Paul McCartney Reveals The Deep Hidden Meaning Of The Iconic Beatles Song, ‘A Day In The Life’
The Beatles star Paul McCartney spoke in a recent interview with Nile Rodgers and talked about the legendary song ‘A Day In The Life.’
The Beatles released ‘A Day In The Life’ as the last track of their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the song is so perfect that it is considered one of the finest works in the music industry.
In the conversation, Paul McCartney revealed that some part of the lyrics of this song is referring to something and explained the backstory of the lyrics while explaining how they first started to write the song.
Later on, McCartney pointed out that he and John Lennon started to read newspapers to get inspiration and found some of the lyrics from there about the potholes in Blackburn in Lancashire, and that’s how they wrote the ‘Now you know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall’ part.
Afterward, Paul said that there was a guy named Tara, who is a nice and a great friend for them, passed away due to car crash, and they also wanted to mention and remember him in the lyrics with the ‘He blew his mind out in a car’ part.
Here is what Nile Rodgers asked:
“What is the deep hidden meaning of ‘A Day In the Life,’ what is that song all about? Is it as frontal as ‘a day in the life?’”
To which Paul McCartney replied:
“John came over as he often did and he said, ‘Look, I’ve got this idea.’ So, he started to play the first verse. Then we got a newspaper and we started to look at stories in the newspaper and we started to try to write a verse about it.
And one of the stories was: it had been discovered that there were a lot of potholes in Blackburn in Lancashire, which was up north where we used to live. There had been, like, a thousand potholes (that) had been discovered.
So we just took this and we kind of ran with it, like, ‘Now you know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.’ We were just taking a line or a name and just massaging it.”
“And then there was a story about a guy we knew who was one of the Guinness family, a guy called Tara, who was a very good friend.
A young boy, lovely guy, very sweet, very gentle, and he’d had a car crash, I think it was in Chelsea, and it had killed him. So suddenly this friend of ours was dead and, you know, being the 60’s we used to get high with him and stuff.
So that just morphed itself into the story of ‘He blew his mind out in a car.’ We took that little incident and just massaged it and put that little poetic thought into the song.”
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