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27 July 2017
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I’m listening to this song right now and i must say that i’m in love with this song.

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Dark Overlord said
I’m listening to this song right now and i must say that i’m in love with this song.  

It’s a fine song. My favourite on Pepper and probably in my Top Ten pretty consistently — it’s got such a great ‘Don’t mess with me, I’m too cool for you’ vibe. a-hard-days-night-george-4

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Hi guys,

Just a quick one. Paul seems to be ad-libbing at the end of Fixing A Hole , but I can’t make out what he’s saying for the life of me.

It’s just as the song is about to fade out completely, I hear something along the lines of: “Hey, hey, no matter where (I’d go)…!”

But that’s unlike any of the lyrics in the song, which makes me doubt that what I’m hearing is what the boys heard Paul sing. And what I’m hearing as “no matter” might just as well be “wherever”. 

What do you guys hear there? It’s another one of the beautiful impromptu moments on this fantastic record for sure.

Robert

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I hear “baby where I go!”

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Robert Stefanescu said
Hi guys,

Just a quick one. Paul seems to be ad-libbing at the end of Fixing A Hole , but I can’t make out what he’s saying for the life of me.

It’s just as the song is about to fade out completely, I hear something along the lines of: “Hey, hey, no matter where (I’d go)…!”

I wish they had sorted this on the Peppers rerelease but no, it’s still cryptic. I lean towards @sir walter raleigh ‘s interpretation, to me it sounds like a Hey! on the left side, and a Hey! Baby we will go! on the right. I pulled out the mogg but it’s even less helpful: the solo vocal is mixed together with the backing vocals and the entire track is brutally faded out before the ad lib. 

Finally, if we go to the deluxe rerelease, there is a Take 1 version of Fixing A Hole and I think we’ve found the origin of the ad lib, it’s at about 2:34 into a very loose ending which is the same place as the final mix. This is as clear as it will ever get unless we get the isolated vocal, and I base my interpretation on it. I find it a bit odd that they did a Take 3 (which sounds rather messy) if Take 1 seems to be the basis for the final mix. And Take 1 raises questions because at it’s end the track seems to have been overwritten by the lead before another take (that’s what it sounds like to me), and clearly it’s not the basis of the final mix, there are differences in the performance. So was the vocal track lifted for the final mix?

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Another PID clue:  I can “clearly” hear Paul saying, “I’m Faul and Paul is dead and gone” paul-mccartney-facepalm_gifblue-meanie

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Martha said
I’ve really grown to love that song, lately. First of all the music is brilliant, especially the bass line, the guitar solo, and the way the harmony vocals create a groove with their ‘dip, dip’. But I also really dig the way the lines of the lyrics intertwine with one another like in the following example 

And it really doesn’t matter if
I’m wrong I’m right
Where I belong I’m right
Where I belong

Which plays with the lines ‘where I belong I’m right’ and ‘I’m right where I belong’. Ingenius!  

With the 2017 re-issue, it’s like I’m hearing the song for the first time.  The “dip dip” vocals I’ve never noticed until now.  I’s like they were buried in the mix until now.  The lyrics intertwining for some reason I’ve never noticed before until the 2017 re-issue.  Amazing song.

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Is this the first Art Rock song? It has a very artsy, psychedelic and colourful sound which creates a great cellar-like atmosphere. It’s more of a spring and summer song for me (just like the rest of Sgt. Pepper it has that “feel”, imo), unlike many of their other psychedelic songs recorded from late 1966-1967. And this was Paul and the other Beatles’ in their “hey-we’re-artists-now” colorful suits and ties and with moustaches before they started wearing nehru caftans and more shortly after Pepper.

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G’day LB! By your definition of Art Rock, I think the Beach Boy’s song Good Vibrations leads the way.

 

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sigh butterfly said
G’day LB! By your definition of Art Rock, I think the Beach Boy’s song Good Vibrations leads the way.

 


  

That’s a very good tune! But it’s more pop psychedelia, maybe? I know that their song All I Wanna Do is probably the first Dream Pop track.

I think it’s more the harpsichord and baroque influences combined with the lyrics (and maybe the fashion associated with the early Pepper sessions) that makes Fixing A Hole more “artsy”. The Kinks and Stones had a few of these elements in some of their songs as well around that time (Face To Face, Sweet Lady Jane, etc), but they were never quite “Art Rock”, imo.

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Ahhh, I see where you are coming from LB. When you look at the whole “production” your point is well taken. I just listened to latest 5.1 surround and it is indeed a sunny mind-opener.

I’m painting the room in a colourful way
And when my mind is wandering
There I will go

Funnily enough, when I read the song title here in 2022 the first thing I think of is our friend/mod The Hole Got Fixed (Holey). That is indeed a good song to be associated with a-hard-days-night-paul-5

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Ahhh, I see where you are coming from LB. When you look at the whole “production” your point is well taken. I just listened to latest 5.1 surround and it is indeed a sunny mind-opener.

I’m painting the room in a colourful way

And when my mind is wandering

There I will go

Funnily enough, when I read the song title here in 2022 the first thing I think of is our friend/mod The Hole Got Fixed (Holey). That is indeed a good song to be associated with a-hard-days-night-paul-5

  

Yeah, Sgt. Pepper is the most well-produced album of all time, never to be equalled or topped (Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! is another production gem). It’s probably just me, but the harpsichord gives me the smell and vision of a colourful wine/library cellar too. Harpsichord, sunshine and colourful cellars – what’s not to like a-hard-days-night-john-6

The Beatles Rock Band also did a great job with this song, and is (imo) one the best animated dreamscapes in the game.

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sigh butterfly said
Ahhh, I see where you are coming from LB. When you look at the whole “production” your point is well taken. I just listened to latest 5.1 surround and it is indeed a sunny mind-opener.

I’m painting the room in a colourful way

And when my mind is wandering

There I will go

Funnily enough, when I read the song title here in 2022 the first thing I think of is our friend/mod The Hole Got Fixed (Holey). That is indeed a good song to be associated with a-hard-days-night-paul-5

  

I’m very pleased to be associated with such a great songahdn_john_08_gif

 

I have no doubt that this song is art rock, the question is whether in the (subjective) definition of art rock, is it the first – I suspect it isn’t, as sb has said there are others that probably fit the definition, although perhaps not as well as this. 

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