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Beatles: In My Life Meaning

Song Released: 1965

In My Life Lyrics

There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living


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    Sep 20th, 2007 9:39pm report

    I never heard this song in a real historical context - as in John looking at specific places, people, and events throughout his life. I've always thought of this song as the ultimate statement of love for someone - it is, in my opinion, the most well-written love song ever. Here's why...

    He recalls all the places and people that he's known and loved throughout his life and says that they still mean something to him, but not as much as the person to whom the song is directed. He seems to be willing to leave behind all those things that he's felt so much for because the love that he now feels for this girl is much stronger. And even though he is leaving all of that behind, he still manages to say that these people and places will always have a place in his heart, even if they have since changed.

    This song seems to indicate a large transition in his life - he's leaving so much behind in favor of a new love, and that's a powerful statement.

    Like I said, I don't obsess over the actual history of the song - like how and where it was written - I just like to look at it as a stand-alone body of work and interpret it by itself (us English majors would call it New Criticism). To me, it is the ultimate statement of love for someone as well as continued affection for one's past loves.


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    Dec 19th, 2011 12:45am report

    This song is one of the greatest love songs ever written. The prosody of the Lyric and Music is exceptional!! The Melody is Introspective,Longing,Emotional and Marvelously Beautiful! I do agree with most of all the other assessments of this song for the most part, but I believe "Lyrically" speaking, the most important line may be looked at from a different perspective with even more profundity and if this is it's true meaning, then it says something that I believe is even more profound than the popular assessment. The line: "And these memories lose their meaning when I think of love as something new."This line really needs to be thought through critically. Yes, it could mean exactly what most opinions believe it to mean but the following should be considered: Earlier in the Lyric the Writer mentions that "Some are Dead and Some are Living". So with that said, it's quite possible that the person the writer is addressing is someone who he/she has just met-and therefore living, or it could be referring to someone who is dead. It's important to think this through first because the Profound line is, again, "And these Memories lose their meaning, when I think of love as something new. To me, it is just as possible and possibly even more profound for the writer to mean the following in that phrase. He seems to be going from the general to the specific and from the lesser to the greater. While my opinion does not suggest that the lesser loves in his life are by any means diminished, but by this statement rather,reaffirmed or reestablished. What could be a very reasonable assessment of main line is that what he means when he says, "And these memories lose their meaning, when I think of love as something new is another way of saying: To think that something could come along and surpass this already established true article "Lifetime Love"would actually cheapen it and in so doing greatly change it's meaning.Moreover,it should be noted that while the writer talks about friends and lovers, the recipient of their affections may actually be intended for someone outside of those two categories, like maybe a parent, a sibling or a child. Nevertheless, to have the "REAL DEAL" once in one's lifetime, could never be replaced or diminished by something "NEW" or else it was never the "REAL DEAL" in the first place. Thinking of the Lyric this way to me makes more sense and is in fact even more profound when speaking of the power of love!


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    Jan 2nd, 1:59am report

    It is my birthday today. The first thing I did when I woke up, in my thoughts I asked my late husband to give me a sign that he is with me in my special day. I searched for random quotes on my phone this one appeared “Though I know I’ll never lose affection / for people and things that went before/ I know I often stop and think about them/ in my life I’ll love you more”. I traced this beautiful quote to John Lennon’s “In my Life “ song. I played it and
    I listened... such a powerful message of love. I love this song. Love is eternal. It is my birthday song ❤️


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    Aug 24th, 2017 8:01pm report

    It's about lost love. Places have changed, not for the better. He's referring to an old love who's been lost and now, probably many years later, he's moved onto something else but still looks back with longing at what was before in his life.


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    Oct 8th, 2016 10:12pm report

    David Cole, who hosted an entertainment show on CBC radio in the early 1980s, stated John wants to reassure his woman of the supremacy of their love and not to feel insecure at the mention of people or events from his beloved past. The essence of the song is reassurance.


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    Oct 4th, 2016 10:28am report

    A few days after my Dad passed away, this song came into my head (I had never heard the song before) and all I could hear of the verses was "In my life, I loved you more". I did not know what band this song was from, so I started googling "In my life" and "I loved you more". I finally found the song and listened to the entire song on my phone with tears in my eyes. I truly think my dad was sending me a message from Heaven with this song, telling me he loved me more. Every time I hear it now, I think of my Dad.


