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TheBeatlesJohn
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3 May 2014 - 11.04am

Of course The Beatles are perfect the way they are, and the majority of their songs don't need any change whatsoever, especially the literary area but there have been a few times where I've heard a Beatles song and mistook lyrics for different ones, and then I found out about the real lyrics and was pretty disappointed.

For example;

In Blackbird: I always thought Paul was singing "You were only waiting for this moment to arrive", but in fact the real lyrics are "You were only waiting for this moment to arise". Both of those lyrics make sense.

I also thought that in There's a place, the lyrics sung were "There's a place, where I can go, when I feel safe, when I feel low" when in an actual fact the lyrics are "There's a place, where I can go, when I feel low, when I feel blue"

I feel as though the former would have worked better because it rhymes in a better sense and builds more tension.

What do you guys think? Are there any Beatles lyrics you think could have been modified?

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Favourite song: Yesterday
Favourite album: Rubber Soul
Favourite member: Paul McCartney
Favourite solo career: John Lennon or Paul McCartney
Favourite solo career song: John Lennon - God or Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Time

Favourite songs on albums;
Please Please Me: There's A Place/Misery
With The Beatles: All My Loving/Please Mr Postman
A Hard Day's Night: If I Fell/And I Love Her
Beatles For Sale: No Reply/I'll Follow The Sun
Help!: Yesterday/I've Just Seen A Face
Rubber Soul: In My Life/Drive My Car/The Word
Revolver: She Said She Said/Here There And Everywhere
Sgt Pepper: Sgt Pepper/She's Leaving Home
Magical Mystery Tour: Your Mother Should Know/All You Need Is Love
White Album: Dear Prudence/Happiness Is A Warm Gun/Cry Baby Cry
Let It Be: Across The Universe/Get Back
Abbey Road: Come Together/Here Comes The Sun

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Starr Shine?
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3 May 2014 - 12.41pm

All You Need Is Love to

 

All you need is Thirty Thousand pounds of Bananas

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MrMoonlight
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3 May 2014 - 1.52pm

The lyrics of If I Needed Someone really annoy me because I keep expecting other lines.

"Had it been some other day, it might not have been like this" to "Had it been another day, it might not have been this way"

"Carve your number on my wall, and maybe you will get a call from me" to "Carve your number on my wall and one day you may get a call"

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TheBeatlesJohn
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3 May 2014 - 2.08pm

@Starr Shine? you mean those aren't lyrics!? :O

@MrMoonlight I actually feel the same way about that song, well the first example

Oh, I have another one!

"Look! What you're doing, I'm feeling blue and lonely," I keep expecting him to sing "I'm feeling blue in love,"

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Favourite song: Yesterday
Favourite album: Rubber Soul
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Favourite solo career: John Lennon or Paul McCartney
Favourite solo career song: John Lennon - God or Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Time

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Please Please Me: There's A Place/Misery
With The Beatles: All My Loving/Please Mr Postman
A Hard Day's Night: If I Fell/And I Love Her
Beatles For Sale: No Reply/I'll Follow The Sun
Help!: Yesterday/I've Just Seen A Face
Rubber Soul: In My Life/Drive My Car/The Word
Revolver: She Said She Said/Here There And Everywhere
Sgt Pepper: Sgt Pepper/She's Leaving Home
Magical Mystery Tour: Your Mother Should Know/All You Need Is Love
White Album: Dear Prudence/Happiness Is A Warm Gun/Cry Baby Cry
Let It Be: Across The Universe/Get Back
Abbey Road: Come Together/Here Comes The Sun

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Dr Winston o Boogie
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3 May 2014 - 2.36pm

In Getting Better, when Paul sings the line "Me used to be angry young man, me hiding me head in the sand. You gave me the word, finally heard, I'm doing the best that I can."

I figured the "I" could be changed to "me" to match up with the rest of the verse. The "I'm" could be changed to "me" as well.

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Linde
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3 May 2014 - 4.08pm

I never even noticed it was all ''me'' in that line! I learn something new every day.

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Musketeer Gripweed
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3 May 2014 - 4.19pm

Dr Winston o Boogie said
In Getting Better, when Paul sings the line "Me used to be angry young man, me hiding me head in the sand. You gave me the word, finally heard, I'm doing the best that I can."

I figured the "I" could be changed to "me" to match up with the rest of the verse. The "I'm" could be changed to "me" as well.

It might have to do with the vocal range of the song or the sequence. I don't think thats that bad though. The lyrics for Michelle are pretty well bland as they get. Michelle my belle these are words that go together well. Such a romantic mood musically and says that. At least Johns middle eight kept the mood and made the song in my opinion. Also Georges You Like Me Too Much.....Cause You Like Me Too Much and I like you...I guess it was just to try and improve his confidence putting it on. 

