I’ve been listening to The White Album the past few ‘locked in the studio’ days and nights. Deadlines will do that.
I was listening to Rocky Raccoon and I clearly remember listening to that song when I was very young. My sisters played the album. I remember listening closely to Rocky Raccoon and was surprised and shocked that Rocky, the ‘hero’ who had been wronged, failed in his quest. Raised on John Wayne films this was one of the first times when I contemplated that good-guys can lose. Or at least that the protagonist (to use a word I didn’t know when I was 6 or 7) may not meet the heroic success he was desiring of. Sticks with me to this day. Poor Rocky.
And yes, I listened to Beatles albums when I was 6 or 7. I also learned to play Foosball. It was still really the 1960′s in the early 70′s.