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AUTHOR’S NOTE: Paul, John, George and – to a lesser extent – Ringo, please forgive me. I’ve been commissioned by Slacktory editor and known hedonist Nick Douglas to write a list of six reasons why the Beatles weren’t the greatest band of all time. I would have turned him down, but I’ve got two cats to feed and, well, I need the money.

What’s worse is if this piece is well-received (or at least generates a significant amount of traffic), Nick will make me write other articles tearing apart the things I love. So please, stop reading now. Implore your friends and relatives to resist the brazen headline Nick’s bound to slap on this thing. And above all else, know that I’m so, so sorry.

That said, here are six reasons why The Beatles kind of sort of maybe shouldn’t be considered the most innovative rock group of all time…

1.) The Beatles released a lot of fluff. If you take away cover songs, The Beatles’ first two albums could easily be merged into a single disc with maybe a handful of gems. And their third album, A Hard Day’s Night, is pretty much the same story. I mean, let’s be honest here: no one’s calling in to their local oldies station and requesting “There’s a Place” or “You Can’t Do That.” And if you go through the band’s extensive discography – including hits – you’ll find a good number of duds (e.g. 90% of Yellow Submarine; all eight minutes of “Revolution No. 9”).

2.) Ringo. As a drummer, everyone knows Ringo was mediocre at best. You could replicate his most enduring solos by tying a rubber mallet to a dog’s tail and throwing a treat across the room. And his singing wasn’t any better. But even if we forgive all that, there’s still the matter of his ridiculous nickname. Now, granted, he couldn’t go by his given name of Richard Starkey (it would’ve ruined the cadence when fans listed off members of the band). But if they had to change it, why couldn’t they have gone with Dick Starkey? Or maybe Dick Star. Star Dick. Stardick. That’s it. STARDICK. Ridiculous? Sure. It’s still better than Ringo.

3.) There was always the need for a fifth Beatle. Some of the group’s best pieces might never have gotten off the ground if it weren’t for outside assistance. The piano solos in “Good Day Sunshine,” “In My Life” and other tracks were all played by George Martin. Martin also wrote the iconic string arrangement for “Eleanor Rigby.” And in 1969, Billy Preston had to step in for a few sessions to play the classic organ solo on “Get Back.” Oh, and let’s not forget Eric Clapton’s lead guitar on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The point is: The Beatles didn’t just get by – they relied on a little help from their friends.

4.) Then there are the post-Beatles solo records. Even if we consider all Beatles material sacred, we’re free to judge the individual members’ solo output, right? All four released albums within a year of the band’s split. Paul’s was first and, predictably, featured whimsical pop and sappy lyrics like “Every morning brings a new day / And every night that day is through / But tonight I just wanna stay in / And be with you.” Meanwhile, John’s songwriting grew more intense, culminating in the gentle insertion of the n-bomb in his now infamous women’s rights anthem. George dropped two LPs that barely charted before releasing “My Sweet Lord” – the biggest hit of his solo career. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a rip-off of an old Motown song. A few years later, Ringo managed to put out a platinum-selling album of his own. But most of those sales were due to the fact that all three ex-Beatles appear on separate tracks – proof that the fab four was greater than the sum of its parts.

5.) Have you ever seen a Beatles tribute band? Forget 98 Degrees, NKOTB, and other boy bands that the Beatles’s success enabled. Right now, at a community park bandshell near you, four recovering alcoholics are smoking Winstons and getting amped for tonight’s big show. They’ve got black suits and ties for the first set, and after a brief intermission they’ll return to the stage in their Sgt. Pepper gear. Stick around after the concert and Fake George Harrison will implore you, with a serviceable Liverpudlian accent, to buy one of his side band’s self-produced CDs. He’s from Minnesota.

6.) At the end of the day, The Beatles might not even exist. According to the scholars at thebeatlesneverexisted.com, the “Fab” in Fab Four may actually stand for fabricated. The group itself could actually be made up of dozens – perhaps hundreds – of lookalikes that were constantly rotated. For what purpose? Demonic mind control of course. And won’t we all feel like chumps when we find out the band we’ve lauded for half a century is really just part of some Draconian scheme to enslave the world? Oh yeah. We’ll totally feel like chumps.

Well, that’s it – six reasons why The Beatles weren’t that great. (Or, more accurately, five reasons why the Beatles weren’t so great and one conspiracy that they were never real to begin with.) I feel sick. At least now all I have to do is take a picture of myself crying for Nick, then I’m done with this whole thing. Paul, I love you…

Photo by RAIN — A Tribute to the Beatles

  • Nick Cox

    I’m sorry you had to do this.

