This was a song written with the sole purpose of expressing the incredible stress that came from one rock stars rise – from obscurity to world domination.
Think about it, at the break of the 60’s, they were slugging it out to handfuls of barflys in nightclubs in the red district of Hamburg, Germany. Within 3 years they were in tens of millions of living rooms on Ed Sullivan. It was pretty much impossible for anyone to notice that while his band was on top of the world, deep down John Lennon was feeling insecure, lacking confidence, and certain it was impossible for anyone to understand what he was getting at this new song. As he put it, he was “fat and depressed and I crying out”. Because of its honesty, however, it’s a song that John called one of his favourites and evidently he wasn’t alone.
Not only would it rank number 29 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, it was another #1 for the Beatles … John Lennon’s cry for Help!.