The Beatles: Drug References

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 hea

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.

Paul McCartney / Pixabay

Hey Jude

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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