♫ In My Life ♫ (Redux)

Sorry folks, but tonight has to be a redux night, for I am so exhausted as to be nearly sick, so I am just going to bed.  But … I last played this one in 2018, so most of you have forgotten, right?  Back then, it was one of my better received music posts, with only one or two negative comments. 


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

16 thoughts on “♫ In My Life ♫ (Redux)

  1. A very great song indeed. About collaboration, I’ll stick to the idea they collaborated hardly at all. Designating their work as Lennon/McCarthy was a business decision, they were both prolific writers, and agreed to share the royalties 50/50. The actual lyricist did not matter. Having said that, I mostly find it easy to know who wrote what. Paul was the touchy-feely lover, John was the thinker/idealist. And while this was the better song of theirs as Beatles, IMAGINE is still my best song ever. And it is definitely a song only John could have written.
    Meanwhile, almost totally ignored, George was the best writer in the band, in my estimation. His songs tore at my heartstrings, and spoke directly to my spirit. Within You, Without You is probably my all-time favourite Beatles song. My Sweet Lord and The Art of Dying are two of the most important songs “beyond the Beatles.”
    Thank you, Jill.

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      • Of couse. How often have you played Instant Karma, Give Peace a Chance, or the “other” song I requested a while back, “Woman Is…”
        John loved to challenge people’s concepts of life, as a Beatle, and “after a Beatle.”
        Paul, he was more about emotions. George was the “spiritual” Beatle. He looked at life through an entirely different lens, one I look through myself.
        Ringo, while obviously a talented man, and a good person, was as always Ringo.
        There is all kinds of variety available from this one four-man band, and their afterlives, including George as a member of the Travelling Wilburys.

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  2. Jill, it is a great song. My guess is with so much collaboration, the degree of contribution can be debated on more than a few of their songs. It is hard to pick a favorite Beatles song of mine, but for the sure story telling I am fond of “Eleanor Rigby.” Keith

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