Old Spice My favourite Pep­per mo­ments

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The sur­re­al­is­tic im­agery in Lucy in the Sky with Di­a­monds, in­spired by Len­non’s child­hood read­ing of Lewis Car­roll’s clas­sics and his ad­ven­tures with hal­lu­cino­genic drugs. Cel­lo­phane flow­ers. News­pa­per taxis. Rock­ing-horse peo­ple. Look­ing-glass ties.

The aching sad­ness of Sheila Bromberg’s harp in She’s Leav­ing Home, McCart­ney’s kitchen-sink drama with strings, in­spired by a tabloid news­pa­per story about a real life teenage run­away named Me­lanie Coe.

Len­non’s re­join­der to McCart­ney’s “I’ve got to ad­mit it’s get­ting bet­ter, a lit­tle bet­ter all time” in the song Get­ting Bet­ter. He sings: “It couldn’t get much worse!” a line that per­fectly en­cap­su­lates the yin and yang of McCart­ney’s happy pos­i­tiv­ity and Len­non’s in­nate con­trari­ness.

The beau­ti­ful, log­i­cal sim­plic­ity of the call-and-an­swer sec­tion in With a Lit­tle Help from My Friends: “Do you need any­body? I need some­body to love. Could it be any­body? I want some­body to love.”

The orches­tral bridge used to graft Len­non’s open­ing stan­zas of A Day in the Life to an un­fin­ished McCart­ney com­po­si­tion about smok­ing dope on the up­per deck of a bus.

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