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"I've Just Seen a Face" vs. "Yesterday"
71 Posts
28 May 2011 - 3.20am

McLennonson said:

mr. Sun king coming together said:

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...



6 Posts
25 June 2011 - 2.46am

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

In an Octopus's Garden
79 Posts
27 June 2011 - 4.45am

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

I Me Mine
Under the sea, in a Yellow Submarine
175 Posts
27 June 2011 - 12.21pm

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


Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble.

Sitting in an English Garden
419 Posts
27 June 2011 - 2.45pm

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."

4 Posts
30 June 2011 - 7.55am

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.

15 Posts
15 July 2011 - 9.51am

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

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