Music Songs and Travel: Here Come the Beatles

Yesterday's music post about twitter singups got me wanting more music (after all, I'm a pianist and a concert junkie).... I've enlisted the assistance of fellow musician, writer, and concert-goer Ron Grelsamer, M.D. to apply his music expertise to the travel world. Travel and Food Notes welcomes Dr. Grelsamer!

“Back in the U.S.S.R. shouts CondĂ© Nast Traveler’s travel to Russia article.

The fact is, Beatles song titles and lyrics are commonly found in travel articles – some more subtle than others. “Get Bach” exhorts a classical music tour of Germany. Would you like to hike in Uzbekistan? It’s a “Long and Winding Road.” Not easy, but I did it “With a Little Help From My Friends.”

A one day excursion? “Day Tripper.”

Need to rent a car? “Baby, You Can Drive My Car.”

Going to Las Vegas? “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Noisy hotel? “A Hard Day’s Night.”

Winging it? “I’ll Follow the Sun.” Troublesome Customs – “We Can Work It Out.” Problems in Africa: “I read the news today, oh boy.”

Sunny climes? “Here Comes the Sun.” Spectacular tour full of surprises – you guessed it – “The Magical Mystery Tour” (or “Tomorrow Never Knows”).

Sending your daughter off on a tour of Europe? “She’s Leaving Home” (alternate: “Your Mother Should Know.”)

Finally, Ad Astra, the Space magazine, discusses private flights into Space: “Two Entrepreneurs Have Your Ticket to Ride in Space” - the perfect combination of the ‘60s biggest adventures – Space and the Beatles.

(Ron has written Into the Sky with Diamonds, the history of the Beatles and the Race to the Moon,

P.S. Don’t expect the songs “Flying” or “Yellow Submarine” to show up on a travel article any time soon. “Across the Universe” may have to wait a little.


  1. Love it!
    Couldn't a said it better!

  2. Very interesting post; I just knew that The Beatles have songs about travel; lovely. I love Back to the U.S.S.R. it's from their WHite Album. :-) Great post.


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