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A day in the life - Paul or John?
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4 August 2012
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Long John Silver said
To me it sounds like John, there, since everyone on this board have their post in this topic xD. I don't really see how this can be Paul.

Perhaps I can give my opinion as well a-hard-days-night-paul-10 I din't even know a thread like this existed, it's crazy

I didn't have a preconceived opinion upon hearing A Day In The Life for the first time-I just knew the middle part was Paul's and rest of the verses John's. It would be quite natural to think that Paul would continue singing from "somebody spoke and I went into a dream...", right? But I immediately thought, "ahh, it's John now. I guess he has implied that the sleepy morning person has entered a dream or another universe now"

And when I listened to the isolated track version, I thought that in the beginning it does sound like Paul, perhaps because of the "chest" thing that Paulsbass has mentioned so often in this thread, but after that, John's voice took over. Now, I don't have much theoretical knowledge about recording songs, but could it be possible that John and Paul shared the shame mic for that part, Paul coming stronger in the beginning and then John taking the lead? Even if Paul was meant to be the lead, it doesn't matter if in the end John was the one whose voice was more prominent

However, in the multitrack isolated version it sounds like John all the way through, with Paul singing in the background. How do I know it? His backing vocals sound like forced falsetto, the kind of sound you would expect from a man who normally has a deep voice. ahdn_paul_02I do know that Paul is supposed to be a tenor, but I think he we all agree that Paul's is the deepest tenor voice there can be! So, when John does falsetto parts it comes very naturally from him, it's hard to notice when he switches his register, but for Paul the change is always very audible. For example, in Helter Skelter, his shrill "Look out! Helter Skelter!" is distinctively different from rest of the shouting. Another example is Hey Jude, when he sings the higher notes( ("NanaNAAna"), it sounds extremely forced. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, I'm just making an observation about his singing style. I also think his backing vocals on A Day In The Life sounds very similar to the way he sings in My Love.

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I just can't hear Paul, maybe as the one who uploaded states that "John main with Paul on background" but that's it.

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For years and years and years, I was convinced it was John.... and then one day I was listening to it in headphones and thought "holy smokes, that's Paul's voice!  I've been wrong all these years"..... now I'm just not sure.  The voice is so drenched in echo that it gives it a Lennon quality..... but I do hear McCartney when it reaches for the upper notes in the middle... so who knows?  Does it really matter?  This is a helluva great song and one of the best true Lennon/McCartney collaborations in the entire Beatles' catalogue.   Why quibble over this?  ("Because it's fun.. and besides I'm right," cry most of those who have responded in this thread.)

 

When I see anyone type "without a doubt, it's  ______", I just chuckle and think to myself  "are you kidding?  The answer to this question will never be without a doubt!"  It's like the debate over who warbles "She Loves You Yeah Yeah Yeah" at the end of "All You Need Is Love" -- I say it's John, and the video shows him singing at least the end part of it...... but a good friend of mine is convinced Paul actually started it off and John finished it.   (Here I go starting another argument!)

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This must be the thread from hell (sorry, PaulsBass...) because it has made me begin to question my Beatles allegiance--and I'm sure there are plenty of other die-hard fans out there who feel as if theirs has been equally tested. I had always been so certain that it was John singing the "aaaah" part on "A Day In The Life"; but after finding this topic and reading everyone's opinions, I'm beginning to doubt my senses. Curse this devilish thread! paul-mccartney

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