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THE THINKING SURFER'S BEATLES QUIZ

So, you think you're a Beatles fan?  Well, try our quiz and see if you've been paying attention.
Thanks to the good folks at Collins' Oldies, we have plot synopses of every Beatles song. 
I suggest you print out the quiz, fill in the titles, then click here for the answers.

The narrator is at a dance hall, and he sees a certain girl standing a short distance away. She looks back at him, they dance, and they fall in love. Now, neither one will ever dance with anyone else.

 

The subject of this song has for all her life lived in her parents' home, yet she was "living alone" because they neglected her. Now she's moving to some place far away, and her parents wonder why, after they made many years of sacrifices for her.

 

He works at a supermarket, she sings in a band. Over the two years following their marriage, two children are born to them.

 

The narrator hasn't slept for 3 weeks. Despite being very tired, he can't get to sleep. He blames his insomnia on smoking too many cigarettes, and would give all he owns just for some mental peace.

 

A bunch of chanting, screaming, and speaking, including constant repetition of the title phrase accomplishes little other than wasting album space.

 

A certain boy, who is a neighbor of the narrator's, has major behavior problems.

 

A girl makes the narrator dizzy when she dances. He loves her so much that he asks her to marry him.

 

After waiting a long time for his girlfriend to arrive at his house, he begins to wonder if she no longer loves him. Then he gets a call from her; she tells him she had lost her hair in a car accident.

 

Apparently the narrator and his girlfriend have stopped their car somewhere along a country backroad at 1 or 2 AM; he proposes that they have sex in the back seat.

 

As much as the narrator would love to kiss the girl's lips, he tells her that he'd better not because he's committed to another woman.

 

At the listener's first impression, the music may not sound right, but the narrator assures the listener that it's just the way this kind of song is played.

 

Currently, the narrator sits alone and cries every night while everyone else has fun. He is crying because his girlfriend left him, but in a short time she'll come back, they'll be happy, and she'll never leave him again.

 

Despite the narrator's efforts to please his girlfriend, she has left him; she bought a one-way ticket to some destination known only to her.

 

Every ring the narrator buys for his girlfriend, she throws away. She lies to him and laughs at him when he cries.

 

For the girl to whom he sings, the narrator has a desire so strong that he can't hide it. In the long coda, the narrator sings about all the things that everybody did.

 

Having returned to his homeland by airplane from Miami Beach, the narrator is so exhausted that he declines to unpack his suitcase until the next day and tells his girlfriend to unplug the telephone. In the third verse he tells her to show him the snowy mountains and her father's farm, and play some tunes on a balalaika.

 

Here the rising sun is personified.

 

In a letter to his girlfriend, the narrator promises that he'll come home; he tells her to hang onto all his love until then.

 

In other versions of this song, the narrator plans to get a new girlfriend from the city; in this version, the narrator is going there to find a girl with whom he's already had a relationship and bring her back home.

 

In the first verse, a woman cleans up a church after a wedding held there is over. In the second verse, a solitary priest sews his socks and writes a sermon that he will keep to himself. In the third verse, the woman dies; as the priest buries her with no one else present at the cemetery, she is quickly forgotten.

 

It always rains in the narrator's heart because his girlfriend doesn't repay him for the favors he gives her. He begs her to stop making him blue and start pleasing him.

 

Just before leaving the narrator, his girlfriend told him that she no longer wanted his love. He begs her to come back and realize how much she means to him.

 

No one lives within miles in any direction from the hill on which the main character stands. Thus, no one hears him no matter how loudly he talks, and only he knows his feelings. No one even wants to be around him.

 

On the night before the setting of this song, the girl seemed to love the narrator sincerely; now she's deserted him. Wondering whether she told him lies the previous night, he begs her to resume loving him like she had done before.

 

Some time before the setting of this song, the girl left the narrator, and he cried until he no longer found crying useful. Now the girl is back, and he doesn't want her. He fears that if he lets her back into his heart, she'll hurt him again later.