    But: judging a drummer by his solos is precisely analogous to judging a basketball player by his slam dunks—both are part of a team, and should be judged first and foremost by how well they integrate with and support that team.

    And also: if “Ringo” is such a lame nickname, then why did Quentin Tarantino (who couldn’t be lame if you broke both his knees) begin his masterpiece with a guy named Ringo pulling out a gun in a diner? Eh?

    Just sayin’.

    • http://toomuchnick.com Nick

      Because that Ringo gets utterly pwned by Samuel L. Jackson.

  • http://twitter.com/yvonneyvonney yv0nne

    You Can’t Do That!

    I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party, but What You’re Doing gives me Misery. Honey Don’t think I’m A Loser but Tell Me Why?? Was it just for Money (That’s What I Want)? Well, You Can’t Buy Me, Love.

    Do You Want to Know A Secret? When I Get Home, I’ll Cry Instead because I Should Have Known Better than to post this dumb comment.

    • tite

      Every Letter Starting In A Capital Letter LOLOL stupid

  • Nikki

    c’mon man. I’m not the biggest FAN of the Beatles. (I’m not a diehard fan, like most beatles fans) but I like some of their stuff.
    and honestly?
    if not for them. we wouldn’t have our music scene today. they made Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones.
    Bob Dylan had a HUGE influence on the Beatles.
    weed. which is when (IMO) the Beatles got better.
    the musicians at that time were messing with acid, weed, etc. the beach boys’ front man drove himself insane from drug usage trying to write “the perfect album” Pet Sounds.
    the bands would all hear each other and get really inspired. they were all competing and bouncing ideas and influences off of each other.
    we wouldn’t have the music we have today without them.
    plus, if you look at it from a “music theory” standpoint. they were pretty revolutionary, and they do some pretty cool stuff.
    don’t have to LIKE it, but try appreciating it, musically and technically. (that goes for everyone :P)

    • Affinity4Music

      Chuck berry though was the beatles huge influence

      • Vrinda Kanchan

        Elvis, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, the Everly Brothers, Little Richard and many others were also huge influences.

  • http://twitter.com/HEARTlandSHARK A.C. SMITH

    It just so happens that the work of the Fab Four is mostly equal in quantity and quality. It’s a grand library, solo albums included, especially the Anthologies, though I can admit that it’s impossible to listen to Octopus’s Garden without facepalming (but I could listen to a thousand different takes of any other song with a smile). Now it’s time to watch a Hard Day’s Night and bask in the MOD.

  • ethan_fitz01

    I’ve never understood why they are so popular. I’m sure in another 50 years when no one is alive from that era anymore, they won’t be as popular.

    • Affinity4Music

      Their music sucks to me, beatle fans get mad at me when I saw I could tolerate MJ more than the beatles,

      • Vrinda Kanchan

        You’re the one who sucks. Did you actually listen to the Beatles or any ’60s music at all?

      • Isley Bro

        MJ and The Beatles are both awesome! In my opinion, The Beatles are better because their lyrics have deeper meanings than MJ! Also, The Beatles’s popularity are still exist in this world!

        • vicko

          Same as BigMac popularity, and sorry but is junk food consumed by millions, same as junk music…. yes,,,, like beatles music, awful life performers! POP, NOT Rock music,
          Have you seen Paul sing lately? Yes, he sucks, out of pitch, weak voice, average bassist, well,,,, only a well-brainwashed idiot will pay for a ticket for a PM concert……

    • Vrinda Kanchan

      I understood why, and this is coming from someone who was not till 1981. Their music evolved as the ’60s went on, and encompassed many different genres. They were among the first bands to write their own material, and incorporate different sounds into their recordings rather then just guitars and drums. In another 50 years, people will still be listening to the Beatles. Did you ever listen to their music or music from before 1963 to see the difference?

    • Isley Bro

      Everyone has different opinion! Nobody is perfect!

    • MrHelper

      Agreed.

      We all live in a Yellow Submarine
      Yellow Submarine, Yellow Submarine
      We all live in a Yellow Submarine
      Yellow Submarine, Yellow Submarine…

      I mean…seriously.

  • Hell

    That is because you have a significantly below average IQ. Sorry, but you will never accomplish anything significant in your life.

    • Vrinda Kanchan

      You’re the one with a low IQ.

