"Strawberry Fields Forever" as written by John Winston Lennon and Paul James Mccartney....
Let me take you down
'Cause 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
'Cause 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 know you can't tune it
But it's all right
That is I think it's not too bad

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

Always know sometimes 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
'Cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever
Strawberry Fields forever
Strawberry Fields forever


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"Strawberry Fields Forever" as written by John Winston Lennon, Paul James Mccartney

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  • +8
    General CommentIt seems to me that John wrote this song as a representation of a place that he goes in his head to escape his troubles. When he was younger, he often took refuge in Strawberry Field. This song is using Strawberry Field as a metaphor for a place he mentally wanders to forget his stress.
    0coolon January 06, 2002   Link
  • +7
    General CommentThe song opens with the chorus, "Let me take you down cos I'm going to, Strawberry Fields, nothing is real, and nothing to get hung-about. Strawberry Fields forever."

    It was written during the time of the Beatles, and has both figurative and metaphorical representations. One, it is an actual place John went to visit often - Strawberry Fields being an orphanage near John's home in Liverpool where he went as a young boy to escape his troubles — And two, this song is also using Strawberry Fields symbolically - a place he mentally wanders to forget his stress - yearning for simpler times. He also is frustrated and disillusioned with those who go through life blind to things going on around them, and too there are indications of Lennon's own insecurities about his genius. John invites us to come on "down" and join him into a world where there is no fussing, fighting, or killing.

    "Living is easy with eyes closed. Misunderstanding all you see.

    This is so true when you deliberate about how easy life is when you accept things superficially and don't utilize research. However, John knew that living life shallowly is not really living at all.

    "It's getting hard to be someone, but it all works out."

    John finds seeing things as they really are is no easy task, but he trust that in the end it will all work out.

    "It doesn't matter much to me."

    And John figures if things don't work out "it doesn't matter much..." because there is no way he is turning back and giving up on the road less traveled.

    The next verse begins, "No one I think is in my tree, I mean it must be high or low."

    It's apparent John is struggling with the notion that maybe he is not a genius after all. There's a saying, "There's a fine line between genius and insanity," and John may, at that point in time, have questioned his sanity even for a brief time.

    "That is you can't you know, tune in, but it's all right. That is I think it's not too bad."

    John lets us know that the mental state he is in is not a place where many minds "tune in," "but it's alright." John's okay with knowing his psychic state is not for everyone, but hopes that there are enough intelligent and well-informed people to acknowledge brilliance and a greater message. Lennon tapped into primal emotions that never left his consciousness.

    "Always, know sometimes, think it's me, but you know I know when it's a dream."

    I don't have the facts here in front of me, but I'm guessing John's confused about who he is at times. He reassures us though that even when he may be in doubt and "thinks it's him," he is quite certain he "...know when it's a dream."

    Before repeating the chorus one last time, John ends with, "I think I know I mean a yes, but it's all wrong. That is I think I disagree."

    Again, the fine line of genius and insanity is gripping. John want's to agree with society, but he knows society is "all wrong," forcing him to disagree with it's direction and conditions. John felt mankind could build reality from it's dreams.
    Kenny5271957on May 04, 2011   Link
  • +6
    General CommentLiving is easy with eyes closed
    Misunderstanding all you see
    You won't find any better lyrics!
    John Lennon was a Genius!
    wriggion February 08, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentUm, you guys know that "strawberry fields" is a slang term for acid, right? You know, LSD?
    nancy_smithon May 01, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General Commentpoor john was never truly satisfied
    wesnon February 10, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTake a good dose of lsd and listen to this and all will become clear.
    wyguyon April 24, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat Lyric...I think this song speaks of yearning for simpler times and frustration/diillusionmeet with those who go through life blind to things going on around them. There is also an indication of Lennon's own insecurities.
    SVon June 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is very deep and a classic beatle favorite. its one of those songs that john wrote that make you think, wow he WAS a genius. i really enjoy the orchestration and arrangement of sounds in this masterpiece. no matter what meaning it supposedly had in real life, it can mean many cool things depending how you want to see it. thats why it rocks so much
    smashingrockeron May 13, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am from England, and i have been to Liverpool a few times, there really is an orphanage there called, "Strawberry Fields" and supposibly, John did go there as a child because he knew kids who lived there. This is all true, but it does not knock off the idea that perhaps this song is about tripping face... The Beatles were noutorious drug abusers, and this song and many others, (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds) may now not be about the actual drug acid itself, but they were more than likely writen while John was on one of his many crazy acid trips...
    diamondgeezer14kon June 27, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about youth...when he says "living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see, its getting hard to be someone but it all works out, it doesn't matter much to me"...I think hes talking about fitting in and the troubles that teens encounter throughout adolescence...and strawberry fields is a place to get away by themselves, and that can be interpreted with "nothing is real; nothing to get hungabout, strawberry fields forever!"...maybe he's talking about how he can just be himself there until he really finds himself as a person.

    That's what I think anyway. Whatever the meaning of this song is, I think we can come to the consensus that it is a great song no matter what it really means.
    AmyBth2005on June 03, 2004   Link

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