my favourite beatles song.

Mary jane | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/2/07

Sorry to tell you it aint a love song it actually a song about Paul discovering Marijuana. I know it sounds better as a love song, but i suppose Paul must have just loved his smoke.

Heh heh Paulie.. | Reviewer: Pru | 7/2/07

This is so freaking cute. Love the Motown-sound. And you'd think it's just one of Paul's sweet lil love songs; turns out it's an Ode to Pot. Heh. For I adoooooore yooooouuuuu.... Lovely.

YEA!!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/11/07

I love this song! its not about love its about Paul loving marijuana!!! that's awesome because not all drugs are depressing and invovle escape....some are just great life pot. man i'm grinning ear to ear hehe!!!