  • Tony

    Ringo wasn’t the best drummer and his solos maybe weren’t the best but the truth is that the songs the beatles wrote had great drumming even if it’s basic it’s still good music and by the way all their songs have good lyrics and awesome rythm, remembe not to judge a drummer by his solos, I myself am a drummer and sometimes ringo’s drumming is kind of tricky and no I’m not bad at drumming if i’ve played for 5 years and by the way all the people that love rock n roll respect the beatles so don’t say they are bad because if you know music for real you’d know the beatles are the best and if they weren’t they wouldn’t be so known all over the world and they wouldn’t appear on history books so respect the beatles

  • Guest

    1.) The Beatles released a lot of fluff. If
    you take away cover songs, The Beatles’ first two albums could easily
    be merged into a single disc with maybe a handful of gems. And their
    third album, A Hard Day’s Night, is pretty much the same story.
    I mean, let’s be honest here: no one’s calling in to their local oldies
    station and requesting “There’s a Place” or “You Can’t Do That.” And if
    you go through the band’s extensive discography – including hits –
    you’ll find a good number of duds (e.g. 90% of Yellow Submarine; all eight minutes of “Revolution No. 9”).

    2.) Ringo. As a drummer, everyone knows Ringo
    was mediocre at best. You could replicate his most enduring solos by
    tying a rubber mallet to a dog’s tail and throwing a treat across the
    room. And his singing wasn’t any better. But even if we forgive all
    that, there’s still the matter of his ridiculous nickname. Now, granted,
    he couldn’t go by his given name of Richard Starkey (it would’ve ruined
    the cadence when fans listed off members of the band). But if they had to
    change it, why couldn’t they have gone with Dick Starkey? Or maybe Dick
    Star. Star Dick. Stardick. That’s it. STARDICK. Ridiculous? Sure. It’s
    still better than Ringo.

    3.) There was always the need for a fifth Beatle. Some
    of the group’s best pieces might never have gotten off the ground if it
    weren’t for outside assistance. The piano solos in “Good Day Sunshine,”
    “In My Life” and other tracks were all played by George Martin. Martin
    also wrote the iconic string arrangement for “Eleanor Rigby.” And in
    1969, Billy Preston had to step in for a few sessions to play the
    classic organ solo on “Get Back.” Oh, and let’s not forget Eric
    Clapton’s lead guitar on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The point is:
    The Beatles didn’t just get by – they relied on a little help from their friends.

    4.) Then there are the post-Beatles solo records.
    Even if we consider all Beatles material sacred, we’re free to judge the
    individual members’ solo output, right? All four released albums within
    a year of the band’s split. Paul’s was first and, predictably, featured
    whimsical pop and sappy lyrics like “Every morning brings a new day /
    And every night that day is through / But tonight I just wanna stay in /
    And be with you.” Meanwhile, John’s songwriting grew more intense,
    culminating in the gentle insertion of the n-bomb in his now infamous women’s rights anthem.
    George dropped two LPs that barely charted before releasing “My Sweet
    Lord” – the biggest hit of his solo career. Unfortunately, it turned out
    to be a rip-off of an old Motown song. A few years later, Ringo managed
    to put out a platinum-selling album of his own. But most of those sales
    were due to the fact that all three ex-Beatles appear on separate
    tracks – proof that the fab four was greater than the sum of its parts.

    5.) Have you ever seen a Beatles tribute band? Forget
    98 Degrees, NKOTB, and other boy bands that the Beatles’s success
    enabled. Right now, at a community park bandshell near you, four
    recovering alcoholics are smoking Winstons and getting amped for
    tonight’s big show. They’ve got black suits and ties for the first set,
    and after a brief intermission they’ll return to the stage in their Sgt.
    Pepper gear. Stick around after the concert and Fake George Harrison
    will implore you, with a serviceable Liverpudlian accent, to buy one of
    his side band’s self-produced CDs. He’s from Minnesota.

    6.) At the end of the day, The Beatles might not even exist. According to the scholars at thebeatlesneverexisted.com, the “Fab” in Fab Four may actually stand for fabricated.
    The group itself could actually be made up of dozens – perhaps hundreds
    – of lookalikes that were constantly rotated. For what purpose? Demonic mind control of course. And
    won’t we all feel like chumps when we find out the band we’ve lauded
    for half a century is really just part of some Draconian scheme to
    enslave the world? Oh yeah. We’ll totally feel like chumps.

  • victoria

    you do realize those 4 men arent the beatles , moron

    • Moron

      Pretty sure he put those pics because of reason number 6

  • super stevens

    This makes a lot of sense only if we read this as irony! HAHAHA!

  • SexMachine002

    Your rise and fall, idiot!

    • SexMachine002

      Back up against the wall, idiot!

      • SexMachine002

        What goes around is coming back and haunting you, idiot!

        • SexMachine002

          It’s time to quit, idiot!

