The song ‘Revolution 9’ on The Beatles White Album stands largely symbolic of the backwardness and hidden messages found in Beatles’ material. Revolution 9 was the spark that ignited the death clues of The Beatles. Written by John Lennon and recorded in June of 1968, John said Revolution 9 was “an unconscious picture of what I actually think will happen when it happens.” What’s heard in Revolution 9 both forward and backwards is a revelation to what occurred on the evening of December 8, 1980. A detailed analysis of Revolution 9 can be found in book The Lennon Prophecy but here are a few highlights and interpretations:
The piece opens with a monotone voice repeatedly saying ‘number nine’. It is the motif for the composition.