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22 April 2016
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Wow, @Pineapple Records , that was fantastic! That might be my favorite version yet.

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Zig said
Wow, @Pineapple Records , that was fantastic! That might be my favorite version yet.

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Glad you liked it, Zig!

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I was listening to this just now, and it strikes me funny how, during the line 'Used to walk you home after school, carry your books home too/But now you got a...' one John says 'girlfriend' and the other says 'boyfriend'. Is she bisexual and polyamorous or is it just sloppy double-tracking? a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-george-10

Seriously, some of that double-tracking they did in those days, especially on quickie sessions like that, was the most gloriously sloppy double-tracking ever (see Matchbox for about three different Ringos heading off in different directions). I love it. heart

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Beatlebug said
I was listening to this just now, and it strikes me funny how, during the line 'Used to walk you home after school, carry your books home too/But now you got a...' one John says 'girlfriend' and the other says 'boyfriend'. Is she bisexual and polyamorous or is it just sloppy double-tracking? a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-george-10

Because this song fit my limited vocal range, I would sing it playing out when I did that sort of thing years ago.  And, as getting the lyrics right was always a consideration, I remember the line you reference also giving me a girl/boy laugh!  But what I now think is happening is that John is double-tracking two different lines:

 

"But now you got a boyfriend down the street"

"Now you don't care a dime for me"

 

with "care" being the "girl" sound-alike.

So, I would say, in answer to your question, as to the latter, yes, as to the former, nobody's perfect.

By the way, I never had the John chops down to get off a good "brrr!"  I love the way he pulls that off!

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...is it just sloppy double-tracking?  

Seriously, some of that double-tracking they did in those days, especially on quickie sessions like that, was the most gloriously sloppy double-tracking ever (see Matchbox for about three different Ringos heading off in different directions). I love it.   

There are so many moments like that in the earlier songs. Sloppy double tracking, flubbed lyrics, Ringo's squeaky bass drum pedal in 'All I've Got To Do ', etc... 

One of the funniest things I've read from George Martin was something along the lines of, "If I knew how closely people would scrutinize their songs later on, I'd have been more careful".

Part of me is glad he wasn't. george-martin

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Heath said

"Now you don't care a dime for me"

 

with "care" being the "girl" sound-alike.

So, I would say, in answer to your question, as to the latter, yes, as to the former, nobody's perfect.
 

Hey, there's nothing wrong with being bisexual and polyamorous (as long as everyone involved is down with it: clearly that wouldn't be the case in this song). mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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There are so many moments like that in the earlier songs. Sloppy double tracking, flubbed lyrics, Ringo's squeaky bass drum pedal in 'All I've Got To Do ', etc... 

One of the funniest things I've read from George Martin was something along the lines of, "If I knew how closely people would scrutinize their songs later on, I'd have been more careful".

Part of me is glad he wasn't. george-martin  

So'm I a-hard-days-night-george-9

Your comment reminds me of some of the Led Zeppelin tracks where you hear sounds like John Bonham's supremely squeaky kick drum pedal and phones ringing in the background and other things that Jimmy Page probably wishes hadn't picked up, but Ledheads (like yours truly ahdn_george_06) love listening for. paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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I just gave this song a listen, and it struck me how out of time Ringo is at numerous moments (1:02, 1:36 and 2:44 being the bad bits), and it got me thinking.

Does this mean we have Ringo being out of time, John not knowing the lyrics, George with the worst guitar solo performed by a professional guitarist, Paul not playing a single bass fill during a quite boring bassline, and George Martin rushing his triplets numerous times during the intro (0:23/0:24 is a good example). Not to mention the production - the bass is barely audible, the piano drops out at 1:14, and the ride cymbal is constantly phasing through the vocal track. And the clicks in the intro. And the clipping at 2:16. Etc, etc, etc...

So. 4 Beatles plus GM all making countless errors. Yet it's not that bad a song... I'd certainly prefer this over, say, Justin Bieber's 'Baby', or what's-her-face's 'All About That Bass'. 

Are the Beatles such a good band that they can still make a fairly decent record even when performing at their 'worst'?

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Are the Beatles such a good band that they can still make a fairly decent record even when performing at their 'worst'?  

Yes. They’re so good that any mistakes seem intentional and give songs character.

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Either that or we just love them too much. a-hard-days-night-george-9heart

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Here's an example of this from Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da :

When singing the vocals over the final verse, McCartney made a slip and said "Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face" (rather than Molly), and had Molly letting "the children lend a hand". Reportedly, this mistake was retained because the other Beatles liked it. Harrison and Lennon yell "arm" and "leg" between the lines "… Desmond lets the children lend a hand" and "Molly stays at home …"

And I had to add this, just because I find it absolutely hilarious:

Having left the studio during one of the sessions, Lennon then returned while under the influence of marijuana, went immediately to the piano and played the opening chords louder and faster than before. He claimed that was how the song should be played, and that is the version the Beatles ended up using 

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I always thought this was a nice highlight on volume one of Past Masters . It is kind of crazy how many mistakes there are on this recording, especially since I never noticed any of them before this (the boy/girlfriend is impossible to unhear nowahdn_george_06)

Also now because of For You Blue I always hear "bum bum bum bum rhythm and blues" in my head at the ending.

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The mistakes have never bothered me, maybe because it's pure rock and roll and that was never meant to be played perfectly anyway, but more it sounds thrown out in a brief moment and left, and certainly not in a bad way. I find it to be a fantastic cover, tho the BBC version is far better. One of their best BBC tracks for me, love that weird pinging noise that keeps popping up, Ringo's drumming just shows how fantastic a drummer he was, and the playing is a band on fire. Yet they could be even hotter when in front of an audience.

Interesting that on the same 'EP', 'Matchbox ' is also a total mess in the mono mix; what the hell is Ringo signing at the end of the 'Let me be your little dog" verse?

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Beatlebug said
I was listening to this just now, and it strikes me funny how, during the line 'Used to walk you home after school, carry your books home too/But now you got a...' one John says 'girlfriend' and the other says 'boyfriend'. Is she bisexual and polyamorous or is it just sloppy double-tracking? a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-george-10

  

I've always noticed that, but I've never realized it until now.  I always assumed the line was guy friend, and gave it no more thought to it than that.

 

I honestly love the mistakes and slipups if they don't sound crappy, and these don't.  I love this song.

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