A Day In The Life
I read the news today, oh boy.
About a lucky man who made the grade.
And though the news was rather sad,
Well, I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He blew his mind out in a car;
He didn't notice that the lights had changed.
A crowd of people stood and stared,
They'd seen his face before,
Nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords.
I saw a film today, oh boy;
The English army had just won the war.
A crowd of people turned away,
But I just had to look,
Having read the book
I'd love to turn you on.
Woke up, fell out of bed,
dragged a comb across my head.
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
and looking up, I noticed I was late.
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
made the bus in seconds flat.
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke.
And somebody spoke and I went into a dream.
Ah I read the news today, oh boy,
four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small,
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
I'd love to turn you on.
orchestra crescendos, and a sustained final piano chord. While Lennon’s lyrics were inspired by contemporary newspaper articles, McCartney’s were reminiscent of his youth. The decisions to link sections of the song with orchestral crescendos and to end the song with a sustained piano chord were made only after the rest of the song had been recorded. A waveform view of “A Day in the Life” showing its characteristic crescendos and sudden instrumental changes. "A Day in the Life" is in the key of G major, but, as Alan W. Pollack explains, "its true center of gravity is in the parallel minor G Major and the Major keys of E". The verses are in G-major/E-minor and the bridge is in E-major. A 4/4 meter is used throughout. The song is laid out with an instrumental beginning, followed by three verses (0:13), an orchestral crescendo (1:45), a middle section (2:16), an orchestral bridge (2:49), the final verse (3:19), a second orchestral crescendo (3:50), and a final piano chord (4:21–5:05). Each verse is sung by Lennon and follows the same basic layout, but each has a different way of ending. The first verse, which is twenty measures, ends with a repetition of the F major chord progression before returning to the home key. The second verse, two measures shorter than the first, ends on the C major chord rather than repeating the F major progression. The third verse is the same as the second, except that there is one more measure (to accommodate the "I'd love to"), and the verse does not return to the home key. Instead it leads to a bridge, a 24-measure long glissando-like crescendo starting from low E to an E several octaves higher. Random cymbal crashes are interspersed near the end to "challenge your sense of meter". An alarm clock rings, beginning McCartney's middle section. While the pulse of this section remains the same, the accents suggest a tempo twice as fast as that of the verses before. The three chords in this nineteen measures long section are the I, flat VII, and V chords (E, D, and B). This is followed by an orchestral bridge: a repeated circle of fifths (from C to E) over twenty measures. The bridge is accompanied by a wordless vocal ("Ahhhh...")There is currently no definitive available reference as to who the vocalist is. and leads to the fourth and final verse. The final verse has the same layout as the third verse. Starr's drumming, however, retains its double-time feel from McCartney's section. This verse leads to the second crescendo. However, after the orchestra hits its highest note, there is a measure of silence, which leads to the final E-major piano chord.
The final chord
chords in music history. Lennon, McCartney, Starr, and Evans shared three different pianos and played an E-major chord simultaneously. The final chord was made to ring out for over forty seconds by increasing the recording sound level as the vibration faded out. Towards the end of the chord the recording level was so high that listeners can hear the sounds of the studio, including rustling papers and a squeaking chair. The piano chord was a replacement for a failed vocal experiment: on the evening following the orchestra recording session, the four Beatles had originally recorded an ending of their voices humming the chord, but after multiple overdubs they found that they wanted something with more impact.
The Imaginer on 21st Feb 13:
“amazing and whimsical”
BigBeatlesFan123 on 20th Oct 11:
“Know this by heart!”
AbbeyRoadCrosser on 16th Sep 11:
“One of those songs that comes once in a lifetime.”
APPLEBONKERS on 1st Sep 11:
“Nice to have the "clean intro" beginning on the remastered blue album.”
drybones on 2nd Jul 11:
“better than fantastick”
beatlebogado on 1st Jul 11:
“I like all Beatles' songs but this is amazing!!!”
arcid63 on 27th Dec 10:
“First time I heard this one it made my hair stand on end and I got chills on my back, it was wooosh, such an amazing experience. And it still rocks, a real musical masterpiece.-@.”
raffa on 18th Nov 10:
“This song is awesome, is very cool!”
Maxwell XP on 8th Oct 10:
“First, i LOVE 'A day in the life" Second, i especially like how this version is the only version that has a 'clean' beginning. All other versions have John's "sugarplum fairy" (which is awesome) or the fade out from Sgt. Pepper (Reprise). This one just starts in. I think that's cool in and of itself. :)”
osodaniel on 31st Aug 10:
“THE BEST FOR ME ARE THE BEATLES,REGARDS DANIEL.GUSTAS.”
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