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Help! single - United Kingdom

Written by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 13 April 1965
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Released: 23 July 1965 (UK), 19 July 1965 (US)

John Lennon: vocals, rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney: backing vocals, bass
George Harrison: backing vocals, lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums, tambourine

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The title track to The Beatles' fifth album and second film,…

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20 September 2015
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I have been pondering this question about the oooo that ends the song (starts at 2:16 in the video) for some time now.

Have you ever contemplated what the meaning behind it sounds like? I'll put my take on it in a spoiler in case you want to answer before seeing my thoughts on it.

It seems to me like John has been singing that song to himself, but then realizes other people have heard what he is saying. It is like he wants other people to know the thoughts in his head, but he isn't supposed to let people know. It is like he did something naughty. People shouldn't know he needs help, but he he doesn't care that he let them know. It fits the song so perfectly.

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Lennon said this was one of his most authentic and favorite songs he wrote in his career.  He regret its fast tempo, but to me, I think the unusually frantic pace illustrates what the song was trying to say even more.  Behind the screaming fans dancing to it, it was a frank plea for help hidden in plain sight.

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Has the recording of the vocal for the mono mix ever been sourced? I know John C. Winn has an entry for it in 'Way Beyond Compare' but he dismissed that himself in 'Lifting Latches'. The mono is such a different vocal, with subtle changes, and the mix too with the tambourine missing and other bits.

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I never noticed that the vocal is different. Now I hear it. Paul's backup vocal changes slightly too. On "my indepen.." he adds a little gravel to his voice.

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A clip of John singing the song slower with just a piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M0mIDpkSFk

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8It's from the early 70's (if I remember correctly). 

 

Someone posted it on here before thinking it was a rare demo before it was recorded by The Beatles in 1965, it's not.

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Its from a collection of demos from Tittenhurst Park. 

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Ahhh Girl said on 20.9.2015 about the oooohh at the end of Help!:

It seems to me like John has been singing that song to himself, but then realizes other people have heard what he is saying. It is like he wants other people to know the thoughts in his head, but he isn't supposed to let people know. It is like he did something naughty. People shouldn't know he needs help, but he he doesn't care that he let them know. It fits the song so perfectly.

That's a really interesting interpretation, I really like it! I think it fits the song 100%! For me, John sounds like someone who had kept internal struggles inside himself for a very long time in this song and suddenly all the negative emotions, insecurity, and resentment towards himself burst out of him like a firework and he has no control over it. Then, when the 'oooo' comes at the end of the song, he realises that he has dropped his mask and finally has shown his real emotions which he hadn't dared to do all the time before. But instead of being embarrassed or shy or mad at himself for this meltdown, he simply reacts resigned, as if he wanted to say 'oh well, it doesn't matter, I don't care about it anymore, I'm just too tired to do so'.

Not once does the diversity seem forced -- the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian "When I'm 64" seems like a logical extension of "Within You Without You" and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of "Lovely Rita. - Stephen T. Erlewine on Sgt Pepper's

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