Clip du jour: The Beatles - "Penny Lane"

Not quite sure why I like this song so much. And the video is kinda awesome too, mostly because I love its wonderful literalism in the first half minute: we see (at numerous times) a bus bearing the name of the titular street; during the line about "a barber showing photographs," we’re shown a barber pole; while we hear about the people who "stop and say hello," we see John stopping and saying hello to Paul. And then..white horses in the countryside. Good stuff.

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  • Stacy

    It has made my day to see this in PopWatch! I LOVE this video…love that The Beatles made music videos back in the 60s. The video for Rain is pretty good too.

  • Anonymous

    this song just makes me happy!

  • TinaInTX

    Isn’t George the one riding the DARK HORSE? And was that not also the name of the company under which he later published his songs? Something like that…

  • d’ep

    This made my morning! Few things make me smile as widely as unexpected Beatles. Thanks PopWatch!

  • Winona

    Champagne and tea always taste better when served in random fields…

  • Jakeem

    What really makes the song memorable is the piccolo trumpet at 1:11. Paul McCartney had noticed the sound while listening to a BBC radio broadcast of Bach’s second “Brandenburg Concerto.” After describing it to Beatles producer George Martin, the sound was incorporated into “Penny Lane.”
    There is a version of the song that ends with a piccolo trumpet flourish.

  • Stephanie T.

    Yep. I think that was his nickname because he was shy and a lot smarter then the rest of them. Dark Horse was also a song of his I think from All Things Must Pass, and Dark Horse records still exists today, but I do not think that his production company owns Dark Horse Comics.

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