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It is one of my favourite Beatle songs 

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This is a prime example of how a song can grow on you with repetition and maturity. When I first heard it on the White Album , I didn't think much of it--it seemed a little redundant and simple. I put it in the category of the WA throw-away novelty songs; you know: Bungalow Bill, Rocky Raccoon , Ob-la-di, Honey Pie , Why Don't We Do It, Wild Honey Pie , Piggies (hmm, there seem to be a lot of them).  But, in later years, I appreciate it more, and while I can't say it's a favorite, it is very appealing. 

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A song I've just always loved. Loved the words.  "The wind is low, the birds will sing that you're a part of everything." as well as "The clouds will be a daisy chain, so let me see you smile again." And yes, even "The sun is up, the sky is blue, it's beautiful and so are you". And it wasn't for a while that I found out that Prudence was a real girl, the sister of the actress Mia Farrow and she was with them in India.

This one, along with "Mother Nature's Son " make me want to lay on my back on the grass, breathing in its green, earthy scent and just watching the clouds like I did so often when I was a kid.

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georgiewood said
This is a prime example of how a song can grow on you with repetition and maturity. When I first heard it on the White Album , I didn't think much of it--it seemed a little redundant and simple. I put it in the category of the WA throw-away novelty songs; you know: Bungalow Bill, Rocky Raccoon , Ob-la-di, Honey Pie , Why Don't We Do It, Wild Honey Pie , Piggies (hmm, there seem to be a lot of them).  But, in later years, I appreciate it more, and while I can't say it's a favorite, it is very appealing.   

FOUR OF THOSE SONGS ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE SONGS OFF THE ALBUM, WHAT ARE YOU CALLING THEM THROW AWAY NOVELTY SONGS FOR? THEY ARE ALL CLASSICS.

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Guess I still have a lot of repetition and maturity to do. ahdn_ringo_09

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Mademoiselle Kitty >^..^< said
I really like the song. I love how the main guitar riff just gets repeated all the time. Not many artists can get away with that, but the Beatles definitely could and did on multiple occasions. 

Until fairly recently, I wasn't able to tell who sang what on which record. I distinctly remember discussing the Beatles with my mum years ago, and saying their voices all sounded pretty much the same to me. That was before I really got into their music. I've always been able to spot the obvious Paul songs because his voice is so prolific, but John and George were more difficult for me to tell apart. It's quite easy now...haha! Anyway, I've also spent a lot of time assuming they always played the same instrument, so I never really listened for difference in styles which would have been able to tell me someone other than Ringo was on drums, or someone other than Paul was on bass. I was very surprised to hear people dump on Dear Prudence , and particularly on Paul. I've seen people say things to the extent of "Yeah, that's Paul's show-off drumming"and I'd wonder WTH they were talking about. The bridge fill sounds pretty awesome, but the drumming throughout the song is quite minimalistic, which fits the tune very nicely. Ringo can (and has) played some amazing drum fills too, so why would people dislike Paul so much on this particular record? Anyway, I digress.... Great tune! One of John's best ones I'd say!  

I love the section where Paul goes nuts on the drums, my favourite section of the entire track. I don't get why folk would bemoan it unless its because its very unlike something Ringo would play himself. I mean it does sound to me very amateurish, especially when trying to find the way back to a more regular drumming pattern, but it works really well. And you also have everything going off at the same time, for a song that starts off so soft its quite a change - actually thats quite similar to 'Cry Baby Cry ' which builds up and gets heavier as the song progresses. And then there are the crashing drums on the otherwise mostly quiet 'Long Long Long'.

So three tracks on one album. No wonder the 'White Album ' comes across as a cohesive unit to me despite it being all over the damn place.

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One thing that I`ve always wondered about this tune is who exactly sang the really low backing vocals during the middle bit of the song... a-hard-days-night-paul-10

And well I s`pose two things because:

What does the part about clouds being daisy chains mean??? What??????  Is there something I`m not getting here???a-hard-days-night-ringo-7 

Am I asking too many questions??? a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

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good question about the "round round round" part -- it sounds like John to me or John and Paul (with John overtones)

as for "daisy chain" -- that can also be a sexual reference to an orgy where several people are... ahem... connected to each other in a row or "chain"

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Reminds me of when you are relaxed and watching clouds in the sky they can begin to make shapes. 

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I always liked how this songs brings me back off the rock and roll feeling of Back In The USSR , which started the album, and gently places me right where The Bealtes want me for setting me up for the rest of side 1. It has a great difference in tempo and feeling that it is works so well for me!

