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17 May 2022
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Happy birthday Ram ! apple01

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30 May 2022
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Penny Lane said
I’ve always wondered about John’s Syracuse Birthday Party where they’re all singing Uncle Albert /Admiral Halsey ,  I don’t think they are being kind, the US single had reached number 1, with the the B side being Too Many People .paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

Maybe he did like the A side a bit.

I know John thinks Paul is mocking him in that song, but I think Paul’s explanation that it’s about Linda’s ex-husband seems much more likely.  There are other lyrics on the album where he also seems to be addressing Linda’s ex, so it’s kind of a theme on the album.  It’s all very “Yeah, she’s mine now, I’ve claimed her, you messed up”.

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I know John praised the “hands across the water, heads across the sky” part; but didn’t Paul recently acknowledge that Too Many People was aimed at John & Yoko?

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Mr. Moonlight said
I know John praised the “hands across the water, heads across the sky” part; but didn’t Paul recently acknowledge that Too Many People was aimed at John & Yoko?

  

I thought that has been confirmed for a long time.

John was also really paranoid about Dear Boy being aimed at him, even though in reality Paul was addressing Mel See. Combine that with Too Many People , and you get his overreaction in How Do You Sleep?.

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Joe in his page on Ram quotes Paul identifying one of the “digs” he took at John in the lyrics:

‘Yoko took your lucky break and broke it in two.’

However, I clearly hear him singing “You took your lucky break and broke it in two”.  And not only do I not hear “Yoko” there, it would be two syllables, which wouldn’t fit with the melody.

I just listened again to the song (for the 1,000th time) and no — he’s NOT saying “Yoko” there.

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21 May 2023
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Sea Belt said
Joe in his page on Ram quotes Paul identifying one of the “digs” he took at John in the lyrics:

‘Yoko took your lucky break and broke it in two.’

However, I clearly hear him singing “You took your lucky break and broke it in two”.  And not only do I not hear “Yoko” there, it would be two syllables, which wouldn’t fit with the melody.

I just listened again to the song (for the 1,000th time) and no — he’s NOT saying “Yoko” there.

  

Paul changed the line.

The beginning of the next paragraph of Joe’s entry explains it

Although McCartney altered the reference to Ono, the “little dig” didn’t go unnoticed. Lennon also felt ‘3 Legs ’ and ‘Smile Away ’ were about The Beatles and Apple, that ‘Dear Boy ’ was written about him, and the closing lines of ‘The Back Seat Of My Car ’ – “We believe that we can’t be wrong” – amounted to pointed criticism of him and Ono. A further blow came with a symbolic back cover photograph of two beetles mating.

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21 May 2023
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Given the song and the way he sings that line & its melodic constraints, having “Yoko” in place of “You” would sound really lame. You’d have to speed up the pronunciation of the two syllables resulting in an unintentionally comic effect (at best).  Unless Paul had a markedly different melody for that line before he altered it to “You”…

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This really is the perfect summer album. I’m not sure there’s a better Beatles or solo album when the weather’s fine. It’s also quite timeless – it hasn’t dated very much at all.

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14 July 2023
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I’ve expressed my love for Ram many times on YT, but not here.. 

Oh where to begin. Its just perfect. That album is everything I want to be. It’s so good I even told my family to listen to it, which I don’t ever do with music. 

I have no words to describe my connection with this album. 

My fav is Heart Of The Country 100%

 

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Heart Of The Country has a very satisfying chord progression and jaunty tempo for a bass line to doodle around with.  The two times he scat-sings in synch with the acoustic guitar (it’d be nice to know he’s also picking there, instead of the studio musicians he hired), he ends each time with a nifty way to turn it around back to the main melody, by going up to Eb major as the first of 3 chords in quick succession: Eb–F–G.  What’s cool about that is that going to the Eb at that point already feels like an advance upward, so to speak, but even better, I noticed recently by listening closely that his bass — played very soft spoken even though electric — does dyads each time of the tonic note plus major third: Eb+G, F+A, G+B.  So the Eb, which already feels like a thrust up from the baseline of the song, contains in it as its major 3rd the main note of the baseline, G — but then the advance continues upward and onward, to F+A then G+B, where the B natural feels like the highest point attained, after a pause resuming back with the Bb chord which constitutes one half of the song playing back and forth between G minor and G major.  Then at the end, he ends even higher than B natural, on C, yet ingeniously a C79 that contains the Bb note.

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Sea Belt said
Heart Of The Country has a very satisfying chord progression and jaunty tempo for a bass line to doodle around with.  The two times he scat-sings in synch with the acoustic guitar (it’d be nice to know he’s also picking there, instead of the studio musicians he hired), he ends each time with a nifty way to turn it around back to the main melody, by going up to Eb major as the first of 3 chords in quick succession: Eb–F–G.  What’s cool about that is that going to the Eb at that point already feels like an advance upward, so to speak, but even better, I noticed recently by listening closely that his bass — played very soft spoken even though electric — does dyads each time of the tonic note plus major third: Eb+G, F+A, G+B.  So the Eb, which already feels like a thrust up from the baseline of the song, contains in it as its major 3rd the main note of the baseline, G — but then the advance continues upward and onward, to F+A then G+B, where the B natural feels like the highest point attained, after a pause resuming back with the Bb chord which constitutes one half of the song playing back and forth between G minor and G major.  Then at the end, he ends even higher than B natural, on C, yet ingeniously a C79 that contains the Bb note.

Oh man that got confusing for me. I only know how to play it on guitar, I haven’t tried bass yet for that song. Walking basslines scare me because then the band had to rely on me for tempo (flashbacks to 9 yr old me not being able to keep decent tempo). But yeah Heart Of The Country is just great. It’s sort of personal for me. 

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I’ve never been able to master the walking bass line; I find it daunting & beyond my pay grade. But the chords and tempo of Heart Of The Country provide a perfect vehicle for coming close maybe.  Here’s a nice example of the classic walking bass — Eugene Wright taking a walk while Dave Brubeck does his piano solo:

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I’ve never been able to master the walking bass line; I find it daunting & beyond my pay grade. But the chords and tempo of Heart Of The Country provide a perfect vehicle for coming close maybe.  Here’s a nice example of the classic walking bass — Eugene Wright taking a walk while Dave Brubeck does his piano solo:

  

Good old brubeck! I actually have that one on vinyl! 

Back to Ram , I talked to one of my record store owner friends today and asked him if he had it in, sadly he doesn’t. (But he did give me exclusive patreon content.. it was a song demo.. even tho I’m not subscribed to him on there!!) 

But he doesn’t have Ram . And I need to call my closest record store to me tmr and ask if they have it. There’s places in Memphis that have it but I really don’t want to go to the ghetto just to get an album, I’d rather stay in my nice district lol and not die 

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You can always order a Ram from Discogs.

On the Ram cover is the acronym “L.I.L.Y.”  I think I figured that one out within 60 seconds of first seeing it.

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“Linda I Love You” awww.

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