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Beatles song trivia
19 January 2016
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That Lennon boy. What a cut-up.

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What song did Macca play live (while in the Beatles) on his Rickenbacker Bass ?

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The Beatles wrote 6 songs that have the letter X in the title. They also did covers of 2 songs that have the letter X in the title.

Name them.

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Quickly flipping through my memory of the different albums tracklists I have come up with the following: Taxman , When I'm Sixty Four, Maxwell's Silver Hammer , Fixing A Hole , Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey ... and then my mind went blank. 

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Evangeline said
Quickly flippig through my memory of the different albums tracklists I have come up with the following: Taxman , When I'm Sixty Four, Maxwell's Silver Hammer , Fixing A Hole , Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey ... and then my mind went blank. 

Sexy Sadie is the missing song they wrote, the ones they covered remain

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Sweet little sixteen and Matchbox

 

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O Boogie said
Sweet little sixteen and Matchbox

They didn't write those two though... they were covers. a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

“She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”  - J.D. Salinger

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Well done, @Evangeline, @NickCanadaCore, and @O Boogie. An apple for each of you apple01apple01apple01

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@Skelter began the refrain and forumpudlians joined in

Beatle songs that mention places outside of England.

1. Back In The USSR - Miami Beach, USSR, Ukraine, Moscow, Georgia
2. Honey Pie - in the U.S.A.
3. The Ballad Of John And Yoko - mentions a lot of places (e.g. Holland, France, Paris, Gibraltar, Spain)
4. Memphis, Tennessee - Memphis, Tennessee
5. Rocky Raccoon - Dakota
6. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (deep in the jungle)
7. Blue Moon of Kentucky - The moon and Kentucky.
8. Kansas City - Kansas City
9. Rock And Roll Music - Georgia
10. Get Back - Tuscon, Arizona and California
11. Cry Baby Cry - Kirkcaldy
12. Two of us - The sun
13. Across The Universe - y'know, the universe

I like this topic a lot. The Beatles Travel Brochure. Let's expand to solo songs and keep it going. I'll compile the answer as we go along.

Press (McCartney - Press To Play ) - Oklahoma Yay! My adopted state.
If you haven't listened to this song before, read the story then listen to the song.

Here's the story

Hello Everyone:

Please believe what I am going to tell you is the truth about this song--my family can verify every one of these details.

In December 1985 my family & I were in the London Underground at Christmastime, late one evening.

While we were the only small group in the station (I believe Piccadilly Station) there was a man sitting nearby, within earshot, of the Tube map on the wall.

I explained to my Mother , who had never been to London, the way to find her way back to Piccadilly Station should she be lost in our travels on the Tube. She, also, was suffering from a painful ankle which made walking fairly uncomfortable.

In describing ways to navigate both the entire Tube system, and to open the doors to the train, we mentioned to push the "Press" button on the subway train itself, further explaining to not fret, but to remember these directions. She was fairly unsure, even frightened, about the entire process of boarding the trains.

We then decided to board a train to prove our directions for boarding were sufficient for safe travel.

However, after waiting a seemingly long time for a train, not one arrived at the station. In our time of waiting for a train we discussed--out loud--the benefits of train service around a city and within cities. This discussion continued with comments regarding the hopes that one day our family (visiting from Oklahoma) would have train service between our state's (Oklahoma's) main cities.

Still waiting for a train to arrive, we then decided to leave the station.

Upon turning from the Tube map on the wall we walked immediately past a middle-age man dressed in a long grey wool overcoat. His head was turned downward until we passed. As we passed him he lifted his head and we spoke a courteous "hello" to each other.

Upon passing this seated man we all looked to each other and said, "That was Paul McCartney , wasn't it?" We all looked back at him and confirmed with another glance from him.

Not until hearing this track from his "Press To Play " album the following year did we place his text used in the single "Press" with the words and topics we spoke about, standing next to him.

Upon playing the song to our family members each confirmed the exact message about which we spoke is what is used in this song! (...with the exception of the tie-in of the "love" element).

I know, absolutely, if Mr. McCartney were to be asked his inspiration--and remember that inspiration--of this song, he would tell the exact story I relate here.

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Paul has been asked about the "Oklahoma" line

"Oklahoma was never like this" can mean whatever you want it to mean. To me, when you're writing songs, you always get a line you assume you are going to edit later (...) But every time I came to that line I couldn't sing anything but that; it was just the scanning."

Source: Paul McCartney : Recording Sessions (1969 - 2013) by Luca Perasi

So very much like "My love don't buy me presents; I know that she's no peasant" line from 'She's A Woman '; little more than filler that for whatever reason Paul never altered.

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

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I like the story I posted better. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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Ahhh Girl said
I like the story I posted better. a-hard-days-night-paul-11  

Well a-hard-days-night-paul-11 to you to. 

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LOL.

Steel & Glass - New York and L.A.

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Shanghai ('Shanghai Surprise')

Hong Kong ('Hong Kong Blues')

Liverpool, Tokyo ('You Are Here')

Glasgow, Carlisle, Kendal, Birmingham, London ('Helen Wheels')

Baltimore ('Baltimore Blues')

Hawaii ('Rocking Chair in Hawaii')

Trinidad, Bimini ('Atlantic Ocean')

The Vatican '(P2 Vatican Blues) (Last Saturday Night)' (may not count)

Hamburg ('Liverpool 8')

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Kintyre ('Mull Of Kintyre ')

Walthamstow, Scarborough, Siam ('Old Siam Sir')

Bangladesh ('Bangla Desh')

Boston, Pittsburgh, Texas, San Francisco, St. Louis, New Orleans ('Sweet Little Sixteen')

Nashville ('Sally G')

Egypt, Irish Sea, Rome, Spain ('Spirits of Ancient Egypt')

Hollywood, America ('Biker Like An Icon')

Bombay ('Brown Eyed Handsome Man')

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Louisiana (Beaucoups of Blues)

Arkansas, California, Los Angeles (Fastest Growing Heartache in the West)

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Vienna '(It's All Down To) Goodnight Vienna'

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Euphrates ('Oo Wee')

Zion '(It's All Down To) Goodnight Vienna'

Atlantic Ocean ('Atlantic Ocean)

 

Extending the locations

Moon, Sun ('Here Comes The Moon')

Hades ('Oo Wee')

Heaven ('Heaven On A Sunday')

Stars ('Instant Karma ')

Venus, Mars ('Venus And Mars ')

 

Is there a song that means Earth or any of the other planets?

John sings "so what the hell am I supposed to do?" in 'I'm Losing You ' but the context is wrong.

 

Venus And Mars is very specific in that it mentions 

  • The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
  • The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood
  • Madison Square Gardens, New York

Does Philadelphia count? Paul sings about the "Philly band" in 'Venus And Mars '?

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Hell to Pay (McCartney song on the extended deluxe New)

Missouri, Virginia (used as a woman's name), Kansas City , Graceland, Tennessee, St. Louis, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Niagra Falls (Missouri Loves Company)

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