 

The day before the setting of the song, the narrator felt confident that his girlfriend still loved him; now she's left him without telling him why. His joy has suddenly turned to sorrow.

 

The doctor of whom the narrator speaks is busy all 24 hours of the day, helping anyone who needs his help. In real life, any doctor would burn out from such a schedule!

 

The first verse is about a loner named Jo Jo who moves from Arizona to California. The second verse is about Loretta, who finds out she's really male; perhaps she was born with a condition known as testicular feminization.

 

The girl about whom the narrator sings wants to be an actress. She tells the narrator that if he'll be her chauffeur, she might become his girlfriend.

 

The girl currently has everything she wants. But the narrator assures her that he'll be around to give her excitement should she ever get bored of all her possessions.

 

The girl to whom the narrator is singing was his girlfriend until the day in which the song is set. He tells her that their relationship is over because he's found someone new.

 

The girl's beauty and the aura of love she emits are too much for the narrator to handle. He also uses birthday cake as a metaphor for the world; by telling her not to take too much cake, he tells her to control her indulgence in worldly pleasures.

 

The guy to whom the narrator is singing will lose his girlfriend if he doesn't take her on a date on the night of the song's setting. Then the narrator will take her out and treat her right.

 

The hard beating of the drums reflects the stress the narrator has accumulated from working for all of the day and much of the night. He is glad to be home so he can hold his girlfriend tight and relieve his stress.

 

The little animals simply play in the dirt, while the bigger pigs cover white shirts with dirt.

 

The lyrics depict people with various occupations who work along a street – a barber, a banker, a fireman, and a nurse.

 

The man described in the song is very solitary. He lives far away from other people, has no idea where he goes, and makes plans only for himself.

 

The man described in this song is the typical hippie, with knee-length hair.

 

The man to whom the narrator is singing seems to have lost a true love. But the girl wishes to tell the man, through the narrator, that she was not in her right mind when she said the man hurt her; she wants to assure the man that she still loves him.

 

The moment of freedom for which the title character has always waited has arrived.

 

The narrator and his girlfriend are alone one night at either his or her place. He tells her to embrace him so that he'll know he's the only man she loves.

 

The narrator and his girlfriend are fresh out of college, with no money and a dim future. But one dream does come true--they get to go on a getaway trip in a limo.

 

The narrator and his girlfriend have a love so true and eternal that any other guy would envy him.

 

The narrator and his girlfriend have the same birthday; that day has arrived, and he asks her to dance.

 

The narrator and his girlfriend will say right now that they love each other; that way they'll have fond memories to look back on someday when he's lonely and longing to be with her again, or when they fall deeper in love and run out of things to say.

 

The narrator asks his audience to listen to him, and he'll do his best to stay in key. The narrator's friends help him pay his basic living expenses and supply him with drugs.

 

The narrator asks the wealthy guy how the latter likes being among the crowd of admired people. I too think it's bizarre to keep money in a zoo, but at least it's the last place where anyone wanting to steal the money would look for it. Perhaps the lions or the tigers guard it for him.

 

The narrator assures his girlfriend that if he appears to be dead, he is just asleep. He relaxes like this because he doesn't believe in hurrying to get things done like most people do.

 

The narrator attracts female attention everywhere he goes; girls even go so far as to make a sculpture of him out of honey.

 

The narrator begs the girl not to leave him standing where he is, but instead to lead him along the road that leads to her house.

 

The narrator calls the girl's name, but he gets no answer. She left him some time before the setting of this song; he wonders what he did to her to make her leave. He doesn't cry, but he can't sleep, either.

 

The narrator can see that his girlfriend has caused him plenty of trouble, and she's made up her mind to cause him more. So he decides to leave her; he tells her to do whatever and go wherever she pleases.

 

The narrator cares little for money and the stuff it can buy; he cares more about love, respect, and other abstract things that money CAN'T buy. So he hopes that his girlfriend will be satisfied without material items such as diamond rings.

 

The narrator closes the show, thanking the audience for attending.

