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Bad Beatle lyrics
4 June 2014
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Run For Your Life has the worst beatle lyrics ever, PS I Love You has some bad lyrics too, I've never been very fond of Hold Me Tight lyrics also...but Yellow Submarine ...argh!...really silly lyrics, I know it's a childish song but it stills annoy me very much! Oh! And Yes! I forgot about "Lovely Rita " which has a fantastic melody but has some horrible lyrics in my opinion.

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I love The Word , but... 

"Everywhere I go, I hear it said/In the good and the bad books that I have read"

 

Also, agreed on Run For Your Life and PS I Love You

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Couldn't think of anywhere else to put this, and it's hard to qualify as "news":

Paul McCartney On The Top 10 Worst Rock Lyricists of All-Time List?

And in the  ARE YOU KIDDING ME category! Yahoo Music compiled a list of the Top 10 Worst Rock Lyricists of All-Time and Paul McCartney is at number-10. WHAT!

Writer Rob O’Connor argues, “McCartney chooses to be lousy. He’s smart enough to write something decent. But he’s lazy like a pothead.” As evidence, he cites “Live And Let Die ” (“In this ever-changing world in which we live in”) and says “Sometimes you get so rich the rules of decent grammar never apply.”

More at the link. Just sounds like another list meant to stir controversy.

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20 November 2014
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To be fair, most of his lyrics from McCartney II  to Off The Ground  are pretty bad. Most of the music isn't great either to be honest. I prefer to forget about that period.

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20 November 2014
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But two albums hardly comprise his entire body of work (and "Check My Machine" is the song that made me pay more serious attention to Paul's solo work). And compared to the millions on songwriters out there, they certainly don't qualify him as one of the 10 worst.

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21 November 2014
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Very true (though I was actually referring to everything between and including those two albums, so McCartney II , Pipe of Peace, Press To Play , Flowers In The Dirt and Off The Ground ). He also has a few clunkers on his Wings albums and McCartney. Fortunately everything (with minor exceptions) since Flaming Pie  has been pretty great. Certainly nothing as bad as "Biker Like An Icon". He definitely isn't a top 10 worst lyricist though. 

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21 November 2014
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'Biker Like An Icon' is definitely one of the worst songs Paul has wrote but i can't say i'm that in awed of a lot of what Paul has wrote in years. Nothing in 'New' (that album title really does my head in - i detest it) hit me as memorable (i'm one of the few who didn't do cartwheels when first hearing it after proclaiming it his best work since 'In Spite Of All The Danger ') and i can say the same for most of his post-Flaming Pie material (and after recently listening to 'Flaming Pie ' even that album has went down in my estimations). I try to get into it but i really do struggle. 'Memory Almost Full ' is a horrible album tho nothing reeks more than 'Driving Rain '.

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Couple of points on that. 1. I love New. It may be his best solo album, though not really because of the lyrics. I also really like Memory Almost Full , though again, the lyrics are ok, but not great. Chaos and Creation, though, has some absolutely fantastic lyrics, as well as some great music, though it's not quite as musically strong as New. I do agree that Driving Rain  is incredibly mediocre. 

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There are so much great Beatles lyrics out there. From "Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream", to the ultimate "and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make". But there are some really bad Beatles lyrics, too. When I was a little boy, I always got scared at the line "yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dogs eye." I had a dog, and it made me sad hearing about dead ones. Nowadays, I just gag when I hear it. It's still disgusting. Also, "I'm going to love her till the cows come home" doesn't seem like a Beatles lyric. At all. Run For Your Life is my second favorite song off of Rubber Soul because of the guitar, but I think the lyrics are abysmal. So that's why Think For Yourself takes the cake for best Rubber Soul song.

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parlance said

More at the link. Just sounds like another list meant to stir controversy.

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You'll be pleased to know that internet bit-rot has made it impossible to view this content now, the page as it used to look in yahoo is still visible on archive.org but I couldn't follow the slideshow any more. But as to the criticisms, Ian McDonald made similar if not more trenchant barbs about Macca's lyrical efforts in Revolution In The Head and a few in Harrison's way; we should probably be grateful he dropped the lines

I look from the wings at the play you are staging

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

As I'm sitting here, doing nothing but ageing

Still my guitar gently weeps

from While My Guitar Gently Weeps a-hard-days-night-george-10

McDonald's complaint concerned the artistic depth of the lyrics, he couldn't imagine that people a century from now could get excited about the artistic achievement of such a band no matter how moving the musical accompaniment if the lyrics were so conversational as to be possibly unintelligible to a later generation and in general he tended to blame McCartney more than Lennon. And although I disagree with very many of McDonald's conclusions cultural or otherwise I can see his point but then I can also see the bands; it's not their job to worry about future generations,they're only interested in entertaining the generations they see now and later history will have to deal with it (a very Boomer attitude I do concede). I feel there is a classic confrontation between the artist and the critic here, with Macca on one side defending the right of the artist to be light-hearted and caring only for the moment and frankly annoyed at these armchair experts and critics like McDonald et. al. fuming about the artists slapdash attitude to his/her craft and worrying about some imagined state of craftsmanship and the advancement of culture of which they seem to be the self-appointed guardians.

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Threads merged. The reason for posting this is to thank @vonbontee for the heads up.

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Thanks for moving me thread... it's really hard to keep track of which threads exist and which ones don't

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Magill said
Thanks for moving me thread... it's really hard to keep track of which threads exist and which ones don't

  

No worries. It's what we mods are here for and I have no idea which threads exist outside of the main ones in use. If vonbontee hadn't posted a link I would never have known, which is why he got credited.

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Though you can always enquire in The Thread Search Thread if an appropriate thread already exists, and if someone knows of one they'll let you know as soon as possible.

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thank you all, specifically @vonbontee. I'll use the thread search tool. 

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When I saw @Magill's new thread, I searched for an existing thread on the topic. I saw this one. I contemplated whether to merge the new thread into this one. I didn't know if there was an argument to be had for a difference between "bad" lyrics and lyrics "you don't like." "Bad" could be a line that doesn't really make sense or doesn't seem to flow whereas a lyric you don't like could be something that upsets you. Here are other somewhat-related links about songs:

Songs that scare

George's Creepy Songs While With The Beatles

Beatles songs that give you the creeps (started by you, @Magill)

Your worst 10

Worst Beatles Songs

Anyway...

Keep on Beatles talking...

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Thanks all for the merge.

 

I don't listen to songs for the lyrics normally, but I think Love Me Do deserves to be mentioned. Only 18 unique words! 

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The Hole Got Fixed said
Thanks all for the merge.

 

I don't listen to songs for the lyrics normally, but I think Love Me Do deserves to be mentioned. Only 18 unique words! 

  

They're not even unique either. I bet Dickens used all eighteen of them in David Copperfield.

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"well, she was just 17 / you know what I mean" no, I don't know what you mean

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Vera Chuck and Dave said
"well, she was just 17 / you know what I mean" no, I don't know what you mean

  

Well, it's better than the original line, "never been a beauty queen"! 🙂 

I think he means she is 'old enough' to get to know better ... Paul was just 20 when he wrote it. Showing how we think differently, I think it is a really good lyric!

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