Revolution – The Beatles

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on August 11th of 1968 “Hey Jude” / “Revolution” becomes the first Beatles’ single to be released on their own Apple Records. John Lennon wrote “Revolution”  in India while The Beatles were at a transcendental meditation camp with The Maharishi. Lennon told Rolling Stone: “I had been thinking about it up in the hills in India. I still had this ‘God will save us’ feeling about it, that it’s going to be all right (even now I’m saying ‘Hold on, John, it’s going to be all right,’ otherwise, I won’t hold on) but that’s why I did it, I wanted to talk, I wanted to say my piece about revolution. I wanted to tell you, or whoever listens, to communicate, to say ‘What do you say? This is what I say.'” This was the first overtly political Beatles song. It was John Lennon’s response to the Vietnam War. This was released as the B-side of “Hey Jude.” Lennon wanted it to be the first A-side released on Apple Records, the label The Beatles started, but “Hey Jude” got the honour. There are so many versions of this song because Paul McCartney didn’t like it. Lennon really wanted this song to be the ‘A’ side of the single instead of “Hey Jude,” and kept changing it around to come up with something that would make Paul see it his way. He basically wrote the song because he felt like he was being pulled in so many directions by different people, all of whom wanted his backing, politically. It was also him questioning his own belief in the revolution that was going on… whether he was “out” or “in.” In truth, he was writing about a revolution of the mind rather than a physical “in the streets” revolution. He truly believed that revolution comes from inner change rather than social violence. John Lennon wanted his vocals to have an unusual sound, so he recorded most of them lying on his back in the studio. The famous scream at the beginning is a double-tracked recording of Lennon. As a “B” side Revolution reached #12 in the US.