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25 August 2015
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I don’t really care for the jaunty verses, but deeper into the song is where it gets much better IMO. It’s a fairly dark song lyrically, which is in contrast to much of the music (Lennon did something similar on Crippled Inside ).

I wonder why this was his first solo single. You’d think he would have put something out sooner, given the successes of his former bandmates.

Another Day is one of two solo songs in The Beatles Complete book of scores. The other is Give Peace A Chance , which was credited to Lennon-McCartney, but I never worked out why they added this one too.

Also, I had wondered on which song McCartney plays an acoustic 12-string in concert, as seen on the cover of Luca Perasi’s book. It seems that it might be Another Day . Are there any others?

Yes, he plays the 12-string on Another Day , but on Lovely Rita too.

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So clashing. It seems like The Beatles didn’t want to put “heavy” lyrics with “heavy” sounds. I wonder why.

Didn’t want to – or thought it has more impact with the contradiction?

 

The hard-core feminist would object to Paul’s lyrics because they make it seem like the woman’s whole life revolves around having a man

I disagree completely. It’s about one lonely person and their day to day struggles. Lot’s of people’s happiness depends upon the presence of a partner and I think getting sidetracked with feminism or animal liberationism or vegetarianism or any other ‘ism’ is just going off-track.

 

I agree with you. I’ll admit I am one of those people that feel lonely, and I do long for a partner to share my life with sometimes. The song translates that quite well. I’m a very independent woman and on some issues, I have feminist tendencies. But Another Day doesn’t offend me at all. It’s just an honest song about how much it sucks on those days when you wish you had someone to share your life with. Because no matter how independent you are, there are these moments when you think ‘I wish I had someone to go home to right now’…

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Another track with the same theme recorded 10 years later is Abba’s ‘The Day Before You Came’ – bored office girl living without aim until a man comes along and saves her from life’s drudgery. One of Abba’s best songs. Basically its common. Heck if you were to listen to songs nowadays the same message would be coming across, tho maybe not as clear cut  – and the same goes for men.

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Of course I’m sorry that you or anyone else ever feels lonely JPM Fangirl ……..But I’m glad you don’t find the song offensive. Paul writes purely sympathetically. 

Hasn’t he himself always needed someone by his side?………It’s not such a bad thing to admit too……

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This song sounds like Paul couldn’t decide what style he wanted it to be, so he put them all in: country, pop, bossa nova (?)… 

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He’s Paul McCartney . He doesn’t have to choose one style a-hard-days-night-paul-5

I’ve never noticed the song could fit into different categories. Interesting observation, though.

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Let’s just call it McCartney style.

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Whoppa Macca Style! paul-mccartney

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A nice little Macca ditty!  Some people write it off as a fluff song, but I think it’s a little better than that. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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I keep thinking about this song coming from the same mind that wrote a light-hearted-sounding song about a serial killer. Here we have the bright bouncy melody for a song about a woman who is so depressed she is either suicidal or on the verge of being suicidal.

Helter Skelter is a hard hitting/sounding song, but they built the lyrics around an amusement park ride. Got To Get You Into My Life is a bright sounding song about substances that can ruin lives and kill people. Same with Dr. Robert. Those songs seem so disjointed. So clashing. It seems like The Beatles didn’t want to put “heavy” lyrics with “heavy” sounds. I wonder why.

Because it’s a sneaky way to get a serious subject across without being told you’re preaching or maudlin or a dozen other misconceptions because you’re a Beatle and you wrote a sad lyric. A favourite example used to be Every Breath You Take by the Police, people went around thinking it was a love song but it was obsessive and creepy. Songwriters love to get away with this sort of thing. It wasn’t a hard and fast rule, Eleanor Rigby isn’t a barrel of laughs musically.

I disagree a bit with characterizing Got To Get You Into My Life that way, he genuinely felt that he had been liberated by pot in much the same way as others have used love lyrics as code to talk about God or a fixation; if he’d never explicitly said what it was about, we’d have been none the wiser. Dr Robert is less defensible. Come to think of it, Revolver is a druggy album. I’d be more suspicious of Good Day Sunshine (Acid) if I didn’t know that Paul was the last to drop acid.

