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2 March 2012
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Who else loves this song?

 

3 days ago I decided to listen to the 2nd disc of 'The Beatles' for the first time in about a year and this song came on and I've fallen in love with it! I never really played it that much but now I'm on my 12th listen! It's like a hidden gem and made me realize what makes 'The White Album' so great. The variety is incredible! I fell in love with the 2nd disc for the first time the other day (I've always been in LOVE with the first) but this song is my favorite at the moment.'

 

Can you take me back where I came from, can you take me back....?heartheart

 

EDIT: Is it weird that I played the stereo and mono version together at the same time? It took a few tries to get them to sync but I was loving how big the song sounded like that. Maybe I should do that with other versions. Yeah I'm weird....backing away now.....

 

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2 March 2012
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I LOVE that song! I was so disappointed when I found out it didn't come with Rock Band. The end is my favorite bit, too, even though it's considered a second song. I've actually played some mono and stereo versions of songs at the same time, but I can never get them in sync.

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2 March 2012
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I love "Cry Baby Cry" too, it's absolutely gorgeous. The continuing references to the King of Marigold and such are really poetic. The tone is beautiful but almost creepy. "Faces out of nowhere", "seance in the dark." It's a hidden gem.

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"What happens to them?" insisted Milo.

"Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars."

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2 March 2012
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I was exactly the same with The White Album. When I first got it, I obsessed over the first disc and didn't really give the second disc a chance for ages. And Cry Baby Cry is stunning, I love John's softer singing voice. And Paul's ending just fits with the mood of the rest of the song so perfectly.

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2 March 2012
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You'll enjoy the demo for this song.

(always fun to see the original version of a song; gives an understanding of what it means to "produce" a song)

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2 March 2012
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I love how the loudness of the guitar and drums comes in kind of like with Long Long Long, which is against the gentleness of the song. One of those many beatles songs that if released as an original on another artists album would be a highlight, but on The White Album its generally overlooked.

 

I wonder if its the rockier sounding songs on side 3/cd2 of the album that puts people off it or are more apprehensive to listen to, that and Revolution 9.

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7 March 2012
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OK - exactly how are you people playing the mono & stereo versions simultaneously?? Specifics please, people!apple01

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7 March 2012
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vonbontee said

OK - exactly how are you people playing the mono & stereo versions simultaneously?? Specifics please, people!apple01

Well it's a bit of trail and error. I have the stereo version on my iTunes and I looked up the mono on youtube. I'd play about 5 seconds into one of them and pause it. I then start the other one and try to un pause the other in time so that they play together. Sometimes I'm off by a milisecond and a quick pause and play gets them together. There have been times where I just let the song keep playing and I keep fast forwarding the other until I get it! It takes a few tries to get it but once you do....ah sweet music.

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7 March 2012
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meanmistermustard said

I love how the loudness of the guitar and drums comes in kind of like with Long Long Long, which is against the gentleness of the song. One of those many beatles songs that if released as an original on another artists album would be a highlight, but on The White Album its generally overlooked.

 

I wonder if its the rockier sounding songs on side 3/cd2 of the album that puts people off it or are more apprehensive to listen to, that and Revolution 9.

I think the 2nd disk is just darker than the first. You can feel the tension between the band on that one moreso than the first, especially when you listen to them back to back. Plus the first disk has so many great pop songs. It took me listening  to the 2nd disc alone to love it! They sound like completely different records which I now appreciate!

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21 April 2014
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Nothing to it, no specific reason - I just feel like this is a really good song to listen to and isn't very appreciated

I also like the lyrics :) What do you think?

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21 April 2014
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I admit it's not really a song I thought much of at first, but it has grown on me quite a lot! One probably my 2nd favourite song on Side 4 of The Beatles/White Album, behind Savoy Truffle.a-hard-days-night-john-1

21 April 2014
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Love the song - soft beginnings end with crashing drums and stinging guitar; a wonderful vocal by John throughout, some really creepy harmonium/organ/piano work going on, and great use of sound effects.  

One of the highlights of the White Album for me.

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29 March 2015
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 I was just listening to this song last night and I wondered, "is this the only instance of John attempting a 'story song'?"

John used to say that it was Paul who could write the story-songs about fictional people, like Eleanor Rigby, Lovely Rita, Another Day, etc., but that he (John) had to write about himself. Obviously, Cry Baby Cry is one example of John writing a story in song, but I can't think of any others.

Not a bit like Cagney.

29 March 2015
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Interesting thought, @PeterWeatherby. A lot of John's story songs are him taking real things and turning them into a bit of fiction like Mean Mr Mustard, Polythene Pam, Kite, Day Tripper, Sexy Sadie, Bungalow Bill, Norwegian Wood, Lucy, and Baby's In Black (if it is based on Astrid).

What about Girl as being *somewhat* like a fiction story?

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29 March 2015
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Love the song. I remember singing it at home when I was younger, so much younger than today (the White Album was my first Beatles record). I love the lyrics, the production and the melody, simple and effective. For some reasons, I appreciate most of all the high-pitched backing vocals by Paul.

15 November 2016
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Picking flowers for a friend who came to **play**
The Queen was in the **play**room

Lennon playing with the word "play" heart in varying contexts. He is so cool. stuart-sutcliffe

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15 November 2016
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I also just noticed a similar lyrical theme to this in John's Cleanup Time. 

The queen is in the counting home
Counting out the money
The king is in the kitchen
Making bread and honey

Pivotal Moments in Beatles History No.118:  Yoko helps herself to one of George's digestives. 

15 November 2016
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^ Yep, Joe mentions Sing A Song Of Sixpence in his article about Cry Baby Cry and mentions that Cleanup Time refers to Cry Baby Cry.

The nursery rhyme...playing with the word play...children... again, The Beatles "lighten" heavy music by using playful lyrics.

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15 November 2016
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Leppo said
I also just noticed a similar lyrical theme to this in John's Cleanup Time. 

The queen is in the counting home
Counting out the money
The king is in the kitchen
Making bread and honey

  

1. How did you make that box look like that? 

2. Queen = Yoko, bringing in the bacon; king = John, making bread. Who's with me? 

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15 November 2016
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1. How did you make that box look like that? 

2. Queen = Yoko, bringing in the bacon; king = John, making bread. Who's with me? 

I wondered how I did that too. I copy and pasted from http://lyrics.rockmagic.net/

I agree about your analysis

 

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^ Yep, Joe mentions Sing A Song Of Sixpence in his article about Cry Baby Cry and mentions that Cleanup Time refers to Cry Baby Cry.

The nursery rhyme...playing with the word play...children... again, The Beatles "lighten" heavy music by using playful lyrics.  

Thanks I'll check that out.

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