For You Blue – Page of Cups
Let It Be, 1970
“For You Blue” is delightfully relaxed and playful. Recorded in January of 1969, this little ditty by George Harrison nicely captures the loose spirit of the Get Back project. It wound up as the penultimate track on the album that eventually became Let It Be and serves as a palate cleanser after the melodramatic “The Long and Winding Road”. A modest, often-overlooked gem, it’s hard not to smile as we hear George laughing and goading on John during Lennon’s inspired slide guitar solo.
The song is a 12-bar blues, and its original title was, fittingly, “For You Blues”. (Somehow the “s” got left off the final track listing.) George wrote the lighthearted song for his wife Pattie. They’d been married for nearly three years at that point, and appropriately the song has a very comfortable-with-each-other feel to it. It’s like an intimate little love letter. He’s not sweeping her off her feet, but rather expressing his affection simply and genuinely, as happily married couples often do.
Simple expressions of affection are the hallmark of songs intended as messages of love. These kinds of love-letter songs could be appreciated as a subgenre of love songs that the Beatles utilized frequently on their early albums. And although the Fab Four had abandoned them during their heady psychedelic period, this love-letter-style song fits nicely on this album: The Get Back project was explicitly intended for the band to return to their roots, making songs with simpler themes and arrangements.
Pages are messengers. Because the suit of Cups corresponds to matters of the heart, the Page of Cups can be appreciated as a messenger of love. That makes this card a good fit for any of these love-letter style songs. Love letters tend to be sweet and simple, like the energy of this card and this song. In addition to being messengers, we can also appreciate the tarot’s Pages as youthful expressions of their respective suit. What do we mean by “youthful”? Once again, we get themes of simplicity, innocence, and playfulness. Compared to the Knight of Cups – the card that comes next in the tarot deck and is associated with grand romantic gestures – the Page is more about pure motivations and lighthearted fun.
“For You Blue” evokes the euphoria found in love’s simplicity. When you draw this card in a reading it may be seen as an invitation to express your affections for your mate. If so, skip the showy, grandiose attempts to impress them. Instead, take inspiration from George’s love letter to Pattie and express yourself simply and gently.
“Because you’re sweet and lovely, girl, I love you
Because you’re sweet and lovely, girl, it’s true
I love you more than ever, girl, I do”
This is song #99 of the Beatles Song Tarot Project. Click here to learn more about this magical, mystical trip through the Beatles catalogue.