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A day in the life - Paul or John?
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26 September 2013
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Always thought it was John singing "ahhS", however by listening careful here 

 at time 3:02, there is a second or two, where Paul´s tone/pitch seems to me quite clear. Any opinions would be highly appreciated. Cheers!

26 September 2013
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Every time I listen to A Day In The Life now I pay special attention to this bit. I'd always thought it was John, then after reading this thread I began to hear Paul. Now I'm back to the opinion that it's John.  

27 September 2013
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I mentioned this before: the intro to "Lovely Rita" has a very similar sounding "ahh" -- which I had also always assumed was John (oh, maybe for the silly reason that it sounds like John).  The fact that the main vocals of the "Lovely Rita" song are by Paul never forced me to conclude -- "Oh no, since Paul is singing the rest of the song, John can't possibly chip in to sing "aaahs" at the beginning; NO...!" holds head to prevent head from exploding... "NO! That would be unTHINKABLE and physically imPOSSIBLE...!"

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27 September 2013
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Funny Paper said
Well, I listened very closely several times to the relevant portion of the a cappella version posted by Xi3 above.

A number of observations:

1) The "aahs" begin at 2:36 on the dot -- so close after Paul's last line "and I went into a dream" that if it were Paul, he'd have had to track over to do it well.

2) The "aahs" from 2:36 all the way to 2:55 to my ears sound very Johnish and I can't hear anything Paulish about them.

3) At 2:56 -- which marks the last of the aahs before it goes back to John's "I read the news today, oh boy" -- finally, at this specific point only, the "ahh" does at least have the HINT of a possibility of sounding Paulish.  That's all I can say about that.

4) Of interest: I never heard this before, but during the entire time that the "ahhs" are going on, there are other "oohs" and "ahhs" going on in the background in counterpoint melody and rhythm against the primary "ahhs", and also echoey sounding.  These other "oohs" and "ahhs" in the background do sound more Paulish, and they sound like more than one voice -- either Paul double-tracking, or Paul and John.

 P.S.:  Someone could write a whole book about this, and title it The "Aahhs" Have It (Or How I Wasted a Whole Day of My Life On This...).

Or 'A Day In The Life Wasted' referring to the person who wrote the book and whichever idiot bought and then read the damn thing and also has a drug inference.

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I couldn't help thinking of this thread when Paul sings the following in "Early Days":

"Everybody seems to have their own opinion, who did this and who did that ... they weren't where it was at".

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Oh, no. When I heard the ahhhs in Herman Hermit's "I'm Into Something Good" this morning on my way to work, my brain automatically said, "I wonder if the world knows which of them sang the ahhhs in that song?"

Did I get you to singing "On my way to work, I rode a big green bus...?" That song is addictive.

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