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Damn. The Social Network Ended to One of My Favorite Beatles Songs, “Baby, You’re A Rich Man.”

October 2, 2010.Finn.0 Likes.6 Comments
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I just got back from seeing, “The Social Network.” I went with friends. And, yeah, I took my mom. I dare y’all to do the same. She loves Aaron Sorkin’s writing as much as I do.

Why do I love Aaron Sorkin’s writing so much? Well, here’s the opening clip. Keep up. And remember…



Pure Sorkin. And this conversation circles back around…that’s as much as I’ll say about the movie…for now.

I won’t write a review about it. Well, at least not tonight. Why? Because I’m going to see it again Saturday night and whom I’m going with probably won’t want to read about it before we go see it.

But I will point out that once in awhile, if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble across a song that will stir your soul for as long as you can remember. That song becomes a part of you. And when that song comes out at the crescendo of something you’re wrapped up in… Well, then that’s just magic.

I won’t say what the final scene of the movie is, but if you like Sorkin’s work, the ending will make perfect symbolic sense.

As the final scene starts, a little drum starts in with some piano. And it only took one musical bar for me to be in an old scene. The smile became wider when the clavioline kicked in.

Only the Beatles…

The song is, “Baby, You’re a Rich Man.” It’s off of Magical Mystery Tour – the 3rd or 4th CD I ever got, some 15 years ago. “I Am the Walrus,” tired on me. “Hello, Goodbye,” will wear one down and, “All You Need Is Love,” is easy to say when you’ve already covered the basics. But, “Baby, You’re a Rich Man,” is the song I always jump to first. It’s a Lennon / McCartney collaboration song like “A Day in the Life,” from Sgt. Peppers and the medleys on the back of Abbey Road. Half the song is John’s, “One of the Beautiful People.” The other half is Paul’s, “Baby, You’re a Rich Man.” Blended together, the song becomes a social commentary directed at those who would rather fit in than simply be themselves…., “Great, Jr. You’re a part of the in crowd. You made it to the middle. Now what?”

As the song starts out:

“How does it feel to be / one of the beautiful people?”

Yeah, I found myself singing this song more than once during the social gatherings at Denom U and when I was locked away in solitude playing FIFA video games and counting down the days to freedom…I related.

I spent the whole ride home thinking about the song and actually understanding where Zuckerberg was coming from – if the movie is at all accurate with what he’s feeling.

The song left me feeling, “tuned to a Natural ‘E.'” and “happy to be that way.”

As for the review…well, now that I found another keystroke, here’s what I”m going to play….

From The Beatle’s 1967 release “Magical Mystery Tour.” Track 10. Enjoy



Baby, You’re a Rich Man by John Lennon & Paul McCartney

How does it feel to be
One of the beautiful people
Now that you know who you are
What do you want to be
And have you traveled very far
far as the eye can see

How does it feel to be
One of the beautiful people
How often have you been there
Often enough to know
What did you see when you were there
Nothing that doesn’t show

Baby you’re a rich man
Baby you’re a rich man
Baby you’re a rich man, too
You keep all your money in a big brown bag
inside a zoo, what a thing to do
Baby you’re a rich man
Baby you’re a rich man
Baby you’re a rich man, too

How does it feel to be
One of the beautiful people
Tuned to a natural E
happy to be that way
Now that you’ve found another key
What are you going to play

Baby you’re a rich man
Baby you’re a rich man
Baby you’re a rich man, too
You keep all your money in a big brown bag
inside a zoo, what a thing to do
Baby you’re a rich man
Baby you’re a rich man
Baby you’re a rich man, too

PS: The best line in the movie is the last one before the song starts

“You’re not an asshole, Mark. You’re just trying so hard to be.” – Marylin Delpy



This should put you in the mood to listen to the song again, and watch the movie.


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  • Info

    nice, can’t wait to read the review… and for any of your followers who would like to read my review they can check it out at http://www.YourMediaReporter.com

  • Anonymous

    Here’s to hoping both viewers like each other’s work.

  • nonymouse

    Great ending and I love that song and had been listening it a lot recently already (just got the newly remastered “Magical Mystery Tour” CD last month). When those first notes started playing at the film’s end, I was in heeeaven. And I felt more blissful/moved as the song/scene progressed.

    Trivia tidbit: The recording box with the master tape for BABY, YOU’RE A RICH MAN at EMI has written on it “Mick Jagger?” Jagger was at the BABY session, but it’s not clear if he just visited or actually sang in the chorus. Be cool if he did.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he did. I’ve heard the story, and I wouldn’t doubt it one bit.

  • oli

    Hi, did you find that the version of ‘Baby You’re A Rich Man’ had a longer intro and seemed a bit different to the normal ~3min version on “Magical Mystery Tour”?

    Been trying to get a copy of the extended version but can’t seem to find it anywhere.

  • Anonymous

    I saw the movie twice. It sounded like the album cut. It just might be the first time in years that some paid that much attention to the classic.

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