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29 July 2017
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A poll.

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I'm going to guess John and Paul on guitar (Epiphone Casino) with George on bass (Fender Bass VI) but the guitars on Birthday are like the ahhhs in A Day In The Life , people are split between 2 things. I wonder what @Ron Nasty thinks about this.

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30 July 2017
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I love this song, just a shame such cool riffs were wasted on such throwaway lyrics. Same goes with EGSTHEFMAMM.

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30 July 2017
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To be fair though, The Beatles came up with Birthday very quickly and took little time before committing it to tape. Also, i think the simplistic lyrics help you pay more attention to the instruments.

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31 July 2017
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QuarryMan said
I love this song, just a shame such cool riffs were wasted on such throwaway lyrics. Same goes with EGSTHEFMAMM.  

I personally love the lyrics on EGSTHEFMAMM, for me they have quite a lot of meaning considering the Maharishi and Yoko context behind the song. 

Birthday 's lyrics are pretty throwaway and they do weaken the song imo. With that being said, I don't think it's a song that should be taken too seriously. It's supposed to be a wacky rocker. 

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31 July 2017
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QuarryMan said
I love this song, just a shame such cool riffs were wasted on such throwaway lyrics. Same goes with EGSTHEFMAMM.  

I also love this song, just today while doing a little ranking I found out it's in my top twenty of all Beatles songs. Although the lyrics don't seem to have a deeper meaning, I quite enjoy them every time I listen to them because they always make me crack up. Not only their silliness, but also the fact that sentences like 'I would like you to dance', 'We're gonna have a good time' or 'Happy Birthday to you' which one would expect to sound inviting and cheerful are screamed by Paul so that it suddenly has an aggressive note.

Back when I couldn't understand English, I've always thought two people were accusing each other and arguing and the 'yes, we're going to a party, party' with its roaring guitars sounded like an invitation to fight (I've even had the image of a bullfight in my head). When I found out years later that the song is called 'Birthday ' and is actually about partying I couldn't stop laughing because it doesn't match the music at all in my opinion. To my mind, it's as much a parody as Yer Blues is and that's what I love about it. It's great when lyrics are intelligent and have a message but simply funny lyrics once in a while are also a great thing.

Additionally, I love it how the first thing that comes after 'They say it's your Birthday ' isn't 'Well, happy birthday then' but instead 'It's my birthday too, yeah'. That's so cheeky.

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1 August 2017
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Excellent story, @Martha. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Listening to the remix of this and HOt damn, that BASS is TIGHT as Robert Plant's trousers. a-hard-days-night-paul-7 beatlemaniacs_02_gif

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"Birthday " is superb!! In my opinion, it's one of the Beatles' most underrated songs

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It's always annoying when a great song like birthday has frivolous lyrics and people write it off as a joke and refuse to take it seriously. IT'S A GREAT SONG. I don't care what it's about, it's a great song. 

(See also: Run For Your Life and Good Night )

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I’ve always wondered if David Bowie’s “ch-ch-ch-changes” was inspired by “take a ch-ch-ch-chance” in Birthday ... Just a coincidence? Too much of a stretch?mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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Maybe a stretch, it's not exactly the most difficult-to-come-up-with (ugh my brain forgot how to English eloquently) thingy ever. That having been said, I will never hear either song the same way again. Thanks @JoJoC john-lennon-salute_gif paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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Perhaps they were both inspired by Roger Daltrey's stuttered vocals throughout My Generation. Or maybe, in The Beatles' case, they couldn't think of a suitable four-syllable word to rhyme with 'dance' and fit the rhythm.

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