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7 June 2011
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I like it.

 

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7 June 2011
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The only thing I'll give it is the beginning. a-hard-days-night-george-10

 

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7 June 2011
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A like the whole thing, but the beggining is the waay best, A'd say!

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7 June 2011
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Clunkiness and all, I've always liked it too - especially teh way John's lead kinda swings back and forth between overblown seriousness and overblown parody until you're not sure which is which

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7 June 2011
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It`s a s***take. It has way too much c*** levelled at it. 

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8 June 2011
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StrawberryLakiesha said:

A like the whole thing, but the beggining is the waay best, A'd say!

Agree.

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8 June 2011
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Count me in as liking it.

I had to laugh at Von's response because I always sing along with an overblown parody of John's overblown seriousness.

It really is a fun song to sing. Oncoming traffic must get a laugh out of me when they see me playing air Hammond on the dashboard of my car.

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8 June 2011
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I'll be different here and say that I don't like it. To be honest it is probably my least favorite Beatle song out there. (I've grown more tolerant of Revolution 9 lately, so it's not at the bottom any more.)  I do think the beginning is pretty decent, but after that it quickly goes down hill. For me what I don't like is that the actual playing of the instruments, seems very lackluster, like they're hardly trying at all. And the vocals aren't John's best either or the harmonies. (Which there are very few of. It kind of seems like a song that would have more harmonies in it.) And at the beginning it seems like it will turn into a much different song. From John's belting out of Mr. Moonlight it sounds like it's be a bit more of a rocker, but it's not. So for me I can find a lot of reasons I don't find it a good song. But to each their own.

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9 June 2011
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When I went to see George Martin do a talk in London a year or so ago (check the history section - it was for a deafness charity), he took questions from the audience. I asked if there were any Beatles songs where he wished he'd done something different. His response was essentially "perish the thought", but I was really wondering if Leave My Kitten Alone would have been a better choice on BFS than Mr Moonlight. I definitely think it would have been.

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Joe said:

I was really wondering if Leave My Kitten Alone would have been a better choice on BFS than Mr Moonlight. I definitely think it would have been.

I really like Beatles For Sale (despite their reverting back to doing covers). And even though I like Mr. Moonlight, I have to agree the album would have been better with Leave My Kitten Alone.

*goes off to alter history...OK, just my iPod*

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9 June 2011
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I like all of it EXCEPT the beginning a-hard-days-night-ringo-7

10 June 2011
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I think the beginning really shows how well John can sing. It's a big stretch, and it may have hurt like hell afterword, but I think it was worth it. The song is better than the original in it's own way (well, most likely if it's more popular. I haven't heard the original). I like the song. I don't really like the fact that the album is mostly covers, but I still like the way they performed them.

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I think you can tell that I like it. If you're not a fan of the clunkiness, have a listen to the Star-Club version.

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1 July 2015
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I have a theory about Mr Moonlight

You came to me one summer night
And from your beam you made my dream
And from the world you sent my girl
And from above you sent us love
And now she is mine
I think you're fine
Cos we love you, Mr  Moonlight

This sounds like a love story, right? The narrator has gotten a date. 

But wait! 

Mr  Moonlight, come again please
Here I am on my knees
Begging if you please
And the night you don't come my way
I'll pray and pray more each day
Cos we love you, Mr  Moonlight

He wants Mr  Moonlight to come back. Now why would he want Mr  Moonlight to come back if he's already gotten a girl? I mean, how many girlfriends does one need? (No less than sixty-four if you're a Beatle on the road, 😉  but we'll say he's not a Beatle on the road.) 

So my theory is that Mr  Moonlight sent him not a girlfriend, but a child. (A fairly common practise to pray for a child, right? And why not to Mr  Moonlight?) And that would explain why he wishes Mr  Moonlight to come back-- he wants another child. 

 

Maybe I'm reading too much into it.... a-hard-days-night-george-9 

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1 July 2015
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Joe said:

I was really wondering if Leave My Kitten Alone would have been a better choice on BFS than Mr Moonlight. I definitely think it would have been.

I really like Beatles For Sale (despite their reverting back to doing covers). And even though I like Mr. Moonlight, I have to agree the album would have been better with Leave My Kitten Alone.

I like the song, the album and the idea that "Leave My Kitten Alone" might have made it a slightly better album, but just slightly! a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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@Silly Girl   Right, so the narrator's a pedophile. 

Another 'plus' for the song.

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1 July 2015
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Into the Sky with Diamonds nipped 
Silly Girl  Right, so the narrator's a pedophile. 

Another 'plus' for the song.

a-hard-days-night-ringo-12 

a-hard-days-night-ringo-13 I was just trying to make the song more fun to listen to. It's just a load of flushbunking rubbsquash anyway.  a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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Thanks to Silly Girl for the lyrics.  Interestingly, the original by Dr. Feelgood and the Interns has one word difference (in caps):

"And from the world you sent my girl
And from above you BROUGHT us love"

This is the first time I listened closely to this song (and never heard the original Feelgood version).  I'd say John's vocals are an overall improvement over Roy Lee Johnson, the songwriter, though I think Johnson's opening a cappella "Mister Moonlight" is better.  The Beatles achieve smoother harmonies (not to mention their instrumentation is superior).

On Silly Girl's theory, that's possible.  The two stanzas of the song do seem paradoxical, without some explanation.  Another theory is that the second stanza is implying that the happiness of the first stanza was somehow ruined (perhaps the girl left the boy, or they fell out of love, etc.).  But Silly Girl's theory seems more plausible -- Roy Lee Johnson essentially is beseeching "Mr. Moonlight" to give him a second girl for a threesome.  Maybe that's why the lyrics seem so ostensibly cryptic; that message may not have been very welcome in those days sung any more directly.  I don't think however that this is necessarily pedophiliac; there's no indication of the ages of any of the parties (the word "girl" was often used for any female well past age 18). 

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I think its a ridiculous idea to bring even a hint of pedophilia to the song. Its nothing of the sort. You might as well start proposing that 'Octopus's Garden' is about getting it on with octopuses or 'Ticket To Ride' about abortion. 

And how does bringing that angle to the song make it more fun to listen to?

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meanmistermustard said

And how does bringing that angle to the song make it more fun to listen to?

It could make it more interesting. Run For Your Life is about a guy who will kill his girl if she looks at another man.

 

I think that Mr. Moonlight helped him find a girl and he want's his friend Mr. Moonlight back.

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