by John Lennon © 1966

I read the news today oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph.
He blew his mind out in a car
He didn't notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
Nobody was really sure
If he was from the House of Lords.
I saw a film today oh boy
The English Army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
but I just had to look
Having read the book.
I'd love to turn you on
Woke up, fell out of bed,
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
And looking up I noticed I was late.
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke,
Somebody spoke and I went into a dream
I read the news today oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
I'd love to turn you on.

According to Harold Somers, in "Britguide---an introduction to Britishisms in the Beatles' Lyrics", the phrase "4000 holes in Blackburn Lancashire" was picked up by John Lennon from a news story at the time which reported 4000 potholes in the Street in Blackburn. The phrase "Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall." refers to Prince Albert Hall, a famous classical music hall in London.

Harold Somers states: "The song "A Day in the Life" John said, was inspired by the "Far and Wide" column of the Daily Mail, one of the national daily newspapers. During the '65-67 period, John spent much of his free time reading newspapers and watching television; "A Day in the Life" is a prime example of his ability to weave everyday events into musical poetry; cf. "Good Morning Good Morning."