  • SexMachine002

    Your rise and fall! Back up against the wall!

  • SexMachine002

    What goes around is coming back and haunting you! It’s time to quit!

  • SexMachine002

    Prophets: Most people think all the prophets lived hundreds of years ago, but the truth is, there have been many recent prophets. Some have been in show business and the arts. Let me tell you about four of the most powerful.

    “Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.”
    “Strawberry Fields Forever”

    The Beatles themselves were like other men, but the music and lyrics channeled through them contained magic and messages from beyond the mind.

    I remember the first time I heard a Beatles song. It was February 1964, just a few months after President Kennedy was shot and killed. Everyone was in a funk. I was walking home from school (sixth grade) with a friend, and we were going over to a neighbor’s house. He was older and very cool. He built drag racing cars in his garage and always had his radio blaring. There was a song coming out of it that stopped me in my tracks. On a cold and gloomy winter day, the wind blowing through my hair, I heard: “If there’s anything that you want, if there’s anything I can do, just call on me, and I’ll send it along, with love, from me to you.”

    We stood there on the corner and listened to the whole song in silence. I was stunned. My friend said, “The song is called ‘From Me To You.’ They are called the Beatles, and they all got haircuts like Moe of the Three Stooges.”

    It went right through me; it seemed familiar and unknown at the same time. It was one of those rare moments that you never forget, which changes your life. The Kennedy assassination was one of them. I lost my innocence and the Beatles gave it back to me. I went from no hope, to anything is possible, and I was not alone; it seemed like it happened to every kid in the world.

    There was no shortage of great music at the time. I did not really like or dislike the song; it was just different, like something from another planet. I had never heard anything like it, no one had. It was kind of weird, because they were saying silly things like little kids, and had haircuts like little kids. Their songs said things like, “She loves you yeah yeah yeah, I want to hold your hand,” and stuff like that which was strange, but it had a powerful vitality and joy. It got my attention. The words were simple and direct, and it seemed like they were talking directly to you, not just some unknown girl like other songs.

    Before the Beatles, we were all into looking like James Dean and trying to be cool. After the Beatles showed up, around the release of Rubber Soul or Revolver, we quit wearing shoes and started growing out our hair. It was time to go our own way and get into life. It was the start of a long party for me and a lot of other kids.

    The movies Animal House and American Graffiti depict the way cars, music, and people were in 1963, just before the Beatles showed up. We were happy with the music, and we were not looking for something new. I am still into that music and hotrods. The music before the Beatles was the greatest rock and roll ever made.

    It did not matter; the Beatles changed everything overnight anyway. Their power was overwhelming. Nothing like it happened before or has happened since.

    That is what made what they did so special and magical; it was impossible.

  • SexMachine002

    Force of nature: I am not saying their music was better. I liked the music before they came better, but they were better; it was the whole package. The Beatles were a force of nature, and all us kids were just swept away.

    It was a great time to be a teenager. It seemed like they came out with a new song every few weeks that was totally different and better than the one before. This is at a time when they sold single records, with one song on each side; they were called forty-fives. So in the beginning, I bought their songs two at a time.

    People that were not there cannot comprehend what it was like for a kid to hear a new Beatles song for the first time. It put a real magic in the air.

    They were very magical times. This went on for seven years and took me from the age of eleven to nineteen. The Beatles were the sound track for my whole teenage life. I was blessed.

    I was too cool for the Beatles after the first year or two. However, I always knew The Beatles were there, being perfect, being better than should be possible for mortal men.

    They were like the gods of the sixties. All other bands in the sixties were just great musicians, but the Beatles were something more, and they were ours. Most people that are into music know the sixties were a time of musical kings.

    Everyone was great, but the Beatles were the king of kings, and that is why they were so exceptional. Anyone can be big now; back then the biggest meant something. Being great was the norm; to be the undisputed best took magic.

    That is why I talk about them in this book. It is not for their music; it is for the way they took over the hearts and minds of most young people when it should have been impossible to do. What they did was real magic.

    It is a sign: Nature set them apart for a reason. It is so we do not just think they were just another great band, so we look closer and listen a little better.

    There was an X factor to the Beatles, and everyone knew it on some level, even the adults and people that did not like their music. As musicians they were unbelievably great; as people they were funny and smart.

    They were the strongest voice of a generation of many strong, talented voices. They made the older generation look stupid and made us look good; they gave us real strength.

    I took them for granted like most people and did not know how special they were until years after they were gone. I always thought that some other band would eventually come along and be that good. No one has, and now I know why.

    They were not just musicians; they were prophets. We do not need a new band; we still have them. We still have their music; we just have to really hear it.