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WeepingAtlasCedars said

What does the part about clouds being daisy chains mean??? What??????  Is there something I`m not getting here???Chain of clouds :D 

Am I asking too many questions??? No. Never too many questions

I think it is like this
John: Come on out Prudence!

Prudence: No!
John: But it's really beautiful outside!
Prudence: Noo!
John: But the clouds would be like this really cool daisy chain thing if you go out!
Prudence: Maybe later.

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Reminds me of when you are relaxed and watching clouds in the sky they can begin to make shapes. 

Yes. Clouds are white and pretty, as are daisies, and if you're in the right frame of mind they don't look too different. 

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I enjoy hunting for paintings of Prudence when I am at big, impressive, decorative buildings. I found her in several places in Europe. Here she is at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

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meanmistermustard said
Reminds me of when you are relaxed and watching clouds in the sky they can begin to make shapes. 

Yes. Clouds are white and pretty, as are daisies, and if you're in the right frame of mind they don't look too different.    

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Very true indeed. 

Yay cloudies!!! ahdn_george_08

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Reklo87 said
I always liked how this songs brings me back off the rock and roll feeling of Back In The USSR , which started the album, and gently places me right where The Bealtes want me for setting me up for the rest of side 1. It has a great difference in tempo and feeling that it is works so well for me!  

Yeah. That.

To me, the first two songs set up so nicely how the rest of the WA ride is going to go. Chill out and let each song do its own thing.

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If you happen to be in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 29th, you can attend a yoga session led by Dear Prudence . The session is part of Abbey Road on the River. http://www.examiner.com/articl.....yoga-class

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I know that Paul played drums on this song but I think that Ringo sang backing vocals and handclaps in the song which I can backup with The Beatles Book Monthly issue 64, but I thought I'd do a poll, but first here's my theory:

Ringo walked out of the session for Back In The USSR and decided to go on a 2 week vacation to Sardinia, however about a week into his trip he gets a letter from the rest of the group begging for his return, so he returns just in time to record his backing vocals and handclaps for Dear Prudence . This would explain why The Beatles weren't looking for a new drummer for their appearance on The David Frost Show and also why Ringo consented to Back In The USSR and Dear Prudence to be the 2 opening tracks as it would be strange of him to allow 2 tracks he wasn't on to open the album and to answer your question of why other people remember it a little bit differently, we can credit that to false memories, as most of these claims that claim that Ringo was in Sardinia until September 3rd are way after the fact whereas Mal and Neil's claim is from 1968, this is why I trust The Beatles Book Monthly over other sources, although some people believe that those articles were ghost written but since there isn't any proof of this for the paragraphs about each song, I believe these claims to be true, but let's poll it.

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The three could easily ask Ringo ahead of the filming of the 'Hey Jude '/'Revolution ' promo's and know he would be back by then. 

Ringo would quite happily agree to the 2 opening tracks of the album opening without him on drums as he was always happy to go with the majority unless it was a major issue he was against. Looking through the entire Beatles time together you'd struggle to find a handful of occasions where Ringo was the one saying "no" against the others "yes". He was happy enough for 'The Ballad Of John And Yoko ' to be an a-side single and he wasn't on drums for that.

'The Beatles Monthly' was the official Beatles magazine with very close association with the Beatles, it wouldn't risk harming those links by publishing details of infighting and walk-outs. The Beatles were very private so wouldn't want such information divulged. The magazine is a very good source but it has to be remembered what it ultimately was and where it stood.

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1. How did they know Ringo was going to come back, as far as everyone was concerned Ringo had quit according to what most believe.

2. It's one thing to allow the first song without his presence whatsoever but first and second is a bizarre idea and also, although The Ballad Of John And Yoko lacked Ringo Old Brown Shoe had him on drums and also The Ballad Of John And Yoko lacked George as well.

3. If that was the case, why didn't they just not mention anything, why make up stuff about it.

To be honest, I just want to believe that Ringo is somewhere on at least one of the first 2 tracks of The Beatles and here's a trustworthy source claiming just that.

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Well, as you'll see earlier on the thread (and elsewhere on the site) there's always speculation (dubious or not) that "Prudence" has more than one drum track, and Ringo contributes. (Doubt he did vocals myself.) And if he had nothing to do with either of the two openers, I wouldn't take it as a disrespectful move in particular - keep in mind that Ringo had the album closer all to himself, and the last song on the final side is at least as prestigious a spot as Side One, Track One (if not more). 

Anyways, I think "Back In The USSR " is as close to an obvious album opener as one can imagine, regardless of Ringo's absence or not. And I can't imagine any other track besides "Pru" following it up, certainly not after hearing that particular combination so many hundreds of times over the last 30+ years!

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