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Unintentional / intentional mistakes in songs!
27 August 2012
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In 'Sun King', I´ve noticed that John only sings ''here come the sun king...''. I suppose it´s because it sounds better/it´s easier to sing but I think it sounds a bit strange, like he was cut off mid-sentence. Not exactly a mistake but I thought worth mentioning.

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28 August 2012
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About the cursing in Hey Jude, I'm pretty sure I can hear John yell, "Chord!" and Paul says, well you know. So...

31 August 2012
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I don't know if you'd call it a mistake or not, but there's a little flutter on the lead guitar in the fade-out of "Paperback Writer" that's one of my favourite parts of the whole song...

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1 September 2012
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Why does John (and Arthur Alexander) sing "Anna, go with him" when the song is called 'Anna (Go To Him)? I've only just noticed that.ahdn_george_08

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1 September 2012
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No idea. Is it the same with the original? Its 'with' in the bbc recordings so it wasnt a John thing. Actually singing it out 'with' sounds better than 'to'; a better flow, less jarring in the delivery.

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1 September 2012
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paulsbass said

On "It's only love" John sings the "bright" will a kind of mocking rolling r, and you can hear him laughing afterwards. (Maybe he felt embarrassed by his own simple lyrics?)

John hated the song which is why he laughed and sang it that way. Doesnt deserve such a doing in does IOL, i for one love it.

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2 September 2012
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In the song 'I'm Looking Through You', you can hear a tambourine drop.

During the last note of 'In My Life' you can hear George's guitar note buzz

In the song 'From Me To You' during the second verse, John and Paul say different words. One says 'SO' the other say's 'Just"

In the song 'Baby's In Black' during the last verse, you can hear John and Paul saying a different line. One say's 'She's Dressed In Black' while the other sings, 'He's Dressed In Black'

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2 September 2012
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It was meant to be "too foot tall" originally in You've Got To Hide Your Love Away but it got distorted (i think Paul misread Johns handwriting) and it became "too foot small".

 

At the end of Paperback Writer John comes in too early at the beginning of the fade out coda (you can hear it in the stereo mix but not the mono).

 

John and Paul sing the line "she said "listen babe ive got something to say"" differently to each other in Drive My Car.

 

At the beginning of the final chorus of Please Please Me (stereo mix) you can hear John chuckle on the first "come on" due to an error in the preceding verse (George Martin used a different take for that part in the mono).

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2 September 2012
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meanmistermustard said
It was meant to be "too foot tall" originally in You've Got To Hide Your Love Away but it got distorted (i think Paul misread Johns handwriting) and it became "too foot small".

 

At the end of Paperback Writer John comes in too early at the beginning of the fade out coda (you can hear it in the stereo mix but not the mono).

 

John and Paul sing the line "she said "listen babe ive got something to say"" differently to each other in Drive My Car.

 

At the beginning of the final chorus of Please Please Me (stereo mix) you can hear John chuckle on the first "come on" due to an error in the preceding verse (George Martin used a different take for that part in the mono).

How do you mean, differently?

 

Is it the same with the original? Its 'with' in the bbc recordings so it wasnt a John thing.


Yes, Arthur Alexander says 'with' too.

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2 September 2012
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Its difficult to explain but if you listen closely you'll hear John sing it unhindered whilst Paul goes a tad faster in the first half of the line, takes a mini-second break, then again delivers slightly faster catching up with John at the end to end it together.

Ok on listening to the isolated vocal have realised that you have to listen really closely as its difficult to hear if not knowing its there (doesnt help that Paul is more up in the mix then the harmony vocal) - kind of like the swearing in Hey Jude, when you know its there you always hear it (as has been discussed on this forum before).

 

The only reason i realised it was there was when reading an interview with George Martin who mentioned that he'd never noticed it until it was pointed out to him (i have no idea where to find that interview as it was years ago).

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2 September 2012
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meanmistermustard said

Its difficult to explain but if you listen closely you'll hear John sing it unhindered whilst Paul goes a tad faster in the first half of the line, takes a mini-second break, then again delivers slightly faster catching up with John at the end to end it together.

Ok on listening to the isolated vocal have realised that you have to listen really closely as its difficult to hear if not knowing its there (doesnt help that Paul is more up in the mix then the harmony vocal) - kind of like the swearing in Hey Jude, when you know its there you always hear it (as has been discussed on this forum before).