 

The narrator compares his thoughts, his feelings, and the words he says to earthly and astronomical phenomena.

 

The narrator doesn't want to hold the girl's hand, kiss her, or do any other passionate stuff, at least for now; he just wants to dance with her.

 

The narrator encourages a girl to relieve his loneliness by dancing with him.

 

The narrator entreats a woman to wake up and come outside to play with him. He tells her she's beautiful like the sunny sky.

 

The narrator falls in love with a meter maid, then takes her on a date.

 

The narrator feels good because his girlfriend tells the world she's his.

 

The narrator feels miserable because his girlfriend has left him and he'll never see her again. He predicts that she'll miss him, too, so he wishes that she be sent back to him.

 

The narrator finds no fun in a party when his girlfriend isn't also attending. To avoid spoiling the party, he decides to leave and look for the girl.

 

The narrator had a big ego until he lost his girlfriend. In the third verse, the Pagliacci warns other men that if they don't want to lose love also, they should beware of pride.

 

The narrator has discovered that his girlfriend Anna has found a man who loves her more than the narrator does. The narrator asks only that she return her ring to him before going to the other man.

 

The narrator has done his best to satisfy his girlfriend, but she still cries and tells him lies. About to cry himself, he begs her to specify what, if anything, he's said or done to upset her; and what, if anything, he can do to make her feel better.

 

The narrator has loved the girl ever since he first saw her; now he loves her more than ever; he lives every moment of his life for her.

 

The narrator has only love for his girlfriend all days of the week, although he overstates the length of a week by one day.

 

The narrator has pictured himself in love with girl many times. He resolves that someday she will surrender her heart to him.

 

The narrator has seen many places and had many lovers and friends throughout his life, but he has never loved anyone more than he loves his current girlfriend.

 

The narrator hears bells and other music, and sees birds and roses. But he didn't hear or see any of those things until he met his girlfriend.

 

The narrator hears it everywhere he goes, sees it in every book he reads. He tells the girl to say it.

 

The narrator hopes the girl will tell him that she loves him; he wants to love her in a unique way.

 

The narrator in this version talks about what boys such as himself do, whereas the narrator in the original version talked about boys on whom girls such as herself had crushes.

 

The narrator is about to go on a business trip, so he tells his girlfriend to close her eyes and let him kiss her. He promises that he'll remain faithful to her while he's gone.

 

The narrator is an actor who is sad and lonely both in his own life and in the film he's starring in.

 

The narrator is bidding his girlfriend farewell, I don't know to where or for what. But he resolves to avoid the rainy weather forecasted for the following day.

 

The narrator is crying tears of joy. If she asks him why, he answers that he loves her and always thinks of her.

 

The narrator is desperate to receive a letter or postcard from his girlfriend who has been away from him for a long time.

 

The narrator is encouraging a dance to some jazz tune of the Roaring 20s.

 

The narrator is furious at being left by his only girlfriend; as a metaphor for his fury, he uses "a chip on [his] shoulder that's bigger than [his] feet." He would have himself put in jail if he could, but he can't, so he opts to cry. He also resolves to break the heart of every girl in the world.

 

The narrator is in love with the girl and hopes that someday she will reciprocate.

 

The narrator is so abusive! He threatens to kill the girl if he catches her with another man.

 

The narrator is tired of trying to call his girlfriend only to find her line busy. Shortly thereafter, she leaves him. After that, every day seems like a year to the narrator.

 

The narrator lives in Britain, and his girlfriend has just become an actress in Hollywood. He's too lazy to take a trip to Hollywood himself, so he begs her to come home.

 

The narrator looks at a bunch of people and finds inactive love; he wonders how they were diverted from their loving instincts.

 

The narrator loves his girlfriend a lot and doesn't want to leave, but he will (temporarily) if she breaks his heart again. She broke it once before, and he spent a short time away from her. Now he pleads that she find better things to do.

 

The narrator loves the girl so much that he'll wait forever for her if she wants him to. He will love her eternally, whether they're together or apart.

