This is a particularly interesting scene filmed in their hotel room on their first visit to the US in 1964. John is seen sitting in their hotel room playing a 'Melodica' - a small flute with a tiny keyboard attached. The amazing thing is the tune he's playing... it sounds remarkably like John is working out the opening chords of Strawberry Fields!! Have a listen
I gotta agree with you, THe End, it IS remarkably like Strawberry FIelds intro ... as a matter of fact, pretty darn identical.
Which I find very interesting, because I have read that the intro was always attributed to Paul, show off that he was. I would guess that even if he did bring it to the song, he unconsciously nicked it from John!
Interesting - as I think it's in the same key too (well, the key it was released in - which means it's wrong, it's NOT in the same key then. It was recorded in another key and sped up).
George H (pretty good memory) has told people John played the intro. I'm not sure if he's right, but Paul was known to come up with good figures like this (Lucy in the Sky being a perfect example, it ALSO has a descending bass line over sustained chords at the start).
I had discovered this years ago as well. I was amazed to hear it and I told a fellow Beatle Buddy about it. It doesnt surprise me tho. Considering the boys frequently went back to ideas from their early days. Still, quite amazing to hear and it shows John prolly had an idea for SFF 3 years before. Also, some great bootlegs exist of Johns original version of SFF called "Its Not Too Bad".
Neither can I. This has come up in other forums in the past. It just sounds like John messing around with a new toy to me.
The writing of this song is well documented on bootlegs such as 'Strawberry Lane', and the intro doesn't come up until quite close to the finished product. John's home demos are included as well, and if there was an idea for the intro I would have expected it to be there at sometime.