Paul McCartney said a famous poem inspired John Lennon to write The Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever
Paul McCartney called John Lennon intended to become a writer. Along the same lines, Paul said John was inspired by a famous poem when writing The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Paul said another Beatles song was influenced by the poem.
What Paul McCartney thought of John Lennon as an author
In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: In many yearsPaul spoke about John’s relationship to literature.” John had written a little poem about it [his aunt] framed in the kitchen,” Paul recalled. “It was beautiful: ‘A house where love is…’ John had writing ambitions.”
Paul spoke about the first book of short stories that John wrote. “First he wrote what turned out later In his own writingsaid Paul. “He showed me what he had typed. Sometimes I helped him. We sat there giggling and just saying puns, that was basically it; “In the early owls of Morecambe,” I recall, “a cup of O-teeth” was a passage that was in the typewriter when I was there. But I would like all of that and I was very impressed.”
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The author of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ inspired the Beatles to write ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘I Am the Walrus’
Paul remembered what John thought about Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland and closer look. “He was a big fan of Lewis Carroll, which I was,” he said. “In my view, two of John’s great songs, ‘Strawberry Fields’ and ‘I am the walrus,’ both come from ‘Jabberwocky’. ‘I am he as you are…’ He has Jabberwocky to thank for that.”
For context: “Jabberwocky” is a poem from closer look. It is one of the most famous nonsense poems in the English language. Like “Jabberwocky”, “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “I Am the Walrus” they use strange language.
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How the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” hit the charts
“Strawberry Fields Forever” became a hit. It peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the chart for nine weeks. The Beatles released “Strawberry Fields Forever” on the album Magical Mystery Tour. The album surpassed that poster 200 for eight weeks. It stayed on the chart for a total of 93 weeks.
“Strawberry Fields Forever” was a more modest hit in the UK. Corresponding The Official Charts Company, the song peaked at number 32 in the UK and stayed on the chart for three weeks. In the meantime, Magical Mystery Tour reached number 31 there and stayed 10 weeks in the table.
Like many other Beatles songs, “Strawberry Fields Forever” inspired numerous covers. Debbie Harry, Peter Gabriel and Melanie Martinez are among the artists who put their stamp on the song. Jim Sturgess recorded the track for the jukebox musical through the universe.
“Strawberry Fields Forever” became a hit and it might not be the same without Carroll.
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