The Beatles Song Tarot Project

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” – Lao Tzu “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” – Khalil Gibran “From one generation to the next, The Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time.” – Dave…

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I Need You – 5 of Cups

I Need You – 5 of Cups (Harrison) Help!, 1965 “I Need You” was just the second George Harrison composition recorded by the Beatles, and was featured in their second movie Help!.  The song may have foreshadowed the future of his relationship with future-wife, Patti Boyd. They were soon to be married but years later…

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Don’t Let Me Down – Ace of Cups

Don’t Let Me Down – Ace of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) Released as a single, 1969 Available on Past Masters Early in 1969 the Beatles recorded their Get Back project, which would eventually become the Let It Be album and documentary film. At the time John Lennon was falling head-over-heels in love with Yoko Ono, while also…

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Chains – The Devil

Chains – The Devil (Goffin/King) Please Please Me, 1963 “Chains” was the first of two songs sung by George on the Beatles’ debut album, Please Please Me. It was written by legendary songwriting team Goffin and King, and originally recorded by girl-group, The Cookies. Gerry Goffin and Carole King were a married couple who composed…

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Girl – Queen of Wands

Girl – Queen of Wands (Lennon/McCartney) Rubber Soul, 1965 John’s songwriting took a quantum leap forward with Rubber Soul. Along with “Girl”, his songs “In My Life”, “Nowhere Man”, and “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” showed an exceptional new level of sophistication in both musical arrangement and lyrical content. “Girl” is a mature tale…

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Long Tall Sally – Page of Wands

Long Tall Sally – Page of Wands (Johnson/Penniman/Blackwell) Long Tall Sally EP, 1964 Available on Past Masters The Beatles performed “Long Tall Sally” so often in concert that when it came time to put it on record, they nailed it in just one take. The song was a huge hit for Little Richard, who was…

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Hey Jude – Temperance

Hey Jude – Temperance (Lennon/McCartney) Released as a Single, 1968 Available on Past Masters Paul wrote “Hey Jude” as a comforting message for John’s five-year-old son Julian, who was experiencing the separation of his parents. It was originally called “Hey Jules” but Paul changed the name to Jude because he felt it sounded better. It…

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