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10 November 2016
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Sounds like a guitar to me so it's most likely George, although it could be Paul.

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I just skimmed through this thread to see if this had been posted already, but couldn't see it. Last weekend I happened to find a set of lyrics to Revolution 9. Someone had way too much time on their hands. I very much doubt this is accurate, but it's interesting nonetheless.

(Bottle of Claret for you if I had realised?

Well, do it next time.

I forgot about it, George, I'm sorry.
Will you forgive me?

Yes.)

Number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number

Then there's this Welsh Rarebit wearing some brown underpants
About the shortage of grain in Hertfordshire
Everyone of them knew that as time went by
They'd get a little bit older and a litter slower but
It's all the same thing, in this case manufactured by someone who's always
Umpteen your father's giving it diddly-i-dee
District was leaving, intended to pay for

Number 9, number 9

Who's to know?
Who was to know?

Number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9

I sustained nothing worse than
Also for example
Whatever you're doing
A business deal falls through
I informed him on the third night
When fortune gives

Number 9, number 9, number 9

People ride, people ride
Ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Ride! Ride!

9, number 9, number 9, number 9

I've missed all of that
It makes me a few days late
Compared with, like, wow!
And weird stuff like that
Taking our sides sometimes
Floral bark
Rouge doctors have brought this specimen

I have nobody's short-cuts, aha?

9, number 9

With the situation

They are standing still

The plan, the telegram

Ooh ooh

Number 9, number

Ooh

A man without terrors from beard to false
As the headmaster reported to me
My son he really can try as they do to find function
Tell what he was saying, and his voice was low and his hive high
And his eyes were low

Alright!

Number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9

So the wife called me and we'd better go to see a surgeon
Or whatever to price it? yellow underclothes
So, any road, we went to see the dentist instead
Who gave her a pair of teeth which wasn't any good at all
So I said I'd marry, join the fucking navy and went to sea

In my broken chair, my wings are broken and so is my hair
I'm not in the mood for whirling

Um da
Aaah

How?
Dogs for dogging, hands for clapping
Birds for birding and fish for fishing
Them for themming and when for whimming

Only to find the night-watchman
Unaware of his presence in the building

Onion soup

Number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9

Industrial output
Financial imbalance

Thrusting it between his shoulder blades

The Watusi
The twist

Eldorado

Take this brother, may it serve you well

Maybe it's nothing
Aaah
Maybe it's nothing
What? What? Oh

Maybe even then
Impervious in London
Could be difficult thing
It's quick like rush for peace is
Because it's so much
It was like being naked

If you became naked

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7 February 2017
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Years ago 'Mojo', 'Record Collector' or some other UK magazine transcribed 'Revolution 9'.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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7 February 2017
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I've seen that before. The lyrics seem about as acurate as you could make them, however the variations differ depending on which website you use. On some of the transcriptions it says different things, sometimes one is obviously wrong, and sometimes it's hard to tell which if either of them is right.

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In my broken chair,

my wings are broken

and so is my hair

I like that! Sounds like the beginning of a Lennon ballad.

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17 February 2017
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Joe said
I just skimmed through this thread to see if this had been posted already, but couldn't see it. Last weekend I happened to find a set of lyrics to Revolution 9. Someone had way too much time on their hands. I very much doubt this is accurate, but it's interesting nonetheless.

(Bottle of Claret for you if I had realised?

Well, do it next time.

I forgot about it, George, I'm sorry.
Will you forgive me?

Yes.)

 

They left out "Cheeky Bitch"! That's my favorite part - makes me laugh every time I hear it.

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17 February 2017
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They say ride instead of right and there's no take him out.

Maybe you should try posting more.

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Zig said

Joe said
I just skimmed through this thread to see if this had been posted already, but couldn't see it. Last weekend I happened to find a set of lyrics to Revolution 9. Someone had way too much time on their hands. I very much doubt this is accurate, but it's interesting nonetheless.

(Bottle of Claret for you if I had realised?

Well, do it next time.

I forgot about it, George, I'm sorry.
Will you forgive me?

Yes.)

 

They left out "Cheeky Bitch"! That's my favorite part - makes me laugh every time I hear it.  

I always hear it as "Yes. You Bitch".

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2 April 2017
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First of all, I really like Revolution 9, especially within the White Album.

As I listened to it for the first time I had a certain picture in my head and it didn't change much since then. It was an old person who travelled back in time and relived his life in that way. However, the person could only act as a spectator so he observed his life, all the mistakes he made and he regrets a lot; the piano part and the clarinet part provided the scene with a melancholic and nostalgic atmosphere) Additionally, the images and sounds of his past were flashing around him like a hurricane and that's why so many impressions got mixed up sometimes. 

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Although I highly prefer this song over Good Night, it's definitely not their best work. To be fair, the only reason I say this is because this song doesn't fit in with their other songs at all, it's a classic rock band performing an avant garde number that reminds me of both EDM and heavy metal. Also, @Martha the clarinet part your thinking about is actually a short guitar passage being played in reverse by George.

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2 April 2017
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Uhm, I'm not sure we are talking about the same part @Dark Overlord . I always thought the part at about 4'10'' was the guitar passage but I was referring to a sound that can be heard at about 2'30'' and shortly after 6'00'' just to name two examples which I am pretty sure is a clarinet but I may be wrong. Funny the song reminds you of heavy metal I've never looked at it that way. Also, I don't think it is their greatest work either, just because I consider masterpieces as Strawberry Fields Forever to be even greater but if it fits to their other songs or not is not important to me. Their diversity is what I love about the Beatles. Only very few musicians have travelled so far musically in such a short time.

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I enjoyed your interpretation @Martha . I will definitely have that in mind during my next listening of the track.

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SgtPeppersBulldog said

In my broken chair,

my wings are broken

and so is my hair

I like that! Sounds like the beginning of a Lennon ballad.  

Yeah, I've always liked that bit. 

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I really do love this song, but think my love comes so much from nostalgia.

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 I used to skip it all the time, hated it. Then, the fuzzy violins bit ( 5 seconds long!) which starts at about 0:20 secs - I thought I heard it sampled on Portishead's track "Western Eyes" and it surprised me that I had picked it out. No idea if they did, but it made me think that perhaps I liked Revolution 9 more than I thought. Now I really like it and  all the  daft inserts. It's a lot less  psychotic than Maxwell's  Silver Hammer -  I still don't like that.

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I played this to my mum, and when I asked her what she would rate it out of 10, she gave it a nine. john-lennon-salute_gif

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I actually really like Revolution No 9. The Beatles introduced me to a lot of different types of music and this song really opened my eyes to experimental and avant garde music that I was unaware of at that time.

I find it really interesting and I do like the word play in it as it reminds me of the poems that John had written for his books.

I often hear that a lot of people would remove this song from The White Album and I just think that is ridiculous as it wouldn't be The White Album without Revolution No 9. 

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