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Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Meaning

Song Released: 1967


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Lyrics

It was twenty years ago today
Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play,
They've been going in and out of style,
But they're guaranteed to raise the smile,
So may I introduce to you,
The act you've known for all these years,
Sergeant Pepper's...

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    anonymous
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    Jul 22nd, 2013 7:11am report


    Yea.. the Beatles always were cryptic with songs and always inserted hidden meanings and rumors. Billy Shears is indeed William Shakespeare.

    But mainly two things were happening at the time. One thing was that they had stopped touring and needed a concept that re-created the image of a live music experience and Sgt Pepper's band tried to do this at the level of an album.

    But the name of the concept band was taken from Paul's nickname for Jimmy Hendrix (Sgt Pepper). Hendrix had recently arrived on the London scene and was attracting a lot of attention, even from the Beatles.

    Sgt pepper was a nickname that combined an English slang term for an African American (pepper) as in salt and pepper... Sgt was given because of Hendrik's Hussars Sgt military jacket which he bought at the second hand cloths store called "I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet". Paul also shopped there and had taken notice of the jacket in the window before Hendrix bought it.

    Paul was introduced to Hendrix by Chas Chandler and was taken by his style and ability. Three days after the album Sgt Peppers came out Hendrix was seen by Paul and John playing the song at the Saville Theatre as an acknowledgement.

    The lonely hearts idea came after Hendrix had mentioned to several musicians in London that in the first months of his arrival in London he was a bit lonely and missing the US.

    As the idea progressed, Paul bought similar Hussars military jackets in bright colors for all four Beatles which they used for the photo cover shot of the album. Hendrix was twenty years old when the lyrics were written.



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    enlightened
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    Apr 15th, 2011 4:04pm report


    Put a band around your arm and back against a wall and re read what you heard..



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    anonymous
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    Jan 18th, 2011 1:11am report


    the song is actually part of the meaning to the whole ablum.. the whole album is about sgt. pepper who has to go to war and about his life.. lucy in the sky with diamonds is about his girl at home and how he has to get high to be with her.. and she's leaving home is about her being tired of waiting and leaving him.. and then he comes home in the second sgt peppers song and a day in the life is about him dreaming and waking up and having to get high to get back to that dream state



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    anonymous
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    Oct 12th, 2010 10:16pm report


    It was written by them for John's father wasn't it?



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    anonymous
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    Dec 7th, 2009 12:48am report


    It is a opening speech band's say a lot.(It's wonderful to be here
    It's certainly a thrill
    You're such a lovely audience
    We'd like to take you home with us)they took bits and peaces of these thing band say(We're Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    We hope you will enjoy the show
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Sit back and let the evening go)



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    anonymous
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    Jul 28th, 2009 7:12pm report


    I believe that is an intro to a new band playing at a funeral because of the cover of the album

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Aug 10th, 2008 8:16am report


    It is mearly an intro and outro to the album nothing more, nothing less.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Jun 7th, 2006 6:03pm report


    This is pretty much the opening of the album, letting us all know that each Beatle has taken on a different persona to become, not The Beatles, but Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It here to give the listener the feeling of a live show (hence the crowd applause and laughter). I don't think it's anything more than a proper introduction to the album and the "new band."



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    anonymous
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    Jan 28th, 2006 1:14pm report


    Didn't they all have gimmiks? Paul was the walrus, Ringo was Billy Shears. I think it was supposed to be if Ringo ruled the Beatles, they'd come out with that kind of stuff.



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    F.T.R.
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    Dec 26th, 2005 12:41am report


    I'm not quite sure what the meaning of this song (and the reprise) is, but there are several clues about the "Paul is dead" conspiracy.

    http://www.turnmeondeadman.net/IBP/SgtPepper.html

    TTYL




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