Strawberry Fields Forever (4:26)

Cover of Magical Mystery Tour

From Magical Mystery Tour and 42 other releases

“Strawberry Fields Forever” is a song by the English rock band The Beatles. Recorded at the end of 1966, the song was written by John Lennon during the filming of How I Won The War, but is credited to Lennon/McCartney. It is named after a Salvation Army house in Liverpool where Lennon played as a child.

“Strawberry Fields Forever” begins with Lennon’s vocals and accompaniment by the rest of the group; beginning at one minute into the song, Lennon is accompanied by an orchestral score. After the third verse and refrain, the song fades out and fades in again to dissonant melodies with Lennon saying, “cranberry sauce” (although this was misheard by many Paul is dead theorists as Lennon saying, “I buried Paul”).

While “Strawberry Fields Forever” was originally recorded for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), it was instead released on 13 February 1967 in the UK, and 17 February 1967 in the United States as a double A-side single, backed with Paul McCartney’s “Penny Lane”. “Strawberry Fields Forever” reached number eight in the US, with numerous critics describing it as one of the group’s best recordings.

It is one of the defining works of the psychedelic rock genre and has been covered by many other artists. The song was later included on the American Magical Mystery Tour LP (1967). The Strawberry Fields memorial in New York City’s Central Park (near the site of Lennon’s murder at The Dakota apartment building) was named after the song.

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  • jooiceboss

    "Not true it was about LSD just like yellow submarine and Lucy in the sky. " - Just because LSD was used in the making of music doesn't mean that is what the song is about.....

    11 May 4:22pm Reply
  • EmptyE

    The ending is so fucking satanic

    10 Mar 1:04am Reply
  • Allespin

    One of my favourite songs ever. =)

    26 Jan 6:24am Reply
  • corpsetastic

    Kinda charming, kinda saccharine, kinda treacle toffee, kinda spooky... what more could ya ask for from an honest slice of another man's childhood reverie?

    17 Jan 4:39am Reply
  • theironictea

    Amazing.

    4 Jan 6:01pm Reply
  • enxe3

    One of their best

    4 Jan 12:48pm Reply
  • Hamabili

    love this

    3 Jan 9:13pm Reply
  • MarianaAB

    <3

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • danielxdarko

    I buried Paul.

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • nafsky

    Strawberry fields in lembang , forever haha

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • atearmstoholdya

    "Strawberry Fields..." came out during the "Paul is dead" period so, of course, we all tried to decipher this song for any clues. I thought that the end of the song gave the cause of death....being hit by a train! As the song trails off it includes a "Doppler Effect" of a pitch in sound, as if a train sped by...then there is the "Clickety Clack, Clickety Clack" of Ringo's drums...playing the sound of the train rover the railroad ties.

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • silverado18

    Not true it was about LSD just like yellow submarine and Lucy in the sky.

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MrShayton

    Nice Song

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ravic23

    My childhood is related with this song

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • neodude991

    My absolute favorite Beatles song [6]

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • BradLWoods

    If you like "Strawberry Fields", search last.fm for "The Beat Hotel" by Brad Woods!

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • christopoll

    Love this song, the ending is pretty creepy but at the same time cool.

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • dudu_rocknroll

    Belíssima

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Give uuuis or ciaz a teetthing ring to chew

    12 Jul 2014 Reply
  • at602416

    It's my life

    12 Jun 2014 Reply
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