  • SexMachine002

    Spiritual event: The Beatles music was behind and powered the last big spiritual event. It was called the peace and love movement. They gave it legitimacy, and that great Beatles “we can do anything and have fun doing it” vibe.

    They got it going with albums like Magical Mystery Tour, Sgt. Pepper’s, and ended it with The White Album via Charles Manson. What happened was not their intention, but their music on The White Album (Helter Skelter/Piggies) was involved in ending the peace and love movement in the summer of 1969. Hippies were not seen as harmless anymore.

    It happened like this: When Martin Luther King was shot, it started going down. It ended politically when Bobby Kennedy was shot. The hippie movement ended with the Manson murders and The Stones concert at Altamont. It then ended spiritually when the Beatles broke up. As John Lennon said, the dream was over.

    Most people felt if the Beatles could not make it happen, nothing could.

    Hidden messages: To hear the hidden messages in the Beatles’ music, you do not have to play the songs backwards like some people in the sixties thought; you just have to change your perspective, listen backwards. Instead of their songs being sung to a girl somewhere, you hear them as being sung to you personally. You listen like the song is new and you have never heard it before, because you really haven’t; no one has, not even them.

    In the song “Julia”, John Lennon says, “Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you.” This clearly means that half of what they say is meaningful, and the rest is just there to reach us.

    Some of their songs were obviously being sung directly to the listener, and others are just love songs to a girl, but most are both. They are being sung to a girl and to you, even if you are not a girl. They can be interpreted either way depending on your perspective. From the perspective of a teenage girl, you hear a silly love song. From the perspective of a truth seeker, you will hear a love song also, only it’s spiritual love, divine love. Other bands are just singing love songs to a girl somewhere, but in hindsight, we now know that the Beatles were into something bigger; they were prophets.

    Time lock: Most of their early songs appear to be just silly love songs. This is what made it possible to get a spiritual communication to most people. They sugarcoated the truth, hid it as a love song, and sent it to the truth seekers of the world under the radar. It worked, if we get it now. It was actually created for now.

    The sign: There is a sign in their songs to let us know the songs are not just a love song for a girl. The sign is the word “friend” which is not a way that you would address a girl you are singing a love song to.

    Examples: The song “I’ll Follow the Sun”, “Though I may lose a friend, in the end you will know I was the one.” The song: “We Can Work It Out”, “Life is very short and there’s no time for fussing and fighting my friend.” The song “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “I will buy you a diamond ring my friend, if it makes you feel alright.” The song: “I’ll Get You”, “So I’m telling you my friend, I will get you in the end.” They will get us now.

  • SexMachine002

    In that last song, “I’ll Get You,” they say, “There is going to be a time, when I am going to change your mind.” They mean literally change your mind, from the mind of mankind to the mind of a spiritual being. See the difference it makes?

    They actually say change your mind and make you mine at the same time.

    Words with two meanings: Girl, her, baby, honey, she, darling, etc. = receiver. The receiver is female, just as biologically females receive the seed of life from males. Whoever is listening to their music is the receiver, because you are receiving the music. The word, man, he, him, his, etc. = transmitter or sender. The collective unconscious via the Beatles are the transmitters; they are sending the music and message. Home = the Present, God, etc. End = beginning, etc.

    This is why metaphorically God is a male. God gives us life; we receive it.

    When they say “you,” they mean you. They use metaphors like religious books do. The two meanings for the word “love” are divine love, which means, God, the Present, total awareness, etc. The other meaning for love is carnal love (man woman love). One meaning is for your soul, the other is for that mystery girl.

    If you listen to songs like “Two of Us” (Let It Be) and “Your Bird Can Sing” (Revolver) and “Wait”, “The Word” or “Think For Yourself” (Rubber Soul), you will see the meanings clearly, and you know where they are coming from and who they are talking to. You will realize they are talking to you in the here and now.

    Some other songs where it is easy to see the dual meanings are the songs “All My Loving” (With the Beatles), “I Will” (The White Album), “Tell Me What You See” (Help!), “No Reply” or “What You’re Doing” (Beatles For Sale), or “Things We Said Today” (A Hard Day’s Night). On that same album (A Hard Day’s Night), the song “I’ll Be Back” is telling us they will be back, a second coming, once we can see the true meanings of the songs.

  • SexMachine002

    Second coming: They are coming back, but not as the cute mop tops we saw the first time. This time, we will see them for the prophets they really were and hear the spiritual and truth side of their music. It will change the world again. The power and vibe is still there; add the truth and the life (the present), your new perspective, and you have a door to the magical mystery tour, a ticket to ride.

