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The supposed "SH" sounds in "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"
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24 February 2013
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This topic is, in a way, more about the annoying fact I often experience, where some Beatles fans describe some detail about a Beatles song, then I listen carefully to that song and I CAN'T HEAR IT!!!

Example:  From an old discussion in the Songs section (not in the Forum here) about "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" --

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Why did they sometimes say "sh" instead of a clean "s" sound? Was it just more rock and roll or was it just joking around?

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Joe Friday 7 May 2010
Good question. I think they were trying to establish a little motif or gimmick or their own, perhaps similarly to Buddy Holly's trademark vocal hiccups. They abandoned it pretty quickly though - I don't think it occurs after 1963.

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Deadman Saturday 8 May 2010

Saying "sh" instead of "s" avoids excessive sibilance, particularly when using a close microphone. These days, of course. you can just turn on a "de-esser" effect.

'As I listened to the playbacks of "Misery" that afternoon, I was also struck by the way John and Paul sang the word "send" as "shend".... Changing an "s" to an [sic] "sh" was an affectation on some American records...

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I just listened to the song twice.  I can't hear any "SH" sounds.  A couple of times, there is a very subtle pronunciation of the S that borders, perhaps, on an SH sound, but nothing clearly so.  And most of the time -- THEY ARE UNMISTAKABLY SINGING THE S SOUND!!!  Or am I in the freaking Twilight Zone?paul-mccartney

Sorry for twisting and shouting, but man, this annoys me!

 

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In "I Want To Hold Your Hand" the SH sound is added to the word "understand" as in "I think you'll undershtand"  - I remember reading either Paul or John saying they did it on purpose in a few songs (Misery being the most obvious) because they sought it sounded cool and different. My friends and I picked up on it right away and always laughed when we'd sing those spots.

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An example of extreme sibillation is how John Lennon sharply enunciates the esses in "666" in his song "Nutopia" (from the Mind Games album):

 

We understand your paranoia

but we don't wanna play your game

You think you're cool and know what you are doing

SIX SIX SIX is your name...

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Incidentally, it's interesting if not ironic that in the German version of the song (Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand), the line translating the "understand" part has the German approximate Verstand --

Du nimmst mir den Verstand

-- and with Verstand, to be accurate, you really DO want to emphasize the SH sound!

 

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I believe that "I'll Get You" has a few of those mistakes. They're much more common in the '63 and early '64 songs.

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In I Want To Hold Your Hand, around 1:20, you can hear them sing "when I shay that somethings". 

Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble.
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