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This Bird Has Flown

This Monday: The Beatles.

I grew up listening to a cassette tape of Love Songs, a compilation album released in 1977 of all of their love songs. For a long time, I thought The Beatles ONLY sang love songs! In fact, it wasn’t until later on in my childhood that I was introduced to some of the “classic” songs such as Hey Jude, Let it Be, or Strawberry Fields Forever My mother LOVES the Beatles, so again, I have her to thank for introducing me to one of the best bands ever.

Again, I had a really hard time picking a song from this album. Listening to the songs now, I think: what did I think they were saying back when I was young and innocent? Norwegian Wood is obviously about a love affair. But five-year-old me just thought it was funny because the girl made the guy sleep in the bath. Hi-larious!

No, this album isn't my namesake. But it's a happy accident, and it's been hanging above my bed for the past 8 years.

I have oodles of memories attached to Beatles songs. One of my childhood best friends and I memorizing all the lyrics to Obladi Oblada and giggling at the fact that they say “bra”. Singing Yesterday with my school chorus. My mom singing I Wanna Hold Your Hand to us when we had to cross the street. Singing Blackbird and In My Lifeย with my host family here in Chile during one of our many sing-a-longs. My host brother baptizing me “Abbey Road” (little known fact: my name was originally spelled with an “e” but when I learned how to write I got rid of it because I thought it wasย superfluous). Using Hello, Goodbye in my English classes and making my students (of all ages) dance along. Watching Across the Universeย with my brother and listening to the soundtrack non-stop for weeks.

What is your favorite Beatles song?

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14 thoughts on “This Bird Has Flown

  1. I absolutely love The Beatles, and like you, I have many memories tied to different songs. It’s really hard to pick a favorite, but two of my top faves are “Eleanor Rigby” and “Yesterday.” I particularly like the orchestral accompaniment in “Eleanor Rigby.”

  2. I absolutely love The Beatles, and like you, I have many memories tied to different songs. It’s really hard to pick a favorite, but two of my top faves are “Eleanor Rigby” and “Yesterday.” I particularly like the orchestral accompaniment in “Eleanor Rigby.”

  3. Hi ๐Ÿ™‚
    About “Norwegian Wood”..
    Lennon started writing the song in January 1965 whilst on holiday with his wife in the Swiss Alps.
    He told “I was very careful and paranoid when writing the lyrics, because I didn’t want my wife to know that there really was something going on outside of the household.

    Back then, in Europe,a lot of people were decorating their places in wood. Norwegian wood. It was really cheap pine,
    So the lyrics was a little parody really, on those kind of girls who when you’d go to their flat there would be a lot of Norwegian wood, (cheap)
    She makes him sleep in the bath and then finally in the last verse Lennnon had this idea to set the Norwegian wood on fire as revenge,

    After all, she led him on, then said, “You’d better sleep in the bath.” The guy had to have some sort of revenge … so it meant burning the place down.

    I think the lyrics is hilarious ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and everyday life, I have been following you,
    to learn about the Chilean way, I planned to go to Santiago for a few months, as I imagined myself to be in love with a Santiago- man, only he turned out to be.. let`s say a non-kissable frog ,
    so it will be Madrid for me instead:)
    and oh, I wish I could send you some Norwegian milk, the best in the world!!
    ๐Ÿ™‚

    Christine, Norway

    • Hey Christine! That’s really interesting, thanks for sharing! I’m sorry your Santiaguino turned out to be a frog…I can assure you that not all Chilean men are like that, but unfortunately, there are some out there. Best to avoid them! Are you going to Madrid to live? I’ve never been to Spain (or Norway for that matter). If only you could send me Norwegian milk…I’m absolutely sure it’s better than the Chilean version. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • If I ever come to Santiago ;i will bring you some milk, I will find a way to keep it cold! .)
        It`s funny, here good milk is a science in itself, the farmers believe that happy and healthy cows= good milk, and they found that relaxed and calm cows gives a lot of good milk.
        That`s why they let the cows listen to Mozart, and other classical music at night!!
        Some even get beer, just like the Japaneese ones, but that is not for the milk, that is for a tender steak ๐Ÿ™‚ Funny!
        Yes, I wil go to Madrid to live there, I always wanted to learn proper Spanish, and I am lucky enough to do my work from my computer,so I can live anywhere, and I will try three months to find out if I like it there, if not I could probably try Sevilla, Mallorca or maybe Santiago, who knows:)
        I know all places have Spanish, and maybe some nice frogs too ๐Ÿ™‚

        Christine

  4. Hi ๐Ÿ™‚
    About “Norwegian Wood”..
    Lennon started writing the song in January 1965 whilst on holiday with his wife in the Swiss Alps.
    He told “I was very careful and paranoid when writing the lyrics, because I didn’t want my wife to know that there really was something going on outside of the household.

    Back then, in Europe,a lot of people were decorating their places in wood. Norwegian wood. It was really cheap pine,
    So the lyrics was a little parody really, on those kind of girls who when you’d go to their flat there would be a lot of Norwegian wood, (cheap)
    She makes him sleep in the bath and then finally in the last verse Lennnon had this idea to set the Norwegian wood on fire as revenge,

    After all, she led him on, then said, “You’d better sleep in the bath.” The guy had to have some sort of revenge … so it meant burning the place down.

    I think the lyrics is hilarious ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and everyday life, I have been following you,
    to learn about the Chilean way, I planned to go to Santiago for a few months, as I imagined myself to be in love with a Santiago- man, only he turned out to be.. let`s say a non-kissable frog ,
    so it will be Madrid for me instead:)
    and oh, I wish I could send you some Norwegian milk, the best in the world!!
    ๐Ÿ™‚

    Christine, Norway

    • Hey Christine! That’s really interesting, thanks for sharing! I’m sorry your Santiaguino turned out to be a frog…I can assure you that not all Chilean men are like that, but unfortunately, there are some out there. Best to avoid them! Are you going to Madrid to live? I’ve never been to Spain (or Norway for that matter). If only you could send me Norwegian milk…I’m absolutely sure it’s better than the Chilean version. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • If I ever come to Santiago ;i will bring you some milk, I will find a way to keep it cold! .)
        It`s funny, here good milk is a science in itself, the farmers believe that happy and healthy cows= good milk, and they found that relaxed and calm cows gives a lot of good milk.
        That`s why they let the cows listen to Mozart, and other classical music at night!!
        Some even get beer, just like the Japaneese ones, but that is not for the milk, that is for a tender steak ๐Ÿ™‚ Funny!
        Yes, I wil go to Madrid to live there, I always wanted to learn proper Spanish, and I am lucky enough to do my work from my computer,so I can live anywhere, and I will try three months to find out if I like it there, if not I could probably try Sevilla, Mallorca or maybe Santiago, who knows:)
        I know all places have Spanish, and maybe some nice frogs too ๐Ÿ™‚

        Christine

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