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    Dec 31st, 2015 12:34pm report

    Just one of the greatest songs that captured the past,present and future in a love song about the people that the young and real JOHN LENNON loved and loves in his life that he did not forget about them in the old days when he was so full of life with the BEATLES Band. This was years before John crossed over into the Altered States of consciousness to search and find new ways to express his love to all. Always [R.I.P] John.


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    Aug 4th, 2014 8:07am report

    This is a song that truly describes everyone's life.


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    Jun 24th, 2012 6:14pm report

    THis will be the song for mother/son ( me) at my upcoming wedding.
    I chose it for several reasons:
    1) I grew up listening to the Beatles and always loved dancing with her to it
    2)it, in my opinion, epitomizes love for those with us and those who have moved on- particularly touching for having lost a brother and her third son 13 years ago.
    (We are getting married (2nd wedding for both of us))

    on the 13th, somehow this may be symbollic of breaking chains and "superstitions" about the number 13...."

    My interpretation is really quite simple:
    It is one of the most perfectly written songs I've ever heard...
    up there with Imagine
    (Lennon) and many others that powerful evoke tender, reflective emotion...


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    Nov 17th, 2011 11:28am report

    Father/daughter wedding dance song.


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    Jan 16th, 2011 1:51am report

    My interpretation is that this song is basically about how the beatles view life. They sum it up perfectly under just three minutes. In a way all of the lines are prophetic because of what happened to John Lennon and George Harrison - God rest their souls - they mention places that have changed 'forever not for better' so they can still remember the most trivial places that had some significance in their lives. They also sing about people who have affected their lives 'some are dead some are living in my life ive loved them all' It is a beautiful piece that represents real music. It is my favourite song in the world, my father wants this song played at his funeral which also has a significance to the lyrics :)


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    Jun 11th, 2009 6:55pm report

    so this was written by jhon and it was about his life as many of us have said. He's saying I've met so many people and I loved them all, some of them are dead some of them are alive, some have changed and some have stayed the same. BUt that doesnt matter, hes basically saying to the person you love, will mean more to you than anyone else in the world and you have to hang on to it, because it may never happen for you again.


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    Feb 16th, 2009 2:32pm report

    This is the kind of song that makes you say "Great song" the first time you hear it.The music is ,i would say perfect,especially that part of solo.The lyrics one of the most poetic ones.But what really matters it's their meaning.John talks about his life and as you hear the song you realize that deep inside you would do anything to be like him.Isn't it great?To expres beautifully something beautiful.
    For my opinion the best song ever.


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    Sep 17th, 2007 9:03am report

    I think the previous interpretations are correct (including that the song is "beauty defined") but I also think the song is primarily a love song to a particular person.

    He has had many experiences and loved many people and things but none of those previous affections are as intense and real as the love he feels for this person.

    "And these memories lose their meaning/ When I think of love as something new."

    This love he feels for the person to whom he is singing is so profound that it feels like a completely new emotion. Everything else pales in comparison to this "new" love.


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    Jul 15th, 2007 7:46pm report

    This song is beauty defined.


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    May 6th, 2006 5:54pm report

    John wrote all of the lyrics. He has been quoted as saying something like he remembers writting the lyrics to the song and originally they were boring, bland lyrics about places he'd seen. He said he was trying to think of clever lyrics for quite sometime when he gave up, and then all of the sudden the lyrics to "In my Life" came to him (everything about stu sutcliffe and such). As per the dispute a few people have mentioned, it wasnt for the lyrics (which John wrote and werent ripped off from any one) it was for the music in the song it self. Although a very beatlesque thing to do was leave holes through out the song and fill them in later. Apparently the beatles stepped out and George Martin (producer of most Beatles records, and sometimes aptly dubbed "the fifth Beatle") thought it'd be nice to throw a harpsicord solo in there. He played it at half speed and down an octave (he couldnt play the actual solo that fast) and sped it up. "It's a way of tricking someone into thinking you can do something really well" martin says. Enjoy!


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    Jan 5th, 2006 1:01pm report

    This Song was written by John with some help from Paul to finsh some parts of it. I think it was credited 70 - 30 lennon/mccartney.

    Anways, the song is basically John looking back at all the things in his life that he can remember that have changed. He wrote this lyrics while on a bus trip, This was when Lennon really started to focus on the lyrics. On the bus ride he passes the actual things that were changed the bus station ect.....

    The part about dead and living focuses on people who died in his life Stuart Sutcliffe, His Mother Julia.......

    The piano that is played in the middle as a lead was actually sped up to the speed on the record.

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