What is A Day In The Life?
Probably the best song by the Beatles
r.i.p. John Lennon
Take some acid and listen to "A Day in the Life" with the volume all the way up...just a friendly suggestion
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He also read something about filling potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire, but he didn't copy and paste that after taking inspiration he eventually included a little fiction in it...Later it helped fuel the
It also took some inspiration from a movie John starred in minor role in called How I Won The War.....The middle section is McCartney's doing...it is about a commuter whose uneventful morning routine leads him to drift off into a reverie, and also contributed the "I'd love to turn you on" part, which is like the chorus of the song.
It's working title was "In The Life Of...", and started recording on January 19, 1967. The two sections were separated by 24 bars and because of this there was a huge gap between them, at this time Lennon was stil unsure how to fill it..The basic track consisted of a simple repeating chord and voice of Mal Evans counting the bars, his voice was treated with increasing echo effect an indication of The Beatles desire of having a crescendo in the section. It ende with an alarm sound triggered by Mal Evans accidentally.. but because it went so well with Paul's piece it was left there..Also because Lennon couldn't find a good verb to put in 'Now they know how many holes it takes to ----- Albert Hall, a friend of his "Terry Doran added 'fill' to it completing the lyrics, eventually they decided to add some growing noise in it..
By now the song was refined and remixed and additional parts were added, including the A Day in the Life. However the Beatles still has no solution for their missing section of the song, util McCartney had the idea of having an orchestra "freaking out" for the 24-bar middle section, also
The song placed twelfth on CBC's 50 Tracks, the second highest Beatles song on the list, second to "In My Life", and also placed 26th on the Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 best songs of all time. It was placed first in Q Magazine's list of the 50 greatest British songs of all time, and also came top of Mojo Magazine's 101 Greatest Beatles Songs, as decided by a panel of musicians and journalists.
To put it simply it is the most ambitious and groundbreaking song by the best band ever in the world in their most creative years in the greatest album of all time!!!
A Day in the Life
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 love to turn you on.
Woke up, got 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, 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