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Steve3007 wrote:Is that "Pop Goes the Weasel"? That's not a "news-reading sample". It's an obscure nursery rhyme that nobody seems to know the meaning of.
Steve3007 wrote: "Four thousand holes in Blackburn Lancashire".
Someone spent time, money and energy counting the potholes in the streets ?!
Steve3007 wrote:Isn't it "take a sad song and make it better"? (Sorry to be a pedant).
Back on the subject of "A Day in the Life", where John says "He blew his mind out in a car. He didn't notice that the lights had changed." I've never got that lyric. Odd choice of words. People normally blow their minds out with a gun. And, in a car, if you don't notice that the lights have changed the worse that normally happens is that the person behind you beeps their horn. You don't get your mind blown out.
-- Updated Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:48 am to add the following --Someone spent time, money and energy counting the potholes in the streets ?!
I expect the council probably keeps a log so that they can send someone back to repair them at a later date. I expect it's probably something like that.
1.....We all have societal cravings to see the worst in our world. But we have to remember that we can't just look at the dark; there must be times when we can shed light on the good in our world.
2....What this song is about isn't the details of the three or four small anecdotes. It's about the detachment, in John's and Paul's two different ways of narrating it, and how they'd like to turn us on.
Yes, it was deliberate, thinking of a line of newspaper text
It's about the detachment,
Steve3007 wrote:Yes. When describing a man's death, John sings the lyrics in a deliberately detached, unconnected way. And it says "a crown of people stood and stared" and then "a crowd of people turned away". If it was nowadays, I would imagine that those people would all be emotionlessly, boredly, recording the incident on their phones.
Steve3007 wrote:Interesting to listen to this song again. I like the part in the busy daytime routine (Paul's part) as opposed to the dreamy detached assimilation of random information part (John) where he says "found my way upstairs and had a smoke". I remember when you could smoke on the top deck of double-decker buses. Happy days.
And also, of course, there's the infamous part at the end which, if you play it backwards, says "Paul is as dead as a dodo. Honestly."
John was referring to the death of Paul McCartney, whom died in a car crash in 1966 and was replaced by Billy Shears (“so let me introduce to you, the one and only Billy Shears, Sargent Peppers Lonley Hearts club band”). Paul didn’t notice the light had turned red and the resulting accident caused his car to explode and he was decapitated, or so the story goes.
The crowd turning away was the John of "Imagine" speaking - young people rejecting the Vietnam War. In context it's ironic that the Iraq War was the first war to be broadcast live on US TV.
I remember people smoking at the back of single deckers when I was going to school. Since Mum was a chaino it didn't worry me, unless someone lit up a cigar, which was a bit much.
I also remember in the 80's in an open plan office, smoking with an ashtray by me. Another in my unit smoked too. It didn't seem to be an issue but at that time, incredibly, smokers were a protected species and criticism was considered to be overly fussy and precious.
No doubt many non smokers were fuming (ahem) but biting their lips (ahem), hence the veritable explosion of resentment that happened once the witch hunt against smokers began. An eye opener.
Steve3007 wrote:Greta:The crowd turning away was the John of "Imagine" speaking - young people rejecting the Vietnam War. In context it's ironic that the Iraq War was the first war to be broadcast live on US TV.
Interesting. I can see how that would be one interpretation, but my first impression was that it was a statement about the detached way in which we "consume" news stories about the triumphs and tragedies in other people's lives. We simply stand and stare and then we turn away and do something else. That's also one reason why I thought John was recounting what he'd read in the news in that dreamy, sleepy, "don't really care" voice.
Steve3007 wrote:No doubt many non smokers were fuming (ahem) but biting their lips (ahem), hence the veritable explosion of resentment that happened once the witch hunt against smokers began. An eye opener.
I wouldn't exactly call it a witch hunt. Even though I used to be a smoker myself, I think it was a fair cop really. I sometimes think I miss the traditionally smokey atmosphere in pubs. But that's just rose-coloured nostalgia for youth. What I'm really missing is probably all the stuff that went along with that smokey atmosphere. It's just a trigger. I don't think I'd really want it back.
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