When John Lennon had his first trip on LSD, he described George's house as being a submarine. This song is about the band's new lifestyle with drugs....
In the town where I was born
Lived a man who sailed to sea
And he told us of his life
In the land of submarines
So we sailed up to the sun
Till we found a sea of green
And we lived beneath the waves
In our yellow submarine

We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine

And our friends are all aboard
Many more of them live next door
And the band begins to play

We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine

(Full speed ahead Mr. Boatswain, full speed ahead
Full speed ahead it is, Sergeant.
Cut the cable, drop the cable
Aye, Sir, aye
Captain, captain)

As we live a life of ease
Every one of us has all we need
Sky of blue and sea of green
In our yellow submarine

We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine


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"Yellow Submarine" as written by John Winston Lennon John Lennon

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    General CommentI love the Beatles!!
    redcabooseon May 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOkay, I apparently understand a very different meaning for this song than everyone else, so I'm going to point it out:

    In the town where I was born
    Lived a man who sailed to sea
    And he told us of his life
    In the land of submarines
    So we sailed up to the sun
    Till we found a sea of green
    And we lived beneath the waves
    In our yellow submarine
    -"Where I lived there was a man who sold drugs and he told us about it, so we tried them until we were really high."

    We all live in a yellow submarine
    Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
    We all live in a yellow submarine
    Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
    -"We are all really high."

    And our friends are all aboard
    Many more of them live next door
    And the band begins to play
    -"So, because we liked it we told our friends and they joined us and now we are all happy and addicted."

    As we live a life of ease
    Every one of us has all we need
    Sky of blue and sea of green
    In our yellow submarine
    -"And we are high, and everyone else is high too on the drug."
    brais11392on June 21, 2016   Link
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    General CommentOK kids. This is a song simply about living on a tour bus. We in the biz refer to long bus rides as a "submarine ride." The first tour busses were the old school busses. The phrase "many more of them live next door."is a referal to the crew bus. Taken in this pretext it's simply a song about life on the road. Most songs like this are taken from real life situations and are written from the perspective of everyday occurances. Most musicians live in the moment and are not as introspective as one would assume. Look for the simplistic and you will find most of the meanings to songs are just that, simple.
    Ruralfreedon November 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA lot of people are saying this song doesn't have a meaning... Well I think it does, actually. Its just you need some background information to understand it. But hey, I might be wrong.

    I heard somewhere that the military used to use yellow submarines for target practice, they painted it yellow because it was easier to see against the blue or green water. So the yellow submarines were just target practice that ended up getting hit and ruined all the time.

    If they DID base the song off that bit of information, then the song makes a lot more sense, to me... Its kinda a sad song, if its true... But it doesn't sound sad, so maybe the yellow submarine thing is just a coincidence.
    DreamGeniuson June 23, 2008   Link
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    General Comment''We all are really really high we are all really really high''
    Alec2234on June 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    thespacemanliveson October 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is as hard as it is easy to understand.

    it is simply about life. were all riding it, and theres nothng more to do than to live it and enjoy it:)

    few people can mwrite a song so simple, but in the same time genious!
    GroveGon January 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI hate how everyone says its so simple, childish, and a bad song. it seems that way but it does have meanings,but no im not talking abnout how its about LCD and that its in the lyrics. that is totally wrong, (probably, you never know with the beatles.) because they did that in Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. so why would they do that in thius song too? that would be pretty wierd. but thats just my opinion.
    musiclover413on February 06, 2010   Link
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    General Commentholy shit. what has become of the people that once favored true artistic brilliance. which by all practical means is applying the simplest of notions and disguising them as absurdities. Look deep into this song, only a fool would aloof from this interpetation ;)

    In the town where I was born

    Lived a man who sailed the sea/ the chances we take that offer risk and fulfillment, yet the reprecussions are still unknown to that moment

    And he told us of his life/ the glits, the glam, all those luxuries you once promised yourself would still be attainable after straying from the ranch

    In the land of submarines/ land of the unknown, all you know is the "submarine" your in

    So we sailed on to the sun/ taking the high road, which ever fancies your utopian primrose path

    Until we found the sea of green/ the promised land? the moment where it all makes sense
    And we lived beneath the waves/ accepting that reality and enjoying it
    In our yellow submarine

    ...idk what do you guys think

    sensiblyadjacenton October 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI cant believe almost you all think this is a childish song you ignorant douches. this song has so many meanings, besides the acid trip theory. when the beatles wrote this the social revolution was starting and all their songs had to do with capitalism and freedom. "sea of green" means money, "beneath the waves" means that they were sheltered from the rest of the world. the yellow submarine is a metaphor for the subarban life style many people were trying to get away from or trying to change.
    "As we live a life of ease
    Everyone of us has all we need
    Sky of blue and sea of green
    In our yellow submarine"

    the first line just says that everyone was content living that sheltered life where "everyone of us has all we need" , between the clean clear blue skies and lots of money, we life in our yellow submarines.
    Even teh line "and all our friends are all aboard, many more of them live next door." is explaining the same ideas of peaople that are just trapped in their lives... no beatles song was just to have fun.. because the only way they had fun was buy writting these fucking masterpeieces
    raprapon January 19, 2011   Link

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