 

The only reason i realised it was there was when reading an interview with George Martin who mentioned that he'd never noticed it until it was pointed out to him (i have no idea where to find that interview as it was years ago).

I can hear it. Like you say, it's obvious when pointed out but I've never noticed in all the times that I have listened to the song!!a-hard-days-night-george-4

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4 September 2012
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In the final verses of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", Paul initially sings: "Happy ever after in the market place, Desmond lets the children lend a hand. Molly stays at home and does her pretty face; and in the evening, she still sings it with the band." However, he then goes on to sing, "Happy ever after in the market place, Molly lets the children lend a hand. Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face; and in the evening, she's a singer with the band." I don't know if Pauly just wrote the song with an intentional back-and-forth structure or if--since the roles took a complete 360 in every other aspect of the two verses--the "she's a singer with the band" was actually supposed to "he's a singer with the band". I've also considered the possibility that Paul may have accidentally mixed up the names while recording the last verse, but--like many of The Beatles' happy accidents--decided to keep it in...

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4 September 2012
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paulsbass said

Dipsy said
In the final verses of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", Paul initially sings: "Happy ever after in the market place, Desmond lets the children lend a hand. Molly stays at home and does her pretty face; and in the evening, she still sings it with the band." However, he then goes on to sing, "Happy ever after in the market place, Molly lets the children lend a hand. Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face; and in the evening, she's a singer with the band." I don't know if Pauly just wrote the song with an intentional back-and-forth structure or if--since the roles took a complete 360 in every other aspect of the two verses--the "she's a singer with the band" was actually supposed to "he's a singer with the band". I've also considered the possibility that Paul may have accidentally mixed up the names while recording the last verse, but--like many of The Beatles' happy accidents--decided to keep it in...

In fact it was like that (that's at least what I've read):

Paul did the wrong gender lyrics by mistake, and everybody was kind of devastated when they realized it, since the take was so good otherwise.

Then Paul considered it for a moment and broke out laughing: "Let's keep it that way and make people think it's a song about some transsexual guy!"

 

That's part of their magic: Always willing to keep a mistake if it was original or funny or cool or interesting.

They never took their music as seriously as everybody else, it seems...

I had a feeling it might have happened something like that... a-hard-days-night-george-10 Thanks so much, PaulsBass! apple01

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4 September 2012
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If Paul had of rejected that take then we would have had a murder on our hands as the other 3 would have killed him with their instruments.

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5 September 2012
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Returning briefly to the All You Need Is Love debate (don't kill me), I'd never really thought about it but I've just checked it again. Like in the ADITL debate, I'm on the middle of the fence: I hear them both.

Paul goes "oh yeah!" and then starts going "Loves you yeah, yeah, yeah," and then drops out, at which point John has joined him and keeps on singing. The remainder of it is John singing. I can hear John's rougher approach to high notes very clearly in the end of it, but it's unmistakably Paul at the beginning.

To my ears anyway, I could very well be wrong. I can feel the hurricane storm of the upcoming 72-page debate brewing in my tealeaves...dark clouds forming on the horizon of the Internet...

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5 September 2012
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I did think that it was Paul but everyone seemed to be convinced that it was John with Paul, in parts. I'm getting confused now when I listen to it, I'm not sure who I'm hearing.a-hard-days-night-ringo-13a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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5 September 2012
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Personally I THINK John starts it, with Paul joining in after a bit. And I'm only guessing that it was John who began it because he sang "She loves you, yeah yeah yeah" experimentally a couple of times during the live broadcast minutes before "All You Need..." began, so he possibly had it in mind. But whichever one begins it is certainly joined by the other after a second or two, of that I'm certain.

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5 September 2012
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God! Why are my bones shaking and my brow sweating? Is it wrong to plead for not another long 'debate' on whether its Paul or John or George or Whitney Houston? I know, we havent got there yet but im dreading having to read it all.

 

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7 months since this thread has been touched! The talk of who sang.... scared people away, I think.

I've noticed something recently, in 'Day Tripper', at the end, Paul says ''yeah'' after saying ''Day Tripper'' the first time. I don't think he was meant to do that because he says it four times and he doesn't say it the third time. Don't know if that makes a lot of sense, but hey.

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As part of a promotion for streaming Paul's concert at the high school, Yahoo Music posted an interesting article on You’ve Got to Hide That Flub Away: Finding the Beatles’ Secret Messages and Mistakes. [xposted at the news thread]

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