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The strange, weird, and random Beatles
10 December 2012
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I think most of us can agree that the Beatles had some strange, weird, and just plain random songs, lyrics, and music. What are some songs, lyrics and music (by the Beatles) that make you think, "That's weird..." ? Reasons are welcome!

Here are some of mine:

Revolution 9

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

The end of Long, Long, Long

I Am The Walrus

Maxwell's Silver Hammer (Pretty cheerful for a song about murder!)

Dig A Pony

Dig It

Blue Jay Way

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11 December 2012
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You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)

 

and

 

the Italian part of "Sun King" (which I quote part of in my signature below) --

 

are my two favorites in this department.

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11 December 2012
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The classic "Little Child", Little Child, Little Child, Little Child won't you dance with me... I'm so sad and lonely, baby take a chance with me. a-hard-days-night-ringo-6yeah, I know, they didn't mean it like that.

Another girl always kind of shocks me, if that is representative of Paul's inner mind back then. "I don't take what I don't want", when he is talking about women! What a way to ditch someone, " ohh yeah, by the way, I found someone who's better than you. Bye bye". And this combined with "Every Little Thing, "We Can Work It Out"( Try to see it my way, geez Paul, that is so you, why won't you try to see it her way?), "I'm Looking Through You". What a chauvinist he was... Not that he was the only one

11 December 2012
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minime said
The classic "Little Child", Little Child, Little Child, Little Child won't you dance with me... I'm so sad and lonely, baby take a chance with me. a-hard-days-night-ringo-6yeah, I know, they didn't mean it like that.

Another girl always kind of shocks me, if that is representative of Paul's inner mind back then. "I don't take what I don't want", when he is talking about women! What a way to ditch someone, " ohh yeah, by the way, I found someone who's better than you. Bye bye". And this combined with "Every Little Thing, "We Can Work It Out"( Try to see it my way, geez Paul, that is so you, why won't you try to see it her way?), "I'm Looking Through You". What a chauvinist he was... Not that he was the only one

Also All My Loving ("i'll pretend that im kissing the lips i am missing"). Suggests he's cheating on his loved one with another girl.

On Only A Northern Song you can hear Paul playing the worst trumpet parts ever known on record. Also found it strange that was kept in as it is awful. A gas to listen to but damn awful playing.

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11 December 2012
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Paul has admitted over the years that he was quite the chauvanist and pretty controlling with women back in the day. One of the reasons he and Jane Asher didn't work out was the fact that he refused to stop sleeping around because, in his own words, he wasn't married so why should he? Apparently, you only stop doing that once you've tied the knot! (I don't agree with that one bit, for the record!)a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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11 December 2012
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minime said

What a chauvinist he was... Not that he was the only one

I had a similar conversation with a coworker a few years ago, not only about the chauvinism, but how shockingly self-centered many of The Beatles lyrics could be in general.

I won't get started on the ugliness that is "Run For Your Life." I thought it was a catchy tune when I was a kid, and then I paid attention to the lyrics. Can't listen to it now.

DrBeatle said
Paul has admitted over the years that he was quite the chauvanist and pretty controlling with women back in the day. One of the reasons he and Jane Asher didn't work out was the fact that he refused to stop sleeping around because, in his own words, he wasn't married so why should he? Apparently, you only stop doing that once you've tied the knot! (I don't agree with that one bit, for the record!)a-hard-days-night-paul-11

And I doubt he would have tolerated the same attitude from Jane.ahdn_paul_01

 

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11 December 2012
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parlance said

DrBeatle said
Paul has admitted over the years that he was quite the chauvanist and pretty controlling with women back in the day. One of the reasons he and Jane Asher didn't work out was the fact that he refused to stop sleeping around because, in his own words, he wasn't married so why should he? Apparently, you only stop doing that once you've tied the knot! (I don't agree with that one bit, for the record!)a-hard-days-night-paul-11

And I doubt he would have tolerated the same attitude from Jane.ahdn_paul_01

 

parlance

No, he wouldn´t have done. Is that because they were selfish though or is it because that´s just how, generally, men were when they grew up and therefore they didn´t see it as being wrong until they grew up a bit some years on?

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11 December 2012
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Also All My Loving ("i'll pretend that im kissing the lips i am missing"). Suggests he's cheating on his loved one with another girl.

Oh my gosh, I never thought about it in that way. I just thought he was imaginig kissing her.

 

I won't get started on the ugliness that is "Run For Your Life." I thought it was a catchy tune when I was a kid, and then I paid attention to the lyrics. Can't listen to it now.

I'm OK with the agressive sexism in Run For Your Life, actually, but John is probably the only person who I'd let get away with talking to me like that.

 

There's also- We're all alone and there nobody else/ You still moan "Keep your hands to yourself!" in I'm Down...I've always thought that was a clever lyric, but gosh, Paul, give the girl some space!

 

Attitudes were different in the 60s though, so their chauvanism probably went unoticed and accepted.

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11 December 2012
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"Wild Honey Pie" is a very strange song. Thank God it's only 30 seconds because I wouldn't like it if it was longer. In the seemingly innocent "All Together Now," there is the line, "Black, white, green, red, can I take my friend to bed?" a-hard-days-night-paul-8

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11 December 2012
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"Getting Better"...I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved.

Yikes.

I saw some dislike for "Run For You Life" upthread. Perhaps it's time to trot out my kinder/gentler/warmer/fuzzier lyrics to that song again. Check out post # 18 in this thread.  

