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29 July 2017
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A poll.

Who do you think played guitar on Birthday

  • John and Paul with George on bass(40% : 2 votes)
  • John and George with Paul on bass(40% : 2 votes)
  • John and Paul with Paul on bass(0% : 0 votes)
  • Paul and George with John on bass(20% : 1 vote)
  • John and John with George on bass(0% : 0 votes)
  • It was all Paul, the vocals, the bass, the guitar, the drums, the piano, the handclaps, the tambourine, all of it(0% : 0 votes)
  • An answer that i didn't mention(0% : 0 votes)
Total Voters: 5

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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