Wednesday, October 10, 2012

English III 10/10: "A day in the Life" by The Beatles

Despite being a HUGE Beatles fan, I really hadn't paid much attention to this particular Beatles song until I heard a local band called Cartographers play live it a few years back. Something about the way it shifts tempo, almost into a new song, half way through it... I cannot explain but it makes it really feel like 'a day in the life' of a person; because we all know how many different things can happen and how many different attitudes we take on in the course of a single day. There is something particularly haunting about the line "the english army had just won the war"... I don't know why, but I get chills now when I hear that line... perhaps because I wonder if it is possible to 'WIN' a war at all. Anyway, this is a good song for the range of moods it traces and for still remaining, all in all, a feel good track.

What if we all had to rewrite the lyric to "A day in the Life" to fit our own lives? How would it go? How would your verse go?
I read the news today oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grave
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,
and 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


5. Cower- recoil in fear or servility; shrink away from 
6. Absolution- forgiveness; pardon; release 
7. Blatant- obvious 
8. Reprehensible- shameful; very bad

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