“Beetle” Song Lyrics Similar to Biblical Themes
Recently, my friend was listening to “Beetle” songs on a CD in his car. The CD had 27 songs, some of them memorialized in the current Movie “Yesterday”. My friend realized that the lyrics to some of the “Beetle songs were congruent to the messages of Bible verses. Thee Beetles primarily wrote songs about the relationship between teenage boys & girls.
At some point in their lives, young men experience a loss of confidence and doubt the value of their lives, as lamented in “Yesterday” – “All my troubles seemed so far away. Now they seem to be here to stay. I’m not half the man I used to be. There’s a shadow hanging over me. How I long for yesterday.”
That malaise is exacerbated by the culture’s lack of solutions expressed in “Day Tripper” – “Got a good reason for taking the easy way out. She was a day tripper. One-way ticket, yeah. It took me so long to find out. And I found out. She’s a big teaser. She took me half the way there.”
When the culture doesn’t provide the solutions they promised to be, young men cry out for “Help” – “Help. I need somebody. Help. Not just anybody. When I was younger, I didn’t need anybody’s help in any way. But now those days are gone, and I’m not so self-assured. Help me if you can, I’m feeling down. I do appreciate you being around. Help me get my feet back on the ground. Please, please, help me.”
Then, the young man finds the solution he seeks on the “Long and Winding Road” – “The Long and winding road that leads to your door, will never disappear. I’ve seen that road before. It always leads me here, leads me to your door. Many times, I’ve been alone, and many times I’ve cried. Anyway, you’ve always known the many ways I’ve tried. And still they lead me back to the long and winding road, that leads me to your door.”
The Above YouTube Music Video is One Example of Beetle Song Lyrics Referenced in this Blog Post
The solution he finds is quite simple, “Let It Be” – “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, “Let it be.”. And in my hour of darkness, she is standing in front of me, speaking words of wisdom, “Let t be”. And when the broken-hearted people living in the world agree, there will be an answer, “Let it be”. And when the night is cloudy, there’s a light that shines on me, speaking words of wisdom, “Let it be”.
To execute that solution, “All You Need is Love” – “There’s nothing that you can do, that can’t be done. Nothing that you can sing that can’t be sung. There’s nothing that you can make, that can’t be made. No one that you can save that can’t be saved. All you need is Love. Love is all you need.”
The books of the Bible were written for the relationship between God & humanity, and each other. Although written thousands of years apart, for different audiences, the common denominator of relationships is basically the same. By substituting God in the lyrics of the above “Beetle” songs their themes resemble the following Biblical Verses, paraphrased & condensed, about the relationship between God & humanity:
“God created man & woman in His Image & likeness. God called His creation Good. Adam & Eve lived in a Paradise of abundance, in concert with the animals. (Genesis) Dissatisfied, the Prodigal Son took his father’s inheritance, and traveled to a far-away city to spend it on wine, women, and song. When the money was gone, he ate & slept with the pigs, longing for his father’s home. (Luke) They wandered through the desert for 40 years before they came to the land of milk & honey. (Genesis) But God so loved the world, that He sent His only Son, so that all who believe in Him, shall not perish, but have life everlasting. (John) Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, the beauty awaiting believers in heaven. (Revelation) That reward only requires acceptance of the Great Command: Love God with your whole heart, mind, and soul. And love one another as I (Christ) have loved you. (John) There is Faith, Hope, and Love. And the greatest of these is Love. (Corinthians)
The “Beetle” songs in the movie, “Yesterday”, & Bible verses tell stories of mutual attraction and affection. Then, one party drifts away thinking it can do better. The realization that the alternative was an illusion is stark and bitter. But, the prodigal party needs help to return to the original relationship. I’s a long and winding journey, broken-hearted, through darkness, to go back home. It requires to let things go, let things be.And in the end, all you need is Love. Love is all you need.
Sometimes it takes a lifetime to understand & accept those lyrics & the verses.
In the end, the resulting relationship of Peace and Joy and Love with God, and each other, is Priceless and Infinite.
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