Penny Lane

af John Lennon and Paul McCartney

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Penny Lane udkom i februar 1967 og er efter min mening en af gruppens allerbedste. Titlen er navnet på en gade i en af Liverpools (The Beatles' fødeby) forstæder. Genial i både musik og tekst og en lyrisk nyskabelse, som helt sikkert har inspireret mange, både musikalsk og poetisk. At skrive et megahit om dagliglivet i forstæderne til en grim og snavset britisk industriby var og er en præstation. Sangen er tæt på vores egen Dan Turèlls poesi. En af de geniale sider ved hans talent var, at han havde evnen til at kaste et skær af poesi over alt, hvad han rørte ved, især i det helt almindelige hverdagsliv.


Penny Lane: There is a barber showing photographs
of ev'ry head he's had the pleasure to know
and all the people that come and go
stop and say hello

on the corner is a banker with a motor car
the little children laugh at him behind his back
and the banker never wears a "mac" in the pouring rain
very strange
Penny Lane is in my years and in my eyes
wet beneath the blue suburban skies


I sit and meanwhile
back in Penny Lane: There is a fireman with an hour glass
and in his pocket is a portrait of the queen
he likes to keep his fire engine clean
it's a clean machine
Penny Lane is in my years and in my eyes
full of fish and finger pies in summer


Meanwhile, back:
Behind the shelter in the middle of the roundabout
the pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray
and though she feels as if she's in a play
she is anyway

Penny Lane: The barber shaves another customer
we see the banker sitting, waiting for a trend
and then the fireman rushes in from the pouring rain,
very strange
Penny Lane is in my years and in my eyes
wet beneath the blue suburban skies



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