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The Beatles — She Said She Said
Album: Revolver
Avg rating:
8.1

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Total ratings: 1643









Released: 1966
Length: 2:28
Plays (last 30 days): 2
She said
"I know what it's like to be dead
I know what it is to be sad"
And she's making me feel like
I've never been born

I said
"Who put all those things in your head?
Things that make me feel that I'm mad
And you're making me feel like
I've never been born"

She said, "You don't understand what I said."
I said, "No, no, no. You're wrong.
When I was a boy,
Everything was right.
Everything was right."

I said
"Even though you know what you know
I know that I'm ready to leave
'Cos you're making me feel like
I've never been born."

She said, "You don't understand what I said."
I said, "No, no, no. You're wrong.
When I was a boy,
Everything was right.
Everything was right."

I said
"Even though you know what you know
I know that I'm ready to leave
'Cos you're making me feel like
I've never been born."

She said, she said
"I know what it's like to be dead.
I know what it's like to be dead.
I know what it is to be sad.
I know what it is to be sad.
I know what it's like to be dead.
I know what it's like to be dead."
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Yet another major shift in music created by the Beatles. You had to be there to feel the quakes, one after the other.
 h8rhater wrote:

Not Even!  

If you think the Beatles did what they did solely for artistic or altruistic reasons, you would be quite wrong.  The Beatles had commercial intent from the very start and marketed their brand with maximum effort.

Paul McCartney once famously said about the Beatles being anti-materialistic, "‘That’s a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, ‘Now, let’s write a swimming pool.’”

Once when asked at an American press conference to sing (as the media believed that they could not do so because the screams in concert drowned the sound) all four shouted "NO!".  When pressed Ringo replied, "No, we need money first."

Without marketing agencies and brand creation, the Beatles may never have gotten off the ground.  You think they wore those collarless suits and mop hair dos for nothing? George Harrison once referred to their early efforts by saying they were the "Spice Boys" of their time. Their logo was universally recognized.  Again, not by chance.  Let's not forget those terrible movies too.  It was all about placement, brand, and imaging. From. Day. One.

They founded Apple Corp specifically for tax advantages and surviving member to this day search for new commercial avenues with which to market the brand. 

Heck, they were rock pioneers at commercialization.
 
Even if the Beatles began with commercial intent, they were, nevertheless, frighteningly talented.  And many other "pioneers" of early rock (Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, etc.) were admittedly equally, if not more, financially driven.  

Heck...what professional artist can honestly say they haven't "honed" their art somewhat to avoid having to take an alternate job for survival?   

I went to see McCartney this past weekend... what an amazing show at 77 years old!  an amazing guy and amazing band... if you have yet to see a Beatle in your life time... I totally recommend it!  He's definitely not hitting all the notes like he used to be able to, but its brilliant to watch!
 xray38 wrote:

They might seem so when placed into todays music scene, but their music changed everything. And their music kept changing. 
 
They were the right band at the right time.  No need to go deeper than that.
The Beatles are not over-rated, but this song is 6/10. Not bad, not particularly good either.
FUCK! This is a great song eh?
 h8rhater wrote:

Not Even!  

If you think the Beatles did what they did solely for artistic or altruistic reasons, you would be quite wrong.  The Beatles had commercial intent from the very start and marketed their brand with maximum effort.

Paul McCartney once famously said about the Beatles being anti-materialistic, "‘That’s a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, ‘Now, let’s write a swimming pool.’”

Once when asked at an American press conference to sing (as the media believed that they could not do so because the screams in concert drowned the sound) all four shouted "NO!".  When pressed Ringo replied, "No, we need money first."

Without marketing agencies and brand creation, the Beatles may never have gotten off the ground.  You think they wore those collarless suits and mop hair dos for nothing? George Harrison once referred to their early efforts by saying they were the "Spice Boys" of their time. Their logo was universally recognized.  Again, not by chance.  Let's not forget those terrible movies too.  It was all about placement, brand, and imaging. From. Day. One.

They founded Apple Corp specifically for tax advantages and surviving member to this day search for new commercial avenues with which to market the brand. 

Heck, they were rock pioneers at commercialization.
 
Don't overthink it. I'd argue with you but I'm too lazy at the moment.
 user4176 wrote:

I don't. Songs written for the pure purpose of making money are commercial, whether they are "good" or "not good", whether they sell or don't. We'll never know for sure but my impression is that the Beatles wrote their songs for a variety of reasons, money not being among the relevant ones. So one could argue they were not a commercial band, even though they sold like nothing else.
 
