Lovely Rita – Knight of Cups

Lovely Rita – Knight of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967 “Lovely Rita” is a playful little song – sung by Paul – describing a fling with a traffic warden, also known as a meter maid. In the first verse he describes what attracts his attention: She looks sexy in her little…

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Dear Prudence – 6 of Cups

Dear Prudence – 6 of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) The Beatles (The White Album), 1968 The Beatles wrote most of the White Album while on spiritual retreat in India, learning Transcendental Meditation from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The band was excited by the prospect of learning a method for going deep within for self-exploration and enlightenment. It…

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Words Of Love – Page of Cups

Words Of Love – Page of Cups (Holly) Beatles For Sale, 1964 For their fourth album, Beatles For Sale, the Fab Four recorded plenty of songs by the artists who influenced them. These cover songs were from their live act, going back to their earliest days together. The Beatles were like most rock bands of…

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Getting Better – The Chariot

Getting Better – The Chariot (Lennon/McCartney) Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967 The chugging guitar riff that opens “Getting Better” has a propulsive feel to it, signifying forward motion. This Paul song is about what’s changed since he found the love of his life. Both the music and lyrics paint a picture of moving…

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The End – The World

The End – The World (Lennon/McCartney) Abbey Road, 1969 As the Beatles were recording Abbey Road in 1969, there was an unspoken sense that the end of the band was near. They recorded the album Let It Be earlier in the year but did not release it because it had been such a mess. There…

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Lady Madonna – Queen of Pentacles

Lady Madonna – Queen of Pentacles (Lennon/McCartney) Released as a single, 1968 Available on Past Masters After three wildly innovative and critically-lauded psychedelic albums in 1966 and 1967, the Beatles were preparing themselves for a new creative direction at the start of ’68. Their adventurous (and some would say disastrous) film Magical Mystery Tour had…

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