www.catholic.org story ** Headline: Vatican Makes Peace With Beatles?**
If you google Vatican and Beatles, you will get so many news stories saying the Vatican has approved the Beatles. This is nonsense. So here’s another chance for me to bash the Beatles.
I learned my lesson thinking the L’Osservatore Romano can be depended upon to report solid newspaper stories. Check out my previous thread on this topic here: Vatican’s Top Ten Songs; it’s where I learned a good lesson on this newspaper.
It’s been reported that L’Osservatore Romano has, in the past, wrote on matters that were and are opposed to official Vatican teachings. My warning to you is to treat the L’Osservatore Romano newspaper with extreme caution. It does not speak for the Vatican!!!
It is highly unlikely the Vatican agrees with the opinion of this newspaper. While the Beatles will be remembered for their transformation of the Rock’n’Roll world; to even suggest “Their beautiful melodies, still gives us emotions and live on like precious jewels” is really the opinion of the writer of that article, Giovanni Maria Vian. He does not speak for me when he uses the word “us”. He also does not speak for the Vatican.
Many artists write and record songs and will go on record saying they like to leave the meanings up to the listener to interpret their songs any which way they want to. In other words, the meaning of a song’s lyrics is in the ear of the beholder so that anyone can interpret lyrics in their own way. They do this because they can sell more records that way.
An artist has 3 options when presenting their work (1. Explain its true meaning, 2. Don’t say anything about the work, 3. Lie about it so as to hide its true meaning). Be careful when the artist uses option 2 or 3. Don’t get get “brainwashed” in the cases where the message from the artist is an “anti-christ” one. Which is what a lot of Rock’n’Roll artists like to do. Many many song lyrics are cryptic. In order to get the true meaning, many times you have to examine the kind of lives the artist leads and what their belief mechanisms are.
For example, one night, John Lennon pissed on church-goers, inlcuding catholic nuns, from the balcony of a Hamburg apartment. I can go on on things like this, but can he be forgiven, yes he can. But as probabilities go, the music John created will tend reflect an anti-christian belief. In order to sell this belief, a real good con job had to be implemented, otherwise nobody would buy the records.
The Beatles did admire Alister Crowley whose motto was “do your own thing” or “if it feels good do it” or using his own words “do what though wilt”.
So lets take a song called “LET IT BE” by the Beatles. For me, that song is a tribute to Alister Crowley. For Giovanni Maria Vian, it means something else ,otherwise he wouldn’t be praising Beatles music (unless he’s a satanist). You can visit songmeanings.net/ to see how other people interprest the song “Let It Be”. You will see many different versions.