    The long and winding road that leads to your door, they mean your door, your spirit. When they say I want to be your man, it means they want to be your “mind,” send you a transmission, inform you. When they say, I want to hold your hand, it means they want to connect to you, show you the way, be with you, etc.

    When they say “come on,” they mean come on like a light, wake up.

    Click to listen to “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” on The White Album, and you will see what I mean by the words “come on.”

    Some of their lyrics mean exactly what they say, and some have hidden meanings like all religious material. Sometimes you have to listen to them repeatedly until you get it. I hear something different every time I listen to them.

    The album names have dual meanings and spiritual connotations: Revolver, Rubber Soul, Hard Day’s Night, Magical Mystery Tour, Let It Be, Abbey Road, etc.

    The picture on their first album, Please Please Me, shows the Beatles on a higher level than you with many levels above them, representing levels of awareness.

    They did not write the songs with those intentions. The Beatles say they were just writing a love song to a girl; at least that has been their cover story.

    I believe they did not know the spiritual content of their songs until after they were written; that they came out of the air just as they say. They came from the collective unconscious or Holy Spirit if you prefer, not their own minds.

    That is how the Holy Spirit/collective unconscious communicates. You usually do not know it at first, but you usually get it before anyone else, but not always.

    Example: Paul says the song “Martha My Dear” was written for his sheep dog Martha. John said “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was inspired by a drawing his kid made. “Dear Prudence” was to try to get Mia Farrow’s sister to stop meditating and come outside when they were in India.

    Though it may not have been intended, there are obviously other meanings we get from those and most of their other songs.

  • SexMachine002

    They did not know the truth: It is true that they do not know what their songs mean; no one could know until now, not even them.

    There are things in Beatles songs that go more for a feeling than a thought or message. Remember, things that come from the collective unconscious can get garbled by our minds, so you have to interpret it. This makes it possible for things such as poetry and songs to mean different things to different people.

    The early songs are more direct and from and to the heart (no mind); they get more cerebral in their later songs. Try listening to them from this new spiritual perspective, and you will see what I mean. A good way to do it is to start with their later songs (so you know they are spiritual), and work backwards to their first songs. Listening to their music backwards does show you what they are saying, but not single songs backwards.

    Most people think the later songs are more spiritual than the early songs; the opposite is true. It is the early ones that have the most spiritual content, but you have to know it to hear it, and the later songs make their intent clear.

    Their most spiritual albums were their first ones.

    One of their first albums, “With the Beatles” 1963, is the most spiritual to me. If you think the later ones were the most spiritual, listen to this first one.

    The song “Not a Second Time” makes a lot of sense now. The song “I Want to Be Your Man” is literally saying “I want to be your mind.” It is the Holy Spirit talking.

    Their music went from “Please Please Me” and “Do You Want to Know a Secret” to “I Am the Walrus” and “A Day in the Life”. Anyone that has ever been in a band will tell you that what they did was impossible. The band that gave us “I Want to Hold Your Hand” could not have been the same band that gave us the song “In My Life”, and it wasn’t; they changed completely.

    Changelings: They were changelings; it is a characteristic of many prophets. Every time you look at them, you see a different person, because a spiritual person changes as the present changes. They reflect the present as it changes. You change (reflect life) as the life around you changes, and it is changing all the time. Listen to the songs above or any early and later song back to back, and you will see what I mean. They are a completely different band. They looked and sounded different. I like to listen to the “Sgt. Pepper’s” album and the “With the Beatles” album back to back. It is a powerful and enlightening experience.

    A lot of bands and performers made the girls scream and go crazy. The Beatles did that too, plus they did a lot of things that were different than any other musicians or pop stars. Their music channels the truth and the life.

    Magic: They wrote forty-eight songs during the few weeks they stayed in India; who else could do that? Many of those songs are on The White Album. Their music speeds up and slows down; you cannot dance to most of it. They use obscure instruments and odd sounds. They did some strange and different stuff.

  • SexMachine002

    They would create great songs faster than anyone else has. Example: John Lennon got the idea for the song “Instant Karma”, rented a piano, and recorded it all in one day. Most people have to work on a song for a long time before they get it right, and it is rarely a hit. The Beatles did it all the time.

    The song Instant Karma says most of what this book says in one song.

    When real music comes to me – the music of the spheres, the music that surpasses understanding – that has nothing to do with me, because I’m just the channel. The only joy for me is for it to be given to me, and to transcribe it like a medium… those moments are what I live for. John Lennon

    George Martin, their producer, said the Beatles created songs much faster than any of the other bands he worked with before or since. He said the songs and albums seemed to grow by themselves.

