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Fridge Logic for The Beatles.

First person language is so yesterday. Look for them with the sun in your eyes, and they gone. So please, please, avoid using first person language, natter, and anecdotal stories.

Fridge Brilliance

  • The spelling of the name of the band doesn't mean much initially, until you realize that it was a pun, and not the insect, and in a sublte way, it could be just about the most brilliant thing ever.
    • To top it off, The Beatles had a fondness for Buddy Holly. Buddy Holly's band's name? The Crickets.
  • One might think the second to third-person lyrical change in "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" was weird, until you consider there to be two different women. The singer wants one, but instead is in a relationship another woman he hates because "she's so heavy" . He can't have what he wants, and it's "driving (him) mad." Also explains the emphasis placed on the word "you" (as opposed to "her) during the singing.
    • 'Heavy' was slang for 'sexy' at the time. Combine that with this being the time that John Lennon had just started hanging around with Yoko Ono, and had found that he just couldn't be without her at any time, even to the point of bringing her into the studio while the Beatles were recording (a huuuge no-no), and the driving, repetitive nature of the music, and there's a thought that it was John Lennon being self-aware about his obsession with her. One can almost imagine a conversation going like this.
      John, to Yoko: I want you. I want you so bad. I want you, I want you so bad, it's driving me mad, it's driving me mad.
      Paul: Jeez, mate, what's so good about this girl?
      John: She's so... heavy. (i.e. I don't know. I just love her. Shut up.)
  • The opening line of "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" works with all of the definitions of the word "miss". "She's not a girl who misses much": 1-she's very smart and observant (supposedly the meaning Lennon intended); 2-she's very successful and no matter what she does, things end up going her way; 3-she doesn't have a guilty conscience, and never has regrets about people or things that have disappeared from her life. So with just seven words we have a complex portrait of a smart, savvy, vain, self-centered and perhaps even sociopathic woman.
    • Alternatively, she's not a girl who misses her target much. Though you'd have to be interpreting it literally for that one.
  • Revolution I is a slow, thinky kind of song. Revolution the single is a fast-tempo hard rock song with the distortion up to absurd levels. Originally John Lennon wanted the single to be the same as the album version, but the other Beatles wanted a faster rock song. In that context, the loud distortion makes complete sense - Lennon was basically saying, 'You want a fast, rocky number? Fine!' and turned it up to eleven.
  • Norwegian wood. The guy set's fire to her house. Norwegian wood is pine! The refrain "isn't it good?" is about how easily it burns!
  • A line in "If I Fell": " 'Cause I've been in love before / And I found that love was more / Than just holding hands." it's a Call-Back to "I Wanna Hold Your Hand". Thus, "If I Fell" can be read as a slightly less idealistic sequel to their earlier hit: the protagonist still believes that love is possible, but has discovered its potential to hurt and is unsure whether to trust his Second Love.
  • Eleanor Rigby is sad enough in itself, being a song about the titular character Dying Alone. Despite this, however, it's very catchy and can easily lodge itself in your head, gnawing at the back of your mind- just like loneliness does.
  • In "Sexy Sadie", the lyric "she came along to turn on everyone" has a double (or possibly triple) meaning: The subject of the song came to "turn" everyone "on", meaning either to enlighten them or arouse them sexually, but also came to "turn on" everyone, as in betray them. The song was originally called "Maharishi", and was written after John Lennon learned that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru who The Beatles had been studying with, had allegedly made sexual advances towards Mia Farrow (and possibly other female students): With that situation in mind, all three meanings of the phrase "turn on" could apply.
  • There is a potential meaning in "I am the Walrus" despite its Word Salad Lyrics. Everything slowly seemed to come together — no, not "right now," and not "over me" — and there was a whole batch of lines related in some way to Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Yes, "The Walrus and the Carpenter" was the most blatant part, but still. The very first line is about Lewis Carroll (presented in first person, since he wrote both) and his two alter egos, the Dodo (Wonderland, second person) and the White Knight (Looking-Glass, third person). Then who was running? Exactly. There's no care if he has his own song. And we all know who cried. The two lines that seemed confusing were "Mister City Policeman sitting pretty little policemen in a row" and "Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye."
    • A mention of the Joker Jury of the courtroom, and the general violent nature of Wonderland, perhaps? More noticably, the White Rabbit and Alice were both inspired by the Reverend, specifically his habit for wearing gloves, and his own sane man tendencies towards what was happening in math.
      • Here's an even simpler (and arguably more brilliant) interpretation: in the poem, the walrus lures the oysters with fancy gibberish. The curious oysters think he is saying something profound, and follow him to their doom. Lennon was a known troll, and even stated that he'd written "I am the Walrus" as intentional Word Salad in response to people trying too hard to find meaning in every one of his songs. In other words, "I am the Walrus" means, "I am speaking complete nonsense, but I'm doing it with such style that you gullible oysters will just eat it right up."

Fridge Horror

  • Ringo Starr makes MS Paint "artwork." (No, that itself isn't the "horror.") The point is, he's been making MS Paint art for at least fifteen years now....and he is active on the Internet. So odds are, he's been to DeviantArt, Tumblr, and other such sites. And he's probably searched up fan art of himself. Which means he's probably seen the "Octopus's Garden" fan art.
    • He's almost 80 though, so hopefully it will just fly right over his head.
    • Most of it is actually perfectly innocent, and even the gratuitous pieces are quite tame as far as that type of fan art goes...