The Beatles launched 13 studio albums throughout their decade as a band from 1960-1970. Their songs span quite a few genres, together with easy pop tracks to psychedelic rock tunes to dabbling in nation, people, and even a little bit heavy steel. The subject material of their music assorted simply as a lot, so it’s not shocking the lyrics included some meals & drink references. See for those who can guess the observe as we journey throughout the universe to discover each meals & drink talked about in songs by the Beatles.
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Do you know “A Style of Honey” (from the Beatles’ 1963 debut report, “Please Please Me”) wasn’t initially a Beatles music? It’s a canopy of the Lenny Welch model of the music written by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow for the 1960 Broadway model of the 1958 play of the identical title (which was additionally changed into a 1961 film). Honey was later talked about quite a few instances within the music “Honey Pie” off of the 1968 album “The Beatles” — a.ok.a. “The White Album.”
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The Beatles’ grownup beverage of alternative was clearly wine — at the very least when it got here to music lyrics. We recall at the very least 4 mentions of wine: “A Style of Honey” (“A style of honey / Tasting a lot sweeter / Than wine”), “Norwegian Wooden” (“I sat on a rug biding my time / Consuming her wine”), “Once I’m Sixty-4” (“Will you continue to be sending me a Valentine? / Birthday greetings bottle of wine”), and “Her Majesty” (“I wanna inform her that I really like her lots / However I gotta get a stomach filled with wine”).
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Right here’s one other cowl, this time a rendition of Chuck Berry’s “Rock and Roll Music” from the Beatles’ fourth album, 1964’s “Beatles for Sale.” Berry’s music has a verse a few rousing Southern celebration that features the road “They’re drinkin’ homebrew from a wood cup / The parents dancin’ acquired all shook up.” Nonetheless, the Beatles modified “wood cup” to “water cup.” We’re guessing “homebrew” is referring to beer. Nonetheless, it might additionally apply to numerous completely different home made alcoholic drinks.
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Keep in mind the lyric, “Working for peanuts is all very nice / However I can present you a greater time”? It’s best to, because it’s from the Beatles’ hit music “Drive My Automobile” from their 1965 album “Rubber Soul.” After all, the music isn’t really referring to meals — it’s speaking a few small sum of money — however it nonetheless counts for the needs of this text.
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The second music on “Revolver” (1966), “Eleanor Rigby,” mentions meals within the very first line of the very first verse. “Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice / Within the church the place a marriage has been / Lives in a dream.” After all, she’s not consuming the rice…possibly she’s selecting it up so the birds don’t eat it? (Although the favored fantasy of birds consuming rice, consuming water, and exploding has been debunked.)
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Right here’s some of the apparent mentions of meals in something Beatles-related: pepper. This after all refers back to the Fab 4’s eighth studio album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Membership Band” (1967), in addition to the lead single on that report, and in addition the reprise that’s featured because the second-to-last music on facet two. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Membership Band” was later tailored right into a 1974 musical and a 1978 movie, with the latter starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees.
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Do you know the Beatles point out tangerine not as soon as however twice of their lyrics? You would possibly recall the extra notable one, the opening strains of “Lucy within the Sky with Diamonds” (from 1967’s “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Membership Band”) that point out “tangerine bushes.” Nevertheless, tangerines come up once more in one other music: “Savoy Truffle” off of “The White Album.” In truth, the second phrase of that music is “tangerine.”
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What’s paired with the aforementioned tangerine bushes? Marmalade skies, after all. A minimum of, that’s the subsequent line of “Lucy within the Sky with Diamonds.” Finishing the rhyme with “marmalade skies” are the lyrics: “Any individual calls you, you reply fairly slowly / A woman with kaleidoscope eyes.”
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Sticking with “Lucy within the Sky with Diamonds” for yet another meals, let’s bounce to the second verse. “Comply with her right down to a bridge by a fountain / The place rocking horse individuals eat marshmallow pies.” We’re unsure what this psychedelic music is definitely referring to, nor are we sure if the Beatles are speaking about an precise pie comprised of marshmallows or some form of a moon pie or whoopie pie-like deal with.
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As British gents, the Beatles predictably embrace tea in lots of their lyrics. Nevertheless, in line with our analysis, the primary point out didn’t happen till “Pretty Rita,” which was from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Membership Band,” the band’s eighth album. Tea was once more talked about on the report’s subsequent observe, “Good Morning Good Morning.” The next album, 1968’s “The White Album,” included a point out within the music “Cry Child Cry,” as did the album after that, the soundtrack to “Yellow Submarine” (1969), within the music “All Collectively Now.”
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“I Am the Walrus,” from the 1967 album, “Magical Thriller Tour,” comprises quite a few meals references. The primary happens within the first verse: “Sitting on a cornflake / Ready for the van to come back.” The band (or extra particularly, songwriters John Lennon and Paul McCartney) have been in all probability referring to generic cornflakes versus the cereal made by Kellogg’s. Nonetheless, it’s value noting that the latter is feasible as a result of Corn Flakes have been invented by Will Kellogg approach again in 1894.
