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Beatles: Strawberry Fields Forever Meaning

Song Released: 1967


Strawberry Fields Forever Lyrics

Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to (too.)
Strawberry fields
Nothing is real, and
Nothing to get hung about.
Strawberry fields forever.

Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see.
It’s getting hard to be someone...

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    drencrom68
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    Sep 27th, 2008 9:34pm report


    PLAYBOY: How about "Strawberry Fields Forever?"

    LENNON: Strawberry Fields is a real place. After I stopped living at Penny Lane, I moved in with my auntie who lived in the suburbs in a nice semidetached place with a small garden and doctors and lawyers and that ilk living around -- not the poor slummy kind of image that was projected in all the Beatles stories. In the class system, it was about half a class higher than Paul, George and Ringo, who lived in government-subsidized housing. We owned our house and had a garden. They didn't have anything like that. Near that home was Strawberry Fields, a house near a boys' reformatory where I used to go to garden parties as a kid with my friends Nigel and Pete. We would go there and hang out and sell lemonade bottles for a penny. We always had fun at Strawberry Fields. So that's where I got the name. But I used it as an image. Strawberry Fields forever.

    PLAYBOY: And the lyrics, for instance: "Living is easy---- "

    LENNON: [Singing] "With eyes closed. Misunderstanding all you see." It still goes, doesn't it? Aren't I saying exactly the same thing now? The awareness apparently trying to be expressed is -- let's say in one way I was always hip. I was hip in kindergarten. I was different from the others. I was different all my life. The second verse goes, "No one I think is in my tree." Well, I was too shy and self-doubting. Nobody seems to be as hip as me is what I was saying. Therefore, I must be crazy or a genius -- "I mean it must be high or low," the next line. There was something wrong with me, I thought, because I seemed to see things other people didn't see. I thought I was crazy or an egomaniac for claiming to see things other people didn't see. As a child, I would say, "But this is going on!" and everybody would look at me as if I was crazy. I always was so psychic or intuitive or poetic or whatever you want to call it, that I was always seeing things in a hallucinatory way. It was scary as a child, because there was nobody to relate to. Neither my auntie nor my friends nor anybody could ever see what I did. It was very, very scary and the only contact I had was reading about an Oscar Wilde or a Dylan Thomas or a Vincent van Gogh -- all those books that my auntie had that talked about their suffering because of their visions. Because of what they saw, they were tortured by society for trying to express what they were. I saw loneliness.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 8th, 2006 4:31pm report


    Strawberry Fields IS an orphanage. John's Auntie's house was right next door and John used to go over there as a child and play there. It was NOT a park, it was NOT a retirement community! The song is NOT about drugs! It was written while John was filming in Spain and realizing he missed the boys. Later Ringo came to keep him company.

    "Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about" - nothing really matters because everything dealing with their fame was/is fake; the people, the places, the sentiment.
    "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see" - When you don't pay attenion to the world around you you tend to misunderstand situations though that tends to make things easy because you only see what you want to see.
    "It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out, it doesn't matter much to me" - He doesn't know who he is anymore but when the others are there it seems okay so the fakeness doesn't matter.
    "No one I think is in my tree, I mean it must high or low" - John thought no one ever undersood him because he was on either a higher or lower level than they they were.
    "That is you can't, you know, tune in, but it's all right, that is I think it's not too bad" - He used to hate that people couldn't be like him or understand him but now he was realizing that even if they couldn't 'tune in' to what he was thinking it was cool because he liked them anyroad.
    "Always, no sometimes, think it's me, but you know I know when it's a dream" - he sometimes (said always but then realized that it wasn't always) blames himself for everything that goes wrong but then realized that it's the fakness (dream) of stardom.
    "I think I know, I mean a 'yes' but it's all wrong, that is I think I disagree." - he's saying he thought he knew the answers but then he realized he was wrong so now he disagrees with the crap he was pulling.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 18th, 2006 11:53am report


    I reckon with all of the beatles songs, its really got to do with your own interpretation of it, which parts of the songs mean different things to you etc. My opinion is that strawberry fields is a place/state your in when contemplating the "big Questions" of life and then relizing that maybe you shouldn't know the secrets, you should just live your life instead.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 9th, 2014 3:15am report


    Strawberry fields forever is one of my favorite songs from the beatles, all of John lennon's lyrics are thought provoking, this song in particular, describes how he feels about the fame, and how he see's himself as a person when he reflects upon his stardom.....it's a true masterpiece



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    anonymous
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    Jun 28th, 2012 6:26am report


    Lennon in this period started to write a few songs about his childhood and life on the advice of a journalist. In My Life was the first. Strawberry Field IS an orphange next to Lennon's aunt's house.

    Lennon's childhood was quite traumatic and my interpretation of the song is that he used to visit Strawberry Field when he needed an escape. "Let me take you down" meaning getting down to earth, off a high horse.

