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Lady Madonna - Instrument or voice?
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13 June 2013
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Glass Onion
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Well, in the song Lady Madonna, there's that part at 1:02, where there's a funny sound like "pohpopohpopohpoh-popohpopopoh". Then, I wanna know: that sound is an instrument played by a guest musician or John, Paul and George making funny vocals?

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14 June 2013
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Glass Onion said
Well, in the song Lady Madonna, there's that part at 1:02, where there's a funny sound like "pohpopohpopohpoh-popohpopopoh". Then, I wanna know: that sound is an instrument played by a guest musician or John, Paul and George making funny vocals?

I was never mystified by that part -- I always assumed it was a few voices (John, Paul and George most likely).  I just had a re-listen:  it sounds more like "buh buh buh buhhhh" etc. -- kind of like mock chicken clucking at a falsetto pitch.

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15 June 2013
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Yeah, it's reminiscent of a kazoo -- and someone mentioned "mouth trumpet", which reminds me of that damned "mouth saxophone" Paul did which I still want to know how he did it. 

Paul's mouth sax on "You're Sixteen" (from the Ringo solo album) is much less "human" sounding (even less chicken sounding!) than the Lady Madonna part, and I can't believe he didn't use some kind of thing on his mouth, like even cellophane or something.  Or is that noise coming out of his nose and not his mouth, per se...?

 

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17 June 2013
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Paul performed Lady Madonna on The Colbert Report the other day, and that part was just their vocals.  

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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