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Strawberry Fields Forever

Aprile 2005
A cosa si riferisce veramente la canzone “Strawberry Fields”? La risposta è ovviamente a Liverpool, dietro questo vecchio cancello...

di John Rigg

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The Strawberry Fields
The Strawberry Fields

Speaker: Justin Ratcliffe (Standard British accent)

"Strawberry Fields Forever” is the title of a Beatles song. Like another famous Beatles song, “Penny Lane,” it’s based on a real place in Liverpool: the Strawberry Field Salvation Army orphanage on Beaconsfield Road. John Lennon played at Strawberry Field when he was a child. He spoke about this in an interview: “Near my home was Strawberry Field, a home for boys. I went to garden parties there as a kid with my friends, Pete Shotton and Ivan Vaughan.” Lennon didn’t forget the orphanage: he left the home money in his will. In 1984, Yoko Ono donated £50,000 to keep the home open. The orphanage will close in 2007. Salvation Army officials say: “It is preferable for children to live in foster families or small group homes, and not in large residential institutions. Times have changed.” At present there are only three children at the home and they will move to families as soon as possible. There are no future plans for the site at the moment, but the Salvation Army hopes to use the building for the care of children in some way. The orphanage is popular with Beatles fans and they often visit its impressive iron gates to pay homage to their heroes. Lennon was shot dead outside his home near Central Park, Manhattan on December 8th, 1980. The people of New York have not forgotten Lennon. They have created the Strawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park with a mosaic dedicated to another song, “Imagine”. Every year on December 8th hundreds of people go there to sing songs and remember Lennon.




Although most Beatles songs are officially by Lennon/ McCartney, “Strawberry Fields Forever” was Lennon’s creation. He wrote it in 1966. He refers to the orphanage and the trees in its garden, but he also uses his experiences with drugs, especially the hallucinogen LSD (at the time there was also a type of LSD known as “Strawberry Fields”).The song is a combination of two different versions. The first is psychedelic, while the second is typical of the Beatles’ producer, George Martin, with a complex arrangement including violins. John Lennon asked Martin to join the first minute of the first version with the end of the second. You can hear the join after about 59 seconds. The song also played its part in the “Paul is Dead” legend. At the end of the song, some people hear Lennon say: “I buried Paul.” He really says: “Cranberry Sauce” twice, followed by “My mother made it for me.”

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Salvation Army - Esercito della Salvezza.

will - testamento.

foster families - famiglie adottive.

iron gates - cancelli di ferro.

to join - unire.

I buried Paul - ho sepolto Paul.

cranberry sauce - salsa ai mirtilli.