“No one I think is in my tree…” John Lennon
“Strawberry Fields” shouldn’t work – but it does. Brilliantly. The intriguing question is – why?
Adulthood is all mixed up, as almost everyone reading this knows. Not that childhood isn’t all mixed up, too, but in childhood we find coping mechanisms. It can be as simple as finding one’s happy place and going there.
John knew this. He also knew how important that finding coping mechanisms is for us.
“Strawberry Fields Forever,” arguably his finest song as a Beatle, is about remembering. Remembering had become a favorite lyrical theme for John (“In My Life,” “Norwegian Wood,” “Girl”). An equally important theme, and one that John sometimes explored in tandem with the remembering theme, is differentness, especially differentness in how one looks at the world (“Rain,” “I’m Only Sleeping,” “She Said She Said”).
It is that combination of those themes – remembering and differentness – that makes “Strawberry Fields Forever” the masterpiece it is. Continue reading