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Nigel the good dog
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13 February 2011 - 9.02pm

I definitely hear "Take it cousin".

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mr. Sun king coming together
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13 February 2011 - 9.03pm

i wonder if John did it in suich a way as to confuse the listener.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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Till There Was You
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18 April 2011 - 11.31pm

I have the Imagine album on vinyl. And since i first heard the song, I always heard "take it brother". Now I sort of hear "take yer clothes off".

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Von Bontee
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16 February 2015 - 5.27am

"Take it cousin" is what I hear, absolutely.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
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Zig
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16 February 2015 - 7.49pm

On 17 January 2011, Zig said

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I have to assume you mean at 2:13.

I hear "take it cousin" as in; OK, your turn to solo. This website cites it as "take it brother". I still hear "cousin".

Same here, cousin!

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georgiewood
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16 February 2015 - 9.44pm

Von Bontee said
"Take it cousin" is what I hear, absolutely.

Wow, the casual Von has to catch up on reviewing his posts; he is almost four years behind.  I assume the business Von is more current.

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Von Bontee
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16 February 2015 - 10.44pm

We both move at our own pace...and when we see a thread from four years ago that we didn't contribute to, we must add our 4 cents worth.

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Matt Busby
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17 February 2015 - 5.46am

I've always heard 'brother', but upon just listening closely, I'd swear there is an 's' in the middle of the word (as in couSin).

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17 February 2015 - 10.50am

Another vote for "cousin".

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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Merch
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17 May 2015 - 8.50pm

Am I the only one who hears "closer"? I clearly hear an L at the start and an S in the middle.

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robert
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18 May 2015 - 6.28am

it's "brother"

"She looks more like him than I do."

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Ahhh Girl
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26 July 2016 - 9.15pm

When I'm in the shower with the door closed and the song is playing on my mp3 player and little speaker I have hooked to it, I hear "brother", but when I listen to it all other times, I hear "cousin".

I was listening to this song this morning and thinkng about how John would do gestures imitating crippled people. I see that someone eariler in this thread had put those two ideas together.

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26 July 2016 - 9.51pm

Cousin

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

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Necko
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27 July 2016 - 1.00am

I could have sworn that it said cousin in the booklet in my CD copy of Imagine.

Then again, I could B wrong. What do I know? 

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Mademoiselle Kitty >^..^<
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27 July 2016 - 4.11am

Joe said
Does he really say "take your clothes off" before the piano solo? If so, is that meant in the literal or metaphical (ie you can't hide your true self) sense? Probably a bit of both. two-virgins  

Sounds like 'take your clothes off' to me, as well.

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27 July 2016 - 5.25pm

Always sounded like "Take it cousin" to me, a call for Nicky and the solo.

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Zig
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29 July 2016 - 3.42pm

meanmistermustard said
Always sounded like "Take it cousin" to me, a call for Nicky and the solo.  

Did someone say Nicky and the solo?

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