Aside from sexual references, the Beatles also used drug references to pay tribute to their recreational activity. Bob Dylan is responsible for introducing recreational drugs to the Beatles. Bob Dylan misheard the lyrics Â“I canÂ’t hideÂ”, he heard Â“I get highÂ” of the BeatlesÂ’ song: I Want to Hold your Hand. Honest mistake but it caused the Beatles getting introduced to drugs after Bob Dylan slipped a few.
Aside from sexual references, the Beatles also used drug references to pay tribute to their recreational activity. Bob Dylan is responsible for introducing recreational drugs to the Beatles. Bob Dylan misheard the lyrics “I can’t hide”, he heard “I get high” of the Beatles’ song: I Want to Hold your Hand. Honest mistake but it caused the Beatles getting introduced to drugs after Bob Dylan slipped a few.
Most of the techniques, Studio Effects, and Studio Gimmicks the Beatles used were probably influenced by drugs; these will not be included in the article as it is a broad topic. Drugs were used throughout their career, and even while the Beatles were filming Help!
She’s a Woman
She’s a Woman features one of Paul McCartney’s amazing vocals, which somehow, like Birthday; he can still sing it the same way even up to now. Moreover, it has a catchy honky-tonky bass riff throughout the song. The direct reference to drugs in the lyrics was: “Turns me on when I get lonely”
And Your Bird Can Sing
An underrated track, having a 3 guitar part harmony and melody, the bass is very awesome like how Paul McCartney would do it. The direct reference to drugs in the lyrics was: “You say you’ve seen seven wonders”. The Beatles meant by this phrase the seven phases while you are in a trip.
Got To Get You Into My Life.
A heavily Motown influenced track, paying tribute to Paul McCartney’s father via the heavy presence of trumpets. Got to Get You Into My Life is one of Paul McCartney’s songs in the Beatles catalogue. We can see the vocal range of Paul McCartney in the song. Paul McCartney called the song as an ode to pot. It wasn’t addressed to a girl but to the drug, marijuana.
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One of the most popular song the Beatles produced, it has however a dark agenda including, the hidden swearing in the song. The slightly oblivious lyric is: “the minute you let her under your skin, then you begin to make it better”. It is a double meaning referring the needle or either about the Yoko Ono.
Paul McCartney wrote Hey Jude to comfort John’s son, Julian, during the divorce of John and Cynthia Lennon
With a Little Help From My Friends
Awesome melodic Basslines , and awesome vocals from Ringo Starr, the Beatles’ drummer. The Beatles intentionally used the lyrics “I get high with a little help from my friends”, thus banning the song from the radio.
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Apparently, John Lennon said the song wasn’t about drugs despite the psychedelic imagery used throughout the songs, it features a descending melodic bass line. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is apparently LSD. The inspiration of the song reported to have come from Julian Lennon’s childhood friend Lucy.
According to John Lennon during an interview on the Merv Griffin show, the song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds was about a drawing that his son, Julian brought home from school. But today, people still wonder what the song was really about.
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Fixing a Hole
A SPLHCB song, meaning it has one of those bass lines. The hole alludes to the one left by using heroin.
This song and “I’ve Got To Get You Into My Life” were about marijuana and not about heroin.
A Day in the Life
“I’d Love to turn you on”
More information about the track at A Day In The Life article.
Happiness is A Warm Gum
This is a John Lennon Song, no one could actually determine the key and time signature used through the song, the drug reference used was: “I need a fix cause I am going down”.
The title of the song, Happiness is a Warm Gun, actually came from the title article in a magazine that John Lennon saw. The magazine was “The American Rifleman.” John Lennon denies that part of the song had anything at all to do with heroin.
Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for me and my Monkey
This is the Beatles’ longest track title. Monkey is apparently related to heroin.
This is one of those songs where John Lennon finished the song and then Paul McCartney added the magical bass and Ringo Starr added the drums. Drug Referene: “He shoot Coca-Cola” means smoking cocaine.
The best melodic part ever written by the Beatles, and by everyone else. "Because the world is round it turns me on"