John Lennon hid references to escaping his marriage in Beatles song
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John Lennon wrote countless songs for The Beatles, but some of them had more thought than others.
During the writing process for the band’s eighth studio album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Lennon penned such iconic tracks as With a Little Help from My Friends, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and When I’m Sixty-Four.
But he also wrote the tongue-in-cheek track Good Morning Good Morning, a song he later confirmed he disliked.
“Good Morning is mine,” Lennon told Playboy in 1980. “It’s a throwaway, a piece of garbage, I always thought.”
However, Paul McCartney believes it was actually an insight into how Lennon was feeling about his marriage to Cynthia Lennon at the time.
McCartney recalled: “John was feeling trapped in suburbia and was going through some problems with Cynthia.” (Via Far Out)
He added the song was about “his boring life at the time”. He continued: “There’s a reference in the lyrics to ‘nothing to do’ and ‘meet the wife’; there was an afternoon TV soap called Meet The Wife that John watched, he was that bored, but I think he was also starting to get alarm bells.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Lennon put it in hidden sound cues in the final song that referenced escaping captivity.
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Geoff Emerick, The Beatles studio engineer, later opened up about Lennon’s ideas about creating a soundscape that would reflect his mental state and marriage.
“John said to me during one of the breaks that he wanted to have the sound of animals escaping,” Emerick said. “And that each successive animal should be capable of frightening or devouring its predecessor! So those are not just random effects, there was actually a lot of thought put into all that.”
In the final track, fans can hear a bird tweeting, before a cat meows, a dog barks, a horse neighs, and so on – creating a food chain of barnyard animals in the process.
Lennon eventually fell in love with Yoko Ono while he was still married to Cynthia.
They first met in 1966, and they began a romantic love affair that resulted in Lennon splitting up with Cynthia in 1968.
Lennon and Ono were married on March 20, 1969 and they remained together until his assassination on December 8, 1980.
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