Not Even!  

If you think the Beatles did what they did solely for artistic or altruistic reasons, you would be quite wrong.  The Beatles had commercial intent from the very start and marketed their brand with maximum effort.

Paul McCartney once famously said about the Beatles being anti-materialistic, "‘That’s a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, ‘Now, let’s write a swimming pool.’”

Once when asked at an American press conference to sing (as the media believed that they could not do so because the screams in concert drowned the sound) all four shouted "NO!".  When pressed Ringo replied, "No, we need money first."

Without marketing agencies and brand creation, the Beatles may never have gotten off the ground.  You think they wore those collarless suits and mop hair dos for nothing? George Harrison once referred to their early efforts by saying they were the "Spice Boys" of their time. Their logo was universally recognized.  Again, not by chance.  Let's not forget those terrible movies too.  It was all about placement, brand, and imaging. From. Day. One.

They founded Apple Corp specifically for tax advantages and surviving member to this day search for new commercial avenues with which to market the brand. 

Heck, they were rock pioneers at commercialization.
timeless. cool. love it...
 Aghori wrote:
The Beatles are overrated
 
They might seem so when placed into todays music scene, but their music changed everything. And their music kept changing. 
 alexpohlenz wrote:
 I agree!

The Beatles are overrated
 Maybe by today's standards, but in 1966 this stuff was revolutionary. And they kept evolving at light speed in their relatively short (band) career. I don't think that they weren't overrated in their brief time together . 
 


 

Then who should be more highly rated?        

Yes they are. As much as I love them.
 

 rdo wrote:

This is a very curious observation.  The Beatles are the best selling band of all time, yet according to you they are not commercial.

I find this bamboozling. 
 
I don't. Songs written for the pure purpose of making money are commercial, whether they are "good" or "not good", whether they sell or don't. We'll never know for sure but my impression is that the Beatles wrote their songs for a variety of reasons, money not being among the relevant ones. So one could argue they were not a commercial band, even though they sold like nothing else.
 guiguy wrote:
Everyone says Sgt. Pepper was their best, it was surely Revolver that changed the world.

 
Some 
people say "Sgt. Pepper" was their best album, but a lot of other people do not.  To me, it's maybe their fourth-best album.

 Aghori wrote:
The Beatles are overrated

 
Yes they are. As much as I love them.
The lyrics perfectly describe the fleeting, racing thoughts that go through one's head when tripping on LSD, which is, indeed, what the events in the song are based on.

Or so I've heard.

Great Lennon classic.

{#Hug}
 gjeeg wrote:
Let's argue about The Beatles!!!!!

 
Because we might be able to change the reality of culture: they were the soundtrack to a worldwide revolution that we've all benefited from.
 Aghori wrote:
The Beatles are overrated

 

 Angry_Old_Man wrote:
My mop top is gray now.

 
If you still have one, you have me beat.
My mop top is gray now.
 ChrisVIII wrote:
It might be time to acknowledge that they were big and great in their time but aging very poorly in ours... So bad...

 
Why would anyone "acknowledge" something that's only true in your imagination?
a lot of people say the Beatles haven't aged well, I agree somewhat, but the Lennon written songs still stand up today,
that is to me or IMHO 
 ChrisVIII wrote:
It might be time to acknowledge that they were big and great in their time but aging very poorly in ours... So bad...

 
What?  If only I were aging as well as this song.  We are both products of the 60s, but it is not at all a fair contest. 
 ChrisVIII wrote:
It might be time to acknowledge that they were big and great in their time but aging very poorly in ours... So bad...

 
Aging? Do you mean like vintage wine? Because, of course, that must be why there are two highly anticipated documentaries on The Fabs that will be released by year's end. I suppose there is a thriving market for has-beens, the trite, the passe and obsolete. 

Just read in Rolling Stone that this is the only Beatles song that Paul McCartney didn't play on. George might've played bass on this one.
Beatles' best album?
 Aghori wrote:
The Beatles are overrated

 
Just like the song says:

"no no no you're wrong..." 
8.3? Not one of their best tracks, IMO of course.
I love so many Beatles songs, including virtually all of the songs on Revolver and Rubber Soul. This is just one of those that never clicked with me.  
 Aghori wrote:
The Beatles are overrated

 
N E V E R  {#Bounce}
It might be time to acknowledge that they were big and great in their time but aging very poorly in ours... So bad...
Let's argue about The Beatles!!!!!
And the Beatles again, and again, and again!
 I agree!

