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Beatles: Strawberry Fields Forever Meaning

Song Released: 1967


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Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to (too.)
Strawberry fields
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...

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    anonymous
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    Nov 20th, 2007 11:50pm report


    I see a lot of opinions... That is all they are and that is all I or anyone could possibly add. I am an old 60's hippie and like most I did a lot of drugs. All I would like to say is if you could get hold of a hit of strawberry fields LSD then you would probably understand every word of this song as I did.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 7th, 2007 11:46pm report


    This song is obviously about LSD:
    "living is easy with eyes closed misunderstanding all you see"-John's saying how it's easy it is to live under the influence but how happy life seems to the user
    or "its getting hard to be someone but it all works out it doesn't matter much to me"-his drug use is affecting him as a person but he doesn't really matter or simply
    "strawberry fields NOTHING IS REAL"-cmon people!!

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    anonymous
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    Sep 20th, 2007 9:13pm report


    I think the Beatles were into or just getting into eastern philosophy. "Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about" could be a reference that reality is an illusion. We interpret reality through are senses (sight,smell, touch etc.) and our mind makes meaning out of that.

    That is not the true nature of reality as eastern philosophy would say. If you happen to read philosophy it is usually separated by dualism and non dualism. I personally believe in non duality.

    "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see" to me says that most people are not awake. Not awake to the true nature of reality. Which is not their fault they just haven't stumbled upon it yet.

    "It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out" This could be a reference that "Identities" are illusions. The ego/identity is just an illusion brought on by a conditioning - family, society, spouses, etc. "It all works out" meaning he still is grounded though.

    --Don't get me wrong here life is real but conditioning is not/nor is the ego/identity. --

    "No one I think is in my tree, I mean it must be high or low". He feels different or is starting to really SEE things. He is deconstructing himself.

    But he says --

    "That is you can't you know tune in but it's all right.
    That is I think it's not too bad" He doesn't really SEE though because he still feels separated. That is not reality. Everything is connected. We are not separate from the world, objects, or other people etc.

    But---

    "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 think he is saying that he knows it's a dream (maybe through LSD experiences) but loses touch and falls back into the dream of ego/identity reality.

    He says "you know I know when it's a dream". Their really is know him though. But he is struggling with that concept?


    Any how that's my interpretation. Oh yes I have done LSD and magic mushrooms only about half a dozen times so I'm not that fried. Did my fare share of pot smoking but all that is way behind me. I read a lot of
    philosophy. Thanks!

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    anonymous
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    Sep 3rd, 2007 9:33pm report


    I believe and heard from other sites and people that this song is about a mental institution that Lennon lived right down the street from...he apparently made a huge contribution there before he died.

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    ronaldinho
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    Aug 16th, 2007 8:53am report


    It is about a graveyard in Liverpool which is called Strawberry Fields hence the word "forever" meaning you will live there forever. And yes it was also a very popular hang out for kids in Liverpool when Paul was young.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 26th, 2007 7:09am report


    "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"

    wasn't there a phrase about LSD. Something like tune in drop out???



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    anonymous
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    Jul 19th, 2007 7:52pm report


    I think they were high.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 5th, 2007 7:03pm report


    The song is about them shooting up heroin. Strawberry Fields refers to the marks left on their arms. When you shoot up heroin its a low, that's why they say let me take you down.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 13th, 2007 6:00am report


    I don't really know if strawberry fields was an orphanage or a hangout but I've been told it is about heroin but to explain further the act of mixing your blood with heroin before you inject it, just watch pulp fiction and you see John Travolta do it.



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    GooJoob
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    May 27th, 2007 5:41pm report


    Why does everyone think that every Beatles song is about drugs?



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    anonymous
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    May 2nd, 2007 5:07pm report


    THE SONG IS NOT ABOUT DRUGS

    At the end you can hear John saying "I buried Paul"



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    anonymous
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    Mar 25th, 2007 3:39pm report


    Alright!
    since everyone seems to think it's about a hangout...
    I have my own interpretation, not to discredit yours, but I honestly believe that they are talking about a drug, known as Strawberry fields LSD. Don't believe me? look it up

    http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_Fields_Forever

    It could also be talking about the orphanage in Liverpool??



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    anonymous
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    Mar 14th, 2007 3:58pm report


    If you listen to the actual song and not just the lyrics,there are different emphasises on the words. I think the song is meant as a comfort song to bring friends down from a high or a trip. When he says "..take me down, because I'm going too" I interpret it as him coming down with his friends and they're all in it together.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 25th, 2007 2:35am report


    ok, I didn't read all the interpretations, but I actually visited liverpool two summers ago. Strawberry fields is actually an orphanage close to where one of the beatles lived (I think John, but I'm not sure). I actually saw it and have pictures in front of its gates. Like Penny Lane, the sign is painted on a brick fence because people were stealing them.



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    674_098
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    Feb 21st, 2007 2:36pm report


    I think the term strawberry fields is about heroine, they are talking about life changing and how it isn't as simple as used to be and the Beatles were druggies no matter how much you don't want to admit it and when drug addicts have problems they turn to it and when they are high they felt the way they used to or that their problems are gone.

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