Penny Lane – The Beatles – Musica in Classe, Tuesday 17th July

By popular demand, (and especially popular with Rick!) we’re back to The Beatles this week …. so get ready to sing ‘Penny Lane’ at Italian Mood, with our striking hostess Marjorie Fargis and resident translator Loris Talon on Tuesday 17th July, 8.30 pm UK time, 9.30 pm Italian time, 12.30 SL time!  I confess to being confused about which key to use!  The sheet music I have  is in B flat major (modulating to A flat major for the middle section); my guitar book has it in G major (modulating to A major); but when I listen to it, it is definitely B major (modulating to A major).  So I will go with the advice of Ultimate Guitar tabs and play it in B major by putting the capo on the second fret and playing it in A major!  Here’s a link to this version.

I love this video which features The Beatles themselves and Liverpool! (I lived in Liverpool when I was 11 years old and LOVED it … perhaps I will attempt a Liverpudlian accent at some point in the evening!)

.. and here is a version with the lyrics on the screen:

(and by the way, I have just subscribed to this channel .. loads of Beatles songs uploaded with lyrics!)

Here are the words:

Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs

Of every head he’s had the pleasure to have known

And all the people that come and go

Stop and say hello

On the corner is a banker with a motorcar

The little children laugh at him behind his back

And the banker never wears a mac

In the pouring rain…  Very strange

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes

There beneath the blue suburban skies  I sit, and meanwhile back   In Penny Lane there is a fireman with an hourglass

And in his pocket is a portrait of the Queen.

He likes to keep his fire engine clean

It’s a clean machine

Trumpet Solo

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes

Four of fish and finger pies

In summer, meanwhile back

Behind the shelter in the middle of a roundabout

A pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray

And though she feels as if she’s in a play

She is anyway

Penny Lane the barber shaves another customer

We see the banker sitting waiting for a trim

Then the fireman rushes in  From the pouring rain…  Very strange

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes

There beneath the blue suburban skies  I sit, and meanwhile back

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes

There beneath the blue suburban skies…

Penny Lane.

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