Beatles – She Said, She Said

Love the guitar sound and the brilliant bridge to this song. The song was inspired by the actor Peter Fonda, who was on an acid trip along with George Harrison and John Lennon while they were together in a mansion in California. Accounts vary as to how events unfolded, but there is a consensus that Fonda kept saying “I know what it’s like to be dead,” which ended up being a key line in the lyric.

George said: “I don’t know how, but Peter Fonda was there.  He kept saying, ‘I know what it’s like to be dead, because I shot myself.’  He’d accidentally shot himself at some time and he was showing us his bullet wound.  He was very uncool.”

This is one Beatle song that Paul did not play on. He got in an argument with the rest of them and walked out the door before they recorded it so George Harrison is playing bass. The song was on Revolver which is considered by many the best album the Beatles produced…and by some the best by anyone.

From Songfacts

At this time, Harrison, Lennon and Starr were just starting to experiment with LSD. While The Beatles were on tour in Los Angeles, they rented a house and threw the party. By Fonda’s account, Harrison was having a bad trip, so he tried to settle the guitarist by telling him that he had nothing do be afraid of, and that he know what it’s like to be dead because he shot himself in the stomach when he was 10 years old and nearly died.

In his 1980 Playboy interview, Lennon said that he was trying to take in the beauty of the girls and the atmosphere, and Fonda kept coming over and whispering, “I know what it’s like to be dead, man.” Lennon found this creepy and annoying, but the incident stuck with him and inspired one of the most psychedelic Beatles songs.

John Lennon originally wrote the song as “He Said He Said” because the line came from Peter Fonda, but it didn’t sound right, so he changed it to “She.”

This song marks an interesting spot on the Beatles timeline, as it was the first time and LSD experience directly influenced a song. They could be wildly creative on acid, but it caused a rift in the band as McCartney initially abstained. It also led many fans to listen with an ear for drug references, leading to some misguided interpretations of their songs.

Paul McCartney didn’t play on this track, as during the recording he found himself at odds with his bandmates. George Harrison played the bass part.

The Beatles recorded this in nine hours during the last session for Revolver.

She Said She Said

She said “I know what it’s like to be dead
I know what it is to be sad.”
And she’s making me feel like I’ve never been born

I said “Who put all those things in your hair
Things that make me feel that I’m mad
And you’re making me feel like I’ve never been born.”

She said “You don’t understand what I said.”
I said “No, no, no, you’re wrong
When I was a boy everything was right
Everything was right.”

I said “Even though you know what you know
I know that I’m ready to leave
‘Cause you’re making me feel like I’ve never been born.”

She said “You don’t understand what I said.”
I said “No, no, no, you’re wrong
When I was a boy everything was right
Everything was right.”

I said “Even though you know what you know
I know that I’m ready to leave
‘Cause you’re making me feel like I’ve never been born.”

She said “I know what it’s like to be dead
I know what it is to be sad
I know what it’s like to be dead…”

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

9 thoughts on “Beatles – She Said, She Said”

  1. Did these guys ever made it? Maybe the greatest contribution that any of Hank Fonda’s kids ever made-inspiring this song . OK Easy Rider was a great movie I will give Peter credit for that and I always liked his daughter Bridget- aka Mrs. Danny Elfman.

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