"In My Life" as written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney....
There are places I'll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life, I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more
In my life-- I love you more


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"In My Life" as written by John Lennon, Paul Mccartney

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  • +8
    Song MeaningFirst of all, I'd like to say that I don't truly think anyone's really given this particular song a justified response, as to what the song is actually supposed to mean. Sure, some people give very surface-level statements about what it means, but nothing deep -- and it's a deep song, as Lennon said. Most of the comments involve the poster's life, and how the song has affected them, rather than what the song actually means. Hence, I'd like to actually put some attention in the song, where it belongs.

    In its entirety, the song is basically written to someone beloved to the songwriter. The speaker is expressing their love for someone special. This is indicated by the line "In my life I love you more." Although, rather than simply saying, "I love you," the writer decides to compare their newfound love to everything they've known to love and cherish their entire life. This is indicated by the lines, "And these memories lose their meaning/ /When I think of love as something new." Hence, the writer is saying, "Compared to even the most cherished of all of my life's memories, I love you more."

    Hence, the song isn't necessarily about reminiscing or nostalgia. Instead, it's more about expressing one's love for someone, by comparing them to the past. "You're greater than my most cherished and fond memories." Although, in doing so, the writer must express how great and cherished these memories actually are. Hence, there is a sense of nostalgia and reminiscing, in order to express the depth of this love and appreciation for the past. And so, by showing how deeply in love he/she is with their past, the writer is truly saying miles, by comparing their love to these feelings. They are, in essence, saying that they respect and appreciate their past indefinitely, but that even those memories cannot surpass the love he/she now feels for this new special person. And so, they express the immensity and seriousness of their love for that person.

    Although, the average person will only really relate to the nostalgia and reminiscing, so that the song isn't really cherished as a love song. Instead, oddly, it's cherished as a looking-back song. A song of memory. A song of reflecting on the past. And it's odd how the chord structure of the music, and every selected note, seems to get across a sad, somber feeling, rather than some excitement and seriousness of an expression of love. Instead of a love song, it comes across more as a melancholy perspective of the past; a deep, sad look at all of the memories of one's life.

    And personally, I think the beat is too Beatlesque. In other words, it's too poppy. Too upbeat. Too rock and roll. John Lennon's later music was very serious and deep -- expressing worlds of emotion, as he had matured as an independent songwriter/musician. I think it's sad that John Lennon didn't re-record this particular song in his later years. It was truly one of his all-time best songs, along with Imagine. And also, I feel the same way about Help. I think Help should have been re-recorded, along with Strawberry Fields Forever. While Strawberry is simply odd-sounding, and could've been orchestrated better, Help suffers from the same problems as In My Life: the beat is too poppy, too upbeat, too Beatlesque. The odd thing is, these aren't Beatle songs; their Lennon songs. One can sense Lennon's particular style all over these songs. The very lyrics are philosophically deep and moving -- full of meaning and emotion, whereas most Beatle songs are simply catchy, without the extra sense of meaning, for which Lennon was no doubt talented.

    I think McCartney's Yesterday was a good example of how these Lennon songs should've been recorded. Solo piano, or solo guitar, without the rest of the band, and without the drums. Lennon's songs were simply too bare and special to involve the rest of the Beatles. He should have recorded In My Life, Help, and Strawberry Fields Forever in a very personal, solo manner. I think the songs are now left in a form which isn't truly genuine to Lennon. I feel they are songs suck in the past, in a form Lennon could have done away with. I feel Lennon's true mature song writing style would've naturally brought out the true depth and scope of these earlier songs. And now they're simply stuck in a two-dimensional Beatlesque box of pop garbage. But I still think they are decent, even if they aren't exactly entirely Lennonesque. Lennon's spirit still lies within the music -- one just has to overlook all of that Beatly nonsense to hear it!