 

The narrator never realized the sweetness of a kiss until his girlfriend entered his life. Whenever he tells her he loves her, she answers that she feels the same way.

 

The narrator notes how short and irreplaceable a lifetime is. He also warns his girlfriend about people who will bury her along with their sins; of course, by burying her alive, they'll only commit another sin!

 

The narrator notes that everyone is freely playing (musically) and saying the first-person pronouns; it must be a self-centered world!

 

The narrator notes that most people live illusions; they see reality far too late. Only you can make yourself change.

 

The narrator now realizes how badly he treated his girlfriend. She tried leaving him a few times before, but each time she stayed away only for a short while. Her immense love for him prevents her from leaving him permanently.

 

The narrator of this slow song asks his girlfriend not to wear red, since that was the color his previous girlfriend had worn.

 

The narrator offers to whisper a secret into the girl's ear, provided that she won't tell anyone. But by saying the secret in the song, HE gives it away to all!

 

The narrator plays a government official who imposes a 95% income tax on all citizens. He also taxes their every activity--driving, turning on a heater, even walking!

 

The narrator prefers honey to wine; as he tastes the honey, he thinks of the first time his girlfriend kissed him. He will soon return to her for even more honey.

 

The narrator reminisces on the night he spent at his girlfriend's house made of lumber from Norway. They drank wine and talked until 2 AM, at which time she went to bed and he slept in the bathtub (which, I hope, had no water in it). In the last verse, he wakes up to find that she's left the house.

 

The narrator resolves that someday he'll win the heart of the Queen; he believes he can do it by drinking plenty of wine.

 

The narrator sees the undersea garden as a place where all girls and boys can hide away from their troubles. He invites his girlfriend to descend with him to the garden.

 

The narrator sits somewhere along a Los Angeles street, waiting for some friends. He is anxious because the sun will rise in an hour or two, and he might fall asleep.

 

The narrator so much likes how his girlfriend dances the twist, he asks her to twist closer to him with all her strength & shout at the top of her voice, to show him she's his.

 

The narrator speculates on what he and his girlfriend might be doing by the time he is aged. If she promises she will still need him and take care of him by then, he'll marry her.

 

The narrator takes us to a place where everything is make-believe and no means yes.

 

The narrator tells his girlfriend to calm down, and he will sing her to sleep.

 

The narrator tells of performers at a circus that is to be held on the night of the day in which the song is set.

 

The narrator tells the girl that he currently doesn't need a lover. Had they seen each other on another day, however, he might have accepted her offer of a relationship. Still, he asks her to leave her number; if and when he does need her, he'll call her.

 

The narrator tells the girl to look out for the love he's about to give her. He will give her that loving after going down a spiral slide.

 

The narrator tells the second person to move out of his way so the narrator can go home and tell a bunch of things to his girlfriend.

 

The narrator tells us that just about any dessert is good to eat, but if we indulge in a particular treat, we'll have to have all our teeth pulled out!

 

The narrator tells us to dig rock 'n' roll like various organizations and people do.

 

The narrator thanks his girlfriend for her love.

 

The narrator threatens to leave his girlfriend if she ever talks to another man again. I think he doesn't mean talking in just any way; rather, he means talking sweet talk (flirting) with other men.

 

The narrator used to argue with his teachers as a schoolboy; as a young man, he used to deny his problems and abuse his previous girlfriend. But now that his current girlfriend is with him, things are continually improving.

 

The narrator uses an unusual piece of art to look back on the settings of five other songs.

 

The narrator wants into the girl's heart; he promises that if she lets him in, they'll never part. He'll even replace her cloudy day with sunshine. He is what she sees when she opens her eyes.

 

The narrator wants the girl back; he warns her that the other man will make her cry.

 

The narrator wants to make his living by writing novels. In a letter to a publisher, he describes a 1,000-page novel that he spent years writing. He offers the publisher the rights to the novel if the publisher will publish the book.

