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Fixing A Hole by The Beatles

Album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandReleased: 1967
  • Paul McCartney wrote this after fixing the roof on his farm in Scotland. McCartney said the song was "about the hole in the road where the rain gets in, a good old analogy."
  • This was the first time The Beatles used a studio other than one owned and operated by their record label EMI. The takes in this new studio - Regent Sound Studio, located in Tottenham Court Road, London - were numbered 1-3. They returned to Abbey Road the next day however, recording "A Day In The Life." >>
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    Matt - Lancaster, PA
  • It was rumored that this was about heroin, as in "getting a fix." There is no truth to this rumor.
  • George Harrison became annoyed at the number of times Paul re-recorded vocals for this song, later saying he did almost nothing during the recording of the album but sit around all day listening to Paul singing the words "Fixing a hole" all day. >>
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    Jonathon - Clermont, FL
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Comments: 86

Great solo by George!Andre - Brazil
I guess Paul and Clint are of one mind...
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
It's disgraceful Mal Evans was never given a co-credit for this song. There is enough evidence that he helped in the writing.Christian - Berlin, Germany
and @ marvin come on now happiness is a warm gun that one is so obvious ' i need a fix cause i'm going down ' allthough it could be about suicide also i doubt it's about sex that makes no senseMatthias - Antwerp, Belgium
and any true beatles fan knows that their songs are more then just what the title might say or just the first line they sing they have deeper meaning to them well at least passed 66 .. they changed how they wroth lyrics i think this song is trying to say that it's about thinking for oneself and being comfortable with one's own opinions; not caring if other people agree or disagree but there is a hidden meaning of course as in many beatle songs it's also about getting high or stoned and not wanting all the bs on ur mind when ur mind is 'wandering' and he is fixing it by not letting the bs get to him anymore and live by his own ways and opinionsMatthias - Antwerp, Belgium
this song is one of mccartney's complexed songs ever the way he wrote this song is in a style that we were not used of from him deeper meanings into his words mccartney was more a 'to the point' kinda guy in his writing ( that's why it is rumored he didn't wroth this song alone they say mal evens worth this song mostly )Matthias - Antwerp, Belgium
From what I've understood, Paul stated that the hole was never fixed & that it was only ever just about the rain & that the rainy day still falls through the hole at times nearly splashing in not only his, but every eye within reach of the rainy days wet lips. ...I applaud you Sir Paul for at least making an attempt at putting a stop to that damn leak!!! A more noble attempt was ever made!!!David - Vermillion, Sd
First of all isaac from Sioux Falls that is not true.Just because you say it was proven does not make it true.The least you could do is provide us with the interview from which you say this information came but of course you can't because such an interview does not exist. The Beatles did do drugs.They smoked pot and did acid but in everything I have ever read about the Beatles never once did it say anything about McCartney the author of this song ever doing heroin. People hear the word hole and they automatically jump to the drug conclussion. Marijuana and LSD were perhaps responsible for fueling some of the Beatles creativity but that in and of itssef does not mean that everything they wrote was about drugs.Brian - Boston, Ma
it was proven even in an interview that "fixing a hole" is a reference to heroin!!Isaak - Sioux Falls, Sd
'Fixing a Hole' was recorded in an all night session at the Regent Sound Studios with the very patient sound engineer Adrian Ibbottson. There were very many takes and much technical expertise before this fantastic song was finally completed. We often forget the skill of the back room guys in the recording process.Robbie - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
One of my favorites. It really captures the vibe of being stoned!Rick - London, On
Even the worst of the Beatles is great...Ronnie - North Little Rock, Ar
This is, undoubtedly, my anthem. My mind wanders so much, it's ridiculous that anybody understand where my words come from. Another thing is that nobody listens to me, because they think I'm wrong, when really I'm right. People sometimes stay away from my because they think I'm crazy, but I'm really not. If something is stopping my train of thought, I fix it right away. MY ANTHEM!K - Nowhere, On
From 0:50 to 0:58 the guitar plays the same way as the brass section in "Good Morning Good Morning" from 0:45 to 0:53Simon - Turin, Italy
In addition to the great singing, etc., I just love that great bass riff in the middle of this song.Elmer - Seattle, Wa
Yes the Beatles did use psycadelic drugs but not every song was drug induced. On a side note it was Bob Dylan that introduced the Fab Four to pot.Hugh - Oxford, United Kingdom
In 1967 all the beatles were dropping LSD all the time, and this is the album to show it! while not every song (including this one) is not about drugs spesificaly, they are all inspired by LSD style wise...the spacy psycadelic (srry 4 bad spelling) aura that is Srgt. Peppers. All the songs sound like drug tripps unententionaly, because thats what they were doing!

