Now They Know How Many Holes it Takes to Fill the Albert Hall

There may be a lot of potholes in your town/county/state, but it's unlikely that they inspired a line in one of the most famous songs in rock history.


A short article in the Daily Mail, "The holes in our roads" noted the prevalence of potholes in Blackburn. That prompted the line "Four-thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire" from the Beatles song "A Day in the Life".

The song had lyrical influences from a newspaper John Lennon was reading at the time, and included another lyrical set straight from the papers about an accident involving Tara Browne that had recently occurred.

"He blew his mind out in a car

He didn't notice that the lights had changed

A crowd of people stood and stared

They'd seen his face before

Nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords"

So next time you complain about the potholes in your area, just remember they could eventually be fodder for some amazing music, assuming psychedelic rock turns you on like a dead man.


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