    I am not trying to say they did not work as hard as anyone else did. They did, but I am trying to show how they were more inspired than any other group of people. All a prophet is, is a person or group of people that can connect with something beyond their own minds for a period of time, and channel or bring into the world something from beyond it that reveals the divine truth and life.

    Their songs changed and they changed in a very short period of time. As their relationship with each other got worse, their music got better. After the Beatles broke up, two of them brought their wives (not musicians) into their new bands. Who else could or would do that? There was something behind them that could not be stopped, something that gave them a power to do things that no other band has done before or after.

    Another thing that made them different from any other band was that they were all equal. You knew all of them equally. When they spoke in interviews together, they were like one person. One would talk, but it did not matter who it was; it came from them all. This is really different, and shows the spiritual factor that sets them apart.

    Their solo stuff was also very spiritual. Example: From the John Lennon song “Yer Blues,” “My mother was of the sky, my father was of the earth, but I am of the universe, and you know what it’s worth.” That is as clear as it gets. The songs, “Gimme Some Truth,” “Mind Games,” “Real Love,” and “Imagine” also tell you where he was at.

    You will not understand everything at first, so do not try to even think about it, and you will get a little more each time you listen. Just remember they are talking to youwhen you are listening to them.

    It makes sense; you are the one listening, and no one else is. If the song were for someone else, it would not make sense.

    Everything that comes to you is just for you. It is the same with this book. It is just for you when you are reading it.

    Their incredible success is the most obvious sign of how different they were. In the last forty years, some other people have broke their sales records, but if they had the competition the Beatles had and the Beatles themselves for competition, they would not have done as well. The truth is, no one has even come close to the success of the Beatles. They may have been the most successful people that ever lived, because they were successful prophets in their own lifetime.

    Love has never been so successful.

    We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the new world and the Beatles were in the crow’s nest of that ship.
    John Lennon

  • SexMachine002

    The apple: The transition could not have happened in the sixties; the time was not right. We needed computers and the Internet. You would not be reading this book if it wasn’t for the Internet. The ultimate truth had to come on the Internet for free, because books cost money and are not available to everyone.

    You would not be learning the truth now if it were not on the Internet free.

    The apple is associated with every major step in mankind’s evolution. The apple in the Garden of Eden was the creation of mankind (mind kind), the apple falling from the tree is when Newton realized the laws of motion and gave birth to calculus. Then there is Apple Records, the Beatles’ record company, and Apple Computers, the start of widespread computer use. Another coincidence?

    People say the apple in the Garden of Eden and in the Newton story never really happened, and it didn’t. It does not matter if it really happened or not, because most people think it did; why do they? Something put the apple at the major events in human evolution. If it did not really happen, it is even more magical and makes it an even greater sign of a divinity in our lives. The word “apple” means “evil” in Latin, and evil is live backwards.

    Frozen in time: The time is right now, and the Beatles’ music is still here exactly like it was then. Actually, it has been remastered and is even better. The Beatles have been frozen in time still young, waiting for us to evolve enough to hear what the music contains, just as Jesus has been waiting on us to understand him.

    The song “Yesterday” did not even make sense until now. They first sang it at the peak of their success. Why would they be yearning for the past or yesterday at the peak of their success? It makes total sense if you listen to it now. A lot of their songs only make sense now. The Beatles are for now.

    The divine magic is in all good music to some degree more or less, because it comes from beyond the mind and exists only in the present. The Beatles are just by far the biggest, most concentrated source of it.

    I like the music before The Beatles showed up, because it was a simpler world, and the music reflected it.

    That is why I like early Beatles’ songs like that first Beatles song I heard, “From Me to You” (Beatles 62-65). Some others are “I Should Have Known Better” (A Hard Day’s Night), “Thank You Girl” and “She’s a Woman” (Past Masters), “There’s a Place” (Please Please Me), “Hold Me Tight” (With the Beatles), “Tell Me Why” and “I Feel Fine” (Beatles 62-65).

    The following are a few more Beatles’ songs with words that mean two different things; see if you can hear the hidden meanings:

    Hey Bulldog, Yellow Submarine
    Cry Baby Cry, The White Album
    Glass Onion, The White Album
    Lady Madonna, Beatles 1
    Across the Universe, Let It Be
    Fool on the Hill, Take 4, Anthology 2
    I’m Looking Through You, Rubber Soul
    Ask Me Why, Please Please Me
    I’m Only Sleeping, Revolver
    Real Love, Anthology 2
    Sexy Sadie, The White Album
    You Won’t See Me, Rubber Soul
    Baby’s in Black, Beatles For Sale
    The Night Before, Help!
    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sgt. Pepper’s
    With a Little Help from My Friends, Sgt. Pepper’s

  • SexMachine002

    I do not listen to the Beatles’ music to just listen to music. Their music is in its own category. I listen to the Beatles for the same reasons I read the Bible and other religious books. The Beatles are a part of my religion, along with golf, surfing, romance, hotrods, classic cars, boats, eating and everything else.

