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The Fool On The Hill
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28 March 2018
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Zig said
This is one of my “on the fence” songs. I love the lyrics but, to me, there is an certain edge that is missing from the music. It lacks the “ooomph” that holds my interest. It’s as if Paul took some elevator Muzak and dubbed his vocals over it. On the positive side, the way he delivers the vocals in a few spots are quite impressive. In the context of the canon album, it does set the mood nicely for the next track (‘Flying ‘), but on its own, it just doesn’t grab me.  

Rarely am I ever fascinating by the shifts between major and minor modes through the verse and chorus when I hear elevator music. ahdn_george_01

Best part of the song:  “ooohhhhhhhhhhhhh round and round and round…”

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28 March 2018
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Rarely am I ever fascinating by the shifts between major and minor modes through the verse and chorus when I hear elevator music. ahdn_george_01

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Zig said
This is one of my “on the fence” songs. I love the lyrics but, to me, there is an certain edge that is missing from the music. It lacks the “ooomph” that holds my interest. It’s as if Paul took some elevator Muzak and dubbed his vocals over it. On the positive side, the way he delivers the vocals in a few spots are quite impressive. In the context of the canon album, it does set the mood nicely for the next track (‘Flying ‘), but on its own, it just doesn’t grab me.  

I go with this. The song has its moments but not enough for a standout in the catalogue.

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meanmistermustard said

I go with this. The song has its moments but not enough for a standout in the catalogue.  

This is one of the Paul songs that fits a subcategory I call the “flat affect songs” — along with I Will , Yesterday , And I Love Her , Michelle , For No One .  The only one of the list where his quasi-monotone delivery doesn’t work for me is Yesterday . I think it fits perfectly Fool On The Hill, however  (as well as all the others on the list).

I almost included Here, There And Everywhere ; except that somehow the content of the lyrics and the spirit of the song convey more of a peace of mind radiating out of the simple beauty of love (which can in tone resemble a flat affect).

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I kind of get what you’re saying about “flat effect” but I couldn’t imagine those songs delivered in any other way. That’s to say Paul sang them in a perfect way that suited them. I mean I couldn’t imaging Here There And Everywhere sung the same way he sang LongTall Sally.  a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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I kind of get what you’re saying about “flat effect” but I couldn’t imagine those songs delivered in any other way. That’s to say Paul sang them in a perfect way that suited them. I mean I couldn’t imaging Here There And Everywhere sung the same way he sang LongTall Sally.  a-hard-days-night-paul-4  

I think that’s what Funny Pineapple was saying… wasn’t it?

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Leppo said
I kind of get what you’re saying about “flat effect” but I couldn’t imagine those songs delivered in any other way. That’s to say Paul sang them in a perfect way that suited them. I mean I couldn’t imaging Here There And Everywhere sung the same way he sang LongTall Sally.  a-hard-days-night-paul-4  

Yes, Beatlebug is correct. (Although I don’t think Yesterday works with that flat affect; i think a more rugged, world-weary voice would be better — of the Beatles, John is the only one who could maybe pull it off).  Otherwise, I like Paul’s flat affect style for those other songs.  I just thought of another which, again, works well: “Junk”

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I kind of get what you’re saying about “flat effect” but I couldn’t imagine those songs delivered in any other way. That’s to say Paul sang them in a perfect way that suited them. I mean I couldn’t imaging Here There And Everywhere sung the same way he sang LongTall Sally.  a-hard-days-night-paul-4  

Same. For me, the lyrics themselves and the way he delivers them outweighs my disappointment over the musical arrangement. It’s not terrible, it just lacks something I can’t put my fingers on.

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Zig said

Same. For me, the lyrics themselves and the way he delivers them outweighs my disappointment over the musical arrangement. It’s not terrible, it just lacks something I can’t put my fingers on.  

For me, it is the opposite. The arrangement HAS that something I can’t put my finger on.

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Zig said 

For me, the lyrics themselves and the way he delivers them outweighs my disappointment over the musical arrangement. It’s not terrible, it just lacks something I can’t put my fingers on.  

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For me, it is the opposite. The arrangement HAS that something I can’t put my finger on.  

So we agree, it’s a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup song.

It’s the peanut butter!

It’s the chocolate!

It’s just plain good…

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sir walter raleigh said

For me, it is the opposite. The arrangement HAS that something I can’t put my finger on.  

Yes.. the change from the minor to major key is wonderful and what makes it even better for me is the fact that it is a lovely major 6th chord it returns to….one note making such a difference….paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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