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15 February 2014
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after the split, they did write songs about Beatlemania, i think maybe the most known and heartfelt was George Harrison" "Apple Scruffs" from his 1970 album "All Things Must Pass" i think there ae solo songs that might be sumbliminly about Beatlemania. one other song that i remember is Paul's "Famous Groupies" from the 1978 Wings album "London Town". Is there any others that yall can think of. NOT necerealy about Beatles but about Beatlemania.

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Do we count songs that they wrote about each other from back when they were in the Beatles like "Here Today" or "Early Days" by McCartney or "Early 1970" by Ringo?

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17 February 2014
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In a round-about way, both John's "Watching The Wheels" and George's "The Light That Has Lighted The World" are about Beatlemania - or, really, about getting away from it and how the fans reacted to it.

I've heard how some people
Have said that I've changed
That I'm not what I was
How it really is a shame

("The Light that Has Lighted the World")

When I say that I'm okay
They Look At Me kind of strange
"Surely, you're not happy now?
You no longer play the game."
("Watching The Wheels")

Not a bit like Cagney.
17 February 2014
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^PeterW. I was just about to suggest "Watching The Wheels." Good thinking.

I'll throw "The Other Side of Liverpool" from Y Not into the mix to. I heard it the other night for the first time.

"Went to Hamburg, the red lights were on
With George and Paul, and my friend John
We rocked all night, we all looked tough
We didn't have much but we had enough"

"In the U.S.A. when we played Shea
We were number one and it was fun
When I look back, it sure was cool
For those four boys from Liverpool"

24 March 2014
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robert said
isn't there a promo film (that's what they were called back in the day) for
Love Me Do? There's a film of them lip synching the actual single - so it's not a live performance that was filmed - it was a specially filmed lip synch of the song to be used for promotional purposes - thus making it a promo film.

 

Anyone remember that one of Love Me Do?

@robert 

Old question.

The performance parts of this clip?

That performance, with the commercial record overdubbed for the final cut, was filmed especially for inclusion in The Mersey Sound documentary , of which 41 seconds was used in the end. Joe has an entry on the day it was filmed - 27th August 1963.

It wasn't a promo clip at the time but different edits of the performance have released thru the years, the above one is from the Anthology DVD, all using the studio recording, with either Ringo or Pete on drums depending on the clip.

Also filmed the same day were She Loves You, Twist And Shout (cut into 4 segments and incomplete when put back together again) and an instrumental I Saw Her Standing There (not seen in the documentary but 34 seconds can be heard over the closing credits). 

Twist And Shout (said to be the best complete edit, having to use some footage from She Loves You)

She Loves You

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25 March 2014
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This is perhaps one of the better examples of "solo songs about Beatlemania (solo Beatles songs about the band after break up)", but not very well known to those who've yet to venture beyond the "official" releases.  It's a George Harrison outtake from the 'All Things Must Pass' album which I feel is better than atleast a half dozen or so songs that weren't passed over on the album, but it's clearly George venting his feelings on having just gone through what he'd endured during the previous decade.  The lyrical references to The Beatles' "experience" is likely the reason why George passed on it for 'All Things Must Pass', which was more about George trying to moving past it than dwell on it further.  It couldn't possibly be because of the quality of the song which is one of the very Best Solo Beatle Songs that was never released:

 

 

Actually, the song is quite f***ing BRILLIANT!!!...:-)

25 March 2014
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That's a fake Billy, its George's demo with newly recorded instruments overdubbed by i forget who. It is excellent however, whoever did it did a fantastic job.

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25 March 2014
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Yeah, I posted the link without listening first, my bad.  But your link is the real deal (same guitar/vocals on the video I posted) and it's still a great George Harrison song relevant to the topic at hand...:-)

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I think Watching The Wheels is more about John retiring from the business in general, not specifically about his time in The Beatles. 

29 March 2014
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"Band On The Run" is totally about the Beatles. Paul's said the line "if we ever get out of here" was taken from something George said in one of their interminable breakup meetings. John is Sailor Sam (and probably "the first one"), Paul is the Jailer Man (and probably "the second one there"), Ringo is the Undertaker, and George is the County Judge. 

 

Also "World Tonight":

I saw you sitting at the center of a circle
Everybody, everybody

wanted something from you
I saw you sitting there

...

I saw you hiding from a flock of paparazzi
You were hoping, you were hoping

that the ground would swallow you
I saw you hiding there

'Course, this could be about Paul's continuing megafame after Beatlemania, but the lyrics do suggest a sort of time-warp factor ("I go back so far, I'm in front of me"). 

 

And "After the Ball":

Well, I arrived, looked around

But the room was full of strangers

Nowhere was a friendly face

to be found. Later on,

I awoke, but the party,

it was over. There you were,

waiting to bring me 'round.

After the ball, after the ball,

you were the one out in the hall

You were the one, the one

who would love me after the ball.

Addressed to Linda, I presume.

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I just came across this thread from 2010. At post #6 it starts sounding a lot like this thread. It is fun read. Enjoy.

 

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It probably does exactly fit the theme but Good Times Coming/Feel The Sun (from Press To Play) is another of Paul's songs that looks back upon his childhood, specifically summer holidays with the family. Tho thinking of it in terms of this thread it could also apply to the times when Paul went on hitch-hiking with George to Devon and later with John to Paris.

I was thinkin' about that summer so long ago
Pack up your bags and yell, 'Geronimo'
That was a golden summer, wasn't it hot?
We laughed a lot that summer, laughed a lot

Laughin' at the good times comin'
Laughin' at the good times comin' in
Good times comin'
Laughin' at the good times comin' in

There was somethin' about the weather, what can I say?
Nothin' like any other holiday
That was a silly season, was it the best?
We didn't need a reason just a rest

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