Beatles: Revolution #9 Meaning
Song Released: 1968
Revolution #9 Lyrics
Well, do it next time.
I forgot about it, George, I'm sorry.
Will you forgive me?
Number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9,...
Let's be clear that Paul's death was metaphorical of growing up. Dieing to yourself. On SNL, Chris Farley asked, "Remember when you put all those hidden messages that you died... well...was. That real?" And Paul says, "No, I didn't REALLY die." Getting over your own heart aches for the billions of others in this world.
It is randomness though, and that's appropriate. John said that it was a sound collage of a revolution boiling. It may be an emotional and experiential depiction of the frightening terrors of being alone and growing up. Facing just yourself for eternity is hell.
If you've ever had a bad trip, and remember what you felt while you feel the textoral effects of the sound in this piece, it will be more clear.
anonymous Jun 16th, 2008 6:01pm report
Okay. This isn't real music, people. I've never met a Beatles song I didn't like, but this one's my least favorite, you know? It's artistic, but it's also really disturbing.
John and Yoko were into a fantastically bizarre style of art that quite frankly, I don't understand. Personally, I think this song is a way to express many ideas at the same time and perhaps just to make a statement about music and poetry. Although, quite honestly, I can't hear what's going on with the dialog. I never knew it said all of what it does until I read the lyrics. Go figure. Better luck next time, all you crazy artists out there.
anonymous Dec 9th, 2019 12:44pm report
i think i heard death to pigs and rise
it could be talking about the murders
of 1969, that started the helter skelter
anonymous Jul 16th, 2016 7:01pm report
I think the whole song/sound collage is meant to be the aural equivalent of experiencing a bad LSD trip. That's really how I interpret it.
anonymous Mar 30th, 2015 3:10pm report
I recently visited the remnants of the Maharishi's ashram in Rishikesh, India - where the Beatles stayed during the visit know for them having written most if not all of the White Album. The story I got from the locals is this. The ashram was just that - an ashram, meaning it is a place intended for use by those on spiritual pilgrimage, and selfless service. Outfitted with 84 identical little stone huts that have dome roofing making making them look the shape of an egg. Only large enough one person and intended for use by the monks for sleeping or meditation - no facilities, no windows, a doorway with no door, although they may have had them at one time. Each hut has it's number carved in the keystone above the entranceway. John stayed in ...#9.
anonymous Jun 20th, 2014 6:09pm report
Have you ever listened to it backwards? it's a hidden message contributing to the "Paul is dead" hoax
anonymous Mar 14th, 2013 3:03am report
anonymous May 2nd, 2012 5:52am report
I have been reading this storys and yeah this song is scary as hell i am listening to the song right now and now since my brother told about this song.They are all scared and I was like what the fuck man!!!!
anonymous Jan 22nd, 2012 1:32am report
Gustavo says "messiah says" is stupid as Fuck! Your not a prophet so don't get Gods word mixed up
anonymous Nov 13th, 2011 11:23pm report
2. Random conversations
3. 9 was John's number. (I'm not going to say lucky number, but maybe favorite.)
4. Yoko Ono's influence.
5. The lure of playing a song backwards and seeing what happens.
6. Drugs. Again.
anonymous Nov 13th, 2011 11:20pm report
Drugs and random conversations.
anonymous Jul 31st, 2011 7:57pm report
John cut up a bunch of bits of tapes and put them back together.
anonymous Jul 1st, 2011 7:27am report
Alright, a little bit of insight into this song since there is a lot of confusion.
The song was purposely dubbed by the Beatles, during this time they had been around and started the whole "If we play it backwards, what happens?" theory that literally struck classical rock. This song is a bunch of noises that they collected from popular culture at the time, and wanted to make people uncomfortable. Songs were to be appealing, but also they were supposed to insight some sort of emotion when listened too. Obviously this song makes many people feel uncomfortable because of the rushes and random noises that are being made throughout the entire song.
Also this is before computers, and the dubbed parts where you hear "number 9, number 9, number 9" were put in there to just keep the mentality of the song in place. I can't remember the proper musical term but its sonographical recognition. The music is supposed to be played backwards.
It does not mean the Beatles believed in Satan or stuff like that, because clearly they didn't but the song was insighted and supposed to make people feel strongly about it.
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