Beatles: Strawberry Fields Forever Meaning
Song Released: 1967
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Strawberry Fields Forever Lyrics
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...
anonymous Jul 16th 2008 report
Hey I think these are all really good theories. I really don't know what I think it means. but it's probably a combination of everyone's theories. but mine that I have a strong feeling about is that this song is not about drugs. I know that's there's a lot of evidence that makes it sound like drugs, but I don't think it is.
anonymous Jul 10th 2008 report
You are all idiots Jk but nobody really even knows what this song was except John and None of us are Jonh but get this if you want a really good scoop on it go read "all I want is the truth" By Elizabeth Partridge it totally explains John Lennon like nothing else. Oh and Strawberry fields means that John song things as fake or to real Do you have a place you go to hang and see the real picture? that's how Strawberry Feilds was for John a place to hide and see the real picture or at least a better one. There is so much more to say but I don't want to type P.s. I'm 12 and John Lennon expert
anonymous May 9th 2008 report
I think John was different I think he was troubled, living with eyes closed is much easier than open, strawberry fields being a place to get away to fit perfect in this song, it related to him as a kid and adult, either way this song along with many other of johns songs has many interpretations he was a double meaning writer and that what makes him and all his songs awesome.
I think its incredibly naive to say this song is about nothing, or just a song to listen to when you're stoned. John Lennon lived in a world that was always surrounded by war, and his experiences showed through his music. As a lot of his songs were, these lyrics are criticizing society, and how people are blind to reality. They also show Johns confusion and frustration, as he tries to deal with people who don't understand his insistence for peace. Also, I think he's wishing for a world that's a mirror of his childhood, where hatred doesn't exist.
Wikipedia has some great info on this song. For one thing: Lennon said about the song in 1980:
"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,'"
To explain the "tune in part:
The earliest demo version of the song has a single verse with no refrain:
"No one is on my wavelength, I mean, it's either too high or too low; That is you can't you know tune in but it's all right, I mean it's not too bad."
In later demo versions Lennon altered this verse to make it more obscure
According to Simon Freeman of Times Online, "The words 'nothing to get hung about' were inspired by Aunt Mimi's strictures not to play in the grounds. It has gone down in Beatles mythology that the young Lennon would reply: 'They can't hang you for it'."
Other than that... I believe this song is very much about John wishing for the naivete of childhood when life was easy - and sort of trying to reason with himself that the things he worries about now are not that important anyway. You see the reasoning with himself in the last verse. I agree with the people who said it is an existentialist struggle but then again it may just be simpler than that. It may just be about fitting in, being understood, and longing for a time when these things came much more easily. *shrug*
anonymous Apr 9th 2008 report
I may be completely wrong, because believe me I'm no Beatles EXPERT. However, I've listened to this song over and over and over again. I've read all the other interpretations and somewhat agree with some of them. But every time I listen to it, I can't help but think how I just feel like I'm in a better place when I hear it. Maybe John Lennon really wanted to make other people happy, and to do that he thought about what made him happy. I read that Strawberry Fields was a place where he would go when he was young. He says, "Let me take you down, cause I'm going to... Strawberry Fields. Where nothing is real." Maybe he's just referring to his 'happy place'. The place where you can go for a little while and everything can be perfect but when you get back to the real world the happy place is pretty much non-existent. Like I said, it's just my opinion and it could be completely wrong. So, please, no slamming, okay?
anonymous Feb 15th 2008 report
Don't be closed minded, there isn't just one meaning to any song that's what makes it great, you can relate it to whatever you are going through in your personal life.
So don't tell someone they are wrong and don't claim to be right.
anonymous Dec 18th 2007 report
Hi! This is my own interpretation of the song. I think this one makes sense. Let me know if you agree with my interpretation. Thanks! - Celine V.
"Let me take you down, 'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields.
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.
Strawberry Fields forever."
- Come with me, I'm going to my happy place/state (this probably means being high). Don't worry, it's just a fantasy. It's nothing too offensive or harmful. I simply love this place. I wanna be there forever.
"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."
- It's easier to live without judgements and social demands because we tend to misinterpret what others say about is or how others say we should live our lives. From pressure of the social world, it's difficult to be someone who is acceptable/well-loved, but somehow, despite imperfections, you are accepted/loved anyway. You get tired of living up to their demands, so you give up and think that it doesn't really matter much, even if it does.
"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."
- I don't know anyone who has understood exactly how I feel/think. I try hard to relate with others, but I still can't. But it's ok, coz I don't think there's anything wrong with being different.
"Always no sometimes think it's me, but you know I know when it's a dream.
I think I know I mean "Yes," but it's all wrong.
That is I think I disagree."
- I am still confused as to who I really am, whether my actions and thoughts come from me or from society's demands. But I'm fully aware that sometimes I do things triggered by the ideal me. But there are situations when I still get confused, despite being aware of what the ideal me would do, coz of social influence.
- All this confusion and being different is tiring, so come on and be free with me in my happy place/state - Strawberry Fields Forever!
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