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Beatles Songs You Like That Other's Don't Seem To!
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Does anyone like or favour particular Beatles songs which maybe have a poor reputation, are generally on the list of worst Beatle songs or just not thought well off, for whatever reason?

One of my favourite songs from the early days is ‘Devil In Her Heart ‘ from With The Beatles . I just love George’s voice and John & Paul’s backing vocals (how cool is it to have John Lennon and Paul McCartney as backing singers by the way!) as well as loving the song. When I first got into The Beatles, as a teenager in the 1970s, I had to buy as many albums as my local record shop had and I actually heard this first on the US album, Beatles Second Album … and I just loved it!

I was surprised when I read how many didn’t rate the song at all!

I have recently heard The Donays version and like it as well, but will always prefer The Beatles version!

So, does anyone else have a favourite song that other’s don’t seem to rate?

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Sexy Sadie is my all time favorite and I never really thought of it as a deep track but I rarely see it mentioned among the top songs. I also don’t see too much love for Dr Robert which I love. Even on Revolver rankings it usually comes out pretty low. I had a friend try to discredit the album saying Dr Robert was fluff. I think its great. 

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Run For Your Life ’. Gets slated so much due to the lyrics but it’s a great track

What Goes On ’. Another ‘RS’ track that gets negative comments but I do have a strong affection to. George’s guitar scratching, Ringo’s very sad vocal and the line “I used to think of no one else but you were just the same, you didn’t even think of me as someone with a name.” which sounds really nice at the start but ends so cutting. One of my favourite Beatle lyrics. 

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meanmistermustard said
Run For Your Life ’. Gets slated so much due to the lyrics but it’s a great track

 

It’s a great track, but I just amn’t able to ignore the lyrics 🙁

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Do You Want To Know A Secret . It’s a lovely track. Love George’s singing and the doo da dos.

Ask me why. Beautiful track. One of my favourites from PPM

All I’ve Got To Do . Yummy.

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Do You Want To Know A Secret . It’s a lovely track. Love George’s singing and the doo da dos.

Ask me why. Beautiful track. One of my favourites from PPM

All I’ve Got To Do . Yummy.

  

Who doesn’t like ‘AIGTD’? It’s a gorgeous song. 

‘AMW’ is a favourite from ‘PPM ‘, agree that it’s a beautiful number. It’s great to hear them do it in Germany.

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I’ve read reviews of Old Brown Shoe where it’s been absolutely slated. But I really like it, especially Ringo’s drumming and the twangy guitar, it all sounds a bit wonky but that’s what I like about it.

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I’ve read reviews of Old Brown Shoe where it’s been absolutely slated. But I really like it, especially Ringo’s drumming and the twangy guitar, it all sounds a bit wonky but that’s what I like about it.

  

The ‘TBOJAY’/’OBS’ single has always been one of my Beatles favourites, both sides are fantastic. Which means I have to mention ‘TBOJAY’ here. The fills between the verses and the chorus are so good, especially how the fills change at the end, and I love the harmonies which I don’t think should work but do so well. To think this is just John and Paul and they both apparently could barely be in the room together at the same time is hard to get. But after the ‘GB’ documentary, who knows if they were or not. And who cares ultimately, the music remains incredible.

There has always been something compelling over the line “Peter Brown called to say you can make it ok”, I have no idea what it is. And finally, for some reason I have clear memories of the complete promo in colour being shown on Channel 4 in the 90’s (on ‘The White Room’) for the first time (either ever or for the first time in years). No idea why.

 

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meanmistermustard said
Run For Your Life ’. Gets slated so much due to the lyrics but it’s a great track

What Goes On ’. Another ‘RS’ track that gets negative comments but I do have a strong affection to. George’s guitar scratching, Ringo’s very sad vocal and the line “I used to think of no one else but you were just the same, you didn’t even think of me as someone with a name.” which sounds really nice at the start but ends so cutting. One of my favourite Beatle lyrics. 

  

“Scratching” is probably the best word I’ve either heard or could think of to describe Georges’ guitar playing on what goes on and he does it again on Dr Robert which, although not everyone’s favourite, is a great and uplifting wee song that always gets my foot tapping. 

In fact, the guitar work is technically pretty damn good on Dr Robert.

