Tuesday, May 15, 2012

'Strawberry Fields Forever'

As an avid Beatles fan, I was always puzzled by their song titles and what's exactly meant by them.  As a New Yorker, I often go to Central Park on the Upper West Side and sit on a bench near Strawberry Fields.

There is often a homage to John Lennon in this park and flowers are arrayed on the Imagine plaque, honoring the lead singer.

I always thought that this specific spot in Central Park was the Strawberry Fields, the Beatles were referring to in their songs. However, the song was actually inspired by Lennon's memories of playing in a garden of a Salvation Army house called "Strawberry Fields".

Gate post to Strawberry Field.  Now a historic site.

"Strawberry Fields Forever" was released in 1967 off of Paul McCartney's Penny Lane Album.  Lennon's "Strawberry Fields Forever" and McCartney's Penny Lane shared the theme of nostalgia for their early years in Liverpool.  Although both referred to actual locations, the two songs also had strong surrealistic and psychedelic overtones

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