Help! (A Sermon Title)

Posted: November 9, 2009 in Music

Preacher Ken’s musical topic yesterday was the Beatles’ classic, “Help.” It was interesting to hear what Lennon was thinking when he wrote the lyrics. Here is what he said:

“‘Help!,’ is real, I meant it. The lyric is as good now as it was then. It’s no different, you know, and it makes me feel secure to know that I was aware of myself then. It was just me singing help and I meant it. I don’t like the recording that much; we did it too fast, trying to be commercial. When ‘Help’ came out, I was actually crying out for help. Most people think it’s just a fast rock ‘n’ roll song. I didn’t realize it at the time, I just wrote the song because I was commissioned to write it for the movie. But later, I knew I really was crying out for help. So it was my fat Elvis period. You see the movie – He, I, is very fat, very insecure, and he’s completely lost himself. And I am singing about when I was so much younger and all the rest, looking back at how easy it was. Now I may be very positive, yes, yes, but I also go through deep depressions where I would like to jump out the window, you know. It becomes easier to deal with as I get older, I don’t know whether you learn control or, when you grow up, you calm down a little. Anyway, I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for help.”

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