John Lennon: Strawberry Fields Forever (1966, demo)

 |   |  <1 min read

John Lennon: Strawberry Fields Forever (1966, demo)

The working drawings of famous songs can often be as interesting as the finished product, although in this instance the final version of Lennon's psychedelic classic Strawberry Fields Forever of '67 takes some beating.

But here, at home in Surrey after he had returned from Spain where he had been filming How I Won The War and had sketched out this reminiscence of his childhood, he starts working his way through the skeletal architecture of the song on acoustic guitar.

At this point -- and you can hear his amused frustration at not being able to get it -- the song might have turned into a delicate folk ballad along the lines of Julia on The White Album, but the opportunities of the studio would change all that.

This is taken from Volume 2 of The Beatles Anthology and is followed by a more embellished studio version, then a more complete version.

Three versions in a row, each more elaborate than the previous.

Such is the way genius works. 

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory use the RSS feed for daily updates, and check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

Vanda Salt - Sep 21, 2011

Really took me back ..... fantastic !!

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

The Flame: See the Light (1970)

The Flame: See the Light (1970)

Even during their lifespan there were always records which were attributed to the Beatles. The suggestion was that they might put out a single anonymously just to see if it would chart -- or there... > Read more

The Saints: (I'm) Stranded (1976)

The Saints: (I'm) Stranded (1976)

Bob Geldof once observed, "Rock music of the Seventies was changed by three bands -- the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and the Saints". That the Saints out of suburban Brisbane -- hardly... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER: THE PSYCHEDELIC YEARS 1965-69 edited by JAMES HENKE AND PARKE PUTERBAUGH

I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER: THE PSYCHEDELIC YEARS 1965-69 edited by JAMES HENKE AND PARKE PUTERBAUGH

Somewhere among my old photographs at home is one of me standing beside John Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls Royce. It was London in late ‘69 and -- aside from revealing the embarrassing... > Read more

NEXT STOP IS VIETNAM: The sound of history being debated

NEXT STOP IS VIETNAM: The sound of history being debated

On Christmas Day 1969, at age 18, I flew in to Saigon. It was 10 months after the Tet Offensive which saw Vietcong soldiers at the door of the American embassy in Saigon and the war was at a peak.... > Read more