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The Long And Winding Road
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3 June 2012
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I love that nickname and the avatar… great!! apple01apple01

 

I agree with you. I have seen Paul twice (yeah Mith, bring that fact up any time you can a-hard-days-night-paul-11 ) and I have to say it truly gets me. It’s a song that I love.

 

BTW Have you noticed that in the video screens in Paul concerts, you can see a desert? A friend who was with me in the last concert said “That’s the new My Love” (the song he dedicates to Linda).

 

I’m a bit ashamed to say that I cried because I can totally relate with that. a-hard-days-night-ringo-5

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

3 June 2012
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No, I hadn’t noticed it, but after I read you’re post i watched a video of one of pauls concerts and then I noticed it, thanks for the hint

Once there was a way to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby

16 July 2012
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In the spector version the beginning is very nice (the The Long And Winding Road line) but then there is this loud dum-dum and it’s so different to the soft style of the beginning I think that sounds teerible but in the other parts of the song the orchestra is not so bad (only when there’s another dum-dum). Anyway I habe a question: Are george’s guitar and billy’s electric piano or organ (i read sometimes that he played electric piano, sometimes that he played organ) cut out or are they there but not easily audible? I read somewhere that spector jsut used paul’s piano and vocals and lennon’s bass and then oberdubbed the orchestra (+new drums by ringo) but I also read (I think on beatlesbible) that he just turned the volume of guitar and electric piano/organ quiet. So what is true? If billy were also on this song he would be on four songs on 1 (get back, something, let it be and The Long And Winding Road ), quite good.

Edit: I think I hear george’s guitar line, clearly audible in the Anthology 3 version, very quietly after the “that leads to your door” part in the beginning (and on similar points) and at 2:05 i hear some chords possibly played on george’s guitar which are clearly audible on both the spector and the anthology version. I haven’t heard bill so far, though.

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22 July 2012
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I didn’t like it initially, but after several listens it grew on me. Now I think it’s really great.

23 July 2012
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Hm. Well, I’ve known the song for 30+ years and it STILL hasn’t grown on me! (Whether “naked” or clothed.) Guess I’ll give it another 30 and see if i’m still resistant.

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25 July 2012
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I’m afraid I’ll never be a big fan of this song.  

I remember when I first heard it, way back when it was first released in 1970, The Beatles were just breaking up, and I thought to myself “if THIS is the type of song they’re releasing nowadays, maybe it’s just as well they’re calling it quits”.   The Henry Manciniesqe strings and choir don’t help it, but then again, they do suit it.  It’s Paul’s sentimentality run amok, in my opinion.  I don’t think he sings it all that well, either.   And John’s bass is pretty clumsy.  

It was released not too long after “Let It Be “, and I thought “wow… I remember when these guys knew how to rock — it’s almost ironic to call them the BEATles nowadays”.  I’ve since come to like “Let It Be ” quite a bit…. but regarding “Long and Winding Road”,  I’m with Vonbontee — maybe in another three decades, when I’m in the home, I’ll come to like it!

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10 August 2012
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I think I can hear billy’s organ/electric piano in the bridge. Anyway vonbonte your comment was so awesome. “Whether naked or clothed”, just awesome

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10 August 2012
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If there’s a problem I have with The Long And Winding Road it’s that it just seems to meander aimlessly; there’s no real hook or chorus. Maybe Paul intended it that way to fit the title and theme but it doesn’t work too well, there’s not as much succinct but inherently catchy melody as work as in, say, Yesterday .

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I’ve never really liked tLaWR- I always thought it was a sub-Let It Be , and the imagery was boring and cliched.

 

However, I was listening to the Naked version yesterday and I suddenly thought, “Hey, this is really good!”. Paul’s vocal is great especially the way his voice goes all low and a bit cracked on “Crying for the day” and both “A long long time ago,”s.

 

Lyrically, I love, “The wild and windy night/ That the rain washed away/ Has left a pool of tears/ Crying for the day,” I think its powerful (You could argue it was a predecessor to the mountains and deserts and tears in the rain from Mull Of Kintyre ). I think the lyrics are quite Lennon-ish- “Don’t leave me waiting here,”/ “Why leave me standing here?” particuarlarly (which is a bit bizarre really as John had no input in the song’s lyrics. I guess John’s influence rubbed off on Paul).

 

The only part I don’t really like is the Billy Preston solo- I find it very basic and not right for the sadness song, it just sounds like a ringtone.

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15 November 2012
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Ben Ramon said
If there’s a problem I have with The Long And Winding Road it’s that it just seems to meander aimlessly; there’s no real hook or chorus. Maybe Paul intended it that way to fit the title and theme but it doesn’t work too well, there’s not as much succinct but inherently catchy melody as work as in, say, Yesterday .

I feel like I couldn’t have put it better. I mean it’s a gorgeous song and I know that I could never produce something that lovely, but I agree that it doesn’t have the structure that other songs do. 

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15 November 2012
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I personally find the Naked version to be the best there is. Paul’s singing is better, it’s not so overproduced that it gives you a headache…it’s just piano and a light orchestra, nothing major, which makes it sound so much prettier!! Or, at least that’s what I find…

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26 November 2012
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I’ve always liked this song.

 

I like the orchestra, it suits it and gives it more emotion, but I really dislike the choir. That’s a bit too much imo.

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I can’t stand the song. I turn it off whenever it comes on the radio. The song in general makes me sad listening to it. Just reminds me of the end as The Beatles as a whole.

Sorry, if that sounds corny.

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Did you guys know that Paul offered the song to Tom Jones in 1968?

 

According to this site:

 

Paul McCartney offered this song to Tom Jones in 1968 on the condition it be his next single. However, Tom Jones already had “Without Love (There is Nothing)” set for release so he turned down the offer, something he would later regret.

Speaking with Media Wales in 2012, Jones explained: “I saw him (McCartney) in a club called Scotts Of St James on Jermyn Street in London. I said to him When are you going to write me a song then Paul? He said, aye I will then. Then not long after he sent a song around to my house, which was ‘The Long And Winding Road ,’ but the condition was that I could do it but it had to be my next single.”

I think Joe should add this interesting and weird fact to his info on the song.

 

Apparently, Tom Jones eventually covered the song.  Here’s a YouTube:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..eGKOW4I_RY

 

From the looks of Tom, it must be perhaps the 1980s.

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6 December 2012
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ahdn_paul_06 God , who says no to a Lennon/McCartney song????? a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

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6 December 2012
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Silly man. Surely that would’ve been a guaranteed hit with the Lennon/McCartney name on it??

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Wasn’t the club called the *Scotch* of St. James?

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I don’t much care for the original, though I like the NYC version posted here. And the Ray Charles version. I read Paul had RC in mind when he wrote the song, but I can’t find the source of that info.

 

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Wow, didn’t even know that! That’s funny to know.

Now I’m quite curious as to how Tom Jones would’ve recorded it.

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Linde said
Wow, didn’t even know that! That’s funny to know.

Now I’m quite curious as to how Tom Jones would’ve recorded it.

Linde,

 

Just click on the YouTube I posted in my comment above.  Though it was performed live at a club, it’s a good indication of how Tom Jones would have recorded it: rather like a schmaltzy lounge lizard.  (Tom Jones has done some good soul/funk songs, but when it comes to other genres, he’s not so good.)

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