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The second meals talked about in “I Am the Walrus” fittingly happens within the second verse: “Yellow matter custard / Dripping from a useless canine’s eye.” Just like the lyrics surrounding the primary reference, the which means of this one can also be unclear…which can have been the purpose. A few decade after the music was launched, Lennon confessed that he deliberately made the which means imprecise and tough to decipher simply to mess with individuals who attempt to analyze each Beatles music.
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Lastly, we clearly should acknowledge the meals talked about within the refrain of “I Am the Walrus”, essentially the most memorable a part of the music. We’re after all speaking about eggs, as in: “I’m the egg man / They’re the egg males / I’m the walrus / Goo goo g’joob.”
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The obvious meals associated to “Magical Thriller Tour”? The second music on facet two: “Strawberry Fields Ceaselessly.” The music was named after a Salvation Military youngsters’s dwelling in Liverpool known as Strawberry Discipline, which had a backyard during which John Lennon performed as a child. The title was later given to a bit of New York Metropolis’s Central Park that comprises a memorial to Lennon.
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One refrain of “Penny Lane,” additionally from the “Magical Thriller Tour” album, consists of the phrase “4 of fish.” That is British slang for fourpenny (or 4 pence) value of fish and chips, a basic English meal.
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We’ve already touched on a few songs from the so-called “White Album,” however we’ve but to say one which has meals proper within the title: “Glass Onion.” Not solely does it embrace the phrase “onion” quite a few instances, however it additionally references a beforehand talked about music by title in its first strains of “I informed you about Strawberry Fields / You understand the place the place nothing is actual / Properly, this is one other place you possibly can go / The place every little thing flows.”
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One other music from “The White Album” is “Piggies,” an anti-establishment protest anthem. We received’t wade into John Lennon’s lyrics an excessive amount of right here aside from to say on the very finish, they embrace the phrase “bacon.”
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After “Piggies,” the very subsequent music on “The White Album” is “Rocky Raccoon,” a rustic ballad written by Paul McCartney. It’s a reasonably simple music a few man named Rocky who has his lady taken from him by a person named Dan. Dan shoots Rocky, who’s tended to by a physician who “got here in stinking of gin.”
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We already talked about that tangerine has a second look within the music “Savoy Truffle,” from the “White Album,” however we didn’t clarify that the tangerine reference in that observe isn’t really in regards to the fruit itself. As an alternative, because the title suggests, “Savoy Truffle” is in regards to the flavors in a field of chocolate truffles. (Written by George Harrison, the music is definitely meant to poke enjoyable at good friend Eric Clapton’s love of chocolate.) Along with the aforementioned creme tangerine, the truffle tune mentions Montélimar [nougat], ginger sling with pineapple, espresso dessert, cherry cream, apple tart, and coconut fudge.
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The Beatles point out cake of their lyrics twice, and surprisingly, neither occasion is within the music “Birthday.” Nevertheless, birthday cake does get referenced within the “Yellow Submarine” album’s music “It’s All Too A lot”: “All of the world’s a birthday cake / So take a chunk however not an excessive amount of.” A couple of months after that album was launched in early 1969, the Beatles dropped the non-album single “The Ballad of John and Yoko.” “Made a lightning journey to Vienna,” the fourth verse says, “Consuming chocolate cake in a bag.”
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Let’s transfer on to a Beatles album that’s typically thought-about a masterpiece, 1969’s “Abbey Highway,” which opens with the basic, oft-covered music “Come Collectively.” This observe’s first verse consists of the lyrics: “He put on no shoeshine / He acquired toe jam soccer / He acquired monkey finger / He shoot Coca-Cola.” Later within the music, we additionally hear the phrase “cracker,” however it’s not referring to the meals. As an alternative, “spinal cracker” was used as one other time period for somebody who breaks the backs of others.
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Staying on “Abbey Highway” a short time longer, we, after all, want to say a music with meals proper within the title: “Imply Mr. Mustard.” After all, this music is clearly a few man who shares his surname with a meals, however that counts in our ebook. (And we will’t assist however marvel if Mr. Mustard is said to Colonel Mustard from the board sport Clue.)
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We’ll finish with one of many Beatles’ few conventional people songs, “Maggie Mae,” from their closing album, 1970’s “Let It Be.” (Though it’s value mentioning that “Let It Be” was really recorded previous to “Abbey Highway.”) The music opens with this verse: “Oh, soiled Maggie Mae / They’ve taken her away / And he or she’ll by no means stroll down Lime Avenue anymore.” If solely we might have ended with “The Finish,” however sadly, that brief music doesn’t comprise any meals or drink references.