10 June 2015
There is a show on XM about artists who performed “one hit wonders”. One of the hosts quipped that every single Beatle song would have generated an entire career for the right artist. Although I know this was only hyperbole, it got me thinking which Beatle songs transcend the popularity of their creators. I’ll Follow The Sun was one of the songs I thought of (along with Clerefor-sede). The lyrics and the melody blend in a way that pull at the heart in an immediate yet eternal way. Guess I’ve also got a soft spot for lyrics that mention the sun. For me this song has a life of its own, outside of the Fab origins.
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Longer than the road that stretches out ahead
5 December 2019
I wholeheartedly agree. “I’ll Follow The Sun ” is a truly magical song all on its own
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"....This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around...."
1 May 2011
IFTS’ is a far better song when not analysed too much. It’s a beautiful song with some of the best Paul and John harmonising and a classic example of their voices blending so well together it’s hard at times to know who it is you are hearing. Is that analysing?
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22 July 2019
I think the greatest example of what Sigh Butterfly mentioned would be “Yesterday “. In this case, I would argue as such due to one, the nature and identity of the song; two, the legacy of the song.
Firstly, “Yesterday ” is (at least from my experience) one of the Beatles songs that people often know about without knowing the artist behind itself. It has become such a landmark song that it has became ingrained in the minds of culture itself, without reference to the artist, such as (arguably) the case of “Auld Lang Syne”, “Canon in D” and “Fur Elise”. It would not be hard to argue that the song “Yesterday ” have transcended the artist in terms of recognition and popularity.
Secondly, the legacy of “Yesterday ” would be one that would be almost impossible to replicate in the world of pop music. The most obvious legacy that it provides is the popularization of classical orchestration in the music background, which is incredibly commonplace in pop music nowadays. However, I would argue that the song’s use of lyricism is also an equivalent, if not greater, legacy than that of the orchestration background. The lyrics that Paul invokes in “Yesterday ” references the idea of romantic love, but in a more subdue and personal way, yet never really infringing too much towards the metaphorical side (as seen in the aforementioned “I Will Follow The Sun”). Contrast to the many hits of yester-year – both of the Beatles and others – many of them are based in direct, energetic and passionate lyricism and tones based on the ideals of romantic love. “Yesterday ” completely changes the way pop music is known for their love-based songs, by invoking lyrics that are deeply personal and mature at the time (and in many ways, still is).
Side note (1): I may have written a bit too much again, apologies for the long read.
Side note (2): I’m a bit disappointed that i can’t find that Paul ‘s rendition of “I’ll Follow The Sun ” in any of his live performances. Does anyone have any links they could kindly share?
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15 February 2015
Literally any of the Beatles’ hit singles/famous album tracks could have been one-hit wonders from any other group, not to mention many less-famous album tracks.
I feel like being a Beatles song is a double-edged sword at times. On one hand, the artist name/album context uplifts some of the lesser songs and makes them better-known/beloved than they would have been otherwise, like half of the White Album ; on the other hand, it means some truly great songs may get lost in the melee of other truly great but better-known songs and become cult favorites instead of hits, like Rain .
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