Britain through music | Part 2 | The Beatles, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’

Friday 13 March 2015
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This is Part 2 of our series on songs that namecheck British places! We're here to give you a bit of background on them. As evocative as each of the songs are to listen to, nothing beats visiting the places that inspired them for yourself. Be sure to go and check them out.

Strawberry Field(s) Forever

The Beatles: four men from Liverpool who changed the way we make and listen to music, forever.

SF Graf ©Ryan McKee

 

Liverpool is a city with a fascinating heritage (did you know that the USA’s first overseas consulate was founded here in 1790?). The city where the band grew up provided the inspiration for a number of The Beatles' hits including 'Penny Lane' and the ground-breaking psychedelic classic ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’

penny lane ©Jeffrey

 

The real name for the place that inspired John Lennon’s song comes without an ‘s’. Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army children’s home near John’s home where he'd play as a child. Made famous by the song, it’s regularly visited as a site of pilgrimage by the thousands of Beatles fans who come to Liverpool each year.

Strawberry Gallery ©Dark Dwarf

 

A global phenomenon, The Beatles’ music has been pored over by armies of fans in search of hidden meanings and there exists an enormous amount of trivia attached to every track. In the case of 'Strawberry Fields Forever', it has been claimed that the song is the first ever pop song to use a ‘fake ending’, fading out before fading back up (listen out at 03.37. It must've driven the DJs mad). Aficionados also claim that the series of beeps after Lennon singing “Let me take you down ‘cause I’m going to”, are in fact Morse Code spelling out the letters J and L.

The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever from Heider Jeffer on Vimeo. Along with the many theories and facts surrounding the track, Lennon may have just been evoking a simple memory of time spent playing with friends in a special place from his childhood. The Beatles Tour allows intimate visits to these special places such as the famous Cavern Club, where the band performed their first gig, and John Lennon's childhood home, now a National Trust property.

The exterior seen through the garden gate at Mendips, the childhood home of John Lennon, in Woolton, Liverpool. The childhood home of John Lennon ©National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

 

The Beatles Story gives a colourful and fascinating history of the band set on the waterfront at the Albert Docks, a UNESCO Designated World Heritage Site complete with TATE Liverpool and fashionable bars and restaurants. Now see Part 3!

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