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23 April 2010
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prestopresto
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8In the song The Shiek of Araby:

 

"At night when your asleep

Into your tent I'll creep"  NUMAH!

 

What is that strange vocalization after the word creep?  Is it supposed to be a camel?  Is it a word that I'm just not hearing correctly?  Does it sound as weird and out of place to you as it does to me?  It happens twice in the song.

Who is saying it and why?

Why has no one ever mentioned it when writing about this song?  It's just plain bizarre to me.  I am a bit hard of hearing.  Does it make sense to good ears?

 

Thanks!

 

23 April 2010
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They're saying "Not 'arf!" ('arf meaning half). It's English slang. If someone said, "Was it any good?" and someone replied, "Not 'arf!", it would mean it was very good.

It tells you what they're saying in the Anthology 1 album booklet. It's John and Paul saying it, I think.

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23 April 2010
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24 April 2010
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Ah.  that makes sense but it still sounds very strange to me.  I guess "Not Arf" or 'Not Alf" is dialect for "Not Half" which is probaby short for "Not Half Bad".

This forum is great.  These questions have bothered me for years and you guys answer them in one day.

 

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4 September 2019
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Into your tent I'll creep ahdn_paul_02

Well ahdn_paul_06

Some lyrics certainly age better than others

This is just in the others camp a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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Why yes that is a picture of Paul dabbing. Deal with it.

5 September 2019
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I'd reckon the boys had grown up like I did with the popular alternative schoolboy lyrics......

'I'm the sheik of the lavat'ry  

All your pennies belong to me

Just drop one in the slot

And then you drop your lot...."

..I won't go on.

Must have been a fun song for them...... 

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