She Said, She Said
According to Beatlesongs this was written during a break in the 1965 tour. John Lennon was taking acid and Peter Fonda was recounting his own acid trip “I know what it’s like to be dead.” Tell Me Why uses the words “existential angst” to describe the song. There is a lot of loss in Lennon’s life, and much of that shadow is cast in that song, along with a touch of paranoia. A whole book could probably be writing analyzing just this one song.
I was feeling at a loss for a topic, so I asked my wife for some help. After offering up a couple of song titles, she just started reading every title off of albums just to give me … well, I’m not sure (and I don’t think she does either).
“You could talk about the New Year and how there is so much coming and it’s going to be better.”
“I don’t have a New Year’s post in me.”
I just gave her a look which asked her what kind of post I was supposed to write up with that as the title.
“Got To Get You Into My Life”
“You’re already in my life.”
“Your Mother Should Know”
“What should my mother know? Also, what advice could I dispense to reader’s mothers?”
“Good Day Sunshine”
“You want me to do a post about the weather?”
I stare at her blankly.
“Well, it would be a good post if it were your birthday.”
My birthday is July 31. Her birthday is in August, and our children range from May to August. I wonder why she would offer this title up as a suggestion for a blog post topic knowing that it would be useless.
Sometimes my wife tries to help, but just flails about without any real forethought. I appreciate the effort. Perhaps I should have used “And I Love Her” as the title theme for this post.