8 - The hidden meaning of Beatles songs
8 - The hidden meaning of Beatles songs
In his book, The Beatles with Lacan: Rock ‘n’ roll as Requiem for the Modern Age, ProfessorHenry W. Sullivan of Tulane University remarks:
“In all aspects of their creative activity and influence, they sent the message to their fans that another kind of logic, or way of knowing, was to be sought and, perhaps, encountered. Inasmuch as these insights still remain to be articulated in a more communicable form, we have not as yet returned The Beatles a satisfactory answer to their message.”
At first glance, many of The Beatles’ early tunes appear to be just silly love songs. This may be in order to enable a “spiritual communication” with the listener. The deeper, hidden meaning was sugar-coated inside of a love song. In this way it can be sent “just under the radar” to truth-seekers. Just as there are many ways to interpret Biblical passages and deeper meanings than just what the words say, so it is in Beatle songs as well. Beatles scholar Jessica Corry writes that the song All You Need Is Love marks the transformation from a former emphasis on individual romantic love to the philosophy of universal love. While this sounds logical, as everyone knows that “as time went on their lyrics became more sophisticated”, it is not accurate. Many of their earlier compositions that we thought had very simplistic lyrics were coded with deeper meanings. Metaphorically, God is a male. God gives us life; we receive it. The receiver is female, just as females biologically receive the seed of life from males. Spiritually, we are all female as man gets his softer side from the other gender, which we use to receive truth and life. That is the reason why women are inherently on a higher spiritual level than men. Females are better at being female (receiving) than men. Men have to learn how to do it; women are born with it. The Beatles entered our world through excited teenage girls. They were not singing to them as a man to “teenage females” but the spirit communicating to our spirit. Their early songs were sung to teenage girls and to everyone else at the same time. Two of the meanings of the word “love” are divine love, which means love of God, and carnal love. One meaning is for your soul; the other is so you will pay attention. In many Beatles songs, there are two meanings: For instance: girl, her, baby, honey, she, darling, etc., mean “the receiver.” Whoever is listening to their music is the receiver, because he or she is receiving the music. The words man, he, him, his, etc., represent the one doing the transmitting, or “the sender.”
In Beatle songs, it isn’t the music that is important or relevant. The music is merely the vehicle/attraction to deliver the message. This is why the actual words/lyrics of Beatle songs are not at all of interest to the listener. In fact, the actual lyrics to Beatle songs were never even made available to the public until the early-mid 1970s. We never connected with the lyrics - always the music. Most people have absolutely no idea what the words were that were being used; that was the case then, and until this day.
They were serving as our guides The Beatles always challenged us and taught us to hear differently. We had to listen to their music on their terms as they created it. It had to always be on their terms. In 1980 veteran Beatles scholar Colin Campbell wrote:
“Repeatedly The Beatles urge us to simply relax and let our senses work, unhindered - so that we might see, hear, and feel the world directly.”
When they sing: 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”, to send you a transmission; to inform you. When they sing: I want to hold your hand, it means they want to connect to you, to show you the way− “to be your guide.”
Like all religious material, some of their lyrics mean exactly what they say; some have hidden meanings. The message was passed through them without their knowing it, and yet they knew it to some extent - just as we all did. If they were prophets they certainly did not have to consciously know that they were selected for this purpose. It was the Holy Spirit/collective unconsciously communicating with us. For 50 years we haven’t been aware of its deeper meaning.
Their music was so diversified because they needed to appeal to everyone to have their message heard. Their music had to be the best, the most attractive, in order to have everyone listen attentively to their message. The way to grab our attention was to lead us, musically. The musical treasures they left behind contain higher spiritual messages for us.
The Beatles as our Shaman
Rabbi Gershon Winkler, a widely recognized scholar in the fields of Jewish law, lore, theology, and mysticism, defines “Shamanism” as an anthropological term referencing a range of beliefs and practices regarding communication with the spiritual world.
A practitioner of shamanism is known as a “Shaman.” Shamanic practices may have originated as early as the Paleolithic period, predating all organized religions.
Rabbi Winkler says that shamanism encompasses the belief that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human and the spirit worlds. They enter supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. Shamans may visit other worlds/dimensions to bring guidance to misguided souls and to ameliorate illnesses of the human soul caused by foreign elements. The Shaman operates primarily within the spiritual world, which in turn affects the human world. The restoration of balance results in the elimination of the ailment.
The Beatles didn't consciously base themselves on Shamanism. Yet they did experience things on behalf of their followers and then sent back their findings. The nineteenth century English poet William Blake believed that the “road of excess” led to the “palace of wisdom”, and The Beatles consciously traveled along that road in the expectation of becoming enlightened. George said in 1968: “We're in a position to try things, to show people. We can jump around and try new things.”
Consciously or unconsciously, they redefined social norms, as activists, protestors, hippies, and proponents of the growing counterculture found in the group their “Shaman.” The Beatles represented a collective mentality and appreciation of alternative forms of consciousness which came to mark them as both agents and models of change in the counterculture.
Unlike the Bible or the Qur'an, the words of The Beatles arrived embedded in music. Aspects of the relationship between them and the rest of the world were similar to those between shaman and ritual participant or between guru and disciple. They were the enlightened ones who passed on their insights in two to four minute sermons. Like most prophets before them they never claimed they were doing anything extraordinary. They just did what they were supposed to do: show us the way - to be our guides. It doesn’t matter whether they knew or thought they were the agent. What is clear is that they were delivering some type of new message to the masses.
The way they showed the public they were guiding us was through the music. Their songs had to be great so that everyone would take notice. If a prophet doesn’t do great things, why will anyone listen to what they have to say?
This is because their music was an instrument to deliver the deeper meaning of their legacy - a message and meaning we have yet to internalize. Today their music and sound is as fresh as it was a half a century ago because they are still relevant - despite the fact that we haven’t yet recognized why.
The purpose of listening to Beatles songs is not just to enjoy the unique rhythms and beat. It is to absorb the messages these guides were imparting to us through their music. They told us how we should live with ourselves and with each other. They were our spiritual guide - our Shaman.