Lezione di martedì scorso: THE BEATLES

“Blackbird”

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night
Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night

Blackbird is a song from the 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as “the White Album”).
The song may have been inspired by hearing the call of a blackbird one morning when the Beatles were studying Transcendental Meditation in India. It may also represent a response to racial tensions escalating in the United States during the spring of 1968.
Adding to the song’s mythology, Paul has also claimed to have woken up one morning after the song was recorded to hear an actual blackbird outside his window, singing a melody very like that of his tune
McCartney said “ … this whole idea of “you were only waiting for this moment to arise” was about the black people’s struggle in the southern states, and I was using the symbolism of a blackbird. It’s not really about a blackbird whose wings are broken, you know, it’s a bit more symbolic.” He also explained that “bird” is British slang for girl, making “blackbird” a synonym for “black girl”
Blackbird Singing is the title of a book of poems McCartney wrote.
“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, ‘causeI’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 know/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

Strawberry Fields Forever was inspired by Lennon’s memories of playing in the garden of Strawberry Field, a Salvation Army children’s home near where he grew up in Liverpool.
John’s aunt Mimi did not like John going to Strawberry Fields, as it was basically an orphanage and she thought they would lead John astray. John liked going there because having lost his father and later his mother he felt a kinship to the lads. When John and his aunt would argue about his going he would often reply, “What are they going to do, hang me?”
On January 30, 1967, The Beatles shot a promotional film for this song, which was one of the first and most successful music videos, featuring stop motion animation and other special effects
But Strawberry Fields was  not forever. In 2005, Britain’s Salvation Army closed the Strawberry Field children’s home in Liverpool, stating that it’s preferable for children to be raised in a foster or small group home instead of a large orphanage. The home  had opened in 1936, and Lennon had left money to Strawberry Field in his will. The Victorian house at the Strawberry Fields orphanage in Liverpool had been torn down in 1977, and  replaced with a rectangular house named Lennon Hal. Also his widow, Yoko Ono, had donated the equivalent of $70,000 in 1984 to keep the home open.Bur only 3 children remained in the home in January 2005, when the Salvation Army announced it would close.
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“For No One”

Your day breaks, your mind aches
You find that all the words of kindness linger on
When she no longer needs you

She wakes up, she makes up
She takes her time and doesn’t feel she has to hurry
She no longer needs you

And in her eyes you see nothing
No sign of love behind the tears
Cried for no one
A love that should have lasted years

You want her, you need her
And yet you don’t believe her when she said her love is dead
You think she needs you

And in her eyes you see nothing
No sign of love behind the tears
Cried for no one
A love that should have lasted years

You stay home, she goes out
She says that long ago she knew someone but now he’s gone
She doesn’t need him

Your day breaks, your mind aches
There will be time when all the things she said will fill your head
You won’t forget her

And in her eyes you see nothing
No sign of love behind the tears
Cried for no one
A love that should have lasted years

For No One is a song about the end of a relationship
Paul McCartney wrote this song sitting in a chalet while on holiday with his girlfriend Jane Asher in Klosters, Switzerland,  in March 1966. The original title was “Why Did It Die,” and  McCartney may have written the song about Asher, who was a successful London actress. The theory is that Paul wanted her to cater to his schedule, tour with him, and be the “perfect Beatle wife,” but Jane preferred to have a life and career of her own.

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