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Let’s All Get Up and Dance to a Song that Was Hit Before Beyonce Was Born: A Beatles Pop Quiz for Boomers

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It’s been 50 years since the Beatles first came to America, but even if you’re 64, their songs are probably as fresh in your mind as they were when you first heard them.  Don’t believe me? Just take this test.

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Help! I need ____
l)  a groupie
2) Instant Karma
3) somebody

All you need is ___
1) love
2) royalties
3) Yoko Ono

Picture yourself in a boat on a river with
1) Desmond and Molly Jones
2) Mr. Kite
3) tangerine trees and marmalade skies>

She’s a woman who ___
l) follows my tour bus
2) screams through my concerts
3) understands

Her majesty’s a pretty nice girl but ___
1) the monarchy should be abolished
2) she owns too many Corgis
3) she doesn’t have a lot to say.

If I fell in love with you, would you promise to be
1) blue
2) true
3) a Jew

You know I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little piece of
1) cake
2) honey pie
3) mind

Let’s all get up and dance to a song that was a hit before
1) Beyonce was born
2) auto-tune
3) your mother was born

Everybody’s got something to hide except me and
1) the Walrus
2) my monkey
3) Rocky Raccoon

I’ll get by with a little help from
1) Bungalow Bill
2) LSD
3) my friends

Why don’t we do it in ____
1) a yellow submarine
2) an octopus’s garden
3) the road

Here comes the sun and I say ____
1) it’s all right
2) it’s uptight
3) where’s the sunblock?

Is there anybody going to listen to my story all about ___
1) Sexy Sadie, Eleanor Rigby and Polythene Pam
2) the girl who came to stay
3) the Beatlemaniac under my bed

The Magical Mystery Tour is coming to
1) take you away
2) teach you to pray
3) call it a day

And in the end, the love you make is equal to ____
1) the enjoyment you get from taking nostalgic pop quizzes
2) the great memories you have of a lifetime of enjoying Beatles songs
3) the love you take

Today’s music-lovers have a lot that we didn’t have back then. Digital downloads! Music videos! Illegal music sharing! But they’ll never know the joy of hearing “If I Fell” on a transistor radio or a just-purchased 45 for the very first time.

Those were the days, my friend.

This piece first appeared on Zest Now

Roz Warren

Roz Warren writes for the New York Times, the Funny Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Jewish Forward and the Huffington Post. And she‘s been featured on the Today Show. (Twice!) Her 13th humor book, ”Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection Of Library Humor," is available on Amazon.

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Cathy Chester

Sunday 9th of February 2014

A Jew? Ha! That made me laugh.

I remember forcing our mom to take us to Korvettes to buy the newly released Beatle's album - any album - the day of its release. We just HAD to have it!

Tina Boomerina

Saturday 8th of February 2014

Roz, that was cute, but you need to make the quiz a little harder next time. Hugs, Tina

Helene Cohen Bludman

Saturday 8th of February 2014

Love it, Roz. And yes, there was something about holding the transistor radio, turning it this way and that to get the static to go away, and hearing the "boss jocks" introduce a Beatles song. Such great memories.


Saturday 8th of February 2014

Oooh, the memories!

Jennifer Steck

Saturday 8th of February 2014

What a wonderful trip down memory lane. I can't even remember what I had for lunch last Saturday, but the words from Beatles songs come right back.

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