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Saddest/Most Bittersweet Beatles Songs
20 August 2017
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I'm not even sure what bittersweet means, but there are songs that I enjoy so much that when I listen to them I cry (which can actually be super annoying and confusing). The biggest offenders are Help !, Yesterday , Penny Lane , Hey Jude , The Long And Winding Road , and Here Comes The Sun . It can really happen with any song, though, especially when I think about how much their music means to me and how great they are and how mUCH TIME AND MONEY I HAVE WASTED IMMERSING MYSELF IN THEIR STOry and magic and how super cute they are and that sparkly jacket Richy wore at the Grammys in 2014. ):

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20 August 2017
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Wow haha, I don't even remember posting that. In My Life is definitely a song I can't listen to without tearing up. I think Two Of Us is also very sad. 

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20 August 2017
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I don't think that anyone has mentioned Ram On . One of the most beautiful songs by a Beatle, up there with Long, Long, Long and it renders me immobile during a nice listen. The song is so simple and the ukulele is so tender. 

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"As I'm sitting here doing nothing but aging, still my guitar gently weeps." -George Harrison

"Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you, forget the dead you've left, they will not follow you." -Bob Dylan

20 August 2017
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No doubt it will have been mentioned already but one for me is 'God '. The build up to, and the initial impact of "I don't believe in Beatles!" is still incredibly powerful. The emotion, meaning, and significance afterwards also continues to carry one hell of a punch.

I just believe in me
Yoko and me
And that's reality

The dream is over,
What can I say?
The dream is over
Yesterday
I was the dream weaver
But now I'm reborn
I was the Walrus
But now I'm John
And so dear friends
You'll just have to carry on
The dream is over

John's vocal is up there with anything ever recorded and put to music. The song is easily one of the best by any Beatle in or out of the Beatles.

George's demo for 'All Things Must Pass ' ('Anthology 3 ') gets me with 

All Things Must Pass  
None of life's strings can last 
So I must be on my way 
And face another day
Now the darkness only stays at night time
In the morning it will fade away 
Daylight is good 
At arriving at the right time 
It's not always going to be this grey

One strong reason is that it will be the song and version played at my funeral when I am dead. Burn me, toss me in the sea, throw me in a ditch, whatever you do with my body I don't care but I want that played.

If going Beatles the basic track for 'The Long And Winding Road ' would be it as I can hear how it's meant to be there, however, it doesn't get me in the slightest.

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20 August 2017
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I also forgot to mention Isolation , my go-to song when I feel down and out. 

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21 August 2017
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So many John Lennon solo songs: How?, Isolation , Mother , Jealous Guy , Beautiful Boy, Love, Look At Me - the list goes on...

For Beatles songs though I'd have to go with Julia

"And life flows on within you and without you" - George Harrison

27 August 2017
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I think The End is the hardest song to listen to for me because knowing it is the last song they all recorded together really makes me sad. But of course, Yesterday always gets me.

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I agree with the poster above. The End is quite sad. I've always thought the same of Let It Be

Beautiful Boy by John is another one. I just always remember that clip of Paul picking it as one of his favourites on Desert Island discs, and shedding a tear while it was playing:

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9 January 2018
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Long, Long, Long is so beautiful that it makes me cry. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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9 January 2018
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meanmistermustard said
No doubt it will have been mentioned already but one for me is 'God '. The build up to, and the initial impact of "I don't believe in Beatles!" is still incredibly powerful. The emotion, meaning, and significance afterwards also continues to carry one hell of a punch.

I just believe in me
Yoko and me
And that's reality

The dream is over,
What can I say?
The dream is over
Yesterday
I was the dream weaver
But now I'm reborn
I was the Walrus
But now I'm John
And so dear friends
You'll just have to carry on
The dream is over

John's vocal is up there with anything ever recorded and put to music. The song is easily one of the best by any Beatle in or out of the Beatles.

George's demo for 'All Things Must Pass ' ('Anthology 3 ') gets me with 

All Things Must Pass  
None of life's strings can last 
So I must be on my way 
And face another day
Now the darkness only stays at night time
In the morning it will fade away 
Daylight is good 
At arriving at the right time 
It's not always going to be this grey

One strong reason is that it will be the song and version played at my funeral when I am dead. Burn me, toss me in the sea, throw me in a ditch, whatever you do with my body I don't care but I want that played.

If going Beatles the basic track for 'The Long And Winding Road ' would be it as I can hear how it's meant to be there, however, it doesn't get me in the slightest.  

I always feel 'God ' is hugely underrated in terms of John solo tracks. His vocal in the 'I don't believe in' section is wrenching, and the pleading in his voice in the outro similarly so.

“While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I’m a naysayer and hatchet man in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I’ll gladly take another - because I choose to live my life in the company of Ghandi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. I love you, Sheriff Truman.”

 

9 January 2018
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Agree with all of these. I'd add from Paul's solo stash, "Put it there."

simple and moving. Love it!

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Would She's Leaving Home qualify?ahdn_george_01

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9 January 2018
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Father McKenzie said
Would She's Leaving Home qualify?ahdn_george_01  

Yes, imo

beautiful, ironic, moment in time, yet timeless

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10 January 2018
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Father McKenzie said
Would She's Leaving Home qualify?ahdn_george_01  

I love She's Leaving Home , John's part makes it a great song, I think. The strings, harp, everything, it's bliss! 

 

Fun fact, my English essay in the Junior Cert (the Irish GCSE) was inspired by SLH. I partially credit it for my A so thanks Beatles!

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10 January 2018
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AppleScruffJunior said

I love She's Leaving Home , John's part makes it a great song, I think. The strings, harp, everything, it's bliss! 

 

Fun fact, my English essay in the Junior Cert (the Irish GCSE) was inspired by SLH. I partially credit it for my A so thanks Beatles!  

Congratulations @Apple-scruff-junior apple01

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Congratulations @Apple-scruff-junior apple01  

Thanks, I mentioned it in a post on the 'Beatles references that you made in schoolwork, at home' whatever. To give you an idea of how long ago I did the JC, I was doing it the year I joined this forum.

 

Sooooo long ago

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Thanks, I mentioned it in a post on the 'Beatles references that you made in schoolwork, at home' whatever. To give you an idea of how long ago I did the JC, I was doing it the year I joined this forum.

 

Sooooo long ago  

You're welcome. I can beat that. I did my GCSE's in 2001 beatlemaniacs_02_gif

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You're welcome. I can beat that. I did my GCSE's in 2001 beatlemaniacs_02_gif  

Someone's going to say "well, I did my GCSE's in 1921" now.

 

Look what we've started!!!

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10 January 2018
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Someone's going to say "well, I did my GCSE's in 1921" now.

 

Look what we've started!!!  

You're right. We should stay-on-topichahaha a-hard-days-night-george-10

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