and Meth wasnt around in 1967, DUH!
Nick - Seattle, Albania
Paul has said it is simply about taking action, fix a hole to keep the rain out. Be normal. No more to it than that.Jim - Nyc, Ny
Rosario, FLA--------Well said. i agree. i mean, sure, they did drugs, so what. Actually..being in the position they were in, they opened a whole generations eyes to many real truths about things. I for one, am thankful they were navigating the ship through those days-----they took us to many wonderful places.Adam - Los Angeles, Ca
i love how much of a control freak paul was. he was always a bit OCD about the final outcome, especially in this one. (he ticked off george- haha.) hes probably my favorite beatle, especially since he reminds me of me occasionally- im a huge perfectionist. also, WHAT THE FRICK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?! MUST EVERYTHING BE ABOUT DRUGS?!!!!!Chloe - St. Louis, Mo
I think Mal Evans lead a very sad life. To think that he was shot because he was carrying a harmless air gun and his cremated ashes were lost in the mail, all after a life of shamelessly serving the Beatles in almost any way you can think of. And to add another insult to the list, he never recieved royalties for this song which he probably contributed to. Another one of his journal entries rather optimistically claims that he may be able to buy a new home with the royalties from the song that he wrote (most likely this one).Roy - Granbania, Ma
In final fantasy 10 you ask this man "what are you doing?" and he says "Fixing a hole where the rain get's in". Excellent song.Emily - Newcastle, Australia
I heard Fixin' a Hole on the radio recently and it sent shivers down my back. It has such a soleful delivery and make me think again the Beatles and Mr. Paul were really on another level we're still grasping with and trying to understand as evidenced by all the input and opinions about this song as an example. I would quit my job if I could perform this song in my own way and get a positive reponse. Anyone interested?Roddy - New York City, Ny
I love the electric guitar in this song. I think it's funny that George was getting annoyed with Paul trying to get the words "Fixing a Hole" perfect. The song sounds absolutely fantastic and definantly perfect. Paul got it right. I love Paul mention of this song at the end of thier film Yellow Submarine. =)Faith - Liverpool, --
I like the psychedelic quality the guitar has in this recording.Roy - Granbania, Ma
It is ironical to see that the album considered by many to be the greatest, or at least most influential, was an utter boredom to record for George Harrison and Ringo Starr. John Lennon also downsized the album, by saying it is just a good ordinary record, with good ordinary Beatles songs. And this all came out during the recording of this track, alongside the dreadful 'Good Morning Good Morning' which I consider The Beatles worst track.Danimal - Kraków, Poland
who cares what this song is about! who cares when the beatles did drugs or what drugs they did...can't we all just listen to their music and shut up?

and btw I love this song.
Rosario - Naples, Fl
and might i add that lennon was very honest and had admitted to over 100 acid trips if he was doing anything else why would he bother to hide it?and yes he snorted coke at parties not at home for the hell of it,he could have taken herion as opiates,meth is VERY addictive they wouldnt have used it without getting a problem,marijuana OF COARSE they wrote song about it -.-,ecstacy i doubt it the beatles were pretty open and not "shy" as most E users are.
