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Watching McCartney's Unplugged concert on Youtube. He just can't get the lyrics to "We Can Work It Out" although he tries a few times while maintaining his good spirits. Sounds perfect on the CD, so he must have re-recorded it.

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Thanks for posting ITSWD. Great to see Paul so relaxed and having a laugh whilst performing. Nowadays such a flub would immediately be put down to being 71 and result in some folks elsewhere online saying it was proof he needs to retire as he was embarrassing himself. Funny how times change.

The Unplugged setting is the kind of thing that would suit the desire of some of us to see a more intimate Paul concert where he performed more of the songs he normally leaves out of his set and less of the standard tracks that are performed frequently and seem to be treated as must-do's.

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I know there are entire web sites out there devoted to cataloging every single slip-up, goof, mistake, etc. in the Beatles catalog, but I'd like to know if you have any particular favorites? There are a couple I can think of right off the top of my head, where I hear the song, I know there's a mistake in it, but it's become so much part of the song that I actually look forward to it (and get disappointed when some tribute band forgets to include it).

For example:

- On "If I Fell," on the second time through the bridge ("And I would be sad if our new love was in vain"), at about 1:48, Paul's voice cracks on the last high note and he drops out early. (Only on the album release, AFAIK - they fixed it in the movie and in the soundtrack release.)

- On "Revolution 1" there's that extra beat thrown in near the end, around 3:25, which was an editing mistake

- On the single version of "Let it Be," during the last verse ("I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me"), around 2:58, Paul hits a bum chord on the piano and quickly has to resolve it.

Obvious mistakes, but like I said, they've become part of those songs now, and it's hard to imagine those tunes without the slip-ups.

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6 March 2014
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I always liked the version of Day Tripper where the guitar drops out for a millisecond in the third verse. When they fixed it on "1" and subsequent releases, it didn't sound right. It still doesn't. 

Also, in Dizzy Miss Lizzy, the main guitar lick of the song is "lost" in the second verse (I think), until George (or whomever) finds the "right place" to play it again.

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I like when they did the line switch in Ob-la-Di Ob-la-Da with "Desmond does his pretty face"

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The two false starts on the US version of "I'm Looking Through You."

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On the Twist And Shout solo, John and George (I think) are playing it and one plays a wrong note at the end that is higher which I quite like.

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George fluffing the last verse of Here Comes The Sun ("feels/seems like").

 

They did leave a lot of "mistakes" in, to 'prove' they were human. Can't think of any at the moment, of course!

 

Edit:The swearing in Hey Jude

 

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Listening to the isolated 'Oh! Darling' tracks from Rock Band and the second time around Paul stumbles and sings "when you told me you didn't need me anymore, well you know i never bell and cried". Had never heard that before so had to go back. It's 2:27 in, video in spoiler.

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meanmistermustard said

Listening to the isolated 'Oh! Darling' tracks from Rock Band and the second time around Paul stumbles and sings "when you told me you didn't need me anymore, well you know i never bell and cried". Had never heard that before so had to go back. It's 2:27 in, video in spoiler.

Never heard that before, nice catch. It's as if he was torn between "I nearly broke down and cried " and "I nearly fell down and cried". a-hard-days-night-paul-10

Until now, I always thought he sang "I nearly fell down and cried " on that line.

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Ringo and George both fluffing their lines in the Concert for Bangladesh; Ringo on It Don't Come Easy and George on Something.

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Yeah, the way Ringo mumbles his way through that line is funny (1:42) . His facial expression leading into the instrumental portion, knowing he flubbed it, was even funnier (1:50). Still, citing the energy of it, it's easily my favorite version of the song.

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^  I guess he's finding it difficult to drum and sing at the same time, like patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time :)

I always liked the performance but thought it funny he messed it up given he only had one song to remember - at least George could claim he was organising the whole thing and singing the most songs of anyone there.  Dylan also misses on one song, but then he noted in an interview I saw that he was prone to that.

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He is (in)famous for saying he is not one for rehearsing. You'll recall that during the Concert For George he messed up the lyrics for 'Honey Don't'. I don't remember him flubbing too many lyrics when I saw him live this past Summer, but then I was busy flubbing them myself.a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

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Whilst singing 'I Wanna Be Your Man' Ringo would at times sing one verse over and over leaving out the second entirely.

And i put a type in the 'Oh! Darling' lyric above, it should be "when you told me you didn't need me anymore, well you know i nearly bell and cried" not ""when you told me you didn't need me anymore, well you know i never bell and cried". Apologies.

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From Huffington Post: 5 Easter Eggs You Didn't Know The Beatles Hid In Their Work

They're listed as:

1. The Beatles purposely pronounce "Sie Liebt Dich," the German version of "She Loves You," incorrectly. This essentially makes the song "She Loves Dick."

2. When Paul McCartney sings about laughing over dinner in "Lovely Rita," a subtle pop is made to signify a cork.

3. "For You Blue" begins with John Lennon very softly saying, "Queen says 'No' to pot smoking FBI members."

4. George Harrison and Paul McCartney harmonizing "tit tit tit tit" in the background of "Girl" was a dirty joke.

5. Near the end of "I'm Only Sleeping," someone almost inaudibly commands "Yawn, Paul." Then McCartney yawns.

BONUS: There is supposedly an accidental "undeleted expletive" in "Hey Jude" that doesn't get censored out.

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Just an aside on the All You Need Is Love thing, one of the funniest salutes by the Dukes of Stratosphear in Collideascope, Partridges Lennon take-off is to have him saying bloody hell in the background of the instