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Magical Mystery Tour

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Jun 14, 2019

Magical Mystery Tour, a trip to a different destination

Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio / 6 mins read

After many years of dreaming of the day when I could visit the land of my adolescence heroes, The Beatles, I was finally able to schedule a trip to see all those places that are mentioned in many of their songs but, above all, in the album Magical Mystery Tour. So passionate I am, that in a space of three years, I went twice to Liverpool, a place that gave birth to all this madness and, to the greatest popular music composers of the twentieth century. I was so careful when planning this trip, buying tickets online for my trips and other things, that I ended up being a friend of the tour guide who organizes the tour that is called Magical Mystery Tour. Uploaded on a bus that is the replica of the one used by The Beatles for the filming of the movie or whatever it was (remember that all their films are very bad, sorry), and listening to a lot of their music in an old cassette player, for be in tune with the vintage concept, the tour takes you through the most emblematic points and that come to be mentioned in the songs of the Fab Four. I must say that I had very good company in my two trips to Liverpool, and for being the person who loves me the most, she allowed me to buy everything I wanted. It was like a child (both times) and that was probably what was happening to me since as a child it would never have been possible for me to visit that place. And because of that, I went back and felt the fascination I felt when I read his story while listening to one of his albums. When I realized that there was a clock with the image of The Beatles, I wanted it. And if around the corner there was another clock, with another image of them, I wanted it too! And all my wishes were fulfilled by the one who loves me the most. Obliged to buy all his discography on CDs, shirts, posters, wallets, cufflinks, cup holders and ... more watches. The truth is that the guide guy was always very nice and, truthfully or not, told anecdotes related to the Fab Four that made the journey just fun. In fact, passing near the Liverpool train station, he said that one of those streets was where "Maggie Mae" worked, which is totally inaccurate, because the song performed in Let It Be, is nothing more than the interpretation of a subject of the public domain in England and that speaks originally of the port of London. That never really happened in the life of The Beatles who only sang an old song that was heard in the bars of Liverpool in past eras. But who cares? We were fun and the two trips were a success.

The places I visited

Actually, on the first trip, I had other expectations about how I would see the places I visited. I was probably very naive, I must admit, but I also think that being a reason for many tourists go to their city, the Liverpool authorities could make an effort and put more care to the places that The Beatles fans are going to visit obligatorily It is a simple business logic, and love to preserve points of interest. But unfortunately, the world of politics and government do not respond to logic on many occasions. Therefore, I saw Penny Lane a little careless and with no reference to the song that has made it one of the most famous streets in the world. A little gratitude from the authorities, seeing all the economic resources that come from the visit of so many tourists a year and who dream of being on that street, would not hurt. The same for Strawberry Field, not a single care to the old gate that inspired one of the most popular songs of the twentieth century. In fact, very close to there and as mentioned in the song, you can reach the old house where John Lennon lived in his childhood. Someone in your family still lives there and the views inside the house are by appointment and I understand that it is almost impossible to get a place to enter. One of the funniest things about the tour was the fact of going arbitrarily to the house where Paul McCartney lived until his youth. The house belongs to people who are not of his family because his parents sold it. Nobody has the opportunity to enter since it is not a museum and, nevertheless, all the tourists flood the small street to take pictures no matter that there are people living there who have nothing to do with this. It must be unbearable. The Cavern, Mathew Street, Albert Dock, and many other places, plus a little imagination and tolerance for the state of some of these places and the city in general, made me spend unforgettable moments and for that and in spite of everything, I decided to go for a second time. When you love something so much, there are things that you overlook, and I think that's fine.

I will never say goodbye

One of the things that surprised me the most because I did not expect it to be seen on the tour, was having gone through the place where John Lennon supposedly found inspiration to write my favorite song of all time: "In My Life" (I already talked about that in another Narrative). As I said before, true or not, that moves many feelings within you and you return to places in your mind and your heart that you have not been going to for many years. It was just great to go to Liverpool twice to soak up all that I could only imagine in my childhood and youth. Walking through these streets and surrounding myself with so many people who were visiting the place at that time and who shared their love for The Beatles music, gave me the assurance that I could return for the third time, a fourth or forever. I am sure that to relive all these moments and memories, I will never say goodbye to Liverpool and, of course, to the music of the Fab Four.