My Life According to the Beatles

Well, Actually According to the Titles of Certain Beatles Songs

By Jeff Salter

No assigned topic today, since it’s our monthly “free week” — to post anything that fits our fancy. So I scanned my folder of “possible future blogs” and found this gem from middle 2009… just a few months after I joined F*cebook. Back then (July 2009) I’d often stop and respond to whatever my few other FB friends were posting [I can’t do that these days, because my friend list has exploded exponentially].

Anyway, this quiz captured my interest, so I completed it. And, BTW, there’s no other musical person or group with whom I could even begin to furnish responses to all these categories. But I loved the Beatles – still do – and heard their songs over and over and over.

My life according to the Beatles

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a song title. It’s a lot harder than you think!

Describe yourself:
            Paperback Writer

How do you feel?
            I’m So Tired

Describe where you currently live:
            Across the Universe

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
            Penny Lane

Your favorite form of transportation:
            Magical Mystery Tour

Your best friend?
            Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

You and your best friends are:
            Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

What’s the weather like:

Favorite time of day:

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
            The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

What is life to you:
            Long and Winding Road

Your relationship:
            Love Me, Do

Your fear:
            Maxwell’s Silver Hammer

Advice to others:
            Let It Be

Thought for the Day:
            I Should Have Known Better

How I would like to die:
            Hold Me Tight

My soul’s present condition:
            Rubber Soul [yeah, I know it’s the title of the ALBUM, not an individual song]

My motto:
            Act Naturally


What do you think of my selections? For which musical person (or group) would YOU be able to supply such responses?

[JLS # 632]


About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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8 Responses to My Life According to the Beatles

  1. This probably should have been a topic. It’s unique.

    Some of that is great advice for us all, ( Let it Be and Act Naturally…
    I Should Have Known Better! LOL!).
    I’m going to be giving this some thought on my own, although I tend to like the really early Beatles far more than the later songs.

    I once had to advise a friend of a friend that she was more than likely going to be unable to publish the memoirs she was diligently working on. She thought that lines and stanzas from a famous song reflected her life perfectly. She wanted to open each chapter with consecutive lines, using the entire song throughout the book.
    That is a big no-no. I told her to look into it, but at best, even using lines from a song had to have permission from the copyright holder, and the last I heard, even that was not easy to get.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      Hmm. I thought “we” were allowed to use a couple of lines (even up to a full verse or a full chorus) of published songs, provided we included attribution. But then I’m not as up-to-date on copyright details as I was during my early library career.

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      • I have copyrights on songs. Stanzas and a certain amount must have permission, unless copyright laws have changed greatly. Citing that someone else holds the copyright doesnot cover you legally, although if there is little enough used and it’s good publicity, (or it is overlooked), you can get a ‘pass’.

        This woman wanted to use the entire song. NOPE, absolutely not allowed.

        “Fair Use” can be claimed if the song or other work is in the public domain (The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, or Shakespeare’s Sonnets), for full use. IF an intellectual property is being quoted for critique, news reporting, research or teaching purposes, a ‘defense of fair use’ can be claimed, but it’s up to a judge if the copyright owner presses the point.
        Titles are another story, as they cannot be copyrighted. If a property becomes an entity of its own and can be ‘trademarked’, (like “Star Wars”), that is a different story.

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  2. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Oh well done! And thanks for the picture. That’s the way I always remember the Beatles.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Jeff Salter says:

      yeah. I still loved their music… but I did NOT like all their “weirdness” and dabbling in drugs and mysticism, etc.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Fun! I’m not sure I could answer all those questions using titles from just one group or performer. I could probably do it with song titles from musicals, though.

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