A day in the life - Paul or John? | Page 8 | Fab Forum

Please consider registering
Guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —






— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
A day in the life - Paul or John?
This topic is locked No permission to create posts
4 August 2012
3.21pm
Avatar
minime
Carnegie Hall
Forum Posts: 515
Member Since:
16 February 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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.

4 August 2012
3.30pm
Avatar
mr. Sun king coming together
Nowhere Land
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 6980
Member Since:
19 September 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
141sp_Permalink sp_Print

I haven't the slightest idea, and anyone who knows for certain one way or another is wrong. Seeing as how none of Paul/Ringo/George/John/George M have answered this question, I say it's still up for (respectful) debate. Sometimes I hear John, sometimes I hear Paul. But don't let me spoil the fun.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

4 August 2012
5.32pm
Avatar
Long John Silver
Paris Olympia
Forum Posts: 366
Member Since:
9 May 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
142sp_Permalink sp_Print

 

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

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
4 August 2012
5.49pm
Avatar
Little Piggy Dragonguy
Nowhere Land
Candlestick Park
Forum Posts: 2366
Member Since:
5 November 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
143sp_Permalink sp_Print

I really don't know who it is. I always thought it was Paul, but sometimes I do hear John.

All living things must abide by the laws of the shape they inhabit
4 August 2012
7.59pm
Avatar
Joe
Pepperland
Admin
Forum Posts: 4474
Member Since:
31 March 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
144sp_Permalink sp_Print

Every time I see this thread resurrected my heart sinks a little. If I ever meet/interview Paul this will absolutely be top of my list of questions.

Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes

4 August 2012
10.31pm
Avatar
meanmistermustard
Moderator



Forum Posts: 18433
Member Since:
1 May 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

The next time Paul does one of those live internet things where he answers peoples questions someone should go on and ask him who does the ahhh's on ADITL stating that its causing wars on fan forums.

Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
4 August 2012
10.53pm
Avatar
StrawberryFields
The Indra
Forum Posts: 36
Member Since:
24 November 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
146sp_Permalink sp_Print

meanmistermustard said
The next time Paul does one of those live internet things where he answers peoples questions someone should go on and ask him who does the ahhh's on ADITL stating that its causing wars on fan forums.

That would be really great. a-hard-days-night-paul-8 Just imagine this possible answers:

A) I can't remember. I must have been taken something weird ...

B) Let me think ... maybe Ringo?

C) You guys are geeks.

D) That must have been John. Or was it me? a-hard-days-night-ringo-14Arrrggg!

4 August 2012
10.58pm
Avatar
meanmistermustard
Moderator



Forum Posts: 18433
Member Since:
1 May 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
147sp_Permalink sp_Print

StrawberryFields said

meanmistermustard said
The next time Paul does one of those live internet things where he answers peoples questions someone should go on and ask him who does the ahhh's on ADITL stating that its causing wars on fan forums.

That would be really great. a-hard-days-night-paul-8 Just imagine this possible answers:

A) I can't remember. I must have been taken something weird ...

B) Let me think ... maybe Ringo?

C) You guys are geeks.

D) That must have been John. Or was it me? a-hard-days-night-ringo-14Arrrggg!

Include that youtube clip to refresh his memory. And a note saying no silly answers and the suggestion of letting us hear the recording process - just for clarity nothing more.

Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
4 August 2012
11.01pm
Avatar
Long John Silver
Paris Olympia
Forum Posts: 366
Member Since:
9 May 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Joe said
If I ever meet/interview Paul this will absolutely be top of my list of questions.

Haha same here :) .

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
5 August 2012
3.23am
Avatar
mithveaen
Sitarday's room
Rishikesh
Forum Posts: 4630
Member Since:
1 May 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
149sp_Permalink sp_Print

Joe said
Every time I see this thread resurrected my heart sinks a little.

 

Aw. apple01apple01apple01apple01

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
6 August 2012
9.18am
Avatar
IMDeWalrus
Terrace BC Canada
Abbey Road
Forum Posts: 97
Member Since:
26 July 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
150sp_Permalink sp_Print

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!)

I've got nothing to say, but it's okay.. GOOD MORNING! GOOD MORNING!! GOOD MORNING!!!
6 August 2012
10.56am
Avatar
I Me Mine
Under the sea, in a Yellow Submarine
London Palladium
Forum Posts: 175
Member Since:
15 June 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
151sp_Permalink sp_Print

I always had the impression it's John. But I listened to it carefully and I can say that YES, it's Paul. I am CERTAIN 99,99%.

Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble.
6 August 2012
12.39pm
Ben Ramon
Carnegie Hall
Forum Posts: 619
Member Since:
26 March 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
152sp_Permalink sp_Print

IMDeWalrus said
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...

I'm exactly the same- more John-like at the beginning, more Paul-like towards the end. For that reason I'm convinced both of them sing it together, with Paul's voice brought out slightly more in the mix as it goes on because of his ease on the higher notes. Why else would there be such colossal debate? John fans want to hear John and Paul fans want to hear Paul, and they both hear who they want to because they are BOTH SINGING. 

SHUT UP - Paulie's talkin'
6 August 2012
2.48pm
Avatar
GeorgeTSimpson
Vienna, Austria
Paris Olympia
Forum Posts: 345
Member Since:
12 April 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
153sp_Permalink sp_Print

Good point ben. I think most people wh say it's john singing are more john fans and more people who say it's aul singing are more paul fans. This is at least true for me because I'm more paul fan. After reading your post I also think it's both singing

Once there was a way to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby
6 August 2012
8.29pm
Avatar
vonbontee
Inside an Apple Orchard in a Letterbox
Rishikesh
Forum Posts: 2808
Member Since:
1 December 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
154sp_Permalink sp_Print

Yep, I'm in the "they take turns singing" camp too (prob'ly already said so 7 times in this thread)

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

6 August 2012
9.10pm
Avatar
Zig
The Toppermost of the Poppermost
Moderator



Forum Posts: 8349
Member Since:
14 April 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
155sp_Permalink sp_Print

vonbontee said
Yep, I'm in the "they take turns singing" camp too (prob'ly already said so 7 times in this thread)

I am also in that camp - listened to it this weekend in surround sound. I forget which track was for which singer, but for the sake of argument (how apropos for this thread) let's say John's voice is on the left track.

John's vocals are in the left track. After Paul's "woke up..." part in the right track, the ahs start in that same track. They then fade the vocals to left, right, left; at which point John's vocal starts in the left track again. I really do believe it's a bit of both.

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth. Blessed is he whose fame does not outshine his truth. Every Little Thing you buy from Amazon or iTunes will help the Beatles Bible if you use these links: Amazon | iTunes
6 August 2012
10.30pm
Avatar
GeorgeTSimpson
Vienna, Austria
Paris Olympia
Forum Posts: 345
Member Since:
12 April 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
156sp_Permalink sp_Print

Yeah I agree at first it sounds more like john and then more like paul (and so on)

Once there was a way to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby
6 August 2012
10.43pm
Avatar
minime
Carnegie Hall
Forum Posts: 515
Member Since:
16 February 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

a-hard-days-night-john-6 Depending on which source I listen to it, it sounds more like Paul and at times more like John, the beginning, I mean. But this is making me insane, I don't know if I should trust my senses anymore after having so much presumptions. And anyway, like someone else said, I think Paul has the ability to imitate John's way of singing and John can imitate Paul, as well. It's so frickin hard to tell them apart at times

6 August 2012
10.59pm
Avatar
Dipsy
Turned left at Greenland
Royal Command Performance
Forum Posts: 240
Member Since:
14 February 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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

"I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know? I'm just one of those people."
7 August 2012
11.16am
Avatar
I Me Mine
Under the sea, in a Yellow Submarine
London Palladium
Forum Posts: 175
Member Since:
15 June 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
159sp_Permalink sp_Print

In the begining it's two aaahs because you can hear that they begin at a slightly different time. In my oppinion it's double-tracked Paul, not John and Paul though.

Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble.
This topic is locked No permission to create posts
Forum Timezone: America/Chicago

Most Users Ever Online: 597

Currently Online: georgiewood, Jolly Jimmy, The Hippie Chick, BeatleSnut
46 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

Starr Shine?: 11583

Silly Girl: 7670

parlance: 7095

mr. Sun king coming together: 6980

Mr. Kite: 6133

trcanberra: 5776

Ron Nasty: 5352

Necko: 4822

mithveaen: 4630

AppleScruffJunior: 3997

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 87

Members: 3491

Moderators: 4

Admins: 2

Forum Stats:

Groups: 3

Forums: 42

Topics: 3931

Posts: 218443

Newest Members:

jeff.maxfield, GoodDaySunshine, witchiemum, manteau, Billa

Moderators: Ahhh Girl: 11770, meanmistermustard: 18431, Zig: 8349, Joe: 4474

Administrators: Joe: 4474, Ellie: 3

Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today: None
Upcoming: U.C.Nothing