♫ In My Life ♫

I was not quite 13 years old when The Beatles made their U.S. debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on 23 February 1964.

Frankly, I was not all that impressed.  BUT … my parents hated them on sight, so that was good enough reason for me to become an instant fan!  (Yes, I was a brat even back then!)  Though not a huge fan, they had a number of songs that definitely ranked among my favourites.  Probably my #1 favourite is Blackbird, both for the tune and the meaning behind the lyrics.  But, I just played Blackbird on this blog back in September, and I have a standard to uphold, y’know!  So, tonight I decided on another that was among my faves, In My Life.

Lennon book imageReleased on the 1965 album Rubber Soul, this song is an autobiographical song about John Lennon’s life. He wrote most of the lyrics after being asked why a book he wrote, In His Own Write, revealed more about him than his songs did.

The lyrics about friends refer to Stu Sutcliffe, an early Beatle and great friend of John’s who died in 1962, and another friend named Pete Shotton. Lennon also thought of his Aunt Mimi and wife Cynthia, as well as other friends. One of the most beautiful Beatles songs, John called it “A little piece of art work.”

There is controversy over how involved McCartney was in writing this song. Lennon claimed in later interviews that he wrote the whole thing, while McCartney claimed it was an equal collaboration. In 2018, a Harvard statistician pegged it as a Lennon composition.
This was voted the best song of all time by a panel of songwriters in a 2000 Mojo magazine poll. The panelists included McCartney, Brian Wilson, Lamont Dozier, and Carole King.

In My Life
The Beatles

There are places I’ll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life, I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more
In my life– I love you more

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul Mccartney
In My Life lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

26 thoughts on “♫ In My Life ♫

  1. I was four when the Beatles debuted on Ed Sullivan & I was allowed to stay up & see them. My parents were young … my mother only 29 & my father 30 & they liked the Beatles, in fact, my father was one buying the albums in the early days. My parents were so cool & hip!

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  2. Jill, this is a terrific song. It has a different meaning, feel and mood to it than other early ones. My brother was a huge fan from the get-go. Being three years younger, I had to catch up. Their songs that went beyond the repetitive chorus is when they grew up and became more serious artists. Their early stuff is from their experiences in Hamburg where they learned how to play doing six shows a day, six nights a week. The Germans would shout out to “Make show.”

    I have many favorites, but two that stand out are “Eleanor Rigby” and “A Day in the Life,” as they both tell stories. Keith

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    • I couldn’t remember ‘A Day in the Life’, but as soon as I Googled it and began listening, it came back to me. Their music definitely matured over the years. For the most part, I prefer the more mature ones, and post-separation, I love Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, and McCartney’s work with Stevie Wonder on ‘Ebony and Ivory’.


  3. Like you I was never much of a fan of the early Beatles. I liked the stage from Eleonor Rigby onwards. I’m afraid I never really cared for John Lennon’s singing voice either so though the words are quite sweet and t’s a good way from I wanna hold your hand, this doesn’t quite do it for me.

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    • Ah, well … can’t be batting 1000 all the time, I guess. I’m not a huge Lennon fan, but his song ‘Imagine’ does things to me every time I hear it. ‘In My Life’ wasn’t a huge fave, but I always rather liked it. Perhaps I can do better tonight. 😉

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