How about we tell you about a song, the writer of which called psychoanalysis set to music. Wait, that makes it sound bad.
And it’s one of the Beatles best, that found John Lennon in Spain in the fall of 1966, acting up, literally, playing the role of Private Gripweed in the British film How I Won the War. Of course making movies involves a lot of hanging around. In his downtime, John would write. In this case, it was a tune about his Liverpool past, namely a Salvation Army children’s home. His memories weren’t so much about the home as they were about the property that surrounded it. Enclosed by a stone wall, it was a wild English garden, in which John and his childhood friends would run wild. It’s also a song that finds Lennon looking inward as he had ever since he was that little boy, writing ‘No one I think is in my tree’, meaning everyone seems a little different. The music started off simply enough. Then the Beatles got hold of an instrument the Moody Blues turned them onto, featuring a series of magnetic audio tapes inside, each one containing a pre-recorded sound or sample, one of which featured the flute.
That’s the sound that opens the Beatles classic about that place, known as …Strawberry Fields.