The Beatles are overrated
 
 


This makes up for the Counting Crows song.
 Picture this in 1966...besides that Shadows Guitar Tango thing.
this again...argh.....PSD....
The Beatles are overrated
 Dazzerb wrote:
thank goodness for the PSD button!

 
Surely you meant LSD button!
 TerryS wrote:
By Grabthar's Hammer, you shall be avenged! Dr. Lazarus 
 
Hope life be grand for you right this minute, TerryS...  this video is very very groovy...
thank goodness for the PSD button!
 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song soooo much!!!!

 
By Grabthar's Hammer, you shall be avenged! Dr. Lazarus 
 absolutely disagree {#Arrowd}  {#Mrgreen}
This falls into their 'filler' category. There were a lot more cracks in those days, and this is just tripe.
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song soooo much!!!!
Gov't Mule does a great version of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAsgzIVRwBA

{#Cool}
 zigzag wrote:
How the fug did they manage to slip in and out of waltz time so seamlessly?
 
They were masters at Aeolian cadences, don't forget!    

======================================

"We were on an acid trip and the sun was shining and the girls were dancing, and the whole thing was beautiful and Sixties, and this guy— who I really didn't know— he hadn't made 'Easy Rider' or anything... kept coming over, wearing shades, saying, 'I know what it's like to be dead,' and we kept leaving him because he was so boring!"

Hmmm....poolside on (real) acid....dancing girls...sunshine..... "I know what it's like to be alive!"
 
 rdo wrote:

This is a very curious observation.  The Beatles are the best selling band of all time, yet according to you they are not commercial.

I find this bamboozling. 
 

Not really, crap is the operative word that distinguishes. I never said The Beatles were not commercial.  Back then before Clear Channel took over, commercial and crap were not necessarily synomonous as they are today.   If you want to call The Beatles music crap, feel free. I am not so inclined to do so.
 rdo wrote:
This is a very curious observation.  The Beatles are the best selling band of all time, yet according to you they are not commercial.

I find this bamboozling. 
 
I don't know what the OP meant, but to me "commercial" means that a song is selected and/or written and/or produced to "fit into" a popular standard, which "should" increase its chances of making money. 

Certainly starting with Revolver, The Beatles didn't fit into the popular standards of the time, and created albums that were largely (almost completely) outside of those standards because that's what John, Paul, George, and Ringo wanted to do.  (Compare to this list of 1966 hits.) Sure, George Martin and others played a helping hand, but the OP was commenting on how many Beatles tracks are "well known." 

I'd disagree with the OP in that I'd bet many people don't know Beatles tunes like "Yer Blues," "Flying," "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite," or "Dr. Robert."  But lots of people are familiar with "Back in the U.S.S.R.," "All You Need is Love," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and "Eleanor Rigby."  I guess somebody'd have to do a poll to claim one way or another. 
Bravo RP! yeah!!! 
 sirdroseph wrote:


Very very few maybe less than any other serious artists (pop commercial high selling crap excluded of course). A true sign of greatness.

 
This is a very curious observation.  The Beatles are the best selling band of all time, yet according to you they are not commercial.

I find this bamboozling. 
{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}  Godlike song from the Beatles best album 
 lemmoth wrote:


Actually that's what Peter Fonda said.

 
...and that's the story that I heard.
I'm typically not a "Beatles person", but *love* this 
incredible
great song off "buddy holly '66"        {#Dancingbanana}

incredible...  absolutely incredible...  this is as good as it gets...
 
Trippy!  "You're making me feel like I've never been born."  (The music professors I'm channeling right now would like me to point out the difficult metrical shifts throughout.  They describe the effect as "trippy.")
EVEN my Neighbors seem to LOVE this song....they ain't called the cops yet~!{#Kiss}
There was a trippy period when John Lennon & Syd Barrett sang very much on the other side of things; Strawberry Fields Forever, Baby!

This is one of the best songs in the history of our solar system...  time flies when we're having fun...
 
 stevendejong wrote:

Former member...? Romeo, surely you did not move to another hotel?
 

Everybody in my church be dancing...  love this song soooo much!!!!
Here's the thing.

How the fug did they manage to slip in and out of waltz time so seamlessly?

It should be jarring.

Damn the Beatles.

