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A day in the life - Paul or John?
4 February 2013
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The question as I asked it:

"There are lots of arguments on websites over whether you or John sang the main 'Aaahhhs' on A Day In The Life. Could you help?"

Is that right?

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4 February 2013
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Joe said
Anyone fancy doing a deed for the good of humanity? Go here and ask Paul McCartney who sang the Aaahs in A Day In The Life. Then I can close this wretched thread. Thanks!

http://www.paulmccartney.com/f…..-questions

Done.ahdn_paul_02

 

 

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4 February 2013
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P.S.:

When you sign up for that Paul website in order to ask that question, your computer starts playing Paul doing covers of his own songs -- and even when you close the page and go to some other website, the music keeps playing!

 

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4 February 2013
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Funny Paper said
P.S.:

When you sign up for that Paul website in order to ask that question, your computer starts playing Paul doing covers of his own songs -- and even when you close the page and go to some other website, the music keeps playing!

 

 

That has happened with me, too, but on other websites, like YouTube and other websites with sound. Maybe it's a glitch?

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4 February 2013
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while we are not sure who sang the "ahh's" I do know that Paul has claimed to writing 53% of the "ahh's" lyric.

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4 February 2013
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Did Paul say 53%, it is a very exact number? And if so how do you know youve written 53% of a song?

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5 February 2013
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just 53% of the ahhs

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5 February 2013
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The melody or the word itself?

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5 February 2013
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Seems a very strange claim, where did you read it? Sorry for all the questions its just a strange claim to make from Paul.

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5 February 2013
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gosh, I'm sorry, I've been joking this whole time. How do you write 53% of an ahh? Guess I missed the humor bulls eye – sorry.

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5 February 2013
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Don't worry, I laughed a little- my "The melody or the word itself?" question was a bit of a joke as well. Not completely, but whatever. And now I'm imagining John saying "Aa-" and then Paul finishing with "-ahh," like they made up the word. It's funny in my brain, even if it's not in others'.

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5 February 2013
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exactly. In fact I believe Paul wanted the writing credit to go like this Lenney/McCartnon

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5 February 2013
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I tried to make up one for George & Ringo and failed. And then I failed at John & George. And Paul & Ringo. And Ringo & John.

Paul & George: McCartnon/Harrisey

Is that the only one that works besides Lenney/McCartnon?

 

 

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5 February 2013
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Egroeg Evoli said

Funny Paper said
P.S.:

When you sign up for that Paul website in order to ask that question, your computer starts playing Paul doing covers of his own songs -- and even when you close the page and go to some other website, the music keeps playing!

 

 

That has happened with me, too, but on other websites, like YouTube and other websites with sound. Maybe it's a glitch?

Actually, I realized what was going on (at least in this case): that Paul website automatically opened up a separate window playing that music, and I didn't see there was a separate window behind the window I was in, so when I closed the Paul website tab, I hadn't also closed that separate window (which they called a "SoundCloud").

We'll see if Paul answers my question -- though I won't be holding my breath…  Even if the assistant's assistant of the assistant to his assistant's assistant ever gets around to reading my question, he'll have to then bring it to the attention of the secretary's secretary to the secretary's secretary of Paul's outer people at the periphery of his Inner Circle…

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5 February 2013
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Oh man this is almost certainly Paul. The reason for the confusion is we hardly ever hear Paul at this range. Check out the inflections towards the end of the first E note, that almost jazzy waver he does that's virtually signature to his vocal style. It even sounds artificially stretched as the vocal fades and the horns cadence. Also the hard edge we hear in John's voice is totally absent. This is Paul; trust me folks--I'm good at this.

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5 February 2013
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Jolm VV Lemon said
Oh man this is almost certainly Paul. The reason for the confusion is we hardly ever hear Paul at this range. Check out the inflections towards the end of the first E note, that almost jazzy waver he does that's virtually signature to his vocal style. It even sounds artificially stretched as the vocal fades and the horns cadence. Also the hard edge we hear in John's voice is totally absent. This is Paul; trust me folks--I'm good at this.

