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29 April 2009
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Jason
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I read somewhere online that Lennon's mom died in a red dress, is that true?

24 January 2010
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Jason said:

I read somewhere online that Lennon's mom died in a red dress, is that true?


There's a mention of it if you read here: http://www.songfacts.com/detai.....hp?id=9759

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24 January 2010
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The supposed source, the Anthology book, contains no mention of Yes It Is as far as I can tell.

If anyone goes to see Nowhere Boy, can they see what colour dress Julia is wearing at the time of the accident (sorry for the spoiler, but I suppose it's a well-known story)? Not that that means Yes It Is was written about her - I'm pretty skeptical about that.

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25 January 2010
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I did read that her favorite color was scarlet, but that doesn't prove anything. He probably picked red as an opposite of blue. Actually, orange is the opposite of blue, but "please don't wear orange tonight" just doesn't flow the same.

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4 September 2012
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Am I the only one who thinks 'Yes It Is' is a little bit out of tune some places? Like the first line : 'if you wear red , toniiiiiiiiiiight' 
The 'tonight' sounds a little bit wrong in my ears. What do you think?

 

 

After listening to it a thousand times to check if its out of tune, I've kinda got used to it and now I think it sounds in tune. lol, but the first 20 times I heard it I thought it didnt sound right.

4 September 2012
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I never thought it was out of tune; just sounds like an unconventional harmony vocal on somebody's part. Can't be sure, though.

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4 September 2012
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What Von Bontee said.  a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

 

I always thought it was just an added tone chord they were singing.ahdn_paul_01

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4 September 2012
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I always thought they were going for it sounding out of tune.

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5 September 2012
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unknown said
I always thought they were going for it sounding out of tune.

But why would they go for that?

5 September 2012
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It's out of tune because the dissonant, complex harmonies don't necessarily fit over the guitar chords. To be honest it was something they could have fixed by changing one note in the instrumental part, but I think the clash works anyway. The same thing occurs in I'll Be Back- "you know, if you break my heart I'll go..." George and John (I think) sing notes which are a tone apart.

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5 September 2012
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It's a question of philosophy - if they listened to the playback and liked what they heard and decided to keep it (as they probably did), is it really "out of tune"?

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5 September 2012
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Obviously not to them. a-hard-days-night-paul-3

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paulsbass said

Ben Ramon said
It's out of tune because the dissonant, complex harmonies don't necessarily fit over the guitar chords. To be honest it was something they could have fixed by changing one note in the instrumental part, but I think the clash works anyway. The same thing occurs in I'll Be Back- "you know, if you break my heart I'll go..." George and John (I think) sing notes which are a tone apart.

Sorry, I disagree.

I LOVE "clashing" notes (check out any Police album for Sting's backing vocals), and that is not the trouble here.

The simple truth is:

They're just a LITTLE bit out of tune. End of story.

It's in fact the low note (out of the three), and it's the same at the second "tonight" in the first verse and the first "tonight" in the third verse. Low notes are harder to hit anyways, and maybe the syllable doesn't help.

"Wore" in the second verse is fine, as is the "tonight" in verse four. Here the clashing notes sound very well.

I've just listened to it through again and thought about it with the chords and yeah, you are right on this. It does sag flat a little bit at the times you mentioned (think it might be George?) But even then, I think the strange chord gives a weird atmosphere and helps the song; it does have an oddly eerie tone and subject matter (is it about a guy whose girlfriend has died, and he's imploring his next one not to wear red because that's what "his baby" wore in life? Or on the night of her death? It's all very Miss Havisham).

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27 February 2013
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I love this track. And the guitar swells make it even better. Gives it character that is unique. I like them more than the decent swells on "Wait"

But it seems to me that there are two players (or tracks/layers) of fills. you can hear that sometimes there are two guitar sounds swelling at completely different registers of the instrument that would be difficult to play at the same time (or harmonics ringing while other swells are still in). And some start while others haven't died yet. Were there two different tracks of guitar added, or two players doing fills? And, did John ever help George with the swells by toggling the volume on any tracks or is this all a foot pedal that George is using?

27 February 2013
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Yeah, that's a foot volume-pedal. Also used on "I Need You", "Wait" and some other tracks that I can't think of right now.

I would suspect there are more than two tracks of swells used on "Yes It Is", but I can't say for sure. Maybe the article on the song clears that up?

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