A Day In The Life - Remastered 2009

by The Beatles

May 26, 1967
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Lyrics for A Day In The Life - Remastered 2009 by The Beatles:

Verse 1: John Lennon
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

Verse 2: John Lennon
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

Bridge: Paul McCartney
*Alarm clock rings*
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

Verse 3: John Lennon
I read the news today, oh boy
4,000 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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Song Facts

For “A Day in the Life,” John Lennon wrote the opening and closing sections, while McCartney contributed the bridge. For the climax, they hired an orchestra of 40 musicians, dressed them in tuxedos and funny hats, and told them they had 24 bars to ascend from the lowest note on their instruments to the highest note closest to E major.

The song has often been rated as The Beatles' best, with reviewers calling it “one of the most ambitious, influential, and groundbreaking works in pop music history” and “perhaps one of the most important single tracks in the history of rock music.”

Lennon took his lyrical inspiration from the death of Tara Browne, heir to the Guiness Family Fortune, who died in a car crash at the young age of 21 And was a good friends with The Beatles. He also used random newspaper stories; for instance, the “4,000 holes” line was from a real story in The Daily Mail about potholes in Blackburn.

The official music video was uploaded to YouTube on October 28, 2015. It originally appeared in their 1995 Anthology mini-series, but was taken from previously unreleased footage of the original recording sessions.

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