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17 May 2011
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PorcineDrone
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Hi. First time long time.

 

My favorite Beatles song is ""The Word"

 

1. The lyrics are wonderful. "Give the word a chance to say that the word is just a way." I think that's a fascinating, elegant summation of the more genuine aspirations of the entire love generation before it became co-opted. And make no mistake, aside from the Beatles' legacy, the love generation suffered a lopsided defeat at the hands of the "man".

2. The arrangement. Wikipedia mentions that the song is in Dm, but it's not really clear if the song is in minor or major keys, since the rhythm guitar (I refer to the guitar stabs on beat 2 and 3+) plays D7#9, which includes both major and minor! The main vocal line implies minor but the arrangement is traditional 12 bar blues, and as you know, you can sing a blues melody in major and minor within the same measure if you please. Another contributing factor is the fact that McCartney's piano part is a major triad, and not minor at all. So minor melody, major piano, both in the guitar stabs. The song is in both.

3. The groove. It's a kind of funk. It's danceable. It can be soul, funk, pop, peace and love, anything you like.I love the drum sounds on Rubber Soul, and the bass guitar cuts anything recorded in the rock idiom before it, and for years to come.  And when you look back on their contemporaries (even some of the black ones), what other act could so effortlessly create something like this?  Of course, Lennon and McCartney confessed to being high when they wrote this, so there's that. But John Denver also smoked an awful lot of grass, and...

4. The vocals. Two of the greatest singers in popular music history. At 1:47 there's a slight lilt in McCartney's upper harmony (one of the two tracks) that makes it even more reminiscent of the divergence to come from pop to soul-pop made popular by certain Motown acts.  By the final chorus, the harmonies commit to minor, but that clashes with the piano part. Ok, not to delve too deeply, but listen to the way the high harmony on the phrase "chance to say" descends to the 6th instead of the flat 7th (or flat 6th). That implies a major scale when coming from the tonic to the 5th. Listen to all that dissonance! I love it. The first time I heard it, even then it reached down and touched my inner rhythm like nothing I had ever heard. It still moves me. It really does. Lennon sings with such conviction and soul that it's hard not to want to come along.

I didn't mention the amazing guitar sound, the way they cut off the end of every phrase in the chorus to add to the...I don't even know the word (so to speak) to use aside from just "funky".

 

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17 May 2011
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mithveaen
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Welcome! I'm Mith from Mexico. Why don't you introduce yourself in the introduction thread?

 

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Speaking of the Word, I love that song. A friend of mine insists that a Dora The Explorer song is based on this one, but I'm not sure which song he talks about.

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
17 May 2011
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MeanMrsMustard
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This song is one of the most danceable songs ever. 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

18 May 2011
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GniknuS
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I always start Rubber Soul at Think for Yourself because I can't wait for that bass line. Maybe this song and Come Together were responsible for my eventual love of funk, who knows?
But really fantastic group effort, it's hard to tell if I like Paul or Ringo more on this track. Ringo keeps the song driving at full speed, but Paul still keeps it cool. I also love Paul's out of control harmony towards the end.
Another fantastic '65 output for John that tends to get overlooked, but I always ask the question "who doesn't like this song?" after hearing it.

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18 May 2011
1.58am
mr. Sun king coming together
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Me. I don't like the song that much. Lennon's voice and the lyrics are really soft. Paul's bass is great, but it isn't even in RS's top 10.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
18 May 2011
2.03am
GniknuS
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I have a feeling you'll come around. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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18 May 2011
2.13am
PennyLane
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I'm not crazy about the song either. I really do like the harmonies on the chorus... that's about it.

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Well we all shine on like the moon, the stars, and the sun.
18 May 2011
2.21am
GniknuS
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You guys should take paulsbass's suggestion and listen to it very loudly in headphones.

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18 May 2011
11.09am
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I could not agree more. Is there any other way to listen to it?

To me, Think For Yourself and The Word back-to-back is the highlight of Rubber Soul. There may be better individual songs on the album, but those 2 together are fantastic.

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18 May 2011
11.35am
McLennonSon
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It's the wooooooord heart...

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19 May 2011
11.39pm
mr. Sun king coming together
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Really, I just don't like the line "It's so fine, it's sunshine." It sounds better in headphones, but I certainly don't know what I was saying earlier. It is in my top 5 for RS, hell even my 1965 top 5.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
20 May 2011
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

Really, I just don't like the line "It's so fine, it's sunshine." It sounds better in headphones, but I certainly don't know what I was saying earlier. It is in my top 5 for RS, hell even my 1965 top 5.

I love that line. That is literally all I like in the song.

But this song is not in my top 5 for RS. It's like in my least favorite 5. Like 11 or 12th place.

Well we all shine on like the moon, the stars, and the sun.
21 May 2011
9.31am
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I'm still curious as to why you guys don't like this one...is the message too cheesy? There's just such an insanely good vibe to this song, I think we'll convert you eventually. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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21 May 2011
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Gnik, I seriously wonder what made me post that I didn't like the song. I actually love it. I seriously don't get why I posted I didn't. But, I dislike the "It's so fine, it's sunshine" line.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
21 May 2011
7.17pm
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I agree, the lyrics aren't fantastic especially that line.

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23 May 2011
12.31am
MeanMrsMustard
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GniknuS said:

I think we'll convert you eventually. 

We'll get you, we'll get you in the end...

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

23 May 2011
12.33am
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Well, you got me all right.

(MMM, how the hell are you?)

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
23 May 2011
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*in a way that indicates I've been dying to post this*

I'm OK. 

...

YESTERDAY WE GOT Abbey Road ON VINYL! 

*fangirl scream*

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

23 May 2011
12.38am
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MeanMrsMustard said:

*in a way that indicates I've been dying to post this*

I'm OK. 

...

YESTERDAY WE GOT Abbey Road ON VINYL! 

*fangirl scream*

That's great. Have you given it a spin yet? Also, you did check to make sure it is good to go (no scratches or anything), right? (Did you get the PM?).

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
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