Although you can certainly talk about Another Day in a feminist context, to me it’s more about general depersonalization in an increasingly single-person urban society. Change the personal pronouns around, trousers for stockings, and there’s practically no difference. The central “I” of the song has no emotion but sadness, and no real substance, just another unit performing its daily functions, with one-night stands substituting for relationships. It’s a despairing and depressed observation song compared to Marcie by Joni Mitchell, another song about a single woman in the big city, but jilted by the man of her dreams and slowly getting angrier and impatient and far more alive from beginning to end than this song’s protagonist. But those doo doo doo doo doo doo’s blandly toss all this aside and invite you to doo along like any mindless pop song about another day and…hey! Is he singing about me? Why you little sneaky McCartney…! paul-mccartney

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Such a good song. The sneakiness of the dark lyrics paired with the jaunty verse melody is absolutely superb; some of Macca’s best work! Not only does it say so much in so few words, but it also scans terrifically! Just try saying the first verse to yourself. If you are able to keep from tapping your foot, I salute your self-control. 

 

All in all: BRILLIANT song, Paul! john-lennon-salute_gif

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Such a good song. The sneakiness of the dark lyrics paired with the jaunty verse melody is absolutely superb; some of Macca’s best work! Not only does it say so much in so few words, but it also scans terrifically! Just try saying the first verse to yourself. If you are able to keep from tapping your foot, I salute your self-control.

I agree! This is for sure one of my favourite Macca tunes.a-hard-days-night-george-9

 

 

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All in all, it’s just a– 

nother day. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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This song is a masterpiece.

The deceptively jaunty music captures the feeling of just getting on with things, but the melody stays on one note for a remarkably long time for a Paul song. There’s endless repetition in this woman’s life.”Dipping in the pocket of her raincoat” conjures an image of familiar physical gestures that have almost lost their meaning with repetition. His vocal performance is also not as cheerful as first impressions of the song might suggest.

Then the bridge creeps in with it’s gentle melancholic “so sad” (note the weeping guitar). The pleading “ah stay” rising to “leaves the next day” is devastating. And then back to the outwardly cheerful getting on with getting on, but the lyrics say “finds it hard to stay alive”. Underneath her external appearance — she gets dressed every day, goes to work, do do do do — she’s terribly lonely and depressed.

The “oh oh oh” leading into the last set of “it’s just another day”s is so full of emotion.

It is a really striking example of Paul’s ability to empathise with women as real people, which is sadly unusual in rock lyrics. I reckon that’s a large part of why this song wasn’t taken more seriously by critics.

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I can only listen to this song when I’m on my meds. 

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Yeah, the song is great.

I love RAM, and the brillance truly continues over into the whole bonus material from the same time period. Another Day and Oh Woman , Oh Why and Little Woman Love… And especially A Love For You, which became a favourite of mine lately.

RAM is such a spring album for me and a few weeks ago I listened to it a lot, outside in the sun. Unfortunately, April brought just snow and rain…

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We skipped spring and went right into summer where I live (90d today, not a cloud in the sky), but I know exactly what you mean! I’ve listened to RAM 3x in the last couple of weeks. On the version I have, as a bonus someone has pasted together some live cuts of McCartney and RAM songs to make a little pretend concert. It’s a smile away fantasy…

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The time-signature changes in this song are nuts

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You know I think this is an under-discussed element of Paul’s genius. I was showing my (drummer) husband the time-signature change in We Can Work It Out and he had never noticed it before (though he’s not a big Beatles fan) it’s so well-done, and suits the song so much! Paul transitions back and forth between time signatures in a way that seems obvious until you start thinking about it. I didn’t notice the change in Two Of Us until I tried to learn it on the guitar.

There’s a great quote (I can’t remember it exactly, or who said it, or where I read it — apologies, I’m a bit half-brained at the moment) about how Paul makes incredible things seem inevitable. It definitely true melodically, and I think it’s true rhythmically too.

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You know I think this is an under-discussed element of Paul’s genius. I was showing my (drummer) husband the time-signature change in We Can Work It Out and he had never noticed it before (though he’s not a big Beatles fan) 

It was actually George who thought of the waltz-time element of that song, but yeah Paul was big into changing up songs – I think of “Uncle Albert ” and “Band On The Run ” and “Live And Let Die ” (not to mention “You Never Give Me Your Money “), songs which are basically like little mini medleys. 

Joe made mention in some thread somewhere about how John, too, used to throw in odd 5/8 and 7/8 bits into his Beatles songs for a time, to fit his words in (” Happiness Is A Warm Gun “, “Good Morning Good Morning “, others) but basically stopped after a time and simplified. 

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