Let me take you down, 'cos 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, 'cos 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, 'cos I'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 I know I mean a "Yes" but it's all wrong, that is I think I disagree

Let me take you down, 'cos I'm going to Strawberry Fields ,
Nothing is real,
And nothing to get hung about,
Strawberry Fields forever.
Strawberry Fields forever .
Strawberry Fields forever.

Cranberry sauce.


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    General CommentHere's my analysis of Strawberry Fields (probably my favorite Beatles song):

    First off, I don't think it's "about" drugs. It might contain references to drug-induced experiences, or been written either under the influence of them or as a result of having been, but that really doesn't mean anything. Use of pot or hallucinogens will affect your outlook on the world and influence your creative endeavors, as will many other experiences, but to say that "this song is about drugs" is extremely simple-minded.

    With that out of the way, I believe this song is about the concept of building one's own reality out of dreams (both literal and figurative dreams), fantasies, and delusions. Retreating into one's own dream-world is a concept that's hardly unique to this song. What makes Strawberry Fields unique, however, is that it takes the conept a step further, by not only retreating into a fantasy, but by actually realizing it to the extent that you can invite someone else to join you, hence the chorus:

    "Let me take you down, 'cos I'm going to Strawberry Fields
    Nothing is real, and nothing to get hungabout
    Strawberry Fields forever"

    However, the song also deals with the inherrant issues with the idea of dream-reality-living, which is that, over time, the lines between your fantasy and the real world can erode, leaving behind feelings of contradiction and confusion. What's more, it ultimately proves impossible for another to live entirely within your own fantasy world (though she might try), as he realizes over the course of the song. In each verse, this progression is evident as the singer's views become more confused and unsure of himself.

    "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 "

    The first verse clearly acknowledges that he is not living in the "real world", and that he's even losing his "real world" identity, but that it scarcely matters, because the world he IS living in is an easy one to grow accustomed to and enjoy, and this is all he really needs.

    "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"

    He realizes in the second verse that he's more lonely here than originally intended. The one he wants to share his dream world with can't entirely tune into it, and he finds himself alone there. What mattered little in the first verse is now noticed, but bearable. "that is, I think it's not too bad"

    "Always, no sometimes, think it's me, but you know I know when it's a dream
    I think I know I mean a "Yes" but it's all wrong, that is I think I disagree"

    These lyrics make little sense, and I'm fairly certain the lyrics listed on this site are innacurate, as I've always seen (and heard) this final verse as:

    "Always, no sometimes, think it's me, but you know I know when it's a dream
    I think, er, no... I mean, er, "Yes", but it's all wrong. That is I think I disagree"

    Assuming the latter lyrics are the correct ones, the final verse shows the singer's final acknowledgement that his reality is nothing but a dream, and one that he can't feel fulfilled living in exclusively. His confusion in this verse is very blatant, as he stammers over lines and corrects himself, trying to remain positive, but in the end, admitting that it's all wrong.

    What is left up to conjecture, of course, is how it ends, whether he comes back to true reality or whether he's too far gone. The repeated "strawberry fields forever" at the end of the song might imply the latter. As for "Strawberry Fields" itself, I think the fact that it's an orphanage in england is fairly irrelevant, because for the purpose of the song, it's simply a symbolic place or state of existance, and dwelling on why he chose it as his symbol rather than some other place is a mundane excercise.

    Interestingly, Paul's "Penny Lane", released as the B-side on the strawberry fields single, is about a similar concept. However, where Strawberry fields is about the singer actually attempting to live in his dream world, and dealing with the benefits, challanges, and consequences of doing so, Penny Lane simply takes the form of an idle daydream. "There beneath the blue suburban skies I sit and meanwhile back, on Penny Lane...", "Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes" and "And though she feels as if she's in a play, she is anyway" all drive the concept home. IMO, Strawberry fields is a much more powerful song due to the extent to which it delves into the idea of waking dreams, whereas Penny lane takes a very superficial (though also inspired and catchy) view of daydreams.
    iteration2on July 14, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"but to say that "this song is about drugs" is extremely simple-minded."
    - okay that is one of the stupidest things i've read on here.
    this song IS about drugs. get with it.
    you, iteration2 are a dumbass.
    All0ygirlon August 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think i got the meassage of this song right away and it pretty much applies to my philosopy. "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, 'cos I'm going to Strawberry Fields, Nothing is real, and nothing to get hungabout, Strawberry Fields forever." What I got out of that bit is that when you live your life the same way for a long enough time, big questions start to pop into your head, "Why am I here?" Why should I take another step?". Those are the questions that drive me and several other people crazy, and sometimes it is hard to be someone, meaning to going on acting normal when inside your going crazy. Sometimes i just want to lay low, stop existing and other times i want to through a fit out of sheer confusion. Maybe I'll understand more when I'm older but I dought it.
    This song spoke to me and it is definitely my favorite Beatles song.
    Grungehead217on August 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAll0ygirl, you should chill out and try to think before typing next time. I think Iteration2 is right in his analysis.

