A Taste Of Honey – Knight of Cups

A Taste Of Honey – Knight of Cups (Scott/Marlow) Please Please Me, 1963 “A Taste Of Honey” has a real dramatic feel to it. And for good reason: the song was originally written for a Broadway version of a British play. This tune from Side 2 of The Beatles’ debut album was part of their…

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Yer Blues – 5 of Pentacles

Yer Blues – 5 of Pentacles (Lennon/McCartney) The Beatles (White Album), 1968 John returned home from the Beatles’ spiritual retreat in 1968 with a big batch of new songs. You might think they would have been uplifting and joyful, but you would be wrong. Most of the songs Lennon wrote in India were among his…

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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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