For My Mother: The Beatles and “Strawberry Fields Forever”

For My Mother: The Beatles and “Strawberry Fields Forever”

This #SongLyricsSunday is dedicated to my dear mother as today was Mother’s Day. Instead of me picking a song with “Mother” in it, I let her pick the song instead. Her pick? She picked her favorite song: The Beatles’s “Strawberry Fields Forever”.

(This is part of a #SongLyricsSunday challenge, which is hosted by Jim at An Unique Title For Me. Anyone can join! Details on how to participate are found at the end of this post!)

My Mom’s Genuine Love For The Beatles

The Beatles

If you ever talk to my mom about The Beatles, she will tell her life story with the Fab Four, starting with how her aunt introduce to the band when she was 4 or 5 years old. She will also tell you little facts of each Beatles song and any others that relate to the iconic band (or their members, like “Layla” by Derek And The Dominos),

Growing up, my mom would play tapes and CDs from three English bands: The Police (and their solo stuff), Genesis (and Phil Collins’ solo career), and The Beatles. These bands were constantly playing in the car as we went to soccer practice, church, or even to the supermarket. As kids, my siblings and I didn’t mind listening to these bands, especially the Beatles. But as teenagers, we thought it annoying (you should ask my sister about The Beatles). But, now that we are adults, my siblings and I now appreciate the musicality of The Beatles and how talented they were.

My siblings and I always tease our dad about my mom’s love for John Lennon. We always tease him who does mom love more, though knowing mom’s answer already. That is because next to my mom’s side of their bed is a framed picture of the iconic singer-songwriter. As I write this, I think back on that photo as I now know my mom really admire Lennon and his music. And that my mom loves my dad more.

‘Cause I’m Going to Strawberry Fields

“There was something about the place that always fascinated John. He could see it from his window … He used to hear the Salvation Army band [playing at the garden party], and he would pull me along, saying, ‘Hurry up, Mimi – we’re going to be late.'”

Bob Splitz[1]

When I was about six and seven years old, I asked my mom what was her favorite Beatles song. And her reply was simply: “Strawberry Fields Forever”. She even remarked later on in life that when she passes away, she would like the lyrics of the 1967 song engraved on her tombstone. It has left quite an impression for my mom to really cherish the song.

“Strawberry Fields Forever” was written in 1966 but released the following year as a double A-side single with “Penny Lane”. Strawberry Field was actually the name of the Salvation Army children’s home that was near the house where Lennon grew up in Woolton. Lennon and his friends would often play in the wooded gardens behind the house. Also, he would often attend the garden parties held at the house in delight as a treat.

Strawberry Fields
Strawberry Fields

Lennon wrote the song in a difficult part of his life. He was facing some difficulties in life as this was the period of his life where his “more popular than Jesus” comment became a huge controversy, mob violence involving the Fab Four in The Philippines, and starring in Richard Lester’s How I Won the War. His first wife, Cynthia, said that working on film without Ringo, George, and Paul made him vulnerable.

Lennon wrote “Strawberry Fields Forever” to get away from his state of vulnerability and difficulties. It was a song that reflected back on the early days when The Beatles in Liverpool. Lennon himself said it was “psychoanalysis set to music” as the song itself reflected on how Lennon felt different all his life. [1][2][3] The iconic singer-songwriter said that “Strawberry Fields Forever” was one of the best songs that he had ever wrote.

My Thoughts on “Strawberry Fields Forever”

The Beatles

To tell you the truth, I like “Strawberry Fields Forever” but not so much as my mom. That is because I am more of a fan of The White Album, Abbey Road, and the two singles released in the 90s: “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love”. I do like some of the tunes from the earlier part of The Beatles’ discography, but I always love a tune with a harder rock vibe.

Although I am not a big fan of “Strawberry Fields Forever”, I still like to listen to it and appreciate it. It is one of the first tunes that had an influence on the psychedelic genre, which is something worthy of. But, the feelings and the memories of John Lennon embedded in each note and word are something remarkable, making “Strawberry Fields Forever” a true classic.

Listen to “Strawberry Fields Forever” and let me know what you think of the song in the comments!


Lyrics for “Strawberry Fields Forever”

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 a “no”, I mean, a “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
Cranberry sauce


If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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For My Mother: The Beatles and "Strawberry Fields Forever"

References

[1] Spitz, Bob. The Beatles: the Biography. Little, Brown, 2005.

[2] The Beatles Anthology. Chronicle Books, 2000.

[3] Sullivan, Steve. Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

This Post Has 53 Comments

  1. Jim Adams

    I really enjoyed that video Amy, as I had never watched it before.

  2. Stephanie

    I’ve never heard this song, but I’m not much of a Beatles fan, so don’t know much of their music at all. I love that you thought differently for the challenge, though, and honored your mom with her song rather than just a song about mothers. It says a lot that you know so much about her and her favorite song.

  3. Cynthia Hoover

    Right in the feels on this one. I am a huge Beatles fan so I am very familiar with the song. I love the approach to this post and adding your personal touches as a way to honor your mother. Very well done.

  4. Krysten Quiles

    I’m not the world’s biggest Beatles fan but I do like their music. However I’ve never heard this song! It sounds lovely, though, your mom has good taste!

  5. Karen Smedley

    This is a lovely blog post, I’m sure you Mom will love it.

  6. kev S

    Thanks for sharing the lyrics. Your mom has good taste

    1. Steph

      Wow! I’m embarrassed that I’ve never heard of these people.perhaps it’s because I’m into rap and RnB.