(that last message you wont understand i had a hard time getting my words straight)
Stonermonkey - Shadyside(stonerville), Md
ok there are couple drugs for sure they did here they are,lsd,marijuana,maybe shrooms...,(whoever said meth is retarded)herion some band members used,allll snorted some cocain(not addicted),not ecstacy,and btw just because the songs say they do some drugs doesnt mean they do and they never mentioned lsd in any song(mabey lucy in the sky with diamonds) but abviously they used lsd i mean i smoke pot and i dont write about. for example.
they can write about doing 3 different drugs and could beusing any drugs they can get there hands on whether or not one of there songs is about herion or not they can still be using it people are secretive about that and wouldnt wanna tell the press of there smack addiction
Stonermonkey - Shadyside(stonerville), Md
why does evryone think tha ta beatles song is either about sex or drugs?? i dont care if this song is about drugs, i mean they used them for a reason , not to be cool. they aint violent drug abusers anyway, they use it in an innocent way. i dont like the idea of them using needles and snorting coacine though, i dont know if they do. the beatles are all equal and will live ofrverCatherine - Essex, United Kingdom
Mal Evans, The Beatles Roadie may have helped write this song. This from Mal's diary entry of January 27, 1967: "Started writing song with Paul upstairs in his room, he on piano. What can one say about today--ah yes! Four Tops concert at Albert Hall. The Beatles get screams they get the clap. Off to Bag after gig. Did a lot more of "where the rain comes in" [Evans's name for "Fixing a Hole"]. Hope people like it. Started Sergeant Pepper."Mark - Worcester, Mi
It doesn't have to nesseccarily be about Paul or any of the Beatles but it does seem to be about recovering from a drug addiction. Fixing a hole and filling those cracks refers to a hyperdermic hole that the user is trying to heal and close up. The rain refers to how drugs bring you down and give you the blues. Many writers have used the word rain to mean the blues. Stops my mind from wandering where it will go could tell of how drugs stop you from thinking clearly. Im taking the time for a number of things that weren't important yesterday clearly shows how when you are all drugged out you dont care about anything but getting high. Painting my room in a colorful way is an optomistic outlook on things where a drugged out life is dark and not coloful and when he starts to get those cravings thats where he goes. Silly people run around that worry me could be the bad influences in his life who want to get high with him again but recovering from his addiction is right where he belongs. Maybe I'm wrong but it seems to make sense to me.John - Cranston, Ri
Paul said the lines, "Silly people run around/They worry me and never ask me/Why they don't get past my door" referred to the people who wanted SO BADLY to get inside the famous Beatle's home and be his friend, and if they'd just approached him like normal people--rather than like uptight, star struck fans--they would have stood a better chance of being his friend and getting invited inside his house.Susan - Toronto, Canada
Um, Zach from Philly KS, you're wrong. Paul did cocaine for a little while. There are quotes from him to prove it. I wonder who the poser is now?Sarah - Ct,
I am a little amused by the number of references to drugs, and testimonials from McCartney's autobiography to that effect, and so on. I am not a native English speaker (I am Indian) but for me, this has always been one of the Beatle's better written songs. To me, the lyrics and the song itself, signified a "growing up" of the band, a little more philosophical in their outlook and a little more mature than they were in their previous albums.
Mind wanders if we do not do something. It could be as simple as that. The song is contemplative.

For all the mythology surrounding Lucy, Lennon said in a Playboy (I think it was playboy) interview that it was not about LSD; it was merely inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The latter is more like it.
And one honest question to many of you here: if we are the listeners, don't we have the freedom of mind to interpret the song according to our thoughts, ideals and ideas? Why do we have dig deep into Paul's mind for that, particularly when he might have just written a good song, sold it and forgotten about it completely?