 

The narrator wants to show a French girl that he loves her; the only words he's sure she will understand are "I love you."

 

The narrator was sits in a field of grass and daisies and sings songs for the world.

 

The narrator will stay happy as long as he can meet his girlfriend everywhere he goes. As long as she's by his side, he need not care about anything else in the world.

 

The narrator wonders what happens in his girlfriend's heart and mind when he sees her walking with another man and otherwise treating the narrator like a nobody.

 

The narrator wonders what he can do to make the girl forget about her previous boyfriend, who either has died or has deserted her. It's more likely the latter, since in the bridge he wonders when she'll realize some mistake she's made. Apparently she's mistaken in believing that someday the previous guy will come back.

 

The narrator wonders why he's shy whenever he's next to his girlfriend, and why they quarrel every night. It may only be love, but somehow he finds loving her difficult.

 

The narrator wonders why his girlfriend says one thing and then does the opposite. She even indulges so much in alcoholic drinks on many a Saturday night that she looks bad the next morning. He tells her not to do any of that stuff.

 

The narrator wonders why the girl lies to him and does who-knows-what-else to make him cry; he doesn't think it's too much to ask her.

 

The narrator, a long distance away from his girlfriend, tells her that if she wants anything, he'll send it to her with love.

 

The narrator, apparently on a long business trip, assures his girlfriend that he's on his way home. He tells her to wait for him if her heart's strong, or leave the house for good if her heart breaks.

 

The narrator, having never been in love before, tells his girlfriend not to disappoint him, never to let them part.

 

The narrator, personifying the Moon, gives thanks for sending him his girlfriend; he prays every day that the Moon's light will continue to shine on the couple.

 

The narrator, previously having avoided romance, has just seen a girl. Something he sees in her, which he's never seen in other girls, tells him that she's the right girl for him. Now he wants the whole world to know that they're a couple.

 

The narrator, the offspring of a mortal man and a goddess, is so unhappy that he wants to die, if he isn't already dead.

 

The narrator, who hosts the trip, invites us to make reservations; he has everything we need ready for us and guarantees that we'll enjoy the trip.

 

The narrator's clothes have holes each the size of a container. He has a long way to go, but he doesn't specify to where. In one verse he tells the girl that if she doesn't want a committed relationship with him, she'd better not play with his heart. But then in the next verse he asks her to let him be her temporary lover until her permanent boyfriend returns.

 

The narrator's friends tell him he's lucky to have the girlfriend he has. All things she does are for him.

 

The narrator's girlfriend apparently is aboard railroad ride 910. Anyway, he tells her to move over because HE is boarding that train also.

 

The narrator's girlfriend attracts him like no other woman can, so he doesn't want to leave her. Something in her movement, in her smile, you name it, keeps him stuck to her.

 

The narrator's girlfriend has left him, at least temporarily. He had done something wrong to her, and now he's sorry. He won't accept any visitors until she returns to him, if she ever does.

 

The narrator's girlfriend is a "devil" in the sense that her lips and love are too tempting for him to resist. She's an "angel" in the sense that she is faithful to him and always will be.

 

The narrator's girlfriend is leaving him; she's got a ticket for a ride to some destination that the narrator doesn't specify; perhaps she didn't even tell HIM where she's going. Anyway, she's leaving him because she wants to be free.

 

The narrator's girlfriend looks the same on the outside as he saw her before, but he can see that she's changed on the inside--she no longer loves him.

 

The narrator's girlfriend makes a fool of him in front of his friends, and he's tried several times to leave her. Still, he believes her when she promises him the world, and he continues to love her.

 

The narrator's girlfriend never gives him material items, but she does give him all her love and time.

 

The narrator's girlfriend recently told him she no longer loves him; at that, he almost died.  He begs her to believe him when he says he won't harm her or let her down.

 

The narrator's previous girlfriend had either left him or treated him so badly that he left her. Of his new girlfriend, he asks better treatment; when the previous girl learns about this true love, she'll cry over the man she lost.

