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Beatles: Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band Meaning

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Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's 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...

  1. anonymous
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    Nov 11th 2012 !⃝

    The song is a dedication to Satanist Aleister Crowley. Look at the top left of the Sgt. Pepper record and who do you see? CROWLEY!!! (the bald dude) He died "twenty years ago" to the very day that The Occultists, I mean The Beatles released the record. A mere coincidence? Many biblical scholars beleive that Lucifer was a musician, based on descriptions of him in the Bible. Are you beginning to see the light as Duke Ellington would say? I know, I know, most people refuse to even consider that the sweet innocent mop tops could be involved in the Occult. Take a look at their "butcher" album cover for a glimpse into their minds. Do you think that is funny or sick? There are many Occult images on their album covers. I can't think of any other group who was doing this during that time period, so I wouldn't just dismiss it as a "trend". The Beatles were the first group to use "backmasking" (reverse messages). They learnt it from one of Crowley's books. Still don't believe it? I can't help you......

  2. anonymous
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    Jun 19th 2012 !⃝

    Fourth post down is completely right. It's just an escape. No drugs, no law enforcement references. But btw Billy Shears was Ringo Starr. He sang "With a Little Help From My Friends" on that album. The whole Paul is dead conspiracy is completely different story though...

  3. anonymous
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    Oct 20th 2008 !⃝

    Billy Shears was the 5th Beatle... Yes that's right, Paul did die and if you think differently you've been fooled like most.

  4. beatlelover1
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    Aug 14th 2007 !⃝

    Billy Shears is actually Ringo's identity, and the end of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band actually introduces the next song, which Ringo sings:
    "the singer's gonna play a some and he wants you all to sing along so let me introduce to you the one and only Billy Shears..." and the Ringo sings "With a little help from my Friends".

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 24th 2007 !⃝

    Actually, the whole album is their escape. They were all getting tired of being too famous, so they wanted to go incognito for a while. They were going to play concerts as Sgt. Pepper's, and they each had a new identity (Paul was Billy Shears, etc.). The album was going to be all about them as their new persona. But in the end, the album didn't have a single flow and ended up just being a compilation of their songs as the Beatles.

    On another note, they were going to send out the album with stickers and erasers and pencils, but it cost to much.

    p.s. That whole Billy Shears thing has nothing to do with Paul is Dead. It was just his new identity.

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 12th 2007 !⃝

    And of course, they were all stoned when they did this...

  7. anonymous
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    Apr 20th 2007 !⃝

    This is just my theory...John had a pepper shaker in his house that was larger than the others and he called it Sgt. Pepper. Once he got various other household utensils and turned them into a band (e.g Sgt. Pepper could be on drums, a spoon on guitar etc - maybe using a telephone directory for a makeshift stage - he could have invited the other Beatles round telling them to bring along possible band members).
    The "lonely hearts" bit could have been from an advert for a dating agency or something in the telephone directory he used for a stage.
    These are just wonderings but who knows they could have some truth.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  8. dover316
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    Jan 30th 2006 !⃝

    Sergeant Norman Pilcher was the head of one of Britain's police drug squads - dubbed Sergeant Pilcher's Lonely Heart Club Band in the late sixties. The unit was made up of human and canine law enforcement officers. This song is a reference to them.

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