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A day in the life - Paul or John?
4 August 2012
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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.

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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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4 August 2012
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I really don't know who it is. I always thought it was Paul, but sometimes I do hear John.

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4 August 2012
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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.

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4 August 2012
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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.

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4 August 2012
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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
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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.

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4 August 2012
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Joe said
If I ever meet/interview Paul this will absolutely be top of my list of questions.

Haha same here :) .

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5 August 2012
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Joe said
Every time I see this thread resurrected my heart sinks a little.

 

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6 August 2012
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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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6 August 2012
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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%.

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6 August 2012
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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. 

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6 August 2012
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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

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6 August 2012
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Yep, I'm in the "they take turns singing" camp too (prob'ly already said so 7 times in this thread)

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6 August 2012
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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.

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6 August 2012
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Yeah I agree at first it sounds more like john and then more like paul (and so on)

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6 August 2012
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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
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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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7 August 2012
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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.

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8 August 2012
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It's one voice all the way - the echo may trick you, but it's one voice. The vocal track shows it.
And, it can't be them both, for one single reason. It's one voice!!

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