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Great outros (cool song endings)
22 January 2012
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There's nothing like a great opening - but how about the ending?

A great ending can be very satisfying, especially when subtle.

I love the organ tune at the very, very end of Mr. Kite just before the flourish of calliope.

It's just a few seconds long: a...g....f g a f  e   f# a-flat  e   (or whatever key it's in)

Note by Ahhh Girl 22 June 2014: Acting upon the suggestion by ISWD (thank you), I merged a second thread on this topic into this one. The second thread begins with post 14.

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22 January 2012
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The dead stop of I Want You (She's So Heavy) where the tape was simply cut has to be up there as does the chrashing piano chord of A Day In The Life.

Im Only Sleeping with that glorious guitar fade out.

Helter Skelter with Ringo's complaint of having blisters on his fingers.

And the Get Back version with Johns audition quote, admittedly not part of the actual song but really fits when listened to as part of the Let It Be album - maybe that belongs more in the album closure thread then.a-hard-days-night-ringo-7

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26 January 2012
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Strawberry Fields a-hard-days-night-john-2

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2 February 2012
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On the Rubber Soul thread, BenefitOfMisterkite mentioned "Wait"

Always loved the ending of that song: "I'm    so    alone...." - the guitars tumble down and then the rustling of the cymbals

(or other percussion instrument)

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2 February 2012
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Aside from those already mentioned, I'd like to praise Tomorrow Never Knows and Dear Prudence.

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25 March 2012
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I love the ending of Twist And Shout.  Rising chromatically from A7 to D7 and ending on a D7/9. The endings of some early songs were great.

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25 March 2012
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Never thought of it - will have to check it out (is the ending the same as the original version?)

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25 March 2012
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Cant remember if its been mentioned already but Long, Long, Long when Paul hits the low note that sends the bottle rattling which brings George, Ringo and Paul back in. Totally unplanned but fits the song perfectly.

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27 March 2012
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The Isley Brothers version of Twist And Shout had a fade out ending. 

28 March 2012
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Well then kudos to the Beatles for the ending of "Twist And Shout" - definitely better than a fade out.

Along the same lines, "Please Please Me" has a very climactically satisfying ending.

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31 March 2012
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Definitely I Want To Tell You! I love Paul's little ad-lib harmony thing at the fade! Cry, Baby, Cry maybe....

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meanmistermustard said

Cant remember if its been mentioned already but Long, Long, Long when Paul hits the low note that sends the bottle rattling which brings George, Ringo and Paul back in. Totally unplanned but fits the song perfectly.

This!

That is to say that I agree.

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4 April 2012
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I've always thought a lot of the songs on Revolver end in interesting and unexpected ways. The totally sudden, terse, solemn ending of Eleanor Rigby. I'm Only Sleeping ends beautifully if you ask me, with the heavy HISS of cymbals giving way to a weird dreamy flurry of backwards guitar that fades out. She Said She Said goes rhythmically into double time for the last couple of lines. And Your Bird Can Sing, with that riff looping over and over and then suddenly coming to a musically unresolved halt and there's a little thrum from Paul's bass at the end, like "Oh, are we stopping?" Good Day Sunshine's random key change right at the end. For No One just trails off with those two last sad notes from the horn. Paul doing that cool Eastern cadenza in the vocal harmony at the end of I Want To Tell You.

Another ending that I really love is Happiness Is A Warm Gun. The cheesy doo-wop vocals end: "is a warm gun yeeeaaaah," and the band finish... then a little bit of guitar feedback hums in... and then Ringo kills it dead with one last snare shot. Always thought that was cool for some reason.

EDIT: Forgot the snorts of derisive laughter at the end of Within You Without You. Always found that sort of creepy as a kid.

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19 June 2014
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I don't think I ever created a topic like this before, nor ever saw one here (but I've been wrong before...).

This topic is about song endings.  If you're a songwriter or keen on studying songs, you're probably aware of the difficulty of coming up with a good ending to a song.  One way to "cheat" is to just fade out.  In my opinion, most fade-out endings are cheating, and it seems that the songwriter just couldn't think of a neat or clever or ingenious way to end the song, so he chose just to keep playing and have the engineers slowly turn down the volume dials at the end.  (Some songs, however, do work with fade-out endings:  While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me and My Monkey, or Yellow Submarine, for example.)

Anyway, here are two endings I like for now (I have many, many more where these came from -- of course the gold medal for great song endings would go to "A Day In The Life").  Without further ado...:

Bip Bop

Nineteen-Hundred and Eighty-Five (this ingeniously combines a clever ending with a fade-out).

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I like the ending for Being for the benefit of Mr Kite

 

And I like the ending of All You Need Is Love

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19 June 2014
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I think that the ending of I Want You (She's So Heavy) is pretty cool.

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20 June 2014
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All of those are great! Love 1985 and I'm curious about the end of I Want You, just started a topic about it actually! And of course love Kite!

Hard Days Night is a good one. In a lot of early Beatles stuff, I like the interesting chords used to end songs.

The end of New is amazing with the a cappella!

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So far, all good ones (I still dislike Bip Bop, though. blue-meanie)

Strawberry Fields Forever has an ending I like. The fake fade-out, then it comes back in with that... stuff (I don't know what was used to make those sounds) and, of course, "cranberry sauce."

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I've got Blisters on my fingers.....  (Can't believe this is only on the Stereo version, and not the Mono) a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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20 June 2014
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@Funny Paper, what percentage of Beatles songs do you think have good endings vs poor/cheating endings?

How about Paul's Wings and solo careers?

Rough guesstimates would be fine.

I, for one, will now be paying closer attention to song endings.

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