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13 February 2011
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I definitely hear "Take it cousin".

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13 February 2011
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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.

18 April 2011
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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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16 February 2015
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"Take it cousin" is what I hear, absolutely.

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16 February 2015
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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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16 February 2015
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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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16 February 2015
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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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17 February 2015
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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
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Another vote for "cousin".

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17 May 2015
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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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18 May 2015
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it's "brother"

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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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Cousin

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

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