  7. Marie Phillips

    Your mom has good taste in music! While I never got much into the Beatles, I have always loved The Police, Genesis, and Phil Collins.

  8. Kathy Ngo

    I finally know a song you featured! Finally! I love this song. I learned it from my Dad.

  9. Utaji

    The Beatles are great, sad I didn’t grow up listening to them but I recently started listening to their song after a friend recommended a playlist and I really vibe to their style of music

  10. Oscar

    Our moms share the same love for the Beatles, tho I’m not one of their fans.

  11. Neely Moldovan

    Oh I love the Beatles and this is a song I have always loved of theirs!

    1. Monalisha

      I have never heard of Beatels music. love the idea of this challenge and giving the best gift to your Mom.

  12. Marjie Mare

    This is awesome, Amy, thanks for sharing with us and making my day.

  13. Bella

    I know some Beatles songs… I mean who doesn’t but I never herd of this one, but played it for my parents and they both knew it right away.

  14. Life Mag Health

    This is such a great song to share during Mother’s Day. I love their music too, I play them during weekends whenI want to relax and just be calm.

  15. Fransic verso

    This is nice song and has lovely lyrics. It makes it special that you mad her pick it.

  16. sumit walia

    hi
    well, I loved your style of writing, somehow I could relate to your mother the way you wrote about her and the trips in the car to all the places in the town. thanks again

  17. Shiela Mae

    Such a heartfelt honoring for your mom. Love the Beatles as well!

  18. CA

    My mom also loves the Beatles! I also enjoy some of their songs. Maybe because I used to hear them often when I was young.

  19. Hannah

    I absolutely loveeee the Beatles! “Strawberry Fields Forever” is actually one of my favorite songs from them. Your mom’s music taste is awesome!

  20. Cyndi Buchanan

    Strawberry Fields Forever is one of my favorite songs. Love The Beatles!

  21. Ramil Hinolan

    I missed the Beatles. they are part of my teens. There music are classic.

  22. World in Eyes

    Such an amazing choice of song. Love to read;
    Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to
    Strawberry Fields
    Nothing is real, and nothing to get hung about
    Strawberry Fields forever

  23. Jordan

    Awe, I love that you let her have HER pick for Mother’s Day. A new take on Mother’s Day songs. Not a bad pick either! Lol.

  24. Wendy

    I have never heard of this song by the Beatles thank you for this!

  25. Neil Alvin

    That’s a good song to dedicate to your mom this Mother’s Day.

  26. Melanie williams

    LOVE this!! I hear you on this one as my mum loves the Beatles and saw them live too in her younger years x

  27. jmxzkyl

    I always appreciate posts about family. Mothers are indeed the greatest blessings we have.
    And your mother has a good taste to music too. Beatles band is a legend and their songs are still famous until now. Btw, my nephew’s nickname is Beatles. 🙂

  28. Ramil Hinolan

    The Beatles is popular during their time. Their songs remain timely even during this time.

  29. Jody

    I just love the beatles! Great post!

  30. mariah green

    The beatles make me want to go out in my backyard and spin around. They always chill me out

    1. Elizabeth O

      I grew up loving everything about the Beatles. Their music and personalities always intrigued me. A thumbs up to anything to do with them.

  31. Fatima Torres

    My mother loves the Beatles. She grew up listening to them.

  32. Marjie Mare

    This is such a great tribute to your mom. Music always brings me joy and I love your selection.

  33. Ting

    My parents love listening to the Beatles! This song is very lovely

  34. tweenselmom

    I love this song, and my whole family are big Beatles fans. It’s amazing how music can make us feel and reminisce.

  35. Wow, what a special song to remember your mother by. I love the Beatles! Penny Lane is one of the best songs.

  36. Veronika Sykorova

    I’ve never actually listened to this song as crazy as it sounds haha. I’m gonna go listen to it now!

  37. Maysz

    My Father and my mom are fan of The Beatles they always sing their songs on the karaoke. I’ve never heard this song so I will check on this.

  38. blair villanueva

    I don’t know anyone or any singing group (yet) that could beat Beatles in terms of influence.
    BTW, The Beatles look like those models in the recent Gucci runway show, they are so fashionable!

  39. Louise

    I think my mum is the only person I know who doesn’t like the Beatles! I do though, and my fave songs are Hey Jude & Eleanor Rigby. Although Come Together is fab too 🙂

    Louise x

  40. Sedija Lejiete

    Although I haven’t listened to Beatles songs, because I have a specific music genre that I listen to, but this was definitely an interesting read.

  41. Polly

    I’m a HUGE Beatles fan (though Abbey Road is my favorite album & Ringo Starr is my boy). Strawberry Fields Forever is indeed a true classic and I wish it gained more recognition as for me, it’s one of the best songs they have.

  42. Christa

    I’m a huge Beatles fan! I even took a trip to Liverpool to take a Beatles tour, including Strawberry Fields. It was such a great time.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      That is my goal in life: to take my mom to Liverpool!

  43. Mark

    Well written. Love the fact that you let her pick…..most people pick for their mothers without actually asking what she’ll like. Most times what they want is not what we give. Happy mothers day to her.

  44. thanks for sharing this & my mum surely gonna enjoy this list as she is Beatles fan. yeah!
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  45. Elizabeth O

    The Beatles are on my top 10 list because they were part of my growing up memories. Plus, growing up in the UK, home to the Beatles, counts for something.

  46. Kevine

    Oh you went way back with that one! Definitely a classic!

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