14 October 2012
Here Today always gets me. "What about the night we cried? Because there wasn't any reason left to keep it all inside,"…and I genuinely think that Paul finds it an emotional song to perform. When he performs Yesterday, its like he's going through the motions, but with Here Today its very personal to him, and that makes you, as the audience, more in touch with it. And the end, "For you are here today…for you are in my song," sums up the message of most of Paul's music (Beatles and post-Beatles)- music will save us all.
Also, in The End, the descending notes between "is equal to the love," and "you make," make me cry a bit. Listening to The End is always a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.
I've been known to cry at Let It Be (especially, "And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree, there will be an answer, let it be,") and recently I've been tearing up in For No One. Just thinking about how disappointed he is, because he believed that the love would (and should) last years, but it hasn't and now he has to come to terms with that.
Sorry if that was all a bit angsty
"I don't think we were actually swimming, as it were, with shirts on, 'cos we always wear overcoats when we're swimming,"-
George Harrison, Australia, June 1964
14 April 2010
I still get choked up during the song "God", when he gets to the lines "I don't believe in Beatles" and "I was the Walrus, but now I'm John".
Until the day he died I was so sure they would get back together. My brain would not accept anything less.
To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.
24 August 2012
The reasons why some songs have made me cry is either because they remind me of a situation in my life or because the song is just beautiful.
"Hey Jude" comes to mind first. I remember watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics at my friend's house and beginning to tear up when Paul was singing it live. On a similar note, I completely lost it during the "Imagine" tribute at the closing ceremony. Lost it completely. "All You Need is Love" is another one, because it reminds me of situations in my life and the song applies so well to it.
"In My Life" has made me cry for similar reasons, and because I think it's absolutely gorgeous. I'm sure there are others, but I can't think of any more right off!
9 February 2012
20 January 2012
Like Zig, "God" gets me every time. I first heard it on a "free form" FM station when Plastic Ono Band was released, 15-yr-old me with his transistor radio and ear bud (yes, just the one, in my right ear) lying in bed very late that night. The DJ normally would play a new album straight through once a week in that time slot, but this one was billed as "songs from the new John Lennon album." In retrospect that probably had something to do with the station's FCC license as it related to certain words in "Working Class Hero," which didn't get played.
In any case, the DJ intoned, "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Mr. John Lennon." And played "God."
"I don't believe in Beatles" was about the last thing I expected to hear during the "don't believe" litany, and I had tears running down my face all during the "dream is over" sequence. I think that it wasn't until that moment that I really believed that the Beatles were over. And I did believe in Beatles, you know?
It's still a lump-in-my-throat song to this day.
1 May 2011
Here Today. Paul being totally open and forward in his love for John.
Johns passion and frankness in God. The crushing statement of not believing in Beatles (which would have been such a crushing blow to so many in 1970) to his deeply emotional statement of the dream being over, now just being John and that people have no option but to move on (the word 'have' is incredibly powerful in that statement, no room for debate or maneuverability).
Hey Jude. The masses all joined together for 4 minutes, united in their singing "nah nah nah nah". That song for me shows how powerful music can be in removing barriers between people. When sang live its quite amazing to see and hear folks from all walks of life singing with no thought of race, belief, or anything. Check out the video below – 13,500 people singing along.
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