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Beatles song(s) that you love but others hate
24 April 2012
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Because I only found out "Run for your life" is universally hated when I started reading this forum… So, do you have any "weird" preferences that are either rejected (critically or commercially) by the general public or BeatleBiblers( or other fanatics a-hard-days-night-john-6)? I have quite a few of them;

 

Run for your life ( besides it being rather negative I don't get why people don't like it; it's awesome)

Mr Moonlight (John sings it over-dramatically but it makes me laugh so it's alright)

Revolution 9 (I like creepy things)

Maxwell Silver Hammer (happy song about a murderer, who would have though Paul could make something like that)

Only A Northern Song (It's quite obvious it was meant to be seen as a joke; it sounds like they just took whatever instrument and tried to play as off-sync as possible, it's not something I enjoy listening to too often but it's almost like a pre-punk song, I rather like its messiness)

 

I apologize if there is a thread with this subject already, at least I couldn't find one

 

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24 April 2012
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Run For Your Life – love Johns vocal, George's guitar and the lyrics, despite the feelings on show on this forum, especially how John ripped of the Elvis/Buddy Holly track 'Baby, Lets Play House'.

What Goes On – Ringo's solemn, sad vocal, the harmony vocals by Paul and John, and George's fabulous country guitar playing.

Long, Long, Long – seems to get some bad press at times, thats a favourite of mine; George's longing, passionate, vocal, Ringo's crashing drums, the spontaneous ending. 

Everybodys Trying To Be My Baby – The band's playing is fantastic, same goes for Honey Don't. They could really create a fabulous sound (further proof can be found on Live At The BBC on songs like Sure To Fall & I Just Dont Understand).

Maggie May - Perfect length and suits the Let It Be album to the ground.

 

I've never been a big fan of Its Only A Northern Song but i heard the isolated 5.1 mixes from the Yellow Submarine dvd and the chaos hidden in the background during the song has to be heard to be believed. Paul's terrible trumpet playing, incessant chatter from John(?) at times - there are all kinds of weird noises all thru that song. A real joyous experience.

All Together Now, another song from that same period, has this whistle going off at times, again buried deep in the mix. Makes you wonder what unexpected sounds and instruments are hidden deep in songs.

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24 April 2012
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I tend to love "Paul's Granny music" like When I'm 64, Honey Pie, Martha My Dear, etc.
I just think they're all so lovely and upbeat, idk. But I think those songs usually divide fans.

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26 April 2012
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I'm loving the love for "Run For Your Life" - thought I was the only one! I don't get hung up on the lyrics – musically, it could easily fit on one of their first 3 albums – very upbeat. 

All of the ones mentioned above are fantastic songs, in my opinion. However, I am biased – can't think of a song of theirs that I dislike.

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26 April 2012
5.53pm
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I had no idea people didn't like 'Run For Your Life' until I found this site! I always liked that song.

 

What You're Doing- One of my favorite songs but I never see it mentioned much. That awesome drum intro and infectious guitar line are a winner in my book. I was surprised it was on the 'Love' album so maybe more people like it than I think!

Only A Northern Song- I love the melody of this song.

Her Majesty-I think it's an awesome little song. I love singing with it but I understand why it annoys people.

Flying- I remember reading that people didn't care for this. I think it's an awesome instrumental that sets a great mood.

Hold Me Tight- Across The Universe introduced me to this song. I really enjoy it. The only thing that bugs me is that it feels like its missing a harmony or something but overall a really cool song!

Not A Second Time- Now I'm not sure if others hate this one or not but I thought I'd put it since I never hear it talked about. One of my favorites from that album!

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26 April 2012
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I liked "Not A Second Time" right from the get-go. Despite its position on Meet the Beatles (last), it stood out  by being the only "piano" song.

It came out at a time when it was simply overwhelmed by I Want To Hold Your Hand, She loves you, I Saw Her Standing There, All My Loving, etc….

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27 April 2012
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I've always loved "Run for your Life". An angry, jealous response to a cheating girlfriend. Imagined. So what? Great song nonetheless.a-hard-days-night-john-5

3 May 2012
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A few others:

 

1. Polythene Pam: I have always loved the energy and angry scouse of John Lennon in this song, along with great guitar work by George. Yah, Yah, Yah!

 

2. I want you (she's so heavy): one of my favourite songs off of my all-time favourite Album. As a kid, the three minutes (seemed like forever) of repeated guitar chords and the abrupt ending was very pleasing to me. 

3 May 2012
6.39pm
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I could never say that I hate a Beatles song but I've never been that keen on ''Mr Moonlight'',I don't really know why though.

