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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Help (02/20/06)

TITLE: Help, I Need Somebody
By Charles Duncan
02/24/06


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John Lennon cried for help. His desperate need for someone to help him was set to music and the song became one of the Beatles biggest hits of the 70s. Fans around the world screamed and danced as John, Paul, Ringo and George sang for “Help.”

Help, I need somebody,
Help, not just anybody,
Help, you know I need someone, help.

The Beatles sang about their younger, confident, carefree days, as the lyrics sounded more and more like Gospel music except for the pure rock and roll beat.

But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors

Reaching for help, but from where? Call out to whom? John never told us. He wrote “Help” for an upcoming Beatles movie. The lyrics came from deep inside as did so many of John Lennon songs.

“When ‘Help’ came out, I was actually crying out for help. Most people think it’s just a fast rock ‘n roll song,” Lennon said in 1980. “I knew I really was crying out for help.”

Beatles fans knew the words they heard came from John Lennon’s heart.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being ‘round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

“I also go through deep depressions where I would like to jump out the window,” Lennon added. “It becomes easier to deal with as I get older. I don't know whether you learn control or, when you grow up, you calm down a little. Anyway, I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for help."

Did John get the help he cried for? Beatle Paul McCartney, in a 1984 interview said John came up with the title out of desperation. He did not elaborate.

Picture now John Lennon, if he had lived, writing a follow-up to “Help.” A sequel. He would write about the help that he had cried for and finally received. And the Beatles would sell another few million records. But this time the Beatles would reach their fans in a spiritual way. John’s lyrics would describe how he opened up the doors and let God come in to help. What a blessing we can imagine.

But there would be a bigger blessing stretching out to Beatle fans everywhere who lived on every word sung by John Lennon. This time the words about his Savior would reach the ears and hopefully the hearts of those tens of millions of John Lennon fans.


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