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Beatles: Revolution #9 Meaning

Song Released: 1968

Revolution #9 Lyrics

[Bottle of Claret for you if I had realised…

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,...


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    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


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    Mar 12th, 2013 3:11am report

    Its the illuminaughty, the soundwaves affect your brain and once the illuminaughty attack, we all go crazy because the soundwaves are in us.


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    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!!!!


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    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


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    Dec 8th, 2011 12:03am report

    It has been my long-standing belief that Revolution #9 was put on The Beatles White Album (properly entitled "The Beatles") as a simple 'filler'. And - only after it came out the way it came out - did John Winston Lennon decide on making it a 'show-case' - or a 'show-piece' - whichever.
    As you are most probably aware, the White Album was The Beatles first - as it would be, to everyone's chagrin, their last - try at making a double-album. They may have thought that they had enough material to cover two albums, but when they found that they were lacking by one or two songs, everybody was most happy that they had John. For, he could jot out a song in a breath!
    The thing is, he could not know what an impact it would have forever more on the entire Music Industry!
    John Winston Lennon - where-ever you are - you are still appreciated highly!

    I am Who I am,
    The Superfluous Lee 3
    (Know Me?)


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    Nov 13th, 2011 11:23pm report

    1. Drugs
    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.


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    Nov 13th, 2011 11:20pm report

    Drugs and random conversations.


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    Jul 31st, 2011 7:57pm report

    John cut up a bunch of bits of tapes and put them back together.


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    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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    Apr 27th, 2011 4:07pm report

    Yeah when he says number 9 multiple times if that part is played backwards you here turn me on dead man


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    Apr 11th, 2011 4:58am report

    Thing song just terrifies me, whether it has a meaning to it or not.


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    Feb 22nd, 2011 2:42am report

    If you say Number Nine in a recorder, it will sound like "Turn me on dead man". It is just inflections of the voice, and no real subliminal message. Maybe John knew about it.


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    Jan 9th, 2011 1:57pm report

    They were very high


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    Jun 23rd, 2010 6:01am report

    Yoko was involved in the Fluxus art movement, which was inspired by John Cage. This is just experimental music... There is/was plenty more like it, during, before and after Revolution #9 was recorded. The idea that it has any meaning played backwards is just the imagination of confused people on drugs. You can read about Indeterminacy, Fluxus, and Musique Concrete if you want more of an explanation about this type of music.

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