 

The person to whom the narrator sings wants to start a world insurrection; the narrator tells how it should be done. The narrator asks that only peaceful means be used, and that the second person not carry inflammatory pictures

 

The philosophy here is that a man will know more about earth and heaven if he stays in his room and averts his eyes from the window.

 

The sunny weather and his girlfriend's love for him give the narrator reason to laugh. The couple apparently walk barefoot, since he says that the hot ground burns his feet. They then find a tree to rest under.

 

The title character has just lost his girlfriend to another man, and the other man hits him in the eye. He resolves to get revenge by arming himself and confronting the other man. But the other man shoots him first, and he ends up in the hospital. Fortunately, he recovers, thanks to a bible that his hotel room's previous guest had left behind.

 

The title character in this case is the typical welfare woman, who has a few children (including a newborn) and can barely pay for housing, food, and clothing.

 

The title character lives in a manhole. Whenever his sister takes him to Buckingham Palace to visit the Queen, he always shouts obscenities.

 

The title character loves to hunt for tigers with his elephants, but he ends up being fatally zapped by Captain Marvel.

 

The title character turns men into fools by exposing her genitals to them. Somehow she knows that she is the lover they all were waiting for. One man even gives her all his possessions just to sit at a table with her, when smiling at her could have sufficed.

 

The title character usually wears either burlap or Scottish attire, which explains her masculine appearance.

 

The title describes the time it took the narrator to find his girlfriend; he wonders how he had lost her in the first place, since he loves her so much.

 

The title is never stated in the lyrics, but the narrator encourages us to let our minds flow freely as if tomorrow doesn't exist.

 

The verses are about the everyday activities of the royal family of the imaginary land of Marigold.

 

The winter seemed to have lasted years. But now the sun is shining brightly, the people are smiling again, and the ice is melting. The narrator assures his girlfriend that things are fine now that spring has arrived.

 

The woman, a strip dancer, enters the house indirectly wearing only a utensil which covers her genitals. The narrator resigns his job on the police force and finds another occupation. Days of the week are personified: Sunday calls Monday on the phone, and Tuesday calls the narrator.

 

This fast ditty is about a woman who has been sentenced to life in prison for robbery.

 

This song has a similar theme to "All I've Got To Do" from the previous album; whenever the narrator's girlfriend feels lonely, all she has to do is call him.

 

Until the day in which the song is set, the narrator felt independent and secure; now he's begging help from the person to whom he's singing.

 

Whatever issue the narrator and his girlfriend are arguing over, he asks her to try to see the situation from his perspective; that way they can resolve it.

 

Whatever the narrator wants to tell his girlfriend, he has never found the courage to tell it. However, he believes he can wait forever to tell.

 

When rain starts pouring from the sky, people run into buildings to avoid getting drenched; when the sun burns, people keep cool by sitting in shady spots and drinking lemonade. Yet in the last verse, the narrator says that rain and shine are only states of mind.

 

When the girl says one thing, the narrator says the opposite.

 

When the narrator tells his girlfriend that she's "movin' way too fast," he means that she's running around on him. He tells her that if their relationship is to continue, she must stop seeing the other guy.

 

When the narrator's girlfriend tells him she knows what being dead is like, he feels as though he has never lived.

 

Whenever he knocks on her door, her family tells him she's not home, but he knows that she really is. He also knows that she's been seeing a new man lately.

 

Whenever the narrator feels sad, he easily finds a haven--his mind. He thinks lovely thoughts about his girlfriend.

 

Whenever the narrator is faced with troubles, Mother Mary gives him comfort.

 

Whenever the narrator longs for his girlfriend's company, all he has to do is call her, and a few minutes later she'll be at his house. He's always available for her, too, so it's a two-way street.

 

While going on a leisurely ride (on a bike, perhaps?), the narrator spots a girl and falls in love with her. Now he needs her every day for the rest of his life.

 

Whomever he talks to, the narrator tells that creature to come to terms with fear and talk to him.

 


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