Oh, please, don't go there… Have you read this thread? Arguing it's definitely Paul is not the best way to say hello! This question has had more heated debate than any other on the forum.

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5 February 2013
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Joe said
Anyone fancy doing a deed for the good of humanity? Go here and ask Paul McCartney who sang the Aaahs in A Day In The Life. Then I can close this wretched thread. Thanks!

http://www.paulmccartney.com/f…..-questions

 

Something tells me even if he answered, it still wouldn't be resolved, lol.

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5 February 2013
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I hate to add another consideration (especially if it was brought up by someone before) -- but the timing from the moment Paul sings "went into a dream" to the first "ahhh" is so quick it's unlikely that, if it was Paul, it was not tracked over.  Of course, the Beatles tracked over stuff a lot, so that by itself is not a reason to decide it's not Paul.  However, at that particular juncture in the song, we are officially transitioning from Paul back to John -- both in song structure and in mood -- so it would make more sense for John to take the baton back, so to speak; and he could do it effortlessly and live, without having to track over.

Secondly, if it is Paul, it's Paul trying to sound like John, both in tonality and in terms of the mood of John's parts of the song -- unlike the entire tone of his (Paul's) chipper & bouncy little interlude there Why not just have John do it?

The demurrers of the Paulinists in this debate thus logically seem to have only one seemingly plausible rationale for their position: the claim that it was physically impossible for John to sing those ahhhhs -- the same claim that was the crux of the "woo woo" debate vis-a-vis George vs. Paul in "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

 

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5 February 2013
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OK, I have nothing new to add to the debate, except that I find your term "Paulinists" pretty funny! (As opposed to Lennonists or Starkeyites, I presume)

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8 February 2013
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mja6758 said 

Jolm VV Lemon said 
Oh man this is almost certainly Paul. The reason for the confusion is we hardly ever hear Paul at this range. Check out the inflections towards the end of the first E note, that almost jazzy waver he does that's virtually signature to his vocal style. It even sounds artificially stretched as the vocal fades and the horns cadence. Also the hard edge we hear in John's voice is totally absent. This is Paul; trust me folks--I'm good at this.

Oh, please, don't go there… Have you read this thread? Arguing it's definitely Paul is not the best way to say hello! This question has had more heated debate than any other on the forum.

Lol, I'm not worried about all that, I'm just saying it sounds borderline obvious (and not to insult anyone's analytic ear) that it's Paul. Even in the full mix it sounds like him, but even more so in the vocals-only track. You can even hear John's signature vocal texture in some of the BACKGROUND vocal play on that track. We expect it to sound like John (I always assumed it was!), so it will and does to most, understandably. I'd even go so far as it sounds like Paul is IMITATING John's sound, and very well (which would fit what we know about Paul, if you think about it).

The Emerick quote… convincing, sure. But as we know, history gets edited for various reasons: pride, human error, conspiracy (hey, it happens), etc. What if Geoff Emerick had a heated, perhaps extended, argument on the very subject with someone and thus had his pride entangled? Does that sound familiar? Is that at all unlikely considering his work? For all we know (and does this sound entirely unlike Paul?) the part actually was originally John, but Paul could have gone back and re-done it himself for whatever reason--perhaps solely to baffle fans half a century on, lol. Not that it's likely but my point is that there are always possibilities. However: The recording is a primary source; music by the Beatles directly into our ears and minds--and to my extremely analytical ear this sounds unmistakably like Paul McCartney. I would wager a hell of a lot on it. As a matter of fact, if Paul went on record today that John Lennon had sung the vocal interlude from "A Day In The Life" I would not believe him. Sounds crazy but he's human too, albeit a very talented one. I read an interview with him not long ago in which he commented on the fallibility of history, noting that in viewing the first few minutes of a Beatles documentary he was able to count several errors, right off the bat. The recordings, however, do not lie.

By the way I found this thread doing a Google search on the subject, haha. It's a high hit. There's actually a video on YouTube which claims that Paul sang the entire thing which threw me for a loop. Hence the search.

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