    I'm not much of a Beatles fan, but I really love this song. I agree, it's about drugs, but it's also about living in your fantasy world and avoiding to see the truth, and how sometimes people do this collectively.

    "Living is easy with eyes closed." is the phrase that most stuck with me... it's so easy to put rosy-colored glasses and ignore the world's problems, or even your own personal problems.
    "misunderstanding all you see", could also further this point. People would rather ignore the world's problems and not care about those suffering... but rather keep living in their personal "strawberry fields".
    I think the song could also be seen from a romantic point of view... The girl is inviting him to her "dream"... but as the song progresses.. both realize is just a dream... an impossible reality they want to live in.

    The song invites you to live a dream. To escape from reality. But all of this in a sarcastic tone, perhaps to criticize those who live in their dreams too much.
    Outernationaliston December 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's a beautiful song, no one has commented on the refrain. if you have, I apologize. "strawberry fields forever" let us realize our problems and fix them, so we can live happily ever after in strawberry fields, eternal happiness. I love John Lennon. He was so full of love. I get depressed thinking about his murder.
    glorifiedg79on September 20, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"- okay that is one of the stupidest things i've read on here.
    this song IS about drugs. get with it.
    you, iteration2 are a dumbass."

    You're probably long gone by now, but in case you come back:

    Wow... You're very defensive for some reason, and very quick to put down the overall intelligence of someone with a well articulated opinion while offering nothing of your own.

    I'm sorry to say, but, much as I like drugs (not all of them, and I'll leave my favorites up to conjecture), and acknowledge their importance both in artistic and introspective exploration and recreational value, not everything that's inspired by a trip is about one.

    One reason drugs have always been so popular amongst artists is because of what the artist is capable of seeing, feeling, or realizing while under their effects, and many of them find some deeper truths (or deeper falsehoods) while delving into less-filtered areas of the mind. We can either write these off as drug-addled delusions (as many do) or embrace them as a gift of insight given to us by those adept at clarifying their otherwise hidden inner thoughts.

    I can't tell whether you are so down on my "not about drugs" comment because you saw me as some ignorant square, oblivious of the importance of drug culture, or because you're one of them, and would rather write off this amazing song as an addled trip than acknowledge any deeper meaning...

    Or maybe you're just an internet troll.
    iteration2on December 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentso you guys are saying this song is something like "Hakuna Matata" but in a stoned way? I really don't do drugs in any way(I'm convinced those are shit my body doesn't need) however every time I listen to this song, all I get is that this song is all about daydreaming, seeing or imagining things that aren't real, but being aware of that.
    I think iteration2's analysis was way too cool.
    markieboi4everon January 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentStrawberry fields I beleive is a place that you retreat knowing it is not really real, but it is at that moment.

    I would suggest that is drug-related. Weed mainly, because it would give you time to be away, knowing you will come back to reality again.

    Just imagine: You are having some tough times, you smoke a "J" relax a little you go to Strawberry fields, think about stuff, dream, then you hit reality again, you know you will come back. You argue with yourself, then you smoke some more... strawberry fields forever.

    I don't know it could just be that place that one goes to clear the mind, walk away from the trouble mind but then you know you will have to go back.
    adreehon February 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwell here from lennon himself:

    Lennon (from his 1980 interview with Playboy magazine): "Strawberry Fields is a real place. After I stopped living at Penny Lane, I moved in with my auntie who lived in the suburbs in a nice semidetached place with a small garden and doctors and lawyers and that ilk living around... not the poor slummy kind of image that was projected in all the Beatles stories. In the class system, it was about half a class higher than Paul, George and Ringo, who lived in government-subsidized housing. We owned our house and had a garden. They didn't have anything like that. Near that home was Strawberry Fields, a house near a boys' reformatory where I used to go to garden parties as a kid with my friends Nigel and Pete we would go there and hang out and sell lemonade bottles for a penny. We always had fun at Strawberry Fields. So that's where I got the name. But I used it as an image. Strawberry Fields forever."

    Some of the lyrics reflect being misunderstood. Lennon added: "The second line goes, 'No one I think is in my tree.' Well, what I was trying to say in that line is, 'Nobody seems to be as hip as me, therefore I must be crazy or a genius.'" (thanks, Conrad - Los Angeles, CA)
    adreehon February 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentstrawberry fields is a slang for acid and well if your high nothing is real which is funny because strawberry-fields s a real place in liverpool living is easy with eyes closed assuming the war was so stressful they needed to escape
    Hunt0hon March 28, 2008   Link

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