Day 11 – A Song From Your Favorite Band

The Beatles – Sexy Sadie

My favorite band of all time is the Beatles – No contest there. It’s really not easy for me to pick a favorite song of theirs, truly. But if I absolutely had to just pick one, “Sexy Sadie” would be it.

According to Beatles’ lore, John Lennon wrote “Sexy Sadie” to express his disillusionment with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who the Beatles had gone to for some spiritual guidance. The story has many different variations as to what exactly happened, but it all boils down to the Maharishi, a spiritual leader, not practicing what he was preaching. Originally, the song was actually titled “Maharishi.” I’ve read that George Harrison insisted John change the title. I’m guessing, considering the backlash from the whole “We’re bigger than Jesus Christ” statement earlier on in the Beatles’ career, John saw wisdom in complying.

To me, the song represents my own personal disillusionment with religion and religious leaders as a whole. I’ve often said I am a spiritual person. I do believe in a higher power out there. However, my personal experience has led me to disavow anyone who tries to tell me what it is that that higher power wants from me. For me, spiruality, seeking solace, guidance, or, expressing gratitude for all the good in my life comes from within, not from some organization or person trying to control me (or my wallet, if I had anything in it).

All that, plus, hey, it’s an awesome song.. and I LOVE John Lennon’s voice (even if he himself hated the sound of it.. Clearly, I really HAVE read way too many books about the Beatles..)