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17 January 2015
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Everything has got to be just like you want it to

Might that be about Paul and the way he tried to get all of them to play songs exactly like he wanted them to?

Sorry if that's a no-brainer. It just hit me the other day.

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I think it was more Yoko based than a dig at Paul - "All i want is you, everything has got to be just like you want it to" meaning that John wanted it absolutely perfect for Yoko as it would make her happy and therefore him. He wanted to please her and would do everything he could to do so. Those are the only lines in the song that had any worth, the verses being nonsense to flesh it out.

 

What are folks opinions on the cut out "all i want is you" vocals at the beginning? Another bug bear of mine with 'Let It Be Naked' is that it cut them out. Not because i think they are particulary good but because it was a feckin' edit and therefore not as nature intended.

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It would have been nice to have kept the lines in the LIBN version, if only to give them an official outing. That said, that album had numerous edits and tweaks, so it's not really the unvarnished Beatles.

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I never saw much hope in the "as nature intended" BS, and they couldn't deal with the raw results. The edit doesn't bother me, the song makes good sense without that part, and Beatles history is littered with such edits. I've come to treat Beatles recordings like multiple possible universes. They don't detract from the essential idea of the song, they're just its possibilities. It's all good maaan. a-hard-days-night-john-1

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Hello folks,
as I'm not mother tongue, I've always had some problems with the lyrics on "Dig A Pony " (rooftop/album version), in the last verse:

"I-i-i-i-i
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Well you can syndicate any boat you row"

Different lyrics sites say different things: "Dug a pony", "Con a lowry", "Cold and lonely", "Rode a lorry", "Load a lorry".
None of them sounds as the correct lyric to me.
Which is the correct lyric in your opinion?

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No one? :/

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mccannon said
No one? :/

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Rockband suggests "Load a lorry" but it's not what I actually hear.
I'd suggest a mispronounced "Con a lowry" (the original working title for this song), that sounds more like "Gol a lowly".

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I hear "dog a bony" which doesnt help much. 

I listened to this (and a few other of the album tracks) when walking home and the lyrics, which are said to be nonsense, got me thinking (and most likely reading way too much into it all).

"I pick a moondog" - is that John going back to the Beatles early days and commenting on the origins of his band (Johnny and the Moondogs being an early short-term name before they  became The Beatles)? I wonder if Paul, who was mostly leading the band at this time, read that into it?

"I roll a stoney. Well you can imitate everyone you know." - Is this John having a sly friendly dig at the Rolling Stones who he later claimed copied everything the Beatles did and released it 6 months later? It was only a month or so after John had done 'Yer Blues ' on the Stones 'Rock 'N' Roll Circus' so maybe it was in his head.

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Somewhere in this vast forum I mentioned the connection with Johnny and the Moondogs.

From Joe's page on the song

...However, some tantalising references can be found, including to The Beatles' one-time name Johnny and the Moondogs ("I pick a moondog") and Mick Jagger (I roll a stoney/Well you can imitate everyone you know").

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@mccannon said
I'd suggest a mispronounced "Con a lowry" (the original working title for this song)...

I am curious about the suggestion that Con a Lowry was a working title for this. Do you have a source? The only working title I know for it is All I Want Is You, and I checked Joe's list of working titles in case it was one I'd missed, and he doesn't know that one either.

 

Note to mods: Shouldn't this be merged with the thread Joe created for it when he was creating song threads that link to his original blog posts?

http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....y/#p156353

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ahdn_paul_06 Thanks for catching that. I moved the posts over.

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Ron Nasty said

@mccannon said
I'd suggest a mispronounced "Con a lowry" (the original working title for this song)...

I am curious about the suggestion that Con a Lowry was a working title for this. Do you have a source? The only working title I know for it is All I Want Is You, and I checked Joe's list of working titles in case it was one I'd missed, and he doesn't know that one either.

@Ron Nasty here are some sources:

http://www.beatleswiki.org/wik.....Dig_a_Pony
http://www.thebeatleshk.com/So.....APony.html
http://www.songfacts.com/detai.....php?id=178

It's also reported in this Italian book: http://www.giunti.it/libri/sag.....i-beatles/

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Here's the Lyrics from Steve's Beatles pages.

http://stevesbeatles.com.micro.....a_pony.asp yoko-ono_01

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Bongo said
Here's the Lyrics from Steve's Beatles pages.

http://stevesbeatles.com.micro.....a_pony.asp yoko-ono_01

From Steve's site (quoting the "What Goes On " anomalies site):

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"Yeah, Ok"
Count in, "Ah 1 2 3 4" [1]
J: "Hold it!" <sniffs>
P: <mocking> "Hooold it ..."
J: "Ah One Two (Want To) Tell You"

I always thought it was John yelling "Hold it!" as well, until maybe three weeks ago, when I was watching the "Let it Be" film and -- surprise! -- it's actually Ringo who yells this. He had just lit up a cigarette and was still futzing around with it as John approached the mic and started up the song. Ringo yells, John spins around and looks at him, Ringo finishes putting away his matches or whatever he was doing, and then they carry on.