Rao - Seoul, Korea
wystt: The dentist's name was Dr. Robert Freymann. They wrote the song "Doctor Robert" about him.Peter Griffin - Quahog, Ri
i think one of the points of the song is we should all say exactly what we think about it. without fear. of judgement or anything else. i think the song is simply amazing.Jesssica - Buffalo, Ny
ZAch, They did do cocaine, in fact it was one of the first drugs they tried. Harrison go some from his dentist when he had work done and passed it around. I remember a few comments about Ringo being strung out on speedballs which the other beatles thought was funny. john and Ringo seemed to be the heavyweights in that department thoughWyatt - Anywhere, United States
I really like this song.It has a faraway sound and haunting theme running through it.This song is very satifying to listen to and it fits very well into the concept of the album.The instrumental break has some great guitar work and i think it is another genius idea for a pop-rock song.George - Belleville, Nj
I have found clear evedence on a number of websites including wikipedia that this song is about having the freedom to roam around in your own thoughts along with the freedom to smoke pot. Even McCartney said the song was "another ode to pot".Will - Midland, Mi
See the people standing there
who disagree and never win
and wonder why they don't get in my door

Glen - Fredericksburg, Va
This is one of a few previous Beatles songs referenced in their White Album song "Glass Onion" (albeit in an indirect and nonsensical way - "fixing a hole in the ocean").Joshua - Twin Cities, Mn
Has anyone ever played FFX?

You can talk to this one guy and if you ask him what he's doing he says he's "Fixing a hole where the rain get's in" - That's probly a coincidence though....
Mjn Seifer - Not Listed For Personal Reason, England
weren't they all heavily addicted to crystal meth and crack cocaine ..along with lemonade ice blocks
This is such a good song. I love it, it's in my top ten favorite Beatles songs.
Hannah - Indianapolis, In
What is it with people and their ideas that every Beatles song has a hidden meaning. Everyone thinks that their songs are about drugs and alchohol. Some were. Some were concieved when John was tripping but some songs were just songs. Fixing a Hole is a good song!Phil - Holland, Pa
weren't they all heavily addicted to crystal meth and crack cocaine ..along with lemonade ice blocksPete - Nowra, Australia
Oh for crying out loud. "I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering where it will go." There's a leak in the roof and the water dripping through it is interrupting my creative thought processes, so I'm going to patch it and then I'll be able to write a song. Hey, I think I'll write a song about patching the hole in the roof. Nothing whatever to do with drugs. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. "I'm painting the room in a colorful way and when my mind is wandering there I will go." I like having a funky, psychedelic pattern in the room because it stimulates my creativity. Also, sure, it looks really cool when I'm tripping, because I'm Paul McCartney, and yes I get high now and then. "And it really doesn't matter if I'm wrong; I'm right where I belong." This is my house and I'm safe here and can do what I want and that's how I like it. This is HOME. One of the things that made McCartney a great songwriter is his ability to see the artistic value in the mundane activities that life is made of, like working on things around the house. McCartney grew up in a large family with money problems, and being rich and having his own house to putter around in must have been incredibly satisfying. This song is about the joy of doing work with your hands and about the need to have everything just right to create the right atmosphere to write. As a general rule, drug references in McCartney's songs are simple, casually tossed off and part of a bigger story. Like the line "had a laugh' in Lovely Rita.Dennis - Anchorage, Ak
According to George Burns, who was in that really bad movie "Sgt. Pepper" with the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton (Burns sang this song in the movie, if you can picture that), said he thought the song was about a pot smoker who was concerned that the smoke and thus the aroma would escape his room and give his recreational activity away. Who am I to argue with George Burns.Steve - Fenton, Mo
I believe this is about LSD, and finding the perfect environment. For anyone whos ever tried it, there seems to be one factor that is bothersome, whether it be the music, traffic, a person, or anything at all..... i think "fixing a hole where the rain comes in" is the object that "stops my mind from wondering"Jake - Eugene, Or
brian they never did cocaine only acid and pot..............another poser beatles fanZach - Philly, Ks
Oh come on people, yes they may have taken drugs, but even they said so themself that thought their songs may Seem like they're all about drugs they wern't. Give them a break!! Please, they were Brillant Peopl!!!Michelle - Antigonish, Canada
