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Song fragments that really grab you
19 September 2012
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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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Sometimes it's just a little thing in a song that keeps you coming back.

"I Should Have Known Better": the chord change in "oh" as in "And when I tell you that I love you, oh.…."

           (Honorable Mention to "and when I ask you to be mine,  a-a- ine" The DJs used to cut out the sound right at that point so you would just hear the crowd singing "a-a-ine")

 

"Being for the Benefit of MK": the 5-10 second little melody on the organ at the very, very end just before the flourish of calliope.

"Wait": – the harmonium at the end of the verses ("Wait [harmonium] 'til I come back to your side [harmonium]

           – Paul's pronunciation of "trust"

           – the ending of the song with the cymbals      "oh how      I've    been     aloooooone"

 

Anyone else have songs bits they really like?

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
19 September 2012
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In Martha My Dear, when Paul sings "Look what you've done". Love the sound of his voice there.

Here, There, and Everywhere. On the lines, "Each one believing that Love never dies, watching her eyes"…those harmonies? Sends shivers up my spine.

I also love the rawness in John's voice on the line, "I wonder, should I call you? But I know what you would do" in I'm So Tired.

That's all I have for you right now. I'll have more by tomorrow. ahdn_ringo_09

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19 September 2012
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In Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Paul laughs when he says "writing" in the 2nd? verse when the teacher sets him lines for acting out in class. And like FlyOn, I'll have more tomorrow too a-hard-days-night-george-9

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19 September 2012
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I love the part in "I've got a Feeling" in John's first verse, where he goes "Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh yeah". Gives me goosebumps everytime :D

19 September 2012
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Johns delivery of "thats a lie" in No Reply.

The change in Things We Said Today from "the Things We Said Today" to "me im just the lucky kind" especially second time around.

Pauls rain-like bass line in I Want You at 4:06.

How Paul sings "if there's anything i can do" and "like a heart thats oh so true" in From Me To You.

"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)
19 September 2012
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A Day In The Life -- John singing "oh boy" grabs me every time.  And, for some reason, the way his voice breaks a little on "film."

 

It's the little things, yes?

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19 September 2012
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Wow – there are so many grabbers when it comes to Beatles songs. One that I love is actually from George's "Hear Me Lord" from ATMP. At about 3:20 into the song there is a melancholy little riff that gets me every time.

People talk a lot about George's emotions coming through in his voice – his guitar truly weeps in that little riff!ahdn_george_05

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19 September 2012
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"I Want To Hold Your Hand", first bridge: "…I can't hide, I can't hide, I can't HIIIIIIIIIDE!!" Hear the wavering reverberations of the two voices singing that last "hiiiide", microtones apart, practically siren-like, and know that you are listening to the most joyous sound ever recorded!

Also: In "The Word", that wonderful bubbling little bass guitar fill Paul plays just before the turnaround in the 3rd chorus, at 1:15 if memory serves. Almost like an excited little voice adding a few words of its own!

Also: about 454 others.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
19 September 2012
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The afore mentioned bit in ' Here, There and Eveywhere' and also the guitar bit after ''I want her everywhere, and if she's beside me I know I will never care''.

The harmonies in 'She's Leaving Home' are stunning and the bit that I especially like is the ''bye, bye'' bit.

When in 'I'm So Tired' he says ''he was such a stupid git (get?)''. The way he sort of shouts it with an agressive tone, love that.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

19 September 2012
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I love Martha My Dear as a whole but a part of the song which always stuns me is the one where the guitar enters (i don't know the lyrics but a part of it is "that you and me, where meant to be")

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
19 September 2012
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I can't get enough of the harmonies in I'm Happy Just To Dance With You.

 

("Just to dance with you oooooh Is everything I need") a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-paul-5

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21 September 2012
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Got another one:

I love it how in Sun King it goes su-uuu-n king and the crickets at the start of the song, it just relaxes me completely.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

21 September 2012
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fabfouremily said
Got another one:

I love it how in Sun King it goes su-uuu-n king and the crickets at the start of the song, it just relaxes me completely.

A very big yes. Sun King has to be the most relaxingly gorgeous song they ever recorded. How each song in the medly flows into each other either so gently you are at total peace and in a state of karmic bliss or rocks your foot off. How amazing are the drum thumps that waken you to meet Mr Mustard or how Polythene Pam soars into the Bathroom Window!! What trully makes a medley work is how each track links to its partners and The Beatles, George Martin and the others involved totally got it down. Even the gap between Bathroom Window and Golden Slums works brilliantly as you can breath before being sucked in again.

"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)
21 September 2012
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The first that comes to mind is, "The End"

 

1) The groove 0:00:04-0:00:08, repeated at 0:00:15-0:00:19.

2) And the way it goes from a 4/4 rocker to a 3/4 lush closing.

I know you know what you know, but you should know by now that you're not me ~ Ron Nasty
22 September 2012
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I agree completely with that. I also love the emotion in John's voice in "Girl." It's gorgeous.

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22 September 2012
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Love Paul's little yawn in I'm Only Sleeping. ahdn_paul_01

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22 September 2012
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In solo songs: The middle eight of (just like) starting over (why don't we take us alone or something like that) and the middle eight in my brave face (ever since you went away)

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
23 September 2012
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It's not really a fragment, but I love the piano part in Back In The USSR.

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23 September 2012
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This is what makes "Help!" so good.

  • "I need somebody!"
  • George's backing vocals on the title track- "and now I find…"
  • "Now today I find, you will change your mind"
  • "Last night is the night…"
  • "it makes me wanna cry!"
  • "Hey! You've got to hide your love away!"
  • "Please come on back to me"
  • "But when you told me, you don't want my loving any more"
  • "Through thick and thin she will always be my friend."
  • "She's gonna change her mind"
  • "She would never be free…"
  • "My baby don't care…"
  • Paul's backing vocals in Act Naturally
  • The chorus of It's Only Love- lyrically clumsy, but the ascending vocal… "it's so hard, loving you…"
  • "If you leave me, I will follow you and bring you back where you belong…"
  • "Tell. Me. What. You. See!"
  • "Falling, yes I am falling, and she keeps calling…"
  • "I've been alone and I have missed"
  • "But other girls were never quite like this"
And I neeeeeeeeed her all the time
23 September 2012
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The talking in the intro to 'Taxman'.

The harmonies in 'You´re Gonna Lose That Girl'. Love 'em.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

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