    Their music helps keep me in the present and on the spiritual path. The Beatles are just another thing that makes my religion more enjoyable than most others.

    My religion is the present and everything in it.

    The last line, in their last song medley, in the last album the Beatles released, Abbey Road, says it all. “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight,” “The End.” It says, “And in the end the love you take, is equal to the love you make.”

    In other words, the more love you take from life or accept from life, the more you will be able to make or reflect back to people. It is the most important thing to do. People think it means the more love you make, the more love you will take, but they have it backwards. You cannot make love; only God/life can make love. You can only let it in and reflect it back out. The more love you take, the more love you can make or reflect to other people. Remember, everything is backwards.

    I have heard the actual last words in a song they recorded was, “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, all good children go to heaven,” which is also true.

    It is now the time to start listening to the Beatles’ music with new ears. Not for entertainment; this time listen just for its spiritual value.

    Even if you do not like their music, it is easier to listen to them than to read religious books. It is a painless way to get a shot of truth everyday. Listen to them to learn the truth, and you will be hearing them for the first time.

    Rock and roll: All rock and roll is made by young people for young people. What the kids of today have to realize is they will not be listening to music for old people, their parent’s music. They will be listening to music by kids their age.

    George was just fifteen when he joined the band; they started out as a teenage band. They wrote the best songs as teenagers and broke up in their twenties.

    The Beatles’ music is made by young people for young people now and forever. It is more this generation’s music than it was ours, because this generation will understand it. We did not; we just thought we did.

    The time is right for it now. Wake up kids; it is all for you now.

  • SexMachine002

    The kids of today have to realize all rock and roll is their music. They have their new music and all the rock and roll that came before, because it was all made by young people their age. It is one of the reasons kids today have it better than any generation of kids that came before. They need to claim all their music.

    It is no coincidence that many radio stations play a show called “Breakfast with The Beatles” on Sunday mornings. Subconsciously, most people know there is something spiritual about them. John and George may have died physically, but they are still with us in spirit and truth and in song. Let’s not wait for the last two to die before we wake up.

    Speaking on reincarnation in 1968, George Harrison said: “You go on being reincarnated until you reach the actual Truth.”

    Everything is for now: As I said earlier, everything that happened in the past was just to help us find the truth and the life now. It is not just the Beatles’ music; it includes most great music. A good example is classical music.

    Growing up in the era of rock and roll, I have never appreciated classical music. When I woke up, I was amazed that I suddenly liked some classical music as much as rock and roll. The best example is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It contains the spirit of conquest, so it has been stolen and used by dictators and tyrants like Stalin and Hitler since it was written. It was perfect to inspire armies marching into battle, but Beethoven wrote it for the exact opposite purpose.

    Most people think it is just instrumental and has no lyrics, but actually it was written for a poem by the German poet Friedrich von Schiller called “Ode to Joy.” It is about mankind becoming one brotherhood. It was before its time, because it was impossible for mankind to become one until now.

    The music does inspire conquest, the conquest of the spirit. After you wake up, listen to it, and you will be astonished by how perfectly it embodies that conquest. Like Beatles’ songs, you will be hearing it for the first time. You can find many versions on Youtube.

    Listening to Beatles’ music is a good way to share the present and the ultimate truth with people, because everyone can relate to it on their own level.

    Don’t lie to children about Santa Claus; tell them the truth about the Beatles. Their true story is greater than any myth.

    In ancient Egypt, a beetle was the symbol for eternal life; another coincidence?

    They said they would be back… “I’ll Be Back” Retrospective Video

    “Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.”
    “Strawberry Fields Forever”

    All you need is love. Actually, all you need is the truth. You need the truth first. True love only comes after you know the truth of life.

    All you need is love, of the truth!

    They lay it all out in the songs above. God is love. Love is everything, but the only way to receive and know everything is to realize that you are nothing.

  • Jesse Kaellis

    It should be six hundred reasons. I broke down and bought two Beatles songs for my i tunes library. But I never listen to them. One was She came in through the bathroom window, which I listened to one night in ’69 or ’70 when I was high on acid and had just watched Easy Rider. I was 14, I think.

  • lyricalone

    Do people get that this is satire?

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