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Meaning of "Revolution" by The Beatles

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"Revolution"
Meaning of "Revolution" by The Beatles
The repeated phrase “it’s gonna be alright” in “Revolution” came directly from Lennon’s transcendental meditation experiences in India, conveying the idea that God would take care of the human race no matter what happened politically (Fontenot 2014).
In this song, Lennon wanted the sound to be different, unlike any of their previous songs. Lennon edited in a scream and plugged the guitar directly into the speaker so that there would be a distorted sound (Fontenot 2014).
The style of this song was so different than any of their other music, that most of the customers who had purchased their album tried to return it, thinking the record was damaged (Fontenot 2014).
One of the major reasons John wrote this song was because of all of the politics. They were constantly pressuring him, wanting him to support them or do something for them (Maass, Alan).In the United States, this song caused all kinds of trouble. U.S. concerts including mass burnings of Beatles albums and protests by members of the Ku Klux Klan (Maass, Alan).
In the song “Revolution”, the singer and song writer John Lennon expresses his struggles of being against the Vietnam War, and the pressure of people who want him to back them politically. Inspired by political protests in early 1968, the lyrics to John Lennon’s song “Revolution” expressed some doubt in some of the politician’s tactics.
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The outcome of the song was generally very popular, especially among all of the already existing Beatles fans. The song was not popular however, with most politicians. The politicians used Lennon and The Beatles to their advantage, or at least they tried by making themselves look like the good guy, and making Lennon and The Beatles seem bad because they were advocating against the politicians (Maass, Alan).
The song “Revolution” by The Beatles shows John Lennon’s emotional struggle through his decisions on who to support, whether he should support them, and how he should act out on his decision.
“Revolution” also shows his physical struggle with violence caused by the Vietnamese War because his main goal was peace. This song in the long run, had a positive effect on most everyone who heard it.
It spread a revolution of peace, or at least the thought of peace, to people around the world.
Works Cited

Fontenot, Robert. “Revolution: The history of this classic Beatles song.”About.com: Oldies Music. About.com, n.d. Web. 12 April. 2014.

Maass, Alan. “John Lennon’s Revolution.” Socialist Worker. International Socialist Organization, 6 Oct. 2006. Web. 11 April. 2014

“Revolution By The Beatles.” Songfacts. Songfacts LLC, n.d. Web. 12 April. 2014.

“The Vietnamese War (1945-1975).” Sparknotes. Sparknotes LCC, n.d. Web. 12 April. 2014

“What Happened on August 26.” Dates in History. Dates in History, n.d. Web. 10 April. 2014
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