Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series, “Spooktober Edition” where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore music from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!
The Beatles, “Run for Your Life”
Early Beatles set the standard for guitar-based pop rock for the following 50 years. But not everything was bubblegum like “I Want to Hold Your Hand” or “Love Me Do.” By 1965’s Rubber Soul, the Fab Four were incorporating different styles of voice in their songwriting. And the voice in “Run for Your Life” is that of a man who’ll kill his significant other if he finds she’s been with someone else. That unforgettable line — “I’d rather see you dead, little girl / Than to be with another man” — was lifted from Elvis Presley’s “Baby Let’s Play House.” But John Lennon took it and ran with it, adding atop The Beatles’ gleaming guitar jangle that he meant everything he said. “Baby, I’m determined / And I’d rather see you dead.” Now that’s creepy. For all the peace and love Lennon was about, maybe he wouldn’t have been so down with smashing the patriarchy.