Damn their clever little souls.

 


Everybody in my church loves this song...

 
Wow,

1966

ground breaking

mind bending

 
 BCarn wrote:
Absolutely fantastic song. 66/67 was the best for these guys. Well, all the years were good.  And I have my tickets for Macca! 
 
This was there very best album:  maximum quality of music, minimum associated star turning and general madness.  Gave this tune a 9.  Most of the cuts on "Revolver" were 9+.
 (former member) wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song soooo much!!!!

 
 
Former member...? Romeo, surely you did not move to another hotel?
Absolutely fantastic song. 66/67 was the best for these guys. Well, all the years were good.  And I have my tickets for Macca! 
 Elroweho wrote:
You have the Beatles here.{#Crown}
{#Exclaim}
{#Exclaim}

{#Arrowd}

{#Arrowd}

And the rest of the history of music here! (not to scale!)

 
Well illustrated.  I think an analogy, if you know basketball history, is almost everyone acknowledges Michael Jordan was the best player ever.

There were many other great players - many of whom could well be the favorite of a given fan - but Michael stands above them all.
{#Music}
 Proclivities wrote:

There are a few - some of which are better not being heard too often: "Mister Moonlight" comes to mind (unfortunately).  This is one of my favorites, though.
 
Happily, it's only a cover.
 unclehud wrote:
Thanks for all the not-so-well-known Beatle tunes you play, Bill!   Ummmm, now that I think about it, are there Beatle tunes that are not well known?
 
There are a few - some of which are better not being heard too often: "Mister Moonlight" comes to mind (unfortunately).  This is one of my favorites, though.


magnificent...  love it...

 
Just knew this was coming, thanks Bill
 unclehud wrote:
Thanks for all the not-so-well-known Beatle tunes you play, Bill!   Ummmm, now that I think about it, are there Beatle tunes that are not well known?
 

Very very few maybe less than any other serious artists (pop commercial high selling crap excluded of course). A true sign of greatness.
You have the Beatles here.{#Crown}
{#Exclaim}
{#Exclaim}

{#Arrowd}

{#Arrowd}

And the rest of the history of music here! (not to scale!)

Thanks for all the not-so-well-known Beatle tunes you play, Bill!   Ummmm, now that I think about it, are there Beatle tunes that are not well known?
Maybe not a better ALBUM than Sgt. Pepper, but surely their voices and grooves were at their peak.
 guiguy wrote:
Everyone says Sgt. Pepper was their best, it was surely Revolver that changed the world.
 


I think it was both...  I think all their albums changed the world...  they did for me...  love this song...
 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song soooo much!!!!

 
Everyone says Sgt. Pepper was their best, it was surely Revolver that changed the world.

So many years, and still so fresh. The mark of true genius.


Soooo incredibly profound— a brilliant poem with great guitar work and a melody that wails...  this song makes me feel the whole wide word deep in my heart all at once...  love it...

 
 Businessgypsy wrote:

 

Actually that's what Peter Fonda said.
I do not know what I was thinking. bumped from 9 to >10

 agd3 wrote:
Thanks for the pointer to the comments...we love RP!
 
Yes, I agree...  very interesting...

 
Thanks for the pointer to the comments...we love RP!


as good as it gets...

 
 echasse wrote:

haha - good description- and I happen to Agree!
 

Thank you!  Hope all is well with you!  Love this song... we be dancing...

 
Great song, great album!! This album elevates with me as time goes on, it may even ending up surpassing Abbey Road as my favorite Beatle album, not quite yet. 10 of course.
 Businessgypsy wrote:

 
{#Lol}

 ianpreston wrote:
Great song but would love to hear the version by Lone Star (not the band from Texas but from Cardiff) as their version really makes a great song better.

  Sacrelige.  :-)




Ohhhh yessss... one of the best songs of all time...  people here just kicked off their shoes and started dancing on the tables...  love it...

 



perfect...  one of the best songs in infinity...

 
Peter Fonda was describing his experience of accidentally shooting himself in the stomach in the year after his mom committed suicide. Reading Jane Fonda's bio right now and she says Peter was declared DOA (his heart had stopped) so he literally knew what it was like to be dead.
(He also showed the Beatles his scar, at that party, yeah, maybe not the coolest thing: he was harshing their mellow. )
So far, in Jane's book, you have to admire Peter, because all around him was denial of the bad things happening in their family and he was always expressive of his emotions. He had a good sense of himself in the face of denial of emotions.
British stereotypically don't like that kind of expression; and while it is a lot to ask for people to be "cool" while on 300 micrograms of acid  perhaps someone could have been  a tad more sensitive to the situation? I don't know, it's probably a lot to ask at a wild Hollywood party.
Oh well, a good song came out of it.
 jagdriver wrote:
I love the back story on this number.
 
