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“Strawberry Fields Forever”
“Strawberry Fields Forever” cover
Single by The Beatles
A-side "Penny Lane"
Released 13 February 1967 (UK)
17 February 1967 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road: November–December 1966
Genre Psychedelic rock/Experimental rock
Length 4:10
Label Parlophone (UK)
Capitol (U.S.)
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
Chart position * #1 (CAN CHUM Chart)
The Beatles singles chronology
"Eleanor Rigby" / "Yellow Submarine"
"Strawberry Fields Forever" / "Penny Lane"
"All You Need Is Love"

Strawberry Fields is a real place. 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. In the class system, it was about half a class higher than Paul, George and Ringo, who lived in government-subsidized housing. We owned our house and had a garden. They didn't have anything like that. 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. But I used it as an image. Strawberry Fields forever.

—John Lennon, Interview, 1980

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