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30 November 2022
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Just a general statement here that’s been on my mind after listening to so much radio at work (against my will). Music doesn’t always have to be about loving someone. They have their place of course. But give me songs about being tired, locations that have been dreamed up and characters like Rocky Raccoon . That’s what I like about the Fabs, the diversity of content, and the world they created with their lyrics.

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Speaking of creating a world – I personally love songs that have a third-person narrative, like “She’s Leaving Home “. Tom Petty did this a lot over his career and I really gained an appreciation for that art form through his work – “American Girl”, “To Find A Friend”, “Leave Virginia Alone”, “Swingin'”… just to name a few.

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The band Phish created a fiction world called Gamehendge with its own mythology. Primary lyricist Tom Marshall does an excellent job of third person narratives, and usually they are pretty surreal. 

"The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles!"

-Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues

"We could ride and surf together while our love would grow"

-Brian Wilson, Surfer Girl

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I love, love, love the lyrics to Across The Universe .

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup
They slither wildly as they slip away Across The Universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind
Possessing and caressing me
 
brilliant.

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John Lennon ‘s voice is so incredibly poignant in this early Beatles Tune (I Should Have Known Better ), when he sings:

That when I tell you that I love you, oh
You’re gonna say you love me, too, oh
And when I ask you to be mine
You’re gonna say you love me, too

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John’s voice gets really poignant in “Girl”.  Then super poignant in “I Want You”.  And finally off-the-scale poignant at the end of “Mother

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I like how Ringo uses the “bell” part of the cymbal (portion toward the inner center) during the 3rd bridge in “In My Life ” (“though I know I’ll never lose affection” etc.)


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Elmore James said
I love, love, love the lyrics to Across The Universe .

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup

They slither wildly as they slip away Across The Universe

Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind

Possessing and caressing me

 
brilliant.

  

Near the top in terms of being John’s best set of lyrics. He agreed too, even if he felt like the song itself wasn’t totally nailed.

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22 December 2022
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The lyrics to Across The Universe are amazing and it is one of my favourite John Beatles songs.  

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It’s a song to point to when highlighting John’s brilliance as an artist. He could be a procrastinator but when he struck gold there was nobody better. 

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The shakiness of the vocals in While My Guitar Gently Weeps . Especially in 00:50 to about 1:30 it’s just so hauntingly beautiful.

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The sound at 1.16-1.20 during Another Girl . There’s a rebellious defiance about it that I love.

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The shakiness of the vocals in While My Guitar Gently Weeps . Especially in 00:50 to about 1:30 it’s just so hauntingly beautiful.

  

I love many of George’s vocals that start to waver as if he’s running out of breath, but then carries through to the end of the phrase, I think he uses a double track with staggered breathing to get the effect. The refrain of Behind That Locked Door is a great example of this. 

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-Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues

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I like that fragment that comes at the very beginning of “Ram On ” (on the Ram album) where it starts suddenly with what sounds like a reel-to-reel tape being turned on with that squinchy sound immediately launching into a stream of acoustic piano arpeggios which then merge into Fender Rhodes electric piano chords, which along with the ukelele is the main accompaniment for the song.
 
Also when he’s beginning the ukulele strum I like the way you can hear Paul breathe in. He used to do that a lot making occasional sounds with his voice here and there that were not really musical vocalisms, but they fit.

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4 February 2023
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Sea Belt said
I like how Ringo uses the “bell” part of the cymbal (portion toward the inner center) during the 3rd bridge in “In My Life ” (“though I know I’ll never lose affection” etc.)

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My favorite song is “While My Guitar Gently Weeps ” and I can’t get over the way George says “I don’t know how” It sounds so good !!

That entire section “I don’t know how you were diverted You were perverted too I don’t know how you were inverted No one alerted you.” 

goosebumps.

The song is so beautiful and that part really just hits.  I  love  my guitar gently weeps. :))a-hard-days-night-george-9

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Welcome to the forum @VegaLoveStarr. I love those parts too, particularly on the Anthology demo version. His falsetto is so delicate. heart

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VegaLoveStarr said
My favorite song is “While My Guitar Gently Weeps ” and I can’t get over the way George says “I don’t know how” It sounds so good !!

That entire section “I don’t know how you were diverted You were perverted too I don’t know how you were inverted No one alerted you.” 

goosebumps.
The song is so beautiful and that part really just hits.  I  love  my guitar gently weeps.

My favourite part is when he sings “I don’t know how nobody told you how to unfold your love” That lyric gets me everytime. It’s one of the reasons I love George’s voice so much.

Also…. 
Welcome to the forum!!

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Welcome, @VegaLoveStarr! apple01

I think it’s a wonderful concept for a song theme: a guitar gently weeping as it is being played. Nice one, George! ahdn_george_08

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Bongo said

Sea Belt said

I like how Ringo uses the “bell” part of the cymbal (portion toward the inner center) during the 3rd bridge in “In My Life ” (“though I know I’ll never lose affection” etc.)

 

Bell Is All You Need! ahdn_john_08_gif

  

Needs more  _ _ _ bell! 

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