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The Beatles' Sense of Humor -- a Unique Quality
29 May 2013
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Funny Paper said 

 
 
  (Did George have a sense of humor?  Less so -- but "Savoy Truffle" is a good example of his brand of humor.)
 

 

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29 May 2013
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He could be very witty at times, yes. And dry too. I knew he had a sense of humour, but I wouldn't object to watching more funny George videos haha.

29 May 2013
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The idea that George had a lesser sense of humour than the others is just daft. Listen to the bbc radio shows, any of the press conferences, interviews he gave, and you will find tons of examples. He also makes the anthology series for me providing a lot of the comedic relief. I'd agree he could be very dry in his humour as well. But the same comment could be made about Ringo, certainly nowadays in the interviews ive seen of him (sadly its not online but Ringo appeared on the BBC's One Show to promote his uk tour in 2010, took little of it seriously making really silly comments, and neither of the presenters got it because it was such dry humour and Ringo being Ringo).

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One of my favourite interview clips which just happens to feature John and George.

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30 May 2013
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Some of you are persisting in misunderstanding me -- I am only talking about a sense of humor in the context of songwriting; not in interviews or movies or other stuff.  Heck, Bob Dylan has had quite a sense of humor in interviews, but he tends to be dead serious musically.

That's the *unique* quality of the Beatles.  Again: show me some George songs that are goofy, witty, funny; other than Savoy Truffle and Taxman?  I think it's arguable that he was the most sincere Beatle of the lot, in his songwriting; rather stilted and staid, and he only let loose when John and Paul led the way.

Later in his solo career he occasionally relaxed a bit; meanwhile, John in his solo career grew awfully morose and self-absorbed.  Paul and Ringo have remained effervescent to the ongoing end.

 

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Funny Paper said
Some of you are persisting in misunderstanding me -- I am only talking about a sense of humor in the context of songwriting; not in interviews or movies or other stuff.  Heck, Bob Dylan has had quite a sense of humor in interviews, but he tends to be dead serious musically.

I'm sorry, but... what...?! Bob Dylan tends to be dead serious musically? Bob is one of the funniest songwriters around. I would find it far easier to list intentionally humourous Dylan songs than Beatles songs (and that's including their solo work as well). I'm not saying that humour didn't play a part in their career, just that it's a far more prevalent aspect of Bob's career.

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He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
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Funny Paper said
Some of you are persisting in misunderstanding me -- I am only talking about a sense of humor in the context of songwriting; not in interviews or movies or other stuff.  Heck, Bob Dylan has had quite a sense of humor in interviews, but he tends to be dead serious musically.

That's the *unique* quality of the Beatles.  Again: show me some George songs that are goofy, witty, funny; other than Savoy Truffle and Taxman?  I think it's arguable that he was the most sincere Beatle of the lot, in his songwriting; rather stilted and staid, and he only let loose when John and Paul led the way.

Later in his solo career he occasionally relaxed a bit; meanwhile, John in his solo career grew awfully morose and self-absorbed.  Paul and Ringo have remained effervescent to the ongoing end.

 

What the F does effervescent mean? When I type it out in google translate it's meaning is quite..weird.

Also..Piggies is funny isn't it? And wasn't Only A Nothern Song meant to be funny as well?

 

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Linde said

Also..Piggies is funny isn't it? And wasn't Only A Nothern Song meant to be funny as well?

 Yes and yes. :)  

 

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I think it also kind of depends on your own sense of humour you know. For example, some people like dark humour but others find that too sinister and prefer more lighthearted humour. Or when people don't see the humour in something because it doesn't fit with their own sense of humour.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 That makes sense.

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Yes Linde, Piggies is also funny.  I don't know about Northern Song, however.  Still George doesn't seem as open to humor as John and Paul.

"effervescent" means "bubbly" -- just a little stab at poetry, if that's allowed.

As for Bob Dylan, I guess Highway 61 Revisited is kind of funny; but most of Dylan's humor seems awfully self-important -- which is the first proof that a person is not truly light-hearted, but has some kind of ulterior serious agenda.

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Funny Paper said
As for Bob Dylan, I guess Highway 61 Revisited is kind of funny; but most of Dylan's humor seems awfully self-important -- which is the first proof that a person is not truly light-hearted, but has some kind of ulterior serious agenda.

Doesn't that, as with all humour, have to do with how your worldview reacts to it though? This goes back to other discussions between us - the role of the artist in society. Because of what I have gleaned of your view of the artists role, as a mere entertainer, you have an in-built view to consider those who step outside that role - especially when their worldview opposes yours - as being self-important, because they think the world would be interested in their opinions. I, on the other hand, go with the Oscar Wilde quote about the job of the artist being to reflect the society of which they are part of, and believe their views and opinions - which are often expressed through song - are an important part of their contribution. In that we differ.

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