EDIT: I just checked the source material at "What Goes On " and they have this info updated to reflect that it's Ringo who yells it, not John. Cool!

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John: <Count in> "Ah 1 2 3 er".
Ringo: <slightly off mic> "Hold it!"
John: <sniffs, close on mic> "Aaah."
Paul: <mocking> "Hooold it ..."
John: "Ah One Two [Tell You]?"
(a play on the title "I Want To Tell You "?)

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mccannon said

Ron Nasty said

@mccannon said
I'd suggest a mispronounced "Con a lowry" (the original working title for this song)...

I am curious about the suggestion that Con a Lowry was a working title for this. Do you have a source? The only working title I know for it is All I Want Is You, and I checked Joe's list of working titles in case it was one I'd missed, and he doesn't know that one either.

Here are some sources:

http://www.beatleswiki.org/wik.....Dig_a_Pony
http://www.thebeatleshk.com/So.....APony.html
http://www.songfacts.com/detai.....php?id=178

It's also reported in this Italian book: http://www.giunti.it/libri/sag.....i-beatles/

Thanks @mccannon. I'm sure @Ron Nasty and @Joe appreciate the source material.

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A bit of Googling led me to this, from Steve Turner's A Hard Day's Write:

'Dig A Pony ' was largely made up in the studio and the words make very little sense. At one point it was called 'Con A Lowry' (possibly to a reference to a make of organ used in the studio) but John changed it to 'Dig A Pony '. "because 'I con a Lowry' didn't sing well... It's got to be d's and p's, you know."

Similarly, the line 'I do a road hog' started 'I dig a skylight' and then become 'I did a groundhog'. "It had to be rougher," John argued. "I don't care if skylight was prettier." The chorus was taken from a separate song of John's written about Yoko Ono called 'All I Want Is You'. The original song listing for the album used this title rather than 'Dig A Pony '.

In January 1969 when the song was recorded, John explained the secret of its composition, "I just make it up as I go along." In September 1980, he laconically concluded, "(just) another piece of garbage."

Does anyone know which interview(s) the Lowry/skylight quotes come from? Perhaps it was one of Turner's own.

Also, they're called Lowrey organs.

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To answer your question, @Joe, I found this:

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The footnote is in a book titled The Beatles as Musicians : Revolver through the Anthology. It references this book:
Title: The Beatles Get Back
Authors: Ethan A Russell, Jonathan Cott, and David Dalton
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Publication date: 1969
Description: Originally issued as part of the Let It Be LP deluxe box set. ; Photographs and conversation transcripts documenting the Beatles' 1969 recording sessions for the album Let It Be ; [158] pages : chiefly illustrations (some color), photographs ; 28 cm.

Looks like you can get a copy on Amazon UK. https://www.amazon.co.uk/BEATLES-Jonathan-Dalton-David-Russell/dp/B0007J67CO/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473886206&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=beatles+get+back+dalton+scott I hope we have bought enough using your Amazon link for you to get this if you don't have it already 🙂

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To answer your question, @Joe, I found this:

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The footnote is in a book titled The Beatles as Musicians : Revolver through the Anthology. It references this book:
Title: The Beatles Get Back
Authors: Ethan A Russell, Jonathan Cott, and David Dalton
Publisher: Apple
Publication date: 1969
Description: Originally issued as part of the Let It Be LP deluxe box set. ; Photographs and conversation transcripts documenting the Beatles' 1969 recording sessions for the album Let It Be ; [158] pages : chiefly illustrations (some color), photographs ; 28 cm.

Looks like you can get a copy on Amazon UK. https://www.amazon.co.uk/BEATLES-Jonathan-Dalton-David-Russell/dp/B0007J67CO/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473886206&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=beatles+get+back+dalton+scott I hope we have bought enough using your Amazon link for you to get this if you don't have it already 🙂  

That book available on Amazon is the 'Get Back ' book and can be downloaded for free here.

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The skylight part is on p. 83 of that PDF file.

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