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4 May 2012
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I want you. Everybody hates that abrupt end, but it's very sweet to listen the beginning of Here Comes The Sun

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12 May 2012
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Hate is a strong word…but I have always liked "Don't Bother Me" while many others don't. I think it was a pretty good first effort for George and fit into the songs they were doing at the time. Sometimes I find myself kinda humming it…

13 May 2012
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Ohh, yeah, I agree, it's a great song, very moody. And the lyrics definitely stand out from beatles songs of that period, "I'll let you know when she's come home, until that day…" although I understand why fans at the time would not have liked it, considering their happy-go-lucky image. It's probably not very complicated musically, but well, since I don't understand those things that well it do(es)n't bother me

13 May 2012
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Mithveaen said, "I want you. Everybody hates that abrupt end, but it's very sweet to listen the beginning of Here Comes The Sun…"

 

I'm not sure I'd be so quick to say "everybody hates that abrupt end."

I think it's fabulous. If you listen to it in the dark or with eyes closed, that white noise and the repetitive riff put you in a hypnotic trance (well, nearly) and then suddenly NOTHING. Just great.

There IS no sweet song that follows and there was never meant to be any unless you get up from your chair and turn the record over.

What record? Well that's the problem. If you're listening on your iPod, well then yes, a second later you hear a new song; but that totally ruins the effect.

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13 May 2012
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The move from the abrubt cut of IWY (SSH) into the bright opening chords of HCTS really is a strange one. The transition from one to the other somehow works when it really shouldnt.

In some ways its very jarring due to how IWY (SSH) builds into a mass of white noise over the guitars playing the same riff over and over and over and over (which is one of the highlights of Abbey Road without a doubt). However at the same time its a relieve from the mass of white noise over the guitars playing the same riff over and over and over and over. You can breathe again.

IWY (SSH) is so different to any other beatles song and has to be played as loud as you can withstand to obtain the full satisfaction of the startling ending. Plus Pauls decending running bass line at 4:06 – 4:08 is delightful, a moment of sheer undiluted joy in a song that dumps all of John's longing and frustrations for Yoko all over you.

 

Its a trully remarkable track which gets overlooked by some because of the lyrics (which is insane)*. Tho it does have one of Johns best responses ever to those who did question the lyrics:

"When you're drowning, you don't say 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,' you just scream."
(*Probably the same people who moan about Yellow Submarine being too simplistic a song. )
"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
14 May 2012
4.26am
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I really like Only A Northern Song…. and Revolution 9(when I'm in that kind of mood)…. and Run For Your Life(when I'm in a killing kind of mood). When I'm Sixty-Four is one of my favourite Paul songs, and I don't get why everyone hates his vocals…. They are awesome in my opinion! I listen to Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby constantly along with What You're Doing. I'm not saying everyone hates those songs, but I just don't hear them mentioned much! Let's see, there's The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill, which some people don't like….. Does everyone like Flying? I love it SO much! 

14 May 2012
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I made this account just now so that I may express love for Don't Pass Me Bya-hard-days-night-ringo-10

 

It's a joy to listen to. Well, at least in mono. The stereo version is just a drag and makes me focus too much on the boring lyrics. Play it in mono and you'll have me singing along. 

 

I don't know if any of you in the UK have been watching The Matt Lucas Awards, but one of the categories was "Worst Beatles Song". Johnny Vegas nominated DPMB and poked fun at how it "Took Ringo 4 years to write it." However, it lost out to someone else's nomination, I Am The Walrus. Some people, eh? 

15 May 2012
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How can someone appoint " I Am The Walrus" as the worst Beatles song?? My mind just isn't capable of processing it, it's a masterpiece, brilliant, weird, sad, funny, perverted, I like the video, as well, very psychedelic. Ok, end of that rant.

I have always wondered why DBM is so hated, even by the Beatles. Ok, I actually kind of get it. But a lot of early Beatles songs are like that, is it because it's on White Album that makes it so bad? In comparison to the other great songs, that is. The lyrics are a bit, a lot, strange, and unfortunately they fuelled the PID thing ( you were in a car crash, and you lost your hair…) I also think Ringo doesn't sing it that well, I think it's not his type of song, even if he wrote it. But overall, it's not that bad, I like the progression, if that's the correct word, "don't make me blue, cause you know darling, I love only you" The rhymes sound a bit forced, so, know, go…

By the way, welcome to Beatles Bible, Jordyboothy

15 May 2012
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OT, I loved what George said in the video "Living in a Material World" about coming up with "Don't Bother Me". He was sick as we know, and he thought, "well, if Paul and John can write songs…then everybody must be able to." That cracked me up, lol.

15 May 2012
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Piggies. I love George's preaching.

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15 May 2012
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I used to adore DPMB but its lost some of its appeal, probably thru overplaying. Still think its a great song, the violin part is a gas. There is also a longer unedited version out there with the first verse repeated, when Ringo sings "i listen for your knock dear" for the second time there is the sound of an actual knock on a door. They actually overdubbed that on.

 

Maybe IATW is too weird for people to get, the lyrics arent sensible and not good English. Who knows.

 

Act Naturally deserves a mention. A perfect song for Ringo on the Help! album considering his role in Help!, Paul's harmony is great, the sticks really suit the song and i love George's guitar. Its a song thats currently growing on me.

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