The Beatles: The Truth Behind Some Of The Songs Which Made The Group Famous

  A Day in the Life

Woke up, fell out of bed,
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
And looking up I noticed I was late.
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke,
Somebody spoke and I went into a dream.

This is a rare Beatles song with a title that is not part of the lyrics. It is about a day in the life of two artists: John and Paul.

On 18 December 1966, Tara Browne the 21-year-old, whose father was part of The House Of Lords was driving with his girlfriend, in his Lotus Elan through South Kensington at a speed over 100mph. He failed to see a traffic light and proceeded through the junction of Redcliffe Square and Redcliffe Gardens, colliding with a parked lorry. Browne was a friend of many rock stars at the time. Lennon read a coroner’s report of the accident in the Daily Mail and was prompted to write: “He blew his mind out in a car, he didn’t notice that the lights had changed.”

“Woke up, fell out of bed” This part was written by Paul and it describes a typical day for him when he was a teen living in Liverpool.