Nothing is real, and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever lyrics meaning


John Lennon's Aunt Mimi, who fulfilled the role of surrogate mother in his life and with whom he lived as a child, wasn't keen on the young John playing in the grounds of Strawberry Field. It has been suggested that, having lost his father at a young age and later his mother, John felt a special kind of kinship with the lads in the orphanage. However, Aunt Mimi was concerned about the kind of playmates he would fraternise with there, and ordered him strictly not to go. John would reply 'They can't hang you for it', and this served as the inspiration for the famous line 'nothing to get hung about' (which many misinterpret as 'nothing to get hung up about').

"After I stopped living at Penny Lane, I moved in with my auntie who lived in the suburbs in a nice semidetached place with a small garden and doctors and lawyers and that ilk living around... not the poor slummy kind of image that was projected in all the Beatles stories... Near that home was Strawberry Fields, a house near a boys' reformatory where I used to go to garden parties as a kid with my friends Nigel and Pete. We would go there and hang out and sell lemonade bottles for a penny. We always had fun at Strawberry Fields. So that's where I got the name."

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