Songs That Stab Me in the Heart: “In My Life” by The Beatles

Okay, The Beatles. We are born, we grow up, we die, and there is always The Beatles. Their music is just there, like air, or water. For my parents, they were a Super Big Deal. For me, they just were. They were a 45 RPM record with an apple in the middle, a scratchy B-side called “Revolution.” They were songs played on the radio. They were cover songs and tribute bands and tragic, world-mourned deaths.

And then when Robin’s mother died of an apparent suicide, her friend Hayden sang “In My Life” at the memorial service. It was touching and terribly sad.

And then when Robin died of suicide, Hayden said “In My Life” at her memorial service.

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you

At that was it for me. I cannot listen to this song. Ever. Opening chords – change the station or click off the box or find a different channel. And yet, I did it here, to share it with you.

What’s your Beatles song?

*When I looked for just the right YouTube video to share with you, I found this. It’s the only version of this song that made me smile. Go watch it RIGHT NOW.

More about Robin: My Tortured Beacon

“Robin was dramatic in a way that I had never experienced in a friend, but since she was also generous, and brilliant, and loyal, and steadfast, and incredibly imaginative, I forgave her drama every time but one.”


  1. says

    Could never pick just one. And feel so so sorry for you that the Beatles weren’t the sound track of your life as they were mine. Really.

    Funny thing is my 14 year old nephew is an ardent Beatles fan. His mother–who is your age sorta–once said to me, “Did you know that Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings?” So maybe it just skips a generation and one of your kids will be a Beatlemaniac.

  2. says

    I like to say I arrived in America–that is, I was born–just a few weeks after the Beatles did. Like Jane, I’d hate to have to pick just one of their songs, but if I HAD to, it would probably be “Here Comes the Sun,” which brightens my world just a little every time I hear it. And I hope that all of their music, for decades to come, continues to be “just there, like air or water.”

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