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A day in the life - Paul or John?
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26 September 2013
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Always thought it was John singing "ahhS", however by listening careful here 

 at time 3:02, there is a second or two, where Paul´s tone/pitch seems to me quite clear. Any opinions would be highly appreciated. Cheers!

26 September 2013
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^^ If you want to read through this whole thread for everybody's opinions then go ahead. They're all there. And, no, we haven't got to the bottom of it. And, no, we probably never will get there.

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26 September 2013
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Every time I listen to A Day In The Life now I pay special attention to this bit. I'd always thought it was John, then after reading this thread I began to hear Paul. Now I'm back to the opinion that it's John.  

26 September 2013
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fabfouremily said
^^ If you want to read through this whole thread for everybody's opinions then go ahead. They're all there. And, no, we haven't got to the bottom of it. And, no, we probably never will get there.

Oh, how I love this answer! From now on, whenever the question of "Paul or John?" comes up, we can copy/paste your reply. Well done!

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26 September 2013
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^ Haha, thanks Zig apple01

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26 September 2013
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fabfouremily said
^ Haha, thanks Zig apple01

 

Yeah, we need a macro set up for your well-crafted statement. F7. There. Reply posted.

26 September 2013
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^^^^^^  Methinks someone has created an alt to stir everyone up (even further??) - wonder who the naughty nellie is?

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27 September 2013
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I mentioned this before: the intro to "Lovely Rita" has a very similar sounding "ahh" -- which I had also always assumed was John (oh, maybe for the silly reason that it sounds like John).  The fact that the main vocals of the "Lovely Rita" song are by Paul never forced me to conclude -- "Oh no, since Paul is singing the rest of the song, John can't possibly chip in to sing "aaahs" at the beginning; NO...!" holds head to prevent head from exploding... "NO! That would be unTHINKABLE and physically imPOSSIBLE...!"

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27 September 2013
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Sounds like John to me.

27 September 2013
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Well, I listened very closely several times to the relevant portion of the a cappella version posted by Xi3 above.

A number of observations:

1) The "aahs" begin at 2:36 on the dot -- so close after Paul's last line "and I went into a dream" that if it were Paul, he'd have had to track over to do it well.

2) The "aahs" from 2:36 all the way to 2:55 to my ears sound very Johnish and I can't hear anything Paulish about them.

3) At 2:56 -- which marks the last of the aahs before it goes back to John's "I read the news today, oh boy" -- finally, at this specific point only, the "ahh" does at least have the HINT of a possibility of sounding Paulish.  That's all I can say about that.

4) Of interest: I never heard this before, but during the entire time that the "ahhs" are going on, there are other "oohs" and "ahhs" going on in the background in counterpoint melody and rhythm against the primary "ahhs", and also echoey sounding.  These other "oohs" and "ahhs" in the background do sound more Paulish, and they sound like more than one voice -- either Paul double-tracking, or Paul and John.

 P.S.:  Someone could write a whole book about this, and title it The "Aahhs" Have It (Or How I Wasted a Whole Day of My Life On This...).

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Funny Paper said
Well, I listened very closely several times to the relevant portion of the a cappella version posted by Xi3 above.

A number of observations:

1) The "aahs" begin at 2:36 on the dot -- so close after Paul's last line "and I went into a dream" that if it were Paul, he'd have had to track over to do it well.

2) The "aahs" from 2:36 all the way to 2:55 to my ears sound very Johnish and I can't hear anything Paulish about them.

3) At 2:56 -- which marks the last of the aahs before it goes back to John's "I read the news today, oh boy" -- finally, at this specific point only, the "ahh" does at least have the HINT of a possibility of sounding Paulish.  That's all I can say about that.

4) Of interest: I never heard this before, but during the entire time that the "ahhs" are going on, there are other "oohs" and "ahhs" going on in the background in counterpoint melody and rhythm against the primary "ahhs", and also echoey sounding.  These other "oohs" and "ahhs" in the background do sound more Paulish, and they sound like more than one voice -- either Paul double-tracking, or Paul and John.

 P.S.:  Someone could write a whole book about this, and title it The "Aahhs" Have It (Or How I Wasted a Whole Day of My Life On This...).

Or 'A Day In The Life Wasted' referring to the person who wrote the book and whichever idiot bought and then read the damn thing and also has a drug inference.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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Funny Paper said
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 P.S.:  Someone could write a whole book about this, and title it The "Aahhs" Have It (Or How I Wasted a Whole Day of My Life On This...).

Now that would put a Beatles completest in a quandary. To buy or not to buy?

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cbatcu said

Funny Paper said
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 P.S.:  Someone could write a whole book about this, and title it The "Aahhs" Have It (Or How I Wasted a Whole Day of My Life On This...).

Now that would put a Beatles completest in a quandary. To buy or not to buy?

 

Simple. Not. a-hard-days-night-john-1

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28 September 2013
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How about this book title:

And in the End:

The Love Money Can't Buy

is Equal To

The Lucy in the Sky.

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Funny Paper said
How about this book title:

And in the End:

The Love Money Can't Buy

is Equal To

The Lucy in the Sky.

It would have to be accompanied by a radio commercial by some currently famous band. Buy and sky would have several "bounces" each. Buy, i, i, i. Sky, i, i. It would have to be radio so we would all be left guessing who sang the extra bounces.

29 September 2013
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cbatcu said

Funny Paper said
How about this book title:

And in the End:

The Love Money Can't Buy

is Equal To

The Lucy in the Sky.

It would have to be accompanied by a radio commercial by some currently famous band. Buy and sky would have several "bounces" each. Buy, i, i, i. Sky, i, i. It would have to be radio so we would all be left guessing who sang the extra bounces.

Cool -- I like it.

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I couldn't help thinking of this thread when Paul sings the following in "Early Days":

"Everybody seems to have their own opinion, who did this and who did that ... they weren't where it was at".

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He said something similar to Jimmy Kimmel recently..."For you, it's research. For me, it's memory." 

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Oh, no. When I heard the ahhhs in Herman Hermit's "I'm Into Something Good" this morning on my way to work, my brain automatically said, "I wonder if the world knows which of them sang the ahhhs in that song?"

Did I get you to singing "On my way to work, I rode a big green bus...?" That song is addictive.

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Ahhh Girl said

Did I get you to singing "On my way to work, I rode a big green bus...?" That song is addictive.

I like listening to that one on the bus when I take it to work…. and it's a double-decker.  a-hard-days-night-paul-8

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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