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Vera Chuckandave said

meanmistermustard said

Run For Your Life ’. Gets slated so much due to the lyrics but it’s a great track

What Goes On ’. Another ‘RS’ track that gets negative comments but I do have a strong affection to. George’s guitar scratching, Ringo’s very sad vocal and the line “I used to think of no one else but you were just the same, you didn’t even think of me as someone with a name.” which sounds really nice at the start but ends so cutting. One of my favourite Beatle lyrics. 

  

“Scratching” is probably the best word I’ve either heard or could think of to describe Georges’ guitar playing on what goes on and he does it again on Dr Robert which, although not everyone’s favourite, is a great and uplifting wee song that always gets my foot tapping. 

In fact, the guitar work is technically pretty damn good on Dr Robert.

  

Scratching was used in a derisory commentary of the song (maybe in ‘Revolution In The Head, I have ‘chicken scratching’ in my head but that could be completely wrong). I think it’s a very good description for some very good guitar playing. The backing track is out there in the world from ‘Rockband’ and it is a really enjoyable listen as you get to hear George’s playing in full without obstructions. It’s pretty odd but the solo is brilliant.

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meanmistermustard said

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meanmistermustard said

Run For Your Life ’. Gets slated so much due to the lyrics but it’s a great track

What Goes On ’. Another ‘RS’ track that gets negative comments but I do have a strong affection to. George’s guitar scratching, Ringo’s very sad vocal and the line “I used to think of no one else but you were just the same, you didn’t even think of me as someone with a name.” which sounds really nice at the start but ends so cutting. One of my favourite Beatle lyrics. 

  

“Scratching” is probably the best word I’ve either heard or could think of to describe Georges’ guitar playing on what goes on and he does it again on Dr Robert which, although not everyone’s favourite, is a great and uplifting wee song that always gets my foot tapping. 

In fact, the guitar work is technically pretty damn good on Dr Robert.

  

Scratching was used in a derisory commentary of the song (maybe in ‘Revolution In The Head, I have ‘chicken scratching’ in my head but that could be completely wrong). I think it’s a very good description for some very good guitar playing. The backing track is out there in the world from ‘Rockband’ and it is a really enjoyable listen as you get to hear George’s playing in full without obstructions. It’s pretty odd but the solo is brilliant.

  

That’s interesting as I remember, as a teenager,  listening to what goes on through huge headphones but one side kept cutting out. As it was one of the old mono records, I clearly heard George’s guitar as all the vocals kept randomly disappearing.

I have thought of many terms to describe the style like “scratchy”, “twangy”, “plucky”, etc….

I stopped when I realised it began to sound like the alternative seven dwarfs…paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

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meanmistermustard said

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Do You Want To Know A Secret . It’s a lovely track. Love George’s singing and the doo da dos.

Ask me why. Beautiful track. One of my favourites from PPM

All I’ve Got To Do . Yummy.

  

Who doesn’t like ‘AIGTD’? It’s a gorgeous song. 

‘AMW’ is a favourite from ‘PPM ‘, agree that it’s a beautiful number. It’s great to hear them do it in Germany.

  

I don’t know, i always thought it’s one of those tracks that people just don’t pay too much attention to it. I never see it ranked high but i might be completely wrong which would be great since i think it is one of the best in WTB.

Yeah i also love the live version of Ask me why from Germany. It also shows how great the Beatles were playing live. That song is not easy to play and also John sings great throughout all of the song.

I also like Octopus’s Garden which is another one of those Ringo songs that people classify as “childish” but i think it has great licks, a cool guitar solo, and a nice vocal performance from Ringo

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Shamrock Womlbs said

meanmistermustard said

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Do You Want To Know A Secret . It’s a lovely track. Love George’s singing and the doo da dos.

Ask me why. Beautiful track. One of my favourites from PPM

All I’ve Got To Do . Yummy.

  

Who doesn’t like ‘AIGTD’? It’s a gorgeous song. 

‘AMW’ is a favourite from ‘PPM ‘, agree that it’s a beautiful number. It’s great to hear them do it in Germany.

  

I don’t know, i always thought it’s one of those tracks that people just don’t pay too much attention to it. I never see it ranked high but i might be completely wrong which would be great since i think it is one of the best in WTB.

Yeah i also love the live version of Ask me why from Germany. It also shows how great the Beatles were playing live. That song is not easy to play and also John sings great throughout all of the song.

