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Old Jun 17, 2016, 04:50 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by hibgal View Post
Something can surprise in may different ways, you know? Yes, Paul expected Sgt Pepper to be a success because that's the way he thinks. However, it's been stated by everybody involved that the completed album differed considerably in its final execution compared to Paul's original concept. "So sgt. pepper took you by surprise" meaning the album became different from what Paul expected. Pretty much everything The Beatles touched turned into gold so an album flop wasn't even in the cards.

As to the line "You better see right through that mother's eyes" we're dealing with an English idiom, a saying. For instance, when you look at a child through its mother's eyes, you see it through the bias of motherly love and affection. So John's telling Paul to see right through his idea of what Sgt Pepper was supposed to be to what it actually became and how. John's basically saying that Paul should stop pluming himself on the album being his brainchild and realize that its success and what it became did not rest on Paul alone but on ALL that contributed to it. In other words, don't be so cocksure Paul! It may have been your idea but without us (John, George and Ringo) it would've been nothing!

OK. I'm not sure I agree but I understand better your viewpoint on Sgt. Pepper.

But for the second line, why does John say THAT mother? This I suppose refers back to Pepper and means Paul should reconsider things given the success of that 'mother' of an album (I'm trying to follow your logic).

The English expression is to see something through 'a mother's eyes'. If what you're saying is correct John changes the idiom in two ways. First with the 'that' and then by adding 'right'. This is weird beacause idiomatic expressions are not usually changed.

For example, once a woman has had children she might say 'I can now see the world through a mother's eyes'. Do you think she would say 'Now I can see the world right through a mother's eyes' Sounds strange to me.

You've also added the different expression of 'seeing right through someone' which means not being influenced by their outward appearance and seeing the true person, usually in a negative sense. I think this is what Lennon was aiming for and nothing to do with motherly love.

Does that make any sense to you?
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