A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
But nobody was really sure
If he was from the House of Lords

from The Beatles – A Day In The Life Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Even Paul McCartney had no idea what Lennon is talking about; he told an interviewer that he thought the verse was about a “stoned politician.”:

The verse about the politician blowing his mind out in a car we wrote together. It has been attributed to Tara Browne, the Guinness heir, which I don’t believe is the case, certainly as we were writing it, I was not attributing it to Tara in my head. In John’s head it might have been. In my head I was imagining a politician bombed out on drugs who’d stopped at some traffic lights and didn’t notice that the lights had changed. The ‘blew his mind’ was purely a drugs reference, nothing to do with a car crash.

Tara Browne’s father Dominick Browne who actually was in the House of Lords. In a remarkable coincidence he took his own father’s seat after he died in a car crash.

Nowadays, of course, Paul would simply have to consult Rock Genius!

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