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"And Your Bird Can Sing" and Frank Sinatra???
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22 July 2013
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-is this a BS rumor? I feel like the song makes plenty sense if directed at Sinatra (but its certainly not clear) and could even explain the giggle track to a degree. 

I can also imagine John not wanting to admit sneaking in a Sinatra-bashing song onto Revolver in his later years when he had calmed down considerably and called the song a "horror" to avoid talking about it.


Either way its one of my favorites (DAT BASS man)a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

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22 July 2013
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I remember a post like this, talking about 'Ol Blue Eyes' bird, nevertheless that Anthology version of And Your Bird Can Sing is epic. Who could play those bass lines while laughing? Then again, it's Paul.

22 July 2013
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this might be my favorite song, at least in the last few months.

my interpretation of the song is that john is saying that people have riches and things but are not truly fulfilled or understand life.

"you tell me that you've heard every sound there is, And Your Bird Can Sing but you don't get me..."

"when your bird is broken will it bring you down? you may be awoken. i'll be round ill be round..."

when your life isn't satisfying you anymore will you start to truly look for happiness?

22 July 2013
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The bass playing is fun to listen to, though it seems Paul makes a few mistakes here and there.  I think if Paul had a chance to re-record the song as obsessively as he did with later songs -- example the White Album, where just to pick one example, he re-recorded "I Will" 67 times!!! before he felt he got it right -- Paul would have ironed out the kinks and perfected it.

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22 July 2013
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Gerell said

I remember a post like this, talking about 'Ol Blue Eyes' bird, nevertheless that Anthology version of And Your Bird Can Sing is epic. Who could play those bass lines while laughing? Then again, it's Paul.

Well, his bass and vocals (& giggles) wouldn't have been recorded at the same time, so it's not certain that even Paul could've managed that laughing-while-playing feat!

As for the Sinatra rumour, I really don't believe it at all; I think it's just the product of Jonathan Gould's overactive imagination. If he had a credible source to back this up, he didn't mention it in his book "Can't Buy Me Love". And without that source, we only have John's word; and the only thing he said about the song was "another horror". And I don't buy the argument that he refused to admit the song was about Sinatra because he'd "calmed down considerably". "Sexy Sadie" and "How Do You Sleep??" were both character assassinations written while he was very angry with their subjects. And years later, when his anger faded, he downplayed the anger in the songs and claimed that he was partly joking; but he did not deny that the songs were about the Maharishi and Paul McCartney, respectively. So I don't see why he would be coy and give Sinatra special consideration, rather than just saying "Oh that was just a stupid song, it was for Frank Sinatra - just a joke, really."

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