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 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 CommentGreat song. But then again, what Beatles song isn't?

    I do think it's ashame... reading posts here from people who are calling this song garbage. I do think the true genius behind it was how orginal was. Everything from the band playing around with their voices ("Full speak ahead") to their sounds of submaries... just very artistic and orginal.

    A very creative song. It was a big kiddy.. if it wasn't about drugs.
    ckad79on December 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentUnder the influence of marijuana, it's very apparant that this song is about perfect working communism.

    "As we live a life of ease, every one of us is all we need; sky of blue, sea of green, in our yellow submarine."
    restin256on December 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAlright, seriously. I hope that if you read some of the other opinions you get to this one, because I am astounded by some of the stupid things Iv had to read in this comment section. At one point, I believe someone actually said that Kurt Kobain was a better lyricist then John Lennon, or any Beatle.

    Rest assured--They are foolish fanboys, consumed by a band so they instantly assume its better then other bands. Fact of the matter is that Beatles revolutionized rock in hundreds of ways. Nirvana would have, of course, never existed if not for The Beatles. The Beatles bassicaly invented metaphoric and symbolic lyrics in deep layers. Well, may not have invented in the traditional sence, but they certainly made them useable, mainstream, and inspired masses of people to do so in the future. I didnt even like The Beatles untill about 6 months ago, but since then I took the time to learn all there was to know about them. They did everything from invent the internet, to get the Rolling Stones their start, as well as encourging them in all regards.

    But yea, besides that: Yellow Submarine could mean manythings. It could of course mean drugs, as many of there songs were written while on them (seriously, dont try and act like they werent. The group admitted to this hundreds of times, as well as each one being aprehended various times for marijuana posession). It could also just as easily be a childrens rhyme. Unless you hear it from the artist, let it mean what you want it too.
    SwiftSlothon February 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYellow Submarine is not crap. Yellow submarine is a work of art by the brilliant paul mccartney, about nothing in particular. You try and write something about nothing and see how far it gets you - but for the beatles - even with ringo's poor voice, it earned them yet another place at the top of both the US and UK charts. Not many artists have done even that, especially with a song about nothing.
    beatlemaniacon March 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song was actually the song that got me to listen to my first Beatles' cd. Now I am in love with the Beatles, and I hardly even listen to this song anymore. But the more I learn about the Beatles the more I delve deeper into the lyrics, searching for hidden meanings, in all of their songs (which is why I joined this website), but I can't come up with much of anything very convincing for this one. It does seem like maybe their first experiences with drugs. In the town where I was born there lived a man who sailed to see...so we sailed on to the sun...like, they were introduced to whatever drug this happens to be by a man who had taken it frequently, and they all decided to give it a try after seeing what a fantastic life it seemed to be for this man. It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. That was percieved as a childrens' book and movie until you realize the author was high the whole time. But I really don't know. It does strike me as strange, though, that in a submarine they can all feel so free. Submarines are cramped and scary...they are UNDER the water!! big metal things that just go quietly throw the water except for the sonar thing, and it's dark, and I can't imagine how the Beatles ever thought of it for this "happy" song.
    HeyJude91on July 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt would seem as though a lot of people don't really like this song, but it's always been one of my favorites. When I thought about running away sometimes, I would play this song, and that helped.

    For some reason, I had always thought about it this way: they were going underwater to live in submarines, with "our friends are all aboard, many more of them, live next door." So, there would be like everyone you were close to just being with you, with no worries or anything.

    I don't really know or care if that's right or wrong or whatever, but that's what I've always thought about when I play it. And yes, the movie is pretty trippy. The Wall is the trippy-est, though, in my opinion.
    whitefox1029on January 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've already posted something, but my mind has changed about the meaning of this song. I think it has to do with fame. Yellow tour bus...sky of blue (bright future ahead)...see of green referring to the flow of money. It's saying how wonderful this life is, but almost sarcastically. "As we live/a life of ease/Every one of us/has all we need" this would be how being on tour, they all have what they "need": money and prospects, but they are saying real life is deeper than that, and to envy them is silly (which is why it is under such a silly pretext). It's like they are repeating what a person may say of their life, but sarcastically to point out that it isn't as fantastic as everyone might hope. Also, while Ringo sings this, I do believe Paul is the writer for it.

    I really hope I'm not stealing what someone has already written. I've thought this for so long, it is possible the idea came to me through what someone else has said, so if you said this first, sorry!!
    HeyJude91on July 08, 2008   Link

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