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11 February 2017
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I'm surprised this song doesn't have a thread already! I really love this song. I think my favorite part is at the end when it sounds like it's going to go out on a lame fade out but then it fades right back in and ends. I really appreciate this about the song.

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I love it when he mentions his brother and his aunt.

'Sister Suzie, brother John
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It's a nice tribute.

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William Shears Campbell said
I'm surprised this song doesn't have a thread already! I really love this song. I think my favorite part is at the end when it sounds like it's going to go out on a lame fade out but then it fades right back in and ends. I really appreciate this about the song.

  

Sometimes I look at my high school posts and cringe a little at how I worded things, but I still agree with this.  This song is one of my favorite and has been since I was younger and listened to it on my all the best CD long ago.

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It has always been one of my favourite Paul songs. I love the intro before it kicks in to the rhythm of the song. 

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Ever since I first heard this song, it reminded me of Paul Simon's Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover.  Simon's song is far superior IMO, but they both have a snare drum that sounds a bit like a marching band that drives it along.  The drum beat is a little more complex on the Simon's song, but I wonder if it might have served as some inspiration for the drum part on Let 'Em In.  Fifty Ways was released in 1975, and Let 'Em In in '76.  Could have well been fresh in the mind of Joe English (or McCartney) when they recorded it. 

Or maybe it's just unique to me that I associate the two songs together.

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Don't hear much in common with the two songs' beats really, myself, aside from a prominent snare. Steve Gadd's "50 Ways" pattern seems inspired by New Orleans polyrhythms, while "Let Em In" sounds like a basic military-sounding march, especially with those fifes-or-whatever providing the accompaniment. But I guess both beats would be useful for parading...

Did "50 Ways" inspire the drum arrangement for the Wings song? It doesn't sound that way to me at all. (I think "Goodnight Tonight" has more similarity with the Simon song rhythmically, as far as that goes.) But who knows how Paul's mind works? Not me!

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Billy Paul did a great cover of this song

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vonbontee said
Did "50 Ways" inspire the drum arrangement for the Wings song? It doesn't sound that way to me at all. 

I appreciate the response.  I've always suspected that I might be the only person who thought this, so it's nice to hear other opinions.

Although you did say, prominent snare, both could be used for parading, so there are some similarities.  Interestingly, I've heard marching bands do Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover, but I've never heard one do Let 'Em In.  Even though the latter is more of a straight marching beat, with the fife (or whatever).  Odd, in a way.  Although Simon's song was more popular, and hit #1, Let 'Em In was hardly unknown, as it peaked at #3 in the US.

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Although Simon's song was more popular, and hit #1, Let 'Em In was hardly unknown, as it peaked at #3 in the US.

  

I heard "Let Em In" all the time on the radio during its chart run, as an eight-year old, whereas I have no memory of the Simon song until several years later. But that's because "Let Em In" was a summertime hit, when I was more likely to be out somewhere, beach or campground or just riding in a car, hearing it being broadcast. "50 Ways" had its chart run many months earlier, winter/spring, when I was mostly housebound, and the radio was rarely played in our household in those days. (1979 was when I began listening for hours at a time, and the year I started purchasing records with my own money, beginning with "Goodnight Tonight/Daytime Nighttime Suffering")

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23 April 2022
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vonbontee said Although I heard "Let Em In" all the time on the radio during its chart run, as an eight-year old, whereas I have no memory of the Simon song until several years later. But that's because "Let Em In" was a summertime hit, when I was more likely to be out somewhere, beach or campground or just riding in a car, hearing it being broadcast. "50 Ways" had its chart run many months earlier, winter/spring, when I was mostly housebound, and the radio was rarely played in our household

Interesting.  My recollection is they used to play the heck out of Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover.  That was on AM radio anyway, I don't think I had started listening to the FM rock stations yet at that point.  Paul Simon's music seems to go down best in the cooler months anyway.

I liked Let Em In, but I really wanted to see Beware My Love as a single off of that album, young rocker that I was.  But it turned out to be the B side to Let Em In.  Oh well.

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