Another under-rated Beatles song. I love the guitar solo.Lauren - Some Place, De
I don't see anything druggy about this song...Amanda - New York City, Ny
I've always liked "Fixing A Hole" and I began to read into it. I noticed that it did sound "druggy" and that It was another way for the Beatles to sing about LSD or somethin'Noah Welty - Galesburg, Il
I heard it was about potStsjfsd - Denver, Co
I think the drug indulgence gave Mr. Mc C the creative ability to come up with imagery and such, but to say every single song these people sing is about substance is ridiculous. No artist writes songs always about the same thing all the timeDennis - Chicagoland Burrows, Il
It's probabaly about drugs. That makes a lot of sense. When I was younger, about 10 or so, and I first heard the song, I had never heard any drug-oriented songs like that before though. So as a result, it made no sense at all.Stefanie - Rock Hill, Sc
The line that makes me think it might be about drugs is "I'm painting a room in a colorful way
and when my mind is wondering, there I will go"
Tom - Bozeman, Mt
I have defended alot of songs, and said that I did not believe they had anything to do with drugs. I said that "Lucy in the sky with diamonds" was not a drug song, and i continue to defend it, only because I think the Beatles were about more than just drugs. I think people have a way of assuming that anything other than "She loves you" just has to be drug oriented. HOWEVER, this song is about drugs. What else could it possibly be about? I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in and kept my mind from wandering where it will go. etc, etc, etc. I don't think every song, or even that many songs by the group were about drugs, but hey, if it looks like a cat, walks like a cat, meows like a cat, well......You gotta cat!Lee - Clearwater, Fl
Obviously the character in this song has concentration issues.Stefanie - Rock Hill, Sc
I think this song's about people having trouble focussing on what they need to get done. That's just my opinion though.Stefanie - Rock Hill, Sc
Great song! The music, lyrics, idea, all make it great. the instruments in it are fantastic. The people who worry about it being a pot song, remind me of the two old ladies in Peoria who cant get to sleep, because SOMEWHERE, SOMEBODY is having a good time!Lee - Clearwater, Fl
While I don't know if Paul ever used heroin, he has said that he frequently used cocaine during Sgt. Pepper's. He was also talked into using acid and LSD by John and George. John and George felt they couldn't relate to Ringo and Paul because they didn't use acid. Ringo was finally talked into using it, and Paul soon followed.Brian - Marlton, Nj
This song provides a funny sight gag in an episode of The Simpsons. Bart and Millhouse break into Flander's house and discover his secret stash of Beatles memorabilia. Among them (they all fly by quickly so you really have to pay attention) is a Beatles "self-help" video called "Fixing a Hole in my Drywall".Jerry - Brooklyn, Ny
As much as a Beatles fan as I am, I always thought this was one of their weaker songs. I always wondered how this song made the cut. I wonder if there were any other songs about...oh, maybe, vacuuming or gardening. Tying your shoes. I'm tying my shoes so they won't come off...Scott - Los Angeles, Ca
ya know it prly was about drugs..cuz it was the 60s! i mean come on. and i still love this song. they all did drugs and alot of their greatest songs were written when they were high or whatever.Shannon - Garland, Tx
It's about drugs. In "Fixing a Hole," the "a" refers to amphetamines. (See also, "A Day in the Life," "Happiness is a Warm Gun," "A Hard Day's Night...") Scout's honor. Oooh, I forgot "Yesterday," which has the letter "a" near the end -- "e," too which proves that the Beatles were into X. Way ahead of their time, those Fab Four. Okay, "Fixing a Hole" is a drug song, but not all their songs are. I'm justa messin' with ya.Nessie - Sapporo, Japan
You know, you can claim that almost every song has a drug reference with enough imagination. If it mentions colorful things, then they are on extacy or some other hallucenagen. If there is the word "horse", its heroin. Its all crap. Its kindof like the "paul is dead" conspiracy. Go to www.paul-is-dead.org (or maybe .com i dont remember). You will find tons of "clues" that Paul Mccartney is dead. A few of them are ones I made up just to see if people would believe me. And they do.Mark - Ridgeland, Ms
Guys, Patrick from Durham, NC wasn't saying that all beatles songs were about drugs, he said that the beatles used drugs (and that dosent mean hes saying all beatles songs were). And Marvin from East Brady, PA, Happiness Is A Warm Gun is about Rock and roll, NOT sex.Scott Baldwin - Edmonton, Canada
This song is definitely about a drug trip. "Silly people running round, they worry me, but never ask me why they don't get past my door" -- that line always gets me. The "painting a room" and "taking the time" lines are obvious drug references, as well.

