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4 August 2014
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First post after introductions!  Ever since I heard John sing 'sugarplum fairy' repeatedly at the start of A Day In The Life on the Anthology I've wondered about this.  What do you all think?  When you read about it, they always say he is using it to count himself in but I think he does it because it's on his mind for another reason. 

A few years ago when I first tried that out that song on the guitar I always used to struggle with the strumming pattern of the 5 big C chords (where the piano comes in).  But I suddenly realized after hearing Anthology that if you sing su-gar-plum-fairy it kind of does it for you.

All you gotta do is say my name! 

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Yeah i dont think it was anything more than John having some fun, as he was prone to do with count-in's. I think its on a take of 'Yes It Is' when he counts in "one, two, three, bread".

Running thru the 'Yes It Is' takes reveals it to be take 5 (57 seconds into the clip below).

How on earth you're meant to concentrate when someone says bread during a count-in i dont know.

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I agree it's John just having a bit of fun. In this case, I think it's a bit sweet since A Day In The Life is such a pretty song but very sad, so John gave it a childlike title to take off the edge. He was about having a bit of fun on his records. Songs like Cry Baby Cry are wonderful, and also the backing vocals of 'tit tit tit tit' during Girl also shows some of his cheekyness. a-hard-days-night-john-1

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