A Day in the Life

EMILIANO DE BLAS: A Day In The Life seems to me like the Climax of The Beatles’ career. It has story telling, great drums by Ringo, the bass is also very noticeable, the guitar sounds great within the song. But what makes it unique is those 2 parts where a lot of instruments sound at once, the last one especially because it pauses and then finalizes in a very long note. It literally feels like The Beatles Climax and I don’t think it could have been any better.

AART EERLAND: Masterpiece

HEATH BARTLETT: It’s the quintessential Beatles song. The narrative is so haunting and John’s vocals sound otherworldly. The lyrics say a lot about the world we live in even today. Paul’s middle section provides a profound realization of how this particular day begins and then the orchestration swells and we return to John who concludes the day much the way it began: waiting to turn us on. It was a perfect conclusion to Pepper.

KALYAN VALERIE MEOLA: The first time I ever listened to “A Day in the Life,” I was lying on my bed with my eyes closed. During the song, I could feel myself float up to the ceiling! That was my first ever out-of-body experience—pre-drugs :). At the last chord, I came back to myself ever so gently. The whole of Sgt. Pepper took my breath away. That one song took me higher!

RICH ALLEN: At first, it seemed like what it is: an unfinished John song coupled with an unfinished Paul song. Of course John and Paul made two completely different sounds fit perfectly into one song. At times I listen to it and it sounds so simple. The next time I pick out the complexities of the song. Such a wonderful

BEN BETTLES: The greatest song they wrote was “A Day in the Life” in my opinion. A combination of John (probably 70 per cent) and Paul and the fifth Beatle, George Martin, who, with Paul, organized the incredible orchestra crescendo . . . brilliant!!

DEBRA MACLAUGHLAN-DUMES: “A Day in the Life” was unexpected the first time I heard it, like a play or a narrative with stories to tell; something I hadn’t really heard from a pop song up until that time. Hearing it was like watching a film, following along until the vortex of the music transplanted me to a different cinematic view of an ordinary life made lyrically extraordinary.

MIKE MONTANA: Arguably the best song ever. It’s rare when such a great song becomes such a great recording and this is one of the best examples. The feel, the combo of John and Paul, the lyrics, the music, the unbelievable rush into and out of the various parts, and that unbelievable crescendo!!! Plus on top of all that, the beautiful McCartney phrase I’d love to turn you on. We knew what that meant and we were turned on!! Doesn’t get better than “A Day in the Life.” Hearing it for the first time was mind altering. Music was just suddenly, overnight, a brand new thing. People had made records like photographs before that. Now, here were recordings that were artistic paintings . . . open to interpret. That song is like a door from the black and white era into a whole of Technicolor.

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.

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,
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

Songwriters: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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