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McCartney Song Fragments That Really Grab You
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Thanks Martha,

"And regarding the reversed 4/4 beat: you're right, that's so fascinating, I never noticed it before! Thanks for pointing it out! I think the change takes place between the lines 

Get your feet up Off The Ground,

Life a little, get around."

Yes that sounds right. If Paul had done this interlude "normally" he would have waited one quarter beat after "Get your feet up Off The Ground " before singing the next line "live a little, get around" -- but instead he goes straight into it after one breathless 8th beat.

On woodwinds in Paul's songs -- also the extended use of recorders (two of them, played by Paul and Linda) in "I Am Your Singer", and the extended fast clarinet solo in the background of the long ending to "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" -- fast, old-timey jazz type clarinet, reminds me of a Woody Allen movie.  Both clarinet stints on the Band On The Run album ("Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" and "Picasso's Last Words" were played by Denny Laine -- he's an amazing clarinettist!)

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Listening more closely to "Take It Away" I realized he does something he did not do some 20 years earlier when he and John were singing "I Wanna Hold Your Hand".

In "Take It Away" after Paul sings "with a paper in his hand" -- there are voices (perhaps all Paul, multi-tracked?) singing:

"in his hand, in his ha-a-a-and"

-- only it's not quite as I transcribed it. It's actually:

"in his hand, in his ha... ha-a-and"

I.e., Paul sounds like he's deliberately adding (or repeating) the aspirated H sound, which makes it easier to execute vocally.

What I had noted previously (5 years ago, as my former nickname "Funny Paper", see this link) about "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" is that when they do a similar thing with the same word "hand" -- even more so:

"I wanna hold your ha-a-a-a-a-a-and"

-- they never add an aspirated H sound which would have made it easier to go rock-skipping-on-the-surface-of-the-water with that extension of "hand"; and they did it flawlessly and effortlessly it seems.

And yet Paul doing the same thing (with fewer syllables) 20 years later, chose not to do it, but to go the easy route.

More proof that the later Paul is not the real Paul? paul-mccartney

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Two McCartney fragments are grabbing me just now....

1 - Coming up:  I have always been impressed by the fantastic subtle ascending chordal progression in the chorus....wonderful...john-lennon-salute_gif

2 - (and this one's a bit more obscure): The broadcast on the Back To The Egg album. The music is just so lovely and it's such a shame that the somewhat dodgy spoken lyrics do it such a disservice...paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

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Oops...here comes another one..!!

Love that Spanish style guitar on goodnight tonight, especially when the half slappy style bass comes in over it half way through the song. Wonderful bass rift throughout....vintage McCartney....mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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I’ve been into Ballroom Dancing lately. I live the oart when he goes up the octave to belt the chorus. 

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Paul's adorable giggles at the end of The Lovely Linda are one of the sweetest sounds in the world. beatlemaniacs_02_gifheart

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The song may be more sugary than is medically recommended for any human to consume in a year but by golly, the guitar parts in 'Thank You Darling' are sumptuous, as delightful as a warm hug from your most favourite person ever. And there is a damn kazoo in there (well I think it is a kazoo)!!!

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