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21 January 2016
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One of the best George tracks, one of the best solo Beatles tracks. I love the theme of the track (you dont need to be happy and cheerful for me to love you and want you around), the guitar parts are stunning, love the descending piano parts, and it includes one of my favourite George’ lyrics anywhere:

If your dog should be dead
I’m gonna love you instead

No doubt considered by many to be garbage I love idea of ambiguity in the lines; is George saying he’ll love you instead of the dog if it’s dead? Probably not but the thought is there, well me for at least.

This is the George track that brightens my being every time I hear it and a damn good reason to keep watching ‘Lethal Weapon 2’ just to hear it (which is probably where I heard it first).

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I find it odd that near the end of the song, the drumming starts to go haywire and pans to the left on random snare hits. Is it something wrong with the master tapes or a mistake in the making of Let It Roll? I’m assuming that it is not deliberate. a-hard-days-night-ringo-7I noticed it in another George song but I can’t recall which.

Times I find it hard to say / With useless words getting in my waySuprised about this one.Sad about this one

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I’d not noticed that before! Listening now and I see what you mean– it’s not Let It Roll because I’ve got it on the Best Of Dark Horse compilation. 

Fab song it is anyway, despite the barmy mixing. Little Girl and I have a running joke about the lines you mentioned: she doesn’t like that word ‘dead’ so I always make sure to sing along with it nice and loud. a-hard-days-night-john-1 I always feel cheered up– I mean, down– when I hear it. As the phrase was coined by Olivia (so I hear), I like to think of it as sort of her attitude toward George, as if she’s telling him, ‘Don’t worry, because if things go wrong, I’ll still be here for you.’ Of course I’m just making stuff up, but that’s how I like to see it. 

I like Olivia. a-hard-days-night-paul-7 

I also like the guitar solo. And that ridiculous one-minute-forty-second-long coda, which is like George saying, ‘Okay, I’ve got the song lyrics and structure out of the way; let’s jam!’ And the way he draws out the word ‘crasssssshhhhhh’. And Jeff Lynne forgetting himself and contributing a ‘Cheer down!’ And the very ending.

It’s a great song, a droll lyric, and it’s got that sort of ‘I demand your full attention’ vibe, with that beat and George’s loud and determined slide, and his excellent, also loud and determined vocal. I like it. 

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