I’ve always loved the Beatles, but lately I’ve been questioning the morals of their music. No, I’m not trying to be puritanical, but when I consider if I would let my child listen to every song released by the Beatles I find myself answering with a resounding ‘no.’ There are certain things which I would not let my child listen to; and if that’s the case, why should I?
I’m not referring to “Helter Skelter,” which Charles Manson distorted into his own liking to commit murders, but I am referring to material like “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?” which is pretty obvious as to it content. John Lennon’s lyrics are mostly culprit:
“I need a fix ‘cause I’m going down,” from Happiness is A Warm Gun reference his own addiction to heroin. Tomorrow Never Knows is obviously about an LSD trip based on books by Timothy Leary.
Not to mention the less-than-innocent fawning found scattered throughout their early “love songs.”
Lennon’s later Primal Scream album is evidence of a deeply troubled man.
And let’s not forget John’s infamous comment about Christianity:
“Christianity will go, it will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that. I’m right and will be proved right. You just wait… . .We’re more powerfull than Jesus ever was…”
And for those who have read any Beatles biographies, Lennon actually believed himself to be Jesus.
But even Paul McCartney is known to have said, “LSD opened my eyes. It is better than Jesus.”
Now, I’m not saying that the musicians we listen to can be without sin, but the music we listen to is forever frozen in time: We can’t change the lyrics to songs. What the Beatles did in their private lives is one thing, though it’s hard not to avoid bits of trivia and legend about them, especially for an admirer of their music. But when the sin is brought face value into the music itself, it’s another issue indeed!
I’m not calling for another mass burning of Beatles’ albums -especially popular music today is just as bad, if not worse. But, honestly, what justification can be given to some of these lyrics? Just because the Beatles are less bad than contemporary lyrics on the radio, does it stand to reason that it’s simply okay?