I Should Have Known Better – 2 of Cups

I Should Have Known Better – 2 of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) A Hard Day’s Night, 1964 “I Should Have Known Better” is the second song on the soundtrack for the film A Hard Day’s Night, released in the summer of 1964. The Beatles perform the song twice during the movie. The first time is in the…

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Penny Lane – 6 of Cups

Penny Lane – 6 of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) Magical Mystery Tour, 1967 The Beatles were at a creative peak following the mind-blowing Revolver album. For their next project, John and Paul planned to make an album of songs about their childhoods growing up in Liverpool. Although the original concept would soon morph into Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely…

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Mean Mr. Mustard – 4 of Pentacles

Mean Mr. Mustard – 4 of Pentacles (Lennon/McCartney) Abbey Road, 1969 As an astute observer and storyteller, John was often inspired by things he read in the newspaper and saw on television. In June of 1967, the Daily Mirror and Daily Record both ran stories about a John Mustard, who was being divorced for being…

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It Won’t Be Long – 9 of Cups

It Won’t Be Long – 9 of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) With The Beatles, 1963 By late 1963, the Beatles were a phenomenon in their native UK. Anyone who doubted if they could last were sure to be won over from the first notes of their second album; “It Won’t Be Long” is the fantastically energetic opener…

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Baby You’re a Rich Man – 9 of Pentacles

Baby You’re a Rich Man – 9 of Pentacles (Lennon/McCartney) Magical Mystery Tour, 1967 “Baby You’re a Rich Man” is typical psychedelic-era Beatles; it has mystical lyrics and features an exotic, Indian-flavored arrangement. Its meandering instrumental introduction was made with a clavioline, a precursor to the synthesizer. The song was released as a B-side to…

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Slow Down – Knight of Wands

Slow Down – Knight of Wands (Williams) Long Tall Sally EP, 1964 Available on Past Masters There was such demand for Beatles music in 1964 that even two albums weren’t nearly enough. To fill the gap in anticipation of their third album, A Hard Day’s Night, the fab four hastily recorded a 4-song EP in…

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