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’ll Cry Instead – 5 of Cups

I’ll Cry Instead – 5 of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) A Hard Day’s Night, 1964 How does it feel to have someone you love break up with you? You’re likely to feel some mixture of sadness and anger. That’s what we hear expressed in “I’ll Cry Instead”, a country-tinged John composition from the soundtrack to A Hard…

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All You Need is Love – 10 of Cups

All You Need is Love – 10 of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) Magical Mystery Tour, 1967 During what was known as the Summer of Love, the Beatles had reached a whole new peak of fame and notoriety. Sure, they’d been world-famous pop stars for years. But in June 1967 they’d just released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club…

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Do You Want to Know a Secret? – Page of Cups

Do You Want to Know a Secret? – Page of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) Please Please Me, 1963 “Do You Want to Know a Secret?” was written by John, shortly after getting married to Cynthia. He soon recognized the simple melody was well-suited for George’s vocal range. John said later that the idea for the song came…

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Because – The Star

Because – The Star (Lennon/McCartney) Abbey Road, 1969 Listening to “Because” feels like being transported to an otherworldly, mystical dimension. The sound of the song is simultaneously quiet and big. The minimal lyrics seem to say so much with so few words. It’s as if we’ve transported to the astral plane. We’re invited to join…

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Mr. Moonlight – The Moon

Mr. Moonlight – The Moon (Johnson) Beatles For Sale, 1964 “Mr. Moonlight” is a good example of how the Beatles set themselves apart from other rock and roll acts on the club circuit before they made it big, and before they became successful songwriters. While other acts sang what was popular, the Fab Four often…

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Doctor Robert – King of Cups

Doctor Robert – King of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) Revolver, 1966 Although the Beatles made oblique references to drug use in some of their previous songs, “Doctor Robert” is their first direct reference to it. When Revolver was released in 1966 the band still had a reputation as lovable moptops among most of their fanbase and the…

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