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Unintentional / intentional mistakes in songs!
15 October 2013
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
Apple rooftop
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Watching McCartney's Unplugged concert on Youtube. He just can't get the lyrics to "We Can Work It Out" although he tries a few times while maintaining his good spirits. Sounds perfect on the CD, so he must have re-recorded it.

23 minutes into


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15 October 2013
Apple rooftop
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Thanks for posting ITSWD. Great to see Paul so relaxed and having a laugh whilst performing. Nowadays such a flub would immediately be put down to being 71 and result in some folks elsewhere online saying it was proof he needs to retire as he was embarrassing himself. Funny how times change.

The Unplugged setting is the kind of thing that would suit the desire of some of us to see a more intimate Paul concert where he performed more of the songs he normally leaves out of his set and less of the standard tracks that are performed frequently and seem to be treated as must-do's.

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6 March 2014
A Park in the Dark
Carnegie Hall
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I know there are entire web sites out there devoted to cataloging every single slip-up, goof, mistake, etc. in the Beatles catalog, but I'd like to know if you have any particular favorites? There are a couple I can think of right off the top of my head, where I hear the song, I know there's a mistake in it, but it's become so much part of the song that I actually look forward to it (and get disappointed when some tribute band forgets to include it).

For example:

- On "If I Fell," on the second time through the bridge ("And I would be sad if our new love was in vain"), at about 1:48, Paul's voice cracks on the last high note and he drops out early. (Only on the album release, AFAIK – they fixed it in the movie and in the soundtrack release.)

- On "Revolution 1" there's that extra beat thrown in near the end, around 3:25, which was an editing mistake

- On the single version of "Let it Be," during the last verse ("I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me"), around 2:58, Paul hits a bum chord on the piano and quickly has to resolve it.

Obvious mistakes, but like I said, they've become part of those songs now, and it's hard to imagine those tunes without the slip-ups.

Not a bit like Cagney.
6 March 2014
The Cavern Club
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6 February 2014

I always liked the version of Day Tripper where the guitar drops out for a millisecond in the third verse. When they fixed it on "1" and subsequent releases, it didn't sound right. It still doesn't. 

Also, in Dizzy Miss Lizzy, the main guitar lick of the song is "lost" in the second verse (I think), until George (or whomever) finds the "right place" to play it again.

6 March 2014
I am here you are here we are here and we are all together
Apple rooftop
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1 November 2013

I like when they did the line switch in Ob-la-Di Ob-la-Da with "Desmond does his pretty face"

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6 March 2014
Mountains of East Tennessee
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6 August 2013

The two false starts on the US version of "I'm Looking Through You."

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6 March 2014
Paris Olympia
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29 August 2013

On the Twist And Shout solo, John and George (I think) are playing it and one plays a wrong note at the end that is higher which I quite like.


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6 March 2014
Oyster Black Pearl
Liverpool, UK
The Top Ten Club
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20 September 2013

George fluffing the last verse of Here Comes The Sun ("feels/seems like").


They did leave a lot of "mistakes" in, to 'prove' they were human. Can't think of any at the moment, of course!


Edit:The swearing in Hey Jude

" They should do Marmite flavour."

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