I also like Octopus’s Garden which is another one of those Ringo songs that people classify as “childish” but i think it has great licks, a cool guitar solo, and a nice vocal performance from Ringo

  

The backing vocals are sumptuous with some very missable but cool alterations. 

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I’ve read reviews of Old Brown Shoe where it’s been absolutely slated. But I really like it, especially Ringo’s drumming and the twangy guitar, it all sounds a bit wonky but that’s what I like about it.

  

Yeah, absolutely, uniquely wonky, both the tune and that skipping shuffle rhythm (. Its almost like a 12-bar blues thing but the chords go off in different surprising directions, because George wasn’t a natural pianist, just like he tells Billy. 

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I’ve always loved the guitar tracks on What Goes On and Dr. Robert. In the context of the rest of the band and with GM’s smooth production, it has a spontaneous country/honky tonk feel that i love. Dr Robert has so many great things going for it I really don’t understand the negativity. 

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I’ve read reviews of Old Brown Shoe where it’s been absolutely slated. But I really like it, especially Ringo’s drumming and the twangy guitar, it all sounds a bit wonky but that’s what I like it.

  

The ‘TBOJAY’/’OBS’ single has always been one of my Beatles favourites, both sides are fantastic. Which means I have to mention ‘TBOJAY’ here. The fills between the verses and the chorus are so good, especially how the fills change at the end, and I love the harmonies which I don’t think should work but do so well. To think this is just John and Paul and they both apparently could barely be in the room together at the same time is hard to get. But after the ‘GB’ documentary, who knows if they were or not. And who cares ultimately, the music remains incredible.

There has always been something compelling over the line “Peter Brown called to say you can make it ok”, I have no idea what it is. And finally, for some reason I have clear memories of the complete promo in colour being shown on Channel 4 in the 90’s (on ‘The White Room’) for the first time (either ever or for the first time in years). No idea why.

 

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Yes, TBOJY/OBS a great single and John sailing close to the wind again with his crucifixion reference. I think the Peter Brown reference was as he was pulled in to the saga of trying to fix a wedding place/date for them, John and Yoko had been travelling down to Poole when they heard the news of Paul’s wedding. When Peter finally managed to fix Gibraltar, he gets honoured with a mention in the song.

Definitely great that they managed to put aside all the bitter business wrangling and just the two of them,  go into Abbey Road and enjoy making the track 

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Sexy Sadie is my all time favorite and I never really thought of it as a deep track but I rarely see it mentioned among the top songs. I also don’t see too much love for Dr Robert which I love. Even on Revolver rankings it usually comes out pretty low. I had a friend try to discredit the album saying Dr Robert was fluff. I think its great. 

  

Sexy Sadie will always be in my top 10. When you know who the title refers to, you realise how wonderful the lyrics are.

From a musical perspective, it has a fantastic series of chordal progressions which are emphasised at the fade out when the guitar takes over with a rift that just stays in your head (and it’s more than welcome to stay there forever).

John uses a similar progression in I’m So Tired which is another song I quite like but is not in the same league as Sexy Sadie . In my opinion, of course.

Oh and there’s nothing remotely fluffy about Dr Robert.

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Another track John hated but George liked is ‘It’s Only Love ‘ which is gorgeous. Gets a lot of negative press and comments, possibly because of John’s views, but it’s always been a favourite of mine (possibly helped by my adoration of ‘Love Songs‘). 

Folk say the lyrics are crap, and there is a case for that but a) they fit the theme of the song which is very innocent* and basic open emotion and, b) Dylan wrote a hell of a lot worse rhyming crap which seems to go without mention. 

Anyway, listen to how John laughs whilst singing “very bright” after rolling “bright” and not sigh with a deep smile.

 

*Actually, is it that innocent a song: it’s about how hard it is to love someone you’re constantly fighting with, not some lovely twee number of love being simple with birds singing and deers dancing whilst making the buttered crumpets and pouring the tea.

 

Doctor Robert ‘ has some beautiful harmony work by John and Paul. Hook onto that and you’ll be absolutely fine. 

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Never really cared what other people think of the songs I like, and I don’t understand why would anyone care.

So, there are many songs that I like which have always been put down by almost everyone for some reason.

I love Ask Me Why , Run For Your Life , When I Get Home , Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da , to name a few. They are not in my top 50 Beatles songs, but they are still great and I enjoy listening to them.

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