On Music: Beatlemania Week – No. 3

"She Said She Said"



During a break from their American tour in late August 1965, The Beatles rented a house in Beverly Hills. Although the Spanish-style mansion was hidden from plain view, their address eventually became public knowledge and the LAPD had to be called in to ward off eager fans. Since it was impossible to leave home, the Beatles played host to a pantload of musicians and actors, including the then-unknown Peter Fonda. The entire band, excluding Paul McCartney, dropped acid with Fonda. According to Lennon, the drug-induced Fonda kept telling the band, “I know what it’s like to be dead” and “You’re making me feel like I’ve never been born.” Lennon would later use both phrases in the lyrics to “She Said She Said.”

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This is the story I heard originally about the song, that it was from a line that Peter Fonda kept repeating. Later I read that a more detailed account of the story that explained it came from an incident at a party where someone had a "bad trip" and cried out that he/she was dying. Peter Fonda tried to calm the situation down by saying, "You're OK, I know what it's like to be dead" - and he actually did know, because he had briefly flat-lined during surgery following an boyhood accident when he was accidentally shot in the chest. John Lennon, of course, knew none of the backstory and told Fonda "You're making me feel like I've never been born."
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Please do a story on "I, Me, Mine" or "Across the Universe" these were two of the last recorded songs by the Beatles which followed from their interest in Hindu philosophy and Transcendental Meditation. Thus, they are fascinating and have interesting stories behind them. They are also spiritually-significant masterpieces, IMO.
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