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Beatles lyrics you would have changed
15 June 2015
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I wouldn’t change anything but, I must say that I’ve always fancied Bob Dylan’s reworking of “I Can’t Hide” to “I Get High” from ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand ‘, simply because that’s what I always thought that it said as well up until reading about that fateful meeting in one New York City Hotel Room back in 1964.  A Meeting that you could argue changed the course of History Forever…:-)

16 June 2015
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They didn’t smoke pot recreationally until 1964. the song was made in 63. Although i agree i like Bob Dylan’s fashioning of that lyric

16 June 2015
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Ahhh Girl said
I always heard that sound as a heavy emphasis on the d on the word end.

I’m team AG all the way on this one. I’m no Johnologist, but hasn’t it been observed that he often elongated syllables or double-voweled to create a more pleasing meter or rhythm?  In this case, it has a percussive effect, as if to say he really means it. 

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16 June 2015
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I would have changed Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds to Lucy in the Sky with Cubic Zirconia.

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16 June 2015
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16 June 2015
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Of course.

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20 June 2015
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In Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey (great song), the official lyrics as printed on the album insert read Come On IS such a joy…Come on IS take it easy…Come on IS make it easy. I’m sure there is a reason for this (something to do with the Maharishi), but I still think Come on IT’S such a joy…Come on take it easy….Come on make it easy…sounds better. That’s probably the way we all sing it in our cars and showers anyway!   

20 June 2015
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I’ve always thought it was “is”, never thought it was “it’s” as it doesnt seem right to me.

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20 September 2015
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John has said in interviews that he regretted the Chairman Mao reference in Revolution and I agree with him.  It dates the song to a specific historical era.  Not sure what I’d put in instead though. 

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25 September 2015
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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.” 

Actually, that’s looking at an old rock n roll lyric through 2015 Oprah eyes. There were plenty of songs about little girl, be my baby, girl. Little Child seems almost like an old blues reference. And remember the song Ooh Child by the 5 Stairsteps. Not creepy, just a term not used that much anymore.

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25 September 2015
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There are tons of songs from back in the day that now wouldn’t be deemed appropriate. Different times, and it wasnt as if the lyric writers were saying grooming or pedophilia were acceptable – or I am now in case someone thinks I am.

You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful (And Your’e Mine)‘, (later covered by Ringo)

Does Your Mother Know‘ 

The lyrics to ”Young Girl‘ are far worse than ‘Little Child

Young girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run, girl
You’re much too young, girl

With all the charms of a woman
You’ve kept the secret of your youth
You led me to believe
You’re old enough to give me Love
And now it hurts to know the truth, oh

Young girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run, girl
You’re much too young, girl

Beneath your perfume and make-up
You’re just a baby in disguise
And though you know
That it is wrong to be alone with me
That come on look is in your eyes, oh

Young girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run, girl
You’re much too young, girl

So hurry home to your mama
I’m sure she wonders where you are
Get out of here before I have the time
To change my mind
‘Cause I’m afraid we’ll go too far, oh

Young girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run, girl
You’re much too young, girl

Young girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run, girl
You’re much too young, girl

Young girl, get out of my mind

It still gets radio play.

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10 November 2015
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Wow, yeah that is a creepy one @meanmistermustard and it was a big hit too. Back in the day we used to muck around with George’s lyrics a bit, at the time I was not the Georgist I am now and often felt his middle-eights needed some polishing. The trouble was, what would you replace them with? If I Needed Someone has a really difficult middle-eight to scan, and really George does a good job of filling that, but it still sounds clunky, and it seems I’m not alone.

I take the point about She Came In Through The Bathroom Window , it always bugged me that the line and so I quit the police department and got myself a steady job makes no sense. You had a steady job, argh!

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I try to think that the person “quit” the police department by getting out of a life of crime.

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There is a fantastic outtake from the ‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window ‘ ‘Get Back ‘ reheasals (DDSI # 9:55) where they are playing it as a piss-take and Paul sings in a very serious straight voice “and got myself a proper job” and it sounds wonderful. John is heavily involved and the humour is great. That whole section is brilliant and needs to be heard (quoted below in the spoiler), i wonder if its on youtube. 

Found it on Daily Motion (the below video wont load for me unless i go to the actual page here).

 


Paul: “And so i quit the police department”
John: “Get a job, cop!!”
Paul: “And got myself a proper job”

John: “Bloody ’bout time too if you ask me”

Paul: “And tho she tried her best to help me”

John: “You bloody need it too”

Paul: “She could steal but she could not rob”  

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Until you mentioned it recently I’d never heard of Daily Motion……Thought it was part of a question a Dr might phrase.

Thank you I shall explore…….. 

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meanmistermustard said

There is a fantastic outtake from the ‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window ‘ ‘Get Back ‘ reheasals (DDSI # 9:55) where they are playing it as a piss-take and Paul sings in a very serious straight voice “and got myself a proper job” and it sounds wonderful. John is heavily involved and the humour is great.

That is great! I guess that was the original sense of it and Paul self-censored. It never occurred to me that John might sing the high harmony, I always think of him as the low harmony guy, weird.

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