I missed Music Monday this week because I was out of town for a long weekend so today I’m showing a clip from Paul McCartney Live at Liverpool in 2008 singing “A Day In The Life”. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the 26th greatest song of all time. “A Day in the Life” is one of The Beatles’ most influential songs and was also nominated for a Grammy in 1967 for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist Or Instrumentalist.
The song became controversial for its supposed references to drugs. On 1 June 1967, the day the Sgt. Pepper LP was released, the BBC announced it was banning “A Day in the Life” from British stations due to the line “I’d love to turn you on,” which, according to the corporation, advocated drug use. Other lyrics allegedly referring to drugs include “found my way upstairs and had a smoke / and somebody spoke and I went into a dream”. A spokesman for the BBC stated, “We have listened to this song over and over again. And we have decided that it appears to go just a little too far, and could encourage a permissive attitude to drug-taking”.
So, decide for yourself folks … whatcha think? I’m sure there are legitimate claims to drug references but overall this is a favorite song of The Beatles. Enjoy! 🙂