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3 May 2014 - 5.47pm

Annadog40 said
All You Need Is Love to

 

All you need is Thirty Thousand pounds of Bananas

For what it's worth (which isn't much), I grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, about two miles from the steep hill that was the basis of Harry Chapin's song "Thirty Thousand Pounds Of Bananas." It was at the bottom of that steep hill that the out-of-control banana truck crashed, inspiring the folk singer to write his quirky song. Yeah, I know, who cares? :D

I would like to change this line in "Run For Your Life:" "Well, I'd rather see you dead, little girl, than to see you with another man"… Hmm… something not so mysogenistically violent… Maybe change it to "Well, I'd rather eat stale bread, little girl"… Uh… OK, maybe that needs a little more massaging…

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vonbontee
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3 May 2014 - 10.14pm

In "Hello Goodbye", Paul wants to use only "-o"-rhyming words that preserve the positive-opposed-to-negative integrity, but he runs out of rhymes too soon, and has to rely on an ambivalent "You say why/I say I don't know" before giving up entirely. So I would've thrown in a couple more, like "You say fast/I say slow", "You say reap/I say sow", and "You say friend/I say foe" if he wanted to be uncharacteristically cynical. And if he wanted to be particularly sardonic, finish up with "You say suck/I say blow, blow, blow!"

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MrMoonlight
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4 May 2014 - 3.37pm

Semi-related, but I practice lyric-writing by adding new verses to Beatles songs. So far I've only done it for I'll Follow The Sun and A Day In The Life, but it's quite fun.

Bungalow Bob
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5 May 2014 - 3.26pm

I would change the creepy title of the song "Little Child." Instead, I would substitute a girl's name, like "Linda Lou"… or "Lulabelle"… or "Enola Gay." (That was the name of the warplane that dropped the first atom bomb, and would fit right in the wheelhouse of John's offbeat sense of humor; for scansion purposes, John would have sung it as "'nola Gay." The song would still only be a throwaway dance-floor filler, but at least it wouldn't sound so weirdly offensive, especially as the singer aged. (A vocalist singing "Little Child" at age 19 doesn't sound nearly as creepy as a singer in his 40s… well, on second thought, yes he does.) But I can vividly imagine the song being sung as "'nola Gay, 'nola Gay, 'nola Gay, won't you dance with me?"

This reminds me of the story of Chuck Berry playing his latest demo for his producer, a jaunty number he called "Ida May." The producer loved it, and was sure it would be a hit, but he wanted a different woman's name for the title. Then he looked on his secretary's desk, and saw her mascara tube, and the light bulb went on over his head.  And that's the story of "Maybellene." 

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Joe
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7 May 2014 - 1.01pm

Thank You Girl, in the first verse, is supposed to go "You made me glad when I was blue." But they mumble and it sounds a bit like "When I'm azure." So I'd make that the official line. Azure is a type of blue anyway, so it still just about make sense.

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Linde
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7 May 2014 - 5.13pm

It's more specific too! I mean, I get that you're blue, but what shade of blue? Azure? Okay good.

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trcanberra
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7 May 2014 - 9.53pm

"I know she ain't no peasant" to anything else :)

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Starr Shine?
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7 May 2014 - 10.23pm

trcanberra said
"I know she ain't no peasant" to anything else :)

How about "I know she is a Target Down!"

I had some lyric help from my brother

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7 May 2014 - 10.30pm

trcanberra said
"I know she ain't no peasant" to anything else :)

 

She knows how to cook a pheasant.

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7 May 2014 - 10.42pm

I know that she's no peasant - and

the movement you need is on your shoulder (I don't care what Lennon said, everyone knows that's a stupid lyric)

"She looks more like him than I do."

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7 May 2014 - 10.48pm

robert said
I know that she's no peasant - and

the movement you need is on your shoulder (I don't care what Lennon said, everyone knows that's a stupid lyric)

I don't know that's stupid. I like it. 

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Starr Shine?
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7 May 2014 - 10.53pm

robert said
I know that she's no peasant - and

the movement you need is on your shoulder (I don't care what Lennon said, everyone knows that's a stupid lyric)

Maybe he needs a massage 

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7 May 2014 - 11.04pm

robert said
the movement you need is on your shoulder (I don't care what Lennon said, everyone knows that's a stupid lyric)

Sorry, good line. Okay, bad line, but works in the song. As John said, "I know what it means!" And what better critic?

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