You know, I think my favorite Beatles song might actually be “Day Tripper.” At least today. It’s that guitar, man!
If you are a Beatles fan, you can chart your life in favorite Beatles songs, year by year. For example:
1993: In My Life
As a little kid, my dad started crying listening to this song after his mother died. I never forgot that. This was also the time in my life when I read all those Beatles bios and tell-alls and shit.
This is where Lennon apes Dylan. At 14, just as I was just falling in love with Dylan, I started to really dig this song.
1995: A Day in the Life
Tori Amos pointed out that it is the perfect marriage of McCartney and Lennon and since she was God(dess) at the time, I believed her.
1996: Eleanor Rigby
I had just started to wear black and hang out in cemetaries.
I developed a crush on George and decided his songs were actually the best ones. I also had a real life crush on a boy named Zach who was into Eastern Religion. I think that’s where this stemmed from.
But I recant this now: Lennon/McCartney songs (the ones truly written together) are the best ones. Duh. It’s still a really pretty tune, though and without George’s Indian fetish, we would not have the Brian Jonestown Massacre, right? Yes, so this one, along with “Something,” certainly George’s best.
1998: Dear Prudence.
It was actually the Siouxsie and the Banshees cover that made me love this one. Again, still actively Goth at time.
1999: Tomorrow Never Knows
2000: Polythene Pam
There was this awful girl in my senior class named Linda. She thought she was really hot (and so did a bunch of boys who played lacrosse and shared a single cigarette between like 8 dudes in the parking lot before practice); however, my friend and I realized that despite all the work she put into this “hotness,” she could do nothing about her mannish shoulders. She was built like a man. Hence we called her Polythene Pam: “she’s so good lookin but she looks like a man.”
2001: Drive My Car
As one of the only girls with a car on my floor in freshman year, I did a lot of driving people around. I totally sympathized with this song.
I had just started to get really into Cat Power and Elliot Smith at the time. Consequently, “Julia” also came on a lot on my cd player during those late nights after the parties when I’d come home alone to my dorm and fall asleep to songs about loss.
2004: Rock & Roll Music (a cover)
This was the height of my love of garage rock (along with every other fuck who went to Lit on Thursday nights and Bar 13 on Sunday nights in NYC), so I guess it makes sense. This works well at parties right after “Psychotic Reaction” by the Count Five
This was around the same time I decided Led Zep ain’t that awful.
2006: Across the Universe
“Nothing’s gonna change my world”…very soothing to listen to after a rough day at the office.