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words in Beatles lyrics with accent in the wrong place
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Sometimes songwriters put the accent on an unnatural or wrong place in a word, to make it fit their melody.

The only Beatles example I can think of right now is "Glass Onion" -- where John repeatedly stresses the "YUN" part (2nd syllable) of "onion" rather than (or along with) the "UN" part (1st syllable).

Any other examples anyone can think of?

Many years ago, I was living with a family that had two little girls, and one day I was sitting on the floor with a pair of headphones listening to the White Album, singing along.  In the middle of "Glass Onion" one of the girls keep poking me in the shoulder, so I took off my headphones and said "What!??"  She said:  "Why do you keep saying 'onYUN'...?" blue-meanie

 

 

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Even worse (if one doesn't like that sort of thing) than Guantamera, is the Mexican pop song Tres Deseos, where like at least half of the words are sung with the accent stressed unnaturally, NOT as they should be spoken. 

As sung by Ednita Nazario -- and one can hardly accuse her of not knowing Spanish!

 

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Paul does this a teeny bit with "I've Just Seen A Face, I can't FORE-get the time or place where we just met..."

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Monkey Finger said
Paul does this a teeny bit with "
I've Just Seen A Face, I can't FORE-get the time or place where we just met..."

That's odd, I don't hear that -- I hear Paul stressing the "-GET" part adequately enough.  Though he does add a bit of artificial stress to the "FORE-" part as well, he doesn't go so far as to neglect the "-GET", and one could argue that the "-GET" gets a bit more weight (as it should).

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When John sings "I Am The Walrus," he doesn't put the accent on the first syllable of "walrus," or the second, either. It seems to me that the accent is equally distributed, when in normal speech (at least for me) the accent should be on the first syllable.

Geometry, wisdom, tangerines... "The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say..."

Also known as Egg-Rock, Egg-Roll, E-George, Eggy, Ravioli, Eggroll Eggrolli...

Purple stuff... ellipses...

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Egroeg Evoli said
When John sings "
I Am The Walrus," he doesn't put the accent on the first syllable of "walrus," or the second, either. It seems to me that the accent is equally distributed, when in normal speech (at least for me) the accent should be on the first syllable.

I think that's a function of the notes of the syllables.  In that song, the two syllables of "wal-rus" are the same note, so it would be next to impossible to sing them as spoken.  And if the "-rus" were any note higher, the stress would have to be on it, not the first syllable.

Only with the "-rus" being a note lower can one reproduce the natural spoken accentuation.

That's my theory, and I'm stickin' to it.ahdn_paul_02

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This might be another example of what you a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 described, but in Happiness Is A Warm Gun, when John sings "donated" ("A soap impression of his wife that he ate and donated to the National Trust"), he sings doNATed, when normally (at least for me) it would be pronounced DOnated. But DOnated doesn't work with that melody, like you said about I Am The Walrus...

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When listening to Happiness Is A Warm Gun, I always have difficult hearing the line "Man in the crowd
With the multicoloured mirrors
On his hobnail boots" because of the way John pronounces hobnail boots. It does not sound like hobnail boots to me. It sounds like he emphasizes the ts at the end of boots.    

 

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