A Day in the Life Lyrics - The Beatles
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I read the news today, oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He blew his mind out in a car
He didn't notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
Nobody was really sure
If he was from the House of Lords.
I saw a film today, oh boy
The English Army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
but I just had to look
Having read the book
I'd love to turn you on
Woke up, fell out of bed,
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
And looking up I noticed I was late.
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke,
and somebody spoke and I went into a dream
I read the news today, oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
I'd love to turn you on
Writer: LENNON, JOHN WINSTON / MCCARTNEY, PAUL JAMES
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I was 13 when this song came out | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/10/14
My brother got the Sgt Pepper LP for Christmas in 1968, and as soon as I heard the line "He blew his mind out in a car" I took it to mean he OD'ed and died in a car crash. "Blew his mind" seemed like a drug reference to me, frequently used as such in the '60's. Like someone else here, the song is a depressing yet perfectly gorgeous depiction of the futility of urban life, even for the rich and famous like the fellow who was from the "House of Lords". Not exactly a suicide, but a tragic death due to self-destructive behavior.
William Campbell / Paul maccartny | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/15/13
this song is one of these that go along with the paul/faul consperocy. Paul is the one who dies in the crash that was read about in the news. The person who woke up and got out of bed... was a body double that took his place. Don't believe me? His mane was William Campbell and he is the one who we know today as Maccartny, or at least one of them, all beatles had multiple doubles.
Deja vu all over | Reviewer: Dr. Benway | 2/2/13
I don't see the need to review this; to someone of my generation that would be like reviewing the Brooklyn Bridge...or the Albert Hall. The song is iconic, a part of history. But thanks to Kelci for filling in the HOLES in my factual grasp of the song. And right on to Rye for the junior Beatlemania! But to "Anon" of 2-7-11, why so dark? All of US loved the Moptops' surreal humor. The song has an absurd, dreamy atmosphere. Turn off your mind, relax...
A Day In The Life | Reviewer: JDP | 10/12/12
Tried to post something on this site last night and it didn't let me submit. Now cannot for the life of me remember everything I wanted to say because it was spontaneous and and very of the moment. Oh well that's just the way things go sometimes. Thanks all the same.
P.S great song
First Impressions | Reviewer: beatlegal | 10/1/12
St Pepper was the first albumn I ever bought, and this was quite an experience. I feel so fortunate that I grew up when I did, it's kind of like being alive when Bethoven was alive, pure genius.
perfect fit | Reviewer: josh | 8/31/11
what i love about this song is it showed just how much of a perfect fit john/paul were, and the rest of the beatles too of course, but especially those two. paul had a verse that didn't seem to belong anywhere, and it happened to fit perfectly into a john song that needed just a little something. serendipity at its best.
The Beatles | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/5/11
I think this is the most horrible song...AT BEING BAD! this song is so beutiful unexpecting and not a song like i wanna hold your hand or drive my car it is diffrent,unique like revalution,hey jude! its just amazing!
A Beautiful Day in My Life | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/24/11
Could this song get any more beautiful? The interesting themes and lyrics make the music even more gorgeous. The blending of their other songs in this is absolutely incredible for their time, and -- gosh....the feeling is too strong for words. The Beatles will never die. RIP John and George, music isn't the same without you.
uncovered | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/3/11
when this album was made there was a conspiracy that Paul had died in a car accident because he was distracted by a hitch hiker he picked up(lovely Rita)in the fifth sentence of "A day in the life"
when it says "He blew his mind out in a car" Ringo plays his first drum part which is the same intro to "lovely Rita" throughout the Sgt pepper magical mystery tour and the white album there are more clues.
A Day in YOUR Life. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/7/11
The song, both music and lyrics, describes the futility of modern, urban life. The depressing stories about suicide in a car and digging holes tell the listener that these topics are what is going on in the everyday life of the city dweller. Pointless, going nowhere. It seems to urge society to do something, anything, constructive or meaningful, not just in the world but in each of their lives.
beatles for ever | Reviewer: rye | 9/5/10
I'm 16 years old and I looooooove the beatles! I think there so incredible and I can't even believe how talented they are. this song is amazing and was voted the number 1 song by the beatles by rolling stones magazine. (;
Kelci:):) | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/2/10
The beginning of this song was based on 2 stories John Lennon read in the Daily Mail newspaper: Guinness heir Tara Browne dying when he smashed his lotus into a parked van, and an article in the UK Daily Express in early 1967 which told of how the Blackburn Roads Surveyor had counted 4000 holes in the roads of Blackburn and commented that the volume of material needed to fill them in was enough to fill the Albert Hall. Lennon took some liberties with the Tara Browne story - he changed it so he "Blew his mind out in the car."
John Lennon stated this regarding the article about Tara Browne: "I didn't copy the accident. Tara didn't blow his mind out. But it was in my mind when I was writing that verse." At the time, Paul didn't realize the reference was to Tara. He thought it was about a "stoned politician." The article regarding the "4000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire" was taken from the UK Daily Express, January 17, 1967 in a column called "Far And Near."
John's friend Terry Doran was the one who completed John's line "Now they know how many holes it takes to fill..." Terry told him "fill the Albert Hall, John."
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys | Reviewer: importgod | 4/30/10
Brian Wilson was in the studio producing an album at the time of the release of Sgt. Pepper. When he listened to the album he had a nervous breakdown. He realized that he just could not compete with John and Paul.
I will give the original Album a Spin tonight....On a turntable and not the CD or MP3 player. (May just try to play it backwards too!)
inner groove | Reviewer: StrawberryFlowermaster42 | 3/29/10
i think my dog is going deaf. i got a ipod lamp 2 weeks ago and i played this song and when the high pitch dog whistel came on her ear just twitched and that's all she should have gone insane. she doesn't even bark at doorbells on the TV anymore...
.. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/2/10
The reason as someone stated for the writing of this song was it was something Lennon read about while reading the paper trying to think of ideas for Sgt Peppers. The man in the first verse did not actually shoot himself though, he was in a car accident. It was someone famous but his name escapes me at the moment.
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