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A day in the life - Paul or John?
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4 February 2013
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Anyone fancy doing a deed for the good of humanity? Go here and ask Paul McCartney who sang the Aaahs in A Day In The Life. Then I can close this wretched thread. Thanks!

http://www.paulmccartney.com/f.....-questions

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The question as I asked it:

"There are lots of arguments on websites over whether you or John sang the main 'Aaahhhs' on A Day In The Life. Could you help?"

Is that right?

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Joe said
Anyone fancy doing a deed for the good of humanity? Go here and ask Paul McCartney who sang the Aaahs in A Day In The Life. Then I can close this wretched thread. Thanks!

http://www.paulmccartney.com/f.....-questions

Done.ahdn_paul_02

 

 

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P.S.:

When you sign up for that Paul website in order to ask that question, your computer starts playing Paul doing covers of his own songs -- and even when you close the page and go to some other website, the music keeps playing!

 

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Funny Paper said
P.S.:

When you sign up for that Paul website in order to ask that question, your computer starts playing Paul doing covers of his own songs -- and even when you close the page and go to some other website, the music keeps playing!

 

 

That has happened with me, too, but on other websites, like YouTube and other websites with sound. Maybe it's a glitch?

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while we are not sure who sang the "ahh's" I do know that Paul has claimed to writing 53% of the "ahh's" lyric.

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Did Paul say 53%, it is a very exact number? And if so how do you know youve written 53% of a song?

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just 53% of the ahhs

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The melody or the word itself?

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Seems a very strange claim, where did you read it? Sorry for all the questions its just a strange claim to make from Paul.

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gosh, I'm sorry, I've been joking this whole time. How do you write 53% of an ahh? Guess I missed the humor bulls eye - sorry.

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Don't worry, I laughed a little- my "The melody or the word itself?" question was a bit of a joke as well. Not completely, but whatever. And now I'm imagining John saying "Aa-" and then Paul finishing with "-ahh," like they made up the word. It's funny in my brain, even if it's not in others'.

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exactly. In fact I believe Paul wanted the writing credit to go like this Lenney/McCartnon

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I tried to make up one for George & Ringo and failed. And then I failed at John & George. And Paul & Ringo. And Ringo & John.

Paul & George: McCartnon/Harrisey

Is that the only one that works besides Lenney/McCartnon?

 

 

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Egroeg Evoli said

Funny Paper said
P.S.:

When you sign up for that Paul website in order to ask that question, your computer starts playing Paul doing covers of his own songs -- and even when you close the page and go to some other website, the music keeps playing!

 

 

That has happened with me, too, but on other websites, like YouTube and other websites with sound. Maybe it's a glitch?

Actually, I realized what was going on (at least in this case): that Paul website automatically opened up a separate window playing that music, and I didn't see there was a separate window behind the window I was in, so when I closed the Paul website tab, I hadn't also closed that separate window (which they called a "SoundCloud").

We'll see if Paul answers my question -- though I won't be holding my breath...  Even if the assistant's assistant of the assistant to his assistant's assistant ever gets around to reading my question, he'll have to then bring it to the attention of the secretary's secretary to the secretary's secretary of Paul's outer people at the periphery of his Inner Circle...

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Oh man this is almost certainly Paul. The reason for the confusion is we hardly ever hear Paul at this range. Check out the inflections towards the end of the first E note, that almost jazzy waver he does that's virtually signature to his vocal style. It even sounds artificially stretched as the vocal fades and the horns cadence. Also the hard edge we hear in John's voice is totally absent. This is Paul; trust me folks--I'm good at this.

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Jolm VV Lemon said
Oh man this is almost certainly Paul. The reason for the confusion is we hardly ever hear Paul at this range. Check out the inflections towards the end of the first E note, that almost jazzy waver he does that's virtually signature to his vocal style. It even sounds artificially stretched as the vocal fades and the horns cadence. Also the hard edge we hear in John's voice is totally absent. This is Paul; trust me folks--I'm good at this.

Oh, please, don't go there... Have you read this thread? Arguing it's definitely Paul is not the best way to say hello! This question has had more heated debate than any other on the forum.

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Joe said
Anyone fancy doing a deed for the good of humanity? Go here and ask Paul McCartney who sang the Aaahs in A Day In The Life. Then I can close this wretched thread. Thanks!

http://www.paulmccartney.com/f.....-questions

 

Something tells me even if he answered, it still wouldn't be resolved, lol.

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I hate to add another consideration (especially if it was brought up by someone before) -- but the timing from the moment Paul sings "went into a dream" to the first "ahhh" is so quick it's unlikely that, if it was Paul, it was not tracked over.  Of course, the Beatles tracked over stuff a lot, so that by itself is not a reason to decide it's not Paul.  However, at that particular juncture in the song, we are officially transitioning from Paul back to John -- both in song structure and in mood -- so it would make more sense for John to take the baton back, so to speak; and he could do it effortlessly and live, without having to track over.

Secondly, if it is Paul, it's Paul trying to sound like John, both in tonality and in terms of the mood of John's parts of the song -- unlike the entire tone of his (Paul's) chipper & bouncy little interlude there Why not just have John do it?

The demurrers of the Paulinists in this debate thus logically seem to have only one seemingly plausible rationale for their position: the claim that it was physically impossible for John to sing those ahhhhs -- the same claim that was the crux of the "woo woo" debate vis-a-vis George vs. Paul in "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

 

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OK, I have nothing new to add to the debate, except that I find your term "Paulinists" pretty funny! (As opposed to Lennonists or Starkeyites, I presume)

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