Something else worth noting...Paul doesn't say that his mind "wonders," (like a normal one should), but he says it "wanders." Interesting word choice, and further proof that this song is about a weird trip.
Rj - Rockville Centre, Ny
it was an ode to pot, according to PaulDean - Raleigh, Nc
Paul recently admitted in an interview that yes, the songs everybody thinks are about drugs are definitely about drugs- he said they did a lot of drugs and wrote a lot of songs about their experiences. EVERYBODY did tons of drugs back then- why would the biggest rock group in history be any different?Rachel - Minneapolis, Mn
"i'm taking the time for a number of things, that weren't important yesterday..."when you do acid it changes you forever. this line in the song tells me that Paul was interested in things that wouldn't interest him in '64 or '65...Nick - Buffalo, Ny
Dude, LOOK at Paul. Doesn't he strike you as the brilliant but slightly square yuppie kid whom the "cool" kids let hang out with them?Matt - Durham, Nh
How are you folks sooooo sure that Paul didn't do heroin, were you there every second of his life? No you weren't, in fact most of Paul's drug using days happened before you were even born. He was a musician with alot of money and time; my bet is he probably did use Herion to say otherwise is denying a more than real possibility. Again there is only one person who knows the truth and that's Paul.Smarts - Dallas, Tx
Every Beatle had done acid by the time Revolver was released.Ian - Urbana, Il
I doubt Paul wrote many songs about drugs. He never did heroin like John and he didn't even do LSD until towards the end of the Sgt. Pepper sessions.Adrian - Wilmington, De
Patrick, not every single song The Beatles wrote (and there are hundreds)are about drugs. There were lots about love, relationships and just plain every day life. The 60's just happened to be the beginning of a drug-crazed decade; so it was only natural that there were going to be a lot of songs written about them. Regardless, they are the greatest band ever. No dispute there.Shirley - Ocean, Nj
The day Paul was to record this song a homeless person came to his door and said that he was Jesus Christ. Paul said, "Well you better come in then" and offered him some tea. When it was time to go record Fixing a Hole, he asked the man if he wanted to go with him. The man said yes and Paul told him he would have to sit quiet then and took the man to the studioBruce - Meadville, Pa
This song's got to have some sort of inner meaning. It just sounds like one that would.Jason Lee - New York, Ny
The line "I'm painting the room in a colorful way" was a refrence to the psycadelic paint job he had done in his flat.Shelli - Madison, Wi
This is actually about drugs. Paul McCartney is quoted in his biography "In His Own Words". He said this song is about keeping closed-minded people out of his life. "The rain" is these people and they kept his mind from pot-induced wandering.Shelli - Madison, Wi
you were probably high when you wrote this, patrick. why are you people assume that every song written by a drug user is about drugs? what's next? "yesterday"? "help"? " a hard days nights"?Noam - Ein Zivan, Israel
Paul (who wrote the song) was never into heroin. To quote: "I knew about heroin but I couldn't have been very clear about it because I remember asking Robert Fraser about it... I didn't get into it. I was lucky." John was a heroin addict for a while, but that was after the writing of this song. Yes, the Beatles did a lot of drugs, yes they wrote about them in a number of songs, but that doesn't mean that every song is laced with drug references.Kit - Washington, Dc
How do you know it's the truth (it being about heroin). Drugs must be all you people think about. This song is about john fixing a hole where the rain gets in. Rain couldn't get in to a hole made from a needle. and if this song is about drugs, explain to me what the rain is.Ben Russell - Durham, Nc
Paul didn't use heroin. If John wrote it there may be creedence to the heroin theory, as he was a heroin addict. So discount the rumors about this song or Hey Jude or any other Paul song being about heroin. For the most part though, in spite of all the Jesus freak conspiracy theories, if they wrote a song about drugs, they admitted to it. (The Word, She Said She Said, Dr. Robert) Also, even though Lennon wrote Happiness is a Warm Gun don't assume that's about heroin. It's about sex.Marvin - East Brady, Pa
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