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robert
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11 January 2011 - 10.31am

Does anyone know what Paul is singing in those opening lines to Too Many People? It's a falsetto before that actual lyrics begin. Sort of sounds like "Feels so sad" but I don't think that what he's saying, so I turn to you. Anyone?

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11 January 2011 - 12.09pm

So now responding to my own post - apparently he either says "piece of cake" or "piss off cake" which is argued widely in the web-o-sphere.

I assume it's "piece of cake" unless anyone knows otherwise.

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11 January 2011 - 1.27pm

I hear "piss off cake" but it sounds like he's going for "piece of cake".

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11 January 2011 - 1.47pm

http://www.pauldunoyer.com/pag.....lismID=252

Have I mis-heard, or does it really start with the words “Piss off”?

Yeah. Piss off, cake. Like, a piece of cake becomes piss off cake,
And it’s nothing, it’s so harmless really, just little digs. But the
first line is about “too many people preaching practices.” I felt John
and Yoko were telling everyone what to do. And I felt we didn’t need to
be told what to do. The whole tenor of the Beatles thing had been,
like, each to his own. Freedom. Suddenly it was “You should do this.”
It was just a bit the wagging finger, and I was pissed off with it. So
that one got to be a thing about them.

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13 January 2011 - 3.25am

I guess it is "Piss off, cake". I though he was saying "Piece of Cake" (The line from the song)

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13 January 2011 - 11.48am

interesting way to open an album no less a song.

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3 November 2012 - 1.24am

I posted this question about a year ago at the McCartney fan website, but nobody had a helpful answer.

 

I also have the Ram songbook -- published by McCartney, full of photos by Linda.  But while it has chords for most of the song "Too Many People" it stops short of the ending.

 

What I need are the chords after the last line:

 

"Now what can be done for you... she's waiting for me... yeah!"

 

Then it seems to switch to a whole new set of chords from everything previous, or even a key change, as it transitions into an electric guitar solo that prefigures the end of the song.

 

Does anyone know what chords are being used there?

 

Thanks

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4 November 2012 - 7.38pm

I can't play along too loudly because my son's asleep in the next room, but these sound about right: http://www.macca-central.com/m......cfm?id=29

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4 November 2012 - 10.02pm

Thanks Joe, I'll try those out later today.  It looks right that Paul, after flirting with alternating between the key of F and G for the whole song, then suddenly goes to A major, but then keeps transitioning to odd chords as that ending plays out.  I knew something like that was going on but could never figure it out.

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5 November 2012 - 8.44pm

Thanks again Joe. I've tried playing along to the song a few times now, and those ending chords --

 


END: A C G D F G# D# C7 G F C7 G F C7

 

-- certainly come closer than anything I've seen before.  But there still seems to be something hinky at one particular juncture -- from D# to C7 and after; it doesn't quite seem to work as well as the preceding chords do.

 

Also, I don't know why macca-central starts the song out with "piece of c-a-a-a-ke"!  On the actual song, Paul starts out with some strumming, G, G/F, G/E, G/Eb, G/D -- and sings out something that sounds like scat or sounds like "It's all good now, ah ah owwww" then goes into that riff from low D bass note up to Eb, then the G chord, then "Too many people, going underground".

 

Also, the parts that go "That was your first mistake" seem to me to be, as I said above -- G, G/F, G/E, G/Eb, G/D.

 

Otherwise it's helpful, and the chords for the intermediate solo seem right on the money:

 

SOLO: Am Em G D Am Em G D G

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10 November 2012 - 6.11am

robert said
Does anyone know what Paul is singing in those opening lines to Too Many People? It's a falsetto before that actual lyrics begin. Sort of sounds like "Feels so sad" but I don't think that what he's saying, so I turn to you. Anyone?

To my ears he's singing:  "It's all good now, ah oh, ah ah oh...."  Or he could be doing scat.

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13 November 2012 - 11.34pm

Isn't it:

 

Too many people

Going underground,

Too many reaching

For a piece of cake' ?

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14 November 2012 - 12.49am

frankdialogue said
Isn't it:

 

Too many people

Going underground,

Too many reaching

For a piece of cake' ?

Before that part, where he goes like this:

 

http://www.tubechop.com/watch/669371

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14 November 2012 - 5.23pm

Funny Paper said
Before that part, where he goes like this:

 

http://www.tubechop.com/watch/669371

 

You got me...Sounds like:

 

'Dis a deh eh, eh eh, eh ehh...'

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I like this song. If John can be vitriolic, so can Paul, and it definitely produced a great vocal performance. Rock dat sneer!

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robert said
Does anyone know what Paul is singing in those opening lines to Too Many People? It's a falsetto before that actual lyrics begin. Sort of sounds like "Feels so sad" but I don't think that what he's saying, so I turn to you. Anyone?  

Piss off yeah. 

Paul claims it's 'piss off cake', but it's definitely a 'yeah'. To my ears, anyway.

 

Great song, I really love belting along with it.

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Some claim its "piece of cake" but sounds like "piss off" to me and it more suits the song.

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Mademoiselle Kitty >^..^< said

Great song, I really love belting along with it.  

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I was so happy when I figured out that guitar riff using the guitar bass notes.

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It blows me away that this was a B-side. To Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey no less. "How will we end it?" "Just rock out." "Ok!"

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