"A Day in the Life" as written by John Winston Lennon and Paul James Mccartney....
I read the news today oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh

I saw the photograph
He blew his mind out in a car
He didn't notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
Nobody was really sure
If he was from the House of Lords

I saw a film today oh boy
The English army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
But I just had to look
Having read the book
I'd love to turn you on

Woke up, fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
And looking up I noticed I was late
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke
Somebody spoke and I went into a dream

I read the news today oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
I'd love to turn you on

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"A Day in the Life" as written by John Winston Lennon John Lennon

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  • +6
    My InterpretationI believe the structure of the song is crucial to understand what it means;

    the first part is about laying in bed, waiting to fall asleep, thinking of the day that is about to finish. he thinks of the irony in life, he can't help but laughing at someone dying in such an absurd way, after "having made the grade" in the life. the orchestral section is the moment when he falls alseep, with so much meaningless thinking going on (beautiful how the last thing he thinks is his loved one, and how he would like her to be there with him).
    Then he suddenly wakes up and starts his day routine; he has to hurry, no time for thinking; but then he smokes, and while people are talking about something he probably doesn't really care about, once again he goes away with his mind just like when he was about to sleep ("i went into a dream"), and again the orchestral section is the division between the everyday world and the world he has in his mind. Yet again, the last thought that comes to his mind is her... He'd love to turn her on...

    Sorry about my poor english, i did my best
    Urasawaon November 18, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General CommentJohn contemplating a world that is quickly devolving and coming apart at the seems.. while at the same time moving into interesting new frontiers.. and his response to all of this is that of a slightly passive, stoned, outside observer... his reflections are filtered through the world of media and art, all of which were in the process of becoming increasingly innovative and pervasive in everyone's lives. The disinterested quality is kind of a product of that and, to my mind, was something that continued on through many years later, into the 90s, with the 'slacker' label we all got (rightfully so, perhaps). I wonder if there is also a subconcious thought he's having here about whether his contributions to this new emerging 'art', and that of his contemporaries, is really helping the situation, or just making it worse. He was always so smart like that, being able to see both sides of the coin when it was most critical to have done so, but also when so few people actually were able to like him. So, at the end of the day, I think this is a song that contemplates a life of confusion, bewilderment, ecstasy, ambilivence, engagement, tempation, violence, brilliance, all converging on eachother simultaneously... that's why you hear the cacophy at the end.. but remember, that's followed by the incredible 4 beatles all hitting the same chord on the grand pianos in unison (then followed by a loop of weirdo beatles chatter if you have the actual LP). Good stuff. Hardly gets any better.
    caucasianon September 05, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"I saw a film today oh boy
    The English Army had just won the war"

    John was acting in a movie "How I Won The War" at the time the song was written.

    "Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire"

    Another Daily Mail article, about a politician commenting on the state of repair of Blackburn's roads - yes, they were potholes! Lennon made the phrase surreal by treating the holes as objects that could "fill the Albert Hall" (London's Royal Albert Hall, a famous Victorian concert venue).
    butterfingersbeckon March 18, 2002   Link
  • +3
    Song Meaning"He blew his mind out in a car"
    The car crash is about Tara Browne whose father was part of The House Of Lords. On 18 December 1966, Browne was driving with his girlfriend, model Suki Potier, in his Lotus Elan through South Kensington at a speed over 100mph. He failed to see a traffic light and proceeded through the junction of Redcliffe Square and Redcliffe Gardens, colliding with a parked lorry. He died of his injuries the following day.

    "I saw a film today oh boy. The English army had just won the war"
    John was in the film, How I Won the War which was about an inept British WWII commander who lead his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe. Both the movie and song were released in 1967.

    "Woke up, fell out of bed"
    This part was written by Paul and it describes a typical day for him when he was a teen living in Liverpool. He often took the bus around town because of the proximity of the bus stop being but a few feet from his home.

    "I read the news today oh boy. Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire"
    John had read in a newspaper that there were enough holes in the local roads to fill the Royal Albert Hall. Four thousand holes, to be exact.
    nelliewilsonon July 07, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPaul's my favourite Beatle for some reason, I know his earlier lyrics are often about love and are pretty cliched. But his later ones were experimental too, it's just that John was more innovative and went along more psychedelic routes. However, most of the *really* famous Beatles songs are by Paul (Yesterday, Hey Jude). Both John and Paul are important to the Beatles though
    Cherub Rockon August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's good
    maxpower7489on January 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn right. i remember reading somewhere that people thought paul was dead from the line "he blew his mind out in a car"...that was supposed to be the way he died...
    i like the part in this song when paul sings ("woke up, got out of bed..") a good song to end sgt. pepper.
    weezerific:cutleryon January 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like that part too. It's just so catchy.
    0coolon January 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti'd have to say this is the best song on the Sgt. Pepper album. what is the deal with the ending though? i like it anyway.
    song4juliaon January 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf the line, he blew his mind out in a car refers to the "Paul is Dead" hoax, how do you explain the line, "Nobody was really sure if he was from the house of Lords."? Although, I do believe the Beatles were behind the rumors, I don't think this one was intentially placed by them. Obviously Lennon was referring to someone in politics. Can anyone explain?
    Ferthukoon January 25, 2002   Link

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