The Creepiest Songs by The Beatles
A Creepy Song
I guess you could call this a 30DaySongChallenge extra. I was reading this post by alexdg1 for his entry for today in the Challenge http://personapaper.com/article/26213-alicanarys-30-day-music-challenge-day-six-a-song-from-your-favorite-band-eleanor-rigby , and I left a comment about the song, with its dark themes of loneliness and death and its brooding music, was kind of creepy.
But as soon as I mentioned that, I thought, "And yet, that song is not the creepiest Beatles song, by far."
An Even Creepier Song
There is a song that is by far creepier than that, called "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". The song is about a medical student who is basically a serial killer, murdering people by bludgeoning them with a hammer. What's more creepy than the subject matter is that the lyrics are set to an upbeat tune, and everything is treated as giddy little romp:
Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer came down upon her head;
Bang bang, Maxwell's silver hammer made sure that she was dead
Jeez, at least "Eleanor Rigby"'s music is somber and gives one a bit of a warning that the song isn't about a cheerful subject. But hey, peppy and industrious serial killer Maxwell isn't even the worst character The Beatles invented.
The Creepiest Beatles Song Ever
That honor goes to the guy singing "Run for Your Life", another Beatles song disguised as good-time rock, until you actually consider the lyrics:
You better run for your life if you can, little girl
Hide your head in the sand, little girl
Catch you with another man, that's the end, little girl
Um, yeah. And just i case you thought "the end" might just mean the end of the relationship, No . The first two lines of the song make that plain:
Well, I'd rather see you dead, little girl
Than to be with another man
The reason I think this is even creepier than the song about the med student who shyly asks a girl on a date so that he can smash her skull in is that "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" is still a pretty fanciful situation, and the ruthlessly possessive and violent guy in "Run for Your Life' is all too real to hundreds of thousands of women who have been stalked, and sometimes attacked and even killed by a jealous, abusive, obsessed ex-lover. For the Beatles to couch this as a fairly light-hearted pop song really did a disservice to the subject of violent domestic abuse and stalking. The singer talks about a woman he supposedly loves, but it's clear he knows nothing of love, only fear and control.
To me, that's not just creepy, it's horrifying.
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