    Cheers.
    LennonGenius!on May 16, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is the ultimate lookin back, reflecting, mistakes and triumphs, loves and losses, missing your old friends, loving the new ones song! It was played on the Wonder Years a few times, along with many other Beatles songs. The best part about this song, is it all come back to one person "but of all these friends and lovers....there is no one compares with you", it all centers around true love, that one person that means more than all the others...in your life.
    Cherriepieon June 29, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI'm only 18 and saying a beatles song which was released about 20years before i was born, is my favourite all time song may not be a common thing of someone my age, but it is true. this has been my favourite song for the last two years and i think it always will be. I recently split from my girlfriend, who i believed was my true love, it really hurt and this song reflects the way i feel about her, and life, and often makes me cry listening to it. i don't think ive known a song with so much meaning. It's also one of those rare songs that you can actually describe as being 'beautiful'.
    Paul_draperon July 10, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is the only song that i have ever heard and cried.
    elmo_kidon January 31, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentmost people think, as i once did, that these lyrics are simply a "nostalgia trip" but if you get beyond the first verse, it is fairly plain to see that John's mentioning of old friends and nostalgic moments serves merely as a means to express his love through comparison; "But of all these friends and lovers / There is no one compares with you / And these memories lose their meaning /When I think of love as something new." In the next "stanza," if you will, or the second bridge to be precise, he goes on to say that even though he loves those memories so much that he'll "never lose affection" for them, he will actually "love you more," whoever "you" happens to be. What it basically comes down to is that this is a love song that compares one's romantic love for another with his nostalgic love for his memories... and as we all know, the latter is a very powerful emotion, hence the magnitude of the implication that the subject in the lyrics loves his woman more than his nostalgic memories.

    had this been a different day, i might have considered arguing against the idea that these lyrics have "hidden" drug meanings.... but such an idea is so ridiculous that it really doesn't merit more than the brief mentioning it just received.
    dr4g0sm4ft31on April 06, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI hate to think about this and when I mentioned it to my mom she almost cried but I am requesting that my family members, when I die, play three songs at my funeral or whatever I have: Free as a Bird, Real Love, and this In my Life. Johns voice in those three songs move me to tears and when I was Watching the Anthology and this song came on and it is so beautiful. I love John Lennon and the other Beatles.
    ~ ((OLO)) lives ~
    thespacemanliveson January 18, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI have always loved this song since I heard it as a kid in the sixties. It took on a whole new meaning when I heard it coming from the hospital the night my daughter was born.I "cried like a baby" driving home. My daughters' birth changed my life, I went from thinking about only myself to being a father with responsibilities. The song summed it all up, all the lovers and relatives and friends pale in comparison with loving a child. "Damn" I'm crying now......
    Ursamajor59on November 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA wonderful song. I think everyone can listen to this song and remember all the good things in their past.
    song4juliaon January 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is such an amazing song... it always gives me goosebumps
    ienvyyourlifeon April 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, I definitely like this track. Obviously, not every single Beatles track is not going to be about drug references.

    This lyric, in fact, bears a resemblance to Charles Lamb's poem "The Old Familiar Faces" which John could have come across in the popular poetry anthology "Palgraves Treasury". The poem goes like so:

    I have had playmates, I have had companions,
    In my days of childhood, in my joyful school-days—
    All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

    I have been laughing, I have been carousing,
    Drinking late, sitting late, with my bosom cronies—
    All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

    I loved a Love once, fairest among women:
    Closed are her doors on me, I must not see her—
    All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

    I have a friend, a kinder friend has no man:
    Like an ingrate, I left my friend abruptly;
    Left him, to muse on the old familiar faces.

    Ghost-like I paced round the haunts of my childhood,
    Earth seem'd a desert I was bound to traverse,
    Seeking to find the old familiar faces.

    Friend of my bosom, thou more than a brother,
    Why wert not thou born in my father's dwelling?
    So might we talk of the old familiar faces—

    How some they have died, and some they have left me,
    And some are taken from me; all are departed
    All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.
    Bobo192on March 09, 2003   Link

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