The Beatles Under The Stones

The Beatles Under The Stones

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I had the idea for the title for this song, which I thought was quite cool given the famous Sixties bands. Then created the lyrics to fit with the title

It's kind of an articulation of some of the things kids from my generation got to do that maybe kids these days don't do as much of.

I appreciate that it's a bit of a rose-tinted view of that era. I might have a separate lyric soon that looks at the negatives from the Seventies .....

Lyrics: 

The Beatles Under The Stones

(Verse 1)
The sun shone in the Seventies
We played outside hair ruffled by a breeze
Splashed in puddles and fished in streams
Climbed tall trees and lived our dreams

(Verse 2)
We stayed up late, stared at the stars
Imagined little green men living on Mars
Got in muddles, played with toy cars
Chased insects into jam jars

(Chorus)
Yeah, back in the days
Before computer games
Before mobile phones
We used to grub for the beatles under the stones

(Verse 3)
The snow fell in the Seventies
Every winter or so it seemed
Out in the garden at zero degrees
Mums made us igloos with apparent ease

(Verse 4)
We got up early, cycled the roads
Collected frogspawn, slime on our toes
Got stung by nettles, picked up colds
Pocketed the 10 pence pocket money owed

(Chorus)
Yeah, back in the days
Before computer games
Before mobile phones
We used to grub for the beatles under the stones

(Bridge)
Black and white photos
Black and white TVs
Dinky cars pushed on threadbare carpets
‘til we had holes in our trouser knees

(Chorus)
Yeah, back in the days
Before computer games
Before mobile phones
We used to grub for the beatles under the stones

(Verse 5)
We swung from ropes, in cowboy clothes
Just pre-dating Indiana Jones
Clashed sticks despite risks to our bones
Star Wars long before Attack of the Clones

(Chorus)
Yeah, back in the days
Before computer games
Before mobile phones
We used to grub for the beatles under the stones

Written by Simon Wright
(August 2021)



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vivalarayna's picture

"Star Wars before Attack of the Clones". Yeeeeeessssss.... so many good lines in this and you've painted a very clear nostalgic picture here. I can see the avocado green appliances and wood-paneled walls in my mind. I initially thought this was going to be a play on "The Beatles" and "The Rolling Stones" (maybe it still is???). I hope you find a collab partner!

LyricSlinger's picture

Thanks for your comments. I'm really pleased that these lyrics seem to have chimed with lots of people.

Yes, I was thinking about that childhood experience of collecting insects and putting them temporarily in jars - it was actually old Nescafe jars - when the title came to me. And I thought the music band wordplay was quite interesting. Might have worked even better if I'd been writing about the Sixties!

mike skliar's picture

what a great idea for a song, with a provocative title (i thought it was going to be a beatles v stones battle or something!) and really nice lyric- i can definitely (more or less) relate!

Panch's picture

Great lyrics bringing back a lot of similar memories for me - and the power cuts of course!

Belladonna's picture

Nice write about more of the freedoms and natural world we enjoyed as kids. I think it was much healthier. Yeah, I too thought it would be the battle of the bands Beatles vs Rolling Stones. Ha!

coolparadiso's picture

Very cool had a good smile listening to this! Great title so many good lines. I love the pte dating IJ.

AndyGetch's picture

Lots of imagery from back in the day and well spun!