    "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see" He shut his eyes to the harsh reality of his life and created his own imaginary world. "It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out. It doesn’t matter much to me." Sometimes its hard to escape, but it doesn't matter who he is, just as long as he isn't the unwanted weird child.

    "No one I think is in my tree.I mean it must be high or low. That is you can’t, you know, tune in but it’s all right. That is I think it’s not too bad." No one is in his world, his world is for him and him alone. It is unique and a special place. He doesn't mind that no one is with him. He doesn't want anyone with him.

    "Always, no sometimes, think it’s me,
    But you know I know when it’s a dream." Sometimes he really wants it all to be true, or gets so caught up in his imagination that he forgets reality.

    The title "Strawberry Fields Forever" means never let go of your imagination, your escape. Keep it forever.

    For me the music is wonderful. The kind of weird, wonderful, haunting, beautiful music that you expect in a weird wonderful place that Lennon went to when he went down to Strawberry Fields.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 27th, 2011 6:22am report


    Ok to start of Strawberry Fields is in fact a real place.

    John Lennon had lived there and in the song it say (living is easy with eyes closed misunderstanding all you see it's getting hard to be someone but it all works out it doesn't matter much to me.

    He was trying to say that living is easy with eyes closed because that ment you are asleep and when your sleeping you have nothing to worry about.

    He also says misunderstanding all you see it's getting hard to be someone but it all works out it doesn't matter much to me.He was trying to say that he wasn't getting used to the changes that were happening and that he did not much care about the changes.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 22nd, 2011 6:07am report


    Chronicles the death of Paul McCartney.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Jun 8th, 2011 6:49pm report


    i can't determine if this has to do with John's childhood or adoloscence. But the verse 'No one I think is in my tree.
    I mean it must be high or low.' relates to how he had nobody to relate to and he was either a fool or a mastermind, never himself. In a tree you overlook a place see everthing from a different perspective than everyone else. Because no one is in his tree, they all have different views.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 7th, 2011 6:04pm report


    I believe this song was a reply in kind to Paul's Penny Lane. As a teenager in Liverpool
    when released both these songs stunned me with the pure joy and accuracy of detail to a well known place with familiar faces and the wierd world of self awareness and childhood's happy days. Even today these songs put a smile on my face at their simplicity and power to express the everyday.
    Don t try to understand them too much. When the fireman rushes in it's all very strange but nothing to get hung up about!



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    enlightened
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    Apr 15th, 2011 4:13pm report


    this is all once again about having you back up againt a wall dreaming of the past and not wanting to see the marks you made on your arm.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 17th, 2011 2:57pm report


    I think it means that if you live without paying attention, you can miss out on all the things that are going on around you.

    "living is easy with eyes closed"
    Things are easy if you dont take a look at whats happening. Something can walk right past you and you wouldnt even know it.

    "nothing is real and nothing gets hung about"
    Everything is fake, its like its a dream, an illusion.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 17th, 2011 2:57pm report


    I think it means that if you live without paying attention, you can miss out on all the things that are going on around you.

    "living is easy with eyes closed"
    Things are easy if you dont take a look at whats happening. Something can walk right past you and you wouldnt even know it.

    "nothing is real and nothing gets hung about"
    Everything is fake, its like its a dream, an illusion.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 31st, 2011 1:22pm report


    This song means different things to everyone. Obviously when John wrote it he was talking about his own childhood, and that's the one true indisputable meaning of the song but before knowing this and even after knowing this I still prefer my own personal interpretation.

    I think Strawberry Fields Forever is about escaping from reality, isolating yourself from the world and existing in your own personal bubble. For me, Strawberry Fields is that place I drift off to when life is really bumming me out and the only thing that makes me feel better is plugging in my ipod and being comforted by music, and my favorite genius musicians.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 3rd, 2010 10:17pm report


    Actually Strawberry Fields is a place. I've been there.



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    drencrom68
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    Jul 20th, 2010 7:40am report


    To the several of you who wrote something to the effect of:
    "It's about heroin, that's what they call the little bumps that are left after you shoot up?"

    Did it ever, even for a single second, enter yer little minds, that maybe, just maybe, it started getting called that AFTER the song was released?



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    anonymous
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    Mar 15th, 2010 3:51am report


    This song sings about history will always repeat itself listen and interpret closely



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    anonymous
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    Mar 7th, 2010 3:45am report


    ok this is conopletely true but y does everybody say its about the war .."strawberry feilds for ever"it would make sense y people do say these things



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    dutchman
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    Jan 14th, 2010 1:12pm report


    I won't speak of the whole song but do believe the nothing is real, nothing to get hung about line is about the nature of our society. It's about the courts and how it's all De facto, fake, just like alice said in alice in wonderland to the queen of aces in her court " your all nothing but a deck of cards". All the world and governments are based on law and law is nothing but opinion of a bunch of guys in black robes. You can't be hung by a judge without any jurisdiction over you, and that takes your consent. I believe that most of this song is about the unreal side of the world that we see as real, just like the wizard behind the curtain, holding the pullies.



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