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  1. alex of da bronx says:

    no thanks, got the car outside

  2. MarkC says:

    You’re not the only one.

  3. Michael says:

    Alex: I could never understand what he said there. Thanks!

  4. Alex of the Bronx says:

    Hi Michael, wasn’t the dialogue something like, Engineer : Boys is that you buzzing ? and John’s response was the above. Very subtle for 1965 no ?
    Years later I got it , not as a 9 year old back in 65

  5. David B. says:

    Ah, NEVER knew quite what he said there.. THANKS.

    And on another ‘HELP!’ note, I was watching the DVD a few weeks ago, and I noticed when Ms. Bron enters with her pink outfit to save Ringo from the scientists, the door behind her changed colors..

    VERY ODD, never noticed this continuity error, but it was funny to see..

  6. Lizzie says:

    i knew i should have formally studied english and not just pick it up along the way as i did… i have NO IDEA what you’re talking about, people! heeeeeeeelp!

  7. Kwai Chang says:

    When the group is in the studio (You’re Gonna Lose That Girl), the engineer hears noise on the tape and asks “boys, are you buzzing?”…
    to which John replies “no thanks! I’ve got the car outside”.
    ‘Buzzing’ is a slang term for ‘high’ (drugs).
    Are you buzzing = Are you high.
    What the engineer asks…and, what John answered are two different questions. The engineer meant “Are you making a buzzing sound?”. John answered the question “Are you buzzing(high)?” When John answers “no thanks, I’ve got the car outside”…it is a very clever way of saying “Don’t get high and drive”…

    That’s what I make of said discourse. I am happy to say that I was a very clever listener then…I knew exactly what was being said. I always wished that there had been a more specific reference to cannabis in the scene. But, in hindsight, I realize anything not completely vague would have been taken as an endorsement. So, it’s better left as is…with the dialogue nearly buried by the incidental soundtrack…and as a Lennon Bonus for anyone quick enough to make sense of John’s remark. I have no proof that it refers to Cannabis. I guess ‘buzzing’ could be any drug or booze…did John drink heavily at all? Or, had reefer already made him fall in love with the suede jacket that he would feature on Rubber Soul? Or, was he longing for a care package of pills from the Reeperbahn??? I take it to mean Cannabis…
    …probably because I love the plant. The Cannabis plant is like Beatle music. It fully has the potential to save the world. If all the Beatles weren’t using marijuana by the time HELP was filmed, then by the time they started Rubber Soul all four smoked the damnable wog hemp.
    The Rubber Soul album is the most important album cover of all time…
    Another first: A major artist release that doesn’t have the artist’s name on the front cover. For anyone else…that’s commercial suicide. Thankfully the Cannabis was something they could plug into when they needed more than another concert, hotel, press conference, meet and greet, favors, expectations, a manager, a straight producer…
    “we are under the influence”
    Plastic soul, man
    plastic soul…
    (and, the world was never the same)

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