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"I've Just Seen a Face" vs. "Yesterday"
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McLennonson said:

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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

mr. Sun king coming together said:

What is so unique about the lyrics to "I've Just Seen A Face " that makes you deem it a "very big leap for the band into more mature song writing"?


Well, think about it for a second. Take another song with a similar subject-- "I Saw Her Standing There ." They both deal with Paul falling in love with a girl he's just met. In "I Saw...", Paul talks about how she was good looking and single. In "I've Just Seen...", Paul doesn't mention how good looking she is-- in fact, he says, "Had it been another day, I might have looked the other way." So there must have been something there more than just a face. Plus, I feel that he's being deliberately cheeky in "I've Just Seen...". He's not debating the meaning of love: He's just singing about how great she's making his life: "I've been alone and I have missed things and kept out of sight, but other girls were never quite like this."
 
 

I also like the way he describes how special she is: "I have never known the likes of this... other girls were never quite like this." 

Paulrus said:

I think I've Just Seen A Face and Yesterday go together really well.

I've Just Seen A Face is the sort of hopeful, happy beginning of a relationship, and then Yesterday is when his world has come crashing down, and he longs for how things used to be.

But that's just my two cents a-hard-days-night-paul-5


That's funny. That's how I always saw it. So maybe I'm just more inclined to like songs about the beginning of things, as opposed to the end. 
 

Von Bontee said:

And hmm...now that I think of it, Paul's "The Night Before " is yet another of his Help ! tracks dealing with the recent past, this time an indeterminate number of days. And emotionally it fits right in between those other two: The beginning of a happy relationship, followed by problems and uncertainty, followed by the devastating breakup.


I suddenly had mental images of "The Campaign for the Insertion of 'The Night Before ' in Between 'I've Just Seen A Face ' and 'Yesterday .'"
 
 
Fascinating, but I have 1 thing to add: He's only seen the woman, he hasn't met her yet
 

So true... So true...

 

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Definately "I've Just Seen a Face".One of my top favorites from Help !

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I've Just Seen A Face. I prefer happy songs a-hard-days-night-ringo-9

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Very Difficult! Both songs are in my top-10 (For No One too!). I think Yesterday , but I love them both.

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I think up until very recently I would have said Yesterday . I'm only just realising how great a song I've Just Seen A Face is.

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

"When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind."

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I would much rather hear (and play on guitar for that matter) Ive Just Seen a Face.

To lead a better life..I need my love to be here.

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Always prefer listening to I've just seen a face, but yesterday is easily the better song IMO

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