Thanks for the tip jagdriver. Great story from John.  I wonder if there was ever a support group for what happened to Lennon. "The Southern California Chapter of People who have been Harassed by Peter Fonda" perhaps? Or the SCCPHPF.


Hey!  It's good to know that Bill sometimes takes requests!

                     (See comments page for the previous song).
 lmic wrote:

Yeah. My normal policy is not to rate Beatles tunes....Why bother, they're all 10s. Except the couple that are 20s. Like this one. Miss you, John.
 
John is dead. Miss him, miss him.
(Too soon?) 
 AvoidingWork wrote:

The rating system doesn't go up to 15.  That would have to be 'gooooooooood'.
 


Yessss...  I wish we could rate this song higher...  this song is soooo good...  love it...

 
Great song but would love to hear the version by Lone Star (not the band from Texas but from Cardiff) as their version really makes a great song better.

 Giselle62 wrote:
where's romeotuma?? (well, i guess we all need a break, sometimes.)
 


Sorry I missed ya!  This song is soooo groovy...  love it...

 
 WonderLizard wrote:

How about so goooooooooooooood for the ears?
 
The rating system doesn't go up to 15.  That would have to be 'gooooooooood'.
where's romeotuma?? (well, i guess we all need a break, sometimes.)
I love the back story on this number.
 romeotuma wrote:


This is one of my favorite songs of all time...  when I hear it, I love it soooo much it squeezes my gizzards...


 
haha - good description- and I happen to Agree!


hbs47 wrote:

"This mythical aura around the Beatles I just don't understand, they were good pop musicians but they didn't invent modern music."

Maybe not, but they massively expanded the boundaries of what we understood pop music to be at that time, opening the doors for everyone in the world to become involved in pop music if they had the desire.
By infusing at times classical, blues, jazz, flamenco, country & western, Indian sitar, synthesizer and even vocal sampling elements into their songs, what popular musical artist today does not owe them a debt of gratitude?

I heard The Beatles' songs when they first came out so many times that I'm tired of many of them, but this one still sounds good! 

{#Music}


Just cranked the volume wayyyy up...  love it...


 


This is one of my favorite songs of all time...  when I hear it, I love it soooo much it squeezes my gizzards...


 Hannio wrote:


I would rate it higher, maybe sooooooooo good for the ears, or even soooooooooo good for the ears.

 
How about so goooooooooooooood for the ears?



This song is soooo profound...  love it...

 
After all these years, you'd think they'd know , no one cares what she says.
yap yap yap

Revolutionary.  A classic.

 

But is anybody else bothered by the crashing symbals at the beginning of the song?


 gjr wrote:
not even in their top twenty best, yet still light years ahead of what everybody else was doing in '65-'66.  don'tcha just wish they'd done two or three more albums AFTER abbey road?
 

Yes light years ahead  of Bob Dylan , Cream, Booker T, Simon and Garfunkel and Leonard Cohen to name but  a few? I don't think so. This mythical aura around the Beatles I just don't understand, they were good pop musicians but they didn't invent modern music.
Rose coloured specs should be removed. I'm old enough to have seen them come and go BTW.
 
 ibenjamin wrote:
One of my favorite Beatle tunes. I love the way that the guitar riff echos the lyrics.
 
Yeah. My normal policy is not to rate Beatles tunes....Why bother, they're all 10s. Except the couple that are 20s. Like this one. Miss you, John.

One of my favorite Beatle tunes. I love the way that the guitar riff echos the lyrics.
 gjr wrote:
44 years old?  who could have possibly guessed (even the fab four) that they'd still be going strong aaaaaalllllll these years later?
 
"Going strong?", um...I guess you mean the songs, because the band members certainly are not.  Great song!

 scraig wrote:
I like the Gov't Mule cover of this...wonder why Bill doesn't play any Gov't Mule {#Stupid}
 

I'm with you on this too scraig.  Bill, maybe a beautifully broken or banks of the deep end? 
 DanFHiggins wrote:
MAGICAL
 
Can't stand this . . .