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11 December 2012
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fabfouremily said

parlance said

DrBeatle said
Paul has admitted over the years that he was quite the chauvanist and pretty controlling with women back in the day. One of the reasons he and Jane Asher didn't work out was the fact that he refused to stop sleeping around because, in his own words, he wasn't married so why should he? Apparently, you only stop doing that once you've tied the knot! (I don't agree with that one bit, for the record!)a-hard-days-night-paul-11

And I doubt he would have tolerated the same attitude from Jane.ahdn_paul_01

 

parlance

No, he wouldn´t have done. Is that because they were selfish though or is it because that´s just how, generally, men were when they grew up and therefore they didn´t see it as being wrong until they grew up a bit some years on?

Man kind of see it that way even after :D .

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12 December 2012
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I think those views were also part of the time period; the woman was expected to stay at home in the kitchen whilst the man was out earning the wage. One of the things that annoyed Paul about Jane was that she was a determined actress who wasnt always there at his beck and call as can be seen in tracks like I'm Looking Thru You and You Wont See Me. Its a credit to Jane Asher that she hasnt sold her story for hundreds of thousands of pounds when many hacks with far lesser roles who were nowhere near as close to the four and have much lesser stories to tell have. She must have a ton of dirt on how Paul was off bonking 18 year olds whilst she was working or at home.

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12 December 2012
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fabfouremily said

parlance said

DrBeatle said
Paul has admitted over the years that he was quite the chauvanist and pretty controlling with women back in the day. One of the reasons he and Jane Asher didn't work out was the fact that he refused to stop sleeping around because, in his own words, he wasn't married so why should he? Apparently, you only stop doing that once you've tied the knot! (I don't agree with that one bit, for the record!)a-hard-days-night-paul-11

And I doubt he would have tolerated the same attitude from Jane.ahdn_paul_01

 

parlance

No, he wouldn´t have done. Is that because they were selfish though or is it because that´s just how, generally, men were when they grew up and therefore they didn´t see it as being wrong until they grew up a bit some years on?

I'd put it down to some selfishness and egotism on Paul's part, but also the attitudes of the era. Men were still considered dominant in the culture of the time really, and the sexual revolution of the Sixties with the invention of the Pill meant that desired young men like a certain McCartney could philander even more than they had in the past!

Anyway, returning to the topic of the thread, how about the ending of Strawberry Fields Forever? When I was small and more easily spooked I would turn the song off after the first fade-out, rather than let it fade back in with that creepy guitar clanging increasing in volume, the wild key-mashing on the Mellotron, Ringo's frenetic drumming and what I heard as a young and impressionable lad to be "I BURIED PAUL..." I bet those with their ears perked up for the new Fabs single in the chilly February of 1967 would have thought some kind of evil spirit had got into their radio. 

Another honourable mention would be You Know My Name (Look Up The Number). Although a pretty enjoyable psycho-novelty song, I've always thought it was a bizarre choice for the B-side of Let It Be when they had so much more great material to choose from. 

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12 December 2012
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Zig said
"Getting Better"...I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved.

Yikes.

I saw some dislike for "Run For You Life" upthread. Perhaps it's time to trot out my kinder/gentler/warmer/fuzzier lyrics to that song again. Check out post # 18 in this thread.  

Ahahaha! That's awesome, Zig. Now if we could get a tribute band to record it...

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12 December 2012
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Ben Ramon said

Another honourable mention would be You Know My Name (Look Up The Number). Although a pretty enjoyable psycho-novelty song, I've always thought it was a bizarre choice for the B-side of Let It Be when they had so much more great material to choose from. 

I just discovered this song on Past Masters and it's now one of my favorites. It reminds me of The Sweeney Sisters skits on Saturday Night Live, and I've been playing it in my car to anyone unfortunate enough to need a ride. One of these days I'm going to get the 7" to Let it Be so I can hang it on my wall with B-side facing out.

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12 December 2012
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Its a credit to Jane Asher that she hasnt sold her story for hundreds of thousands of pounds when many hacks with far lesser roles who were nowhere near as close to the four and have much lesser stories to tell have. She must have a ton of dirt on how Paul was off bonking 18 year olds whilst she was working or at home.

Sometimes I wish she would write a tell-all book about Paul and the Beatles, but ultimately I really, really respect her for retaining her dignity by not doing so. She seems very wise and won't stoop to a lower level.

 

I've always thought it was a bizarre choice for the B-side of Let It Be when they had so much more great material to choose from.

I agree. I don't dislike YKMN (LUTN) but I think Two Of Us, One After 909 or For You Blue would have been a more suitable B-side to Let It Be.

 

 

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12 December 2012
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The '66 and '67 Christmas messages have weird strange moments, very funny but weird and strange. Probably the best two of the 7. I love the Podgy and Jasper sketch ('66) and John and George's mock quiz  ('67). Or Tiny Tim doing Nowhere Man in 1968.

I need to get listening to them before Christmas is over.

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12 December 2012
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Zig said
I saw some dislike for "Run For You Life" upthread. Perhaps it's time to trot out my kinder/gentler/warmer/fuzzier lyrics to that song again. Check out post # 18 in this thread.  

lol that's awesome! I will now sing those lyrics instead of the real ones whenever I hear that song!

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Me, I like that particular pairing ("Let it Be"/"You Know My Name") - it's similar to "Eleanor Rigby"/"Yellow Submarine" in its juxtoposition of the sublime with the ridiculous, showing off the incredible range these guys had. 

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I also find Octopus's Garden a bit weird, just because it's about, well, an Octopus's Garden. No offense, Ringo, but I didn't know octopi (octopuses?) had gardens. :)

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