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10 July 2019
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What is interesting to me is the Anthology version, not sure whether this is a home demo or extremely embryonic studio version, but essentially this version is actually easy to copy and play with two vocalists, as Paul does a more standard (for them not planet Earth!) lower harmony in the verse and a higher one in the chorus. I’ve done many an acoustic gig trying to emulate that pretty damn fine pacy acoustic version and the song at that point sounds extremely Kinks-influenced, if indeed Sunny Afternoon was out then? Or maybe the Lovin’ Spoonful whom I knew they admired and knew personally in 66.

The acoustic I’m Only Sleeping is perhaps my favourite of all items on Anthology 2 , but I am biased because I’m Only Sleeping in general would be in my top 5 all-time favourite Beatles songs; it has all the melodic ‘feel-good-ism’ of McCartney, with his harmonies and obviously the very ‘overt’ tuneful melody line being extra catchy for John (any period) but with the hypnotic (and I mean almost literally hypnotic) Lennon vocal, coupled with the trance-like, psychedelic instrumentation with the *second* best backwards overdubs on Revolver (second to TNK) and a production that kind of came-and-went, another trick the Beatles dropped on a gaping mouthed world, incredible production they invent, then move on from!

All up, this would be, alongside TNK on same album, my highlight of Revolver and psychedelic era Beatles, I love the entire album more than Pepper as do many others, in fact there’s a very detailed Podcast on Youtube discussing just that- the fact that Revolver is a better album. And I’m Only Sleeping is a torchbearing heavy hitter that makes this a Lennon masterpiece. I’m also happy that unlike on later albums where subsequent interviews have shone divisive and ambivalent hindsight onto the supposed lack of unity in the band (especially from 1970’s Lennon interviews), this song and indeed this album show such pulling together of talents and a ‘oneness’ that make me so profoundly sad that I have never and will never hear I’m Only Sleeping live by John Lennon or better still, by a 1970’s or 80’s (or 90’s) BEATLES. 

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15 September 2019
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If John was only ever sleeping, why did he sing he was so tired later on?

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JW OBoogie said
If John was only ever sleeping, why did he sing he was so tired later on?

  

all that meditating can really take a toll.

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JW OBoogie said
If John was only ever sleeping, why did he sing he was so tired later on?

  

 I’m So Tired is a prequel to I’m Only Sleeping a-hard-days-night-george-4a-hard-days-night-george-10

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16 September 2019
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Shamrock Womlbs said

JW OBoogie said

If John was only ever sleeping, why did he sing he was so tired later on?

  

 I’m So Tired is a prequel to I’m Only Sleeping a-hard-days-night-george-4a-hard-days-night-george-10

  

Doing the prequel later…. I think he must have stolen that from Star Wars.

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17 September 2019
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Perhaps he was playing his song order backwards, along with his guitar.

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Don’t prequels always come after the original (in terms of chronology of release not canonical chronology)? If they came before, then the original would end up being the sequel. 

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JW OBoogie said
If John was only ever sleeping, why did he sing he was so tired later on?

  

Drugs and insomnia, probably.

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50yearslate said

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If John was only ever sleeping, why did he sing he was so tired later on?

  

Drugs and insomnia, probably.

  

That would have made a good album title. “The Beatles: Drugs and Insomnia”

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Or “drgs nb hnsmnis”

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I remember playing this song over and over and over and over.  It was a b!tch getting up to change the record all the time.

 

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I’ve never heard a mono British Revolver to know which version is used on it; however, my favorite is the one on the Capitol mono Yesterday & Today.  The backward effects just rise up in the background like an eerie ghost at 1:23 (following “taking my time”) and they seem the most neatly placed through the remainder of the song (by contrast: the least-common true stereo, Capitol mix used after 1967 is the sloppiest…the fading just randomly darts in-and-out and leaves a big gap between the last verse and end chorus).

The mono Yesterday & Today version, also, doesn’t have such a Mickey Mouse-sounding pitch increase to the vocal either.

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Does John yawn at 2:00?

I’ve never noticed it until today.

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27 June 2020
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Jules said
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Does John yawn at 2:00?

I’ve never noticed it until today.

  

Wow! Just gave it a listen. I think you’re right!

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Jules said
hol up

Does John yawn at 2:00?

I’ve never noticed it until today.

  

It’s so funny what some people hear and some miss, I’ve always known about the yawn there! (But it took me years to realise that Paul sings the bridges in A Hard Day’s Night , not John. Seems clear as day now but I just never registered it. mccartney-shrug_01_gif)

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I don’t hear it but I wouldn’t be surprised as he says “I’m still yawning” in the third line

Great song by the way. Every since I first realized what a masterpiece it was it hasn’t left my top 5. I remember leaning back, closing my eyes and singing along in absolute bliss, realizing just how deeply layered and psychedelic Revolver actually is. 

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28 June 2020
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Jules said
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Does John yawn at 2:00?

I’ve never noticed it until today.

  

Indeed, I have heard it, though I always thought it sounded like Paul. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

Regardless, I think it’s a really neat little detail!

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Yeah, neat little detail.

I’ve always thought it was Paul, because at 1:57 you can hear some very quiet chatter, and I always thought it sounded like John saying ‘yawn Paul’

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Yeah, neat little detail.

I’ve always thought it was Paul, because at 1:57 you can hear some very quiet chatter, and I always thought it sounded like John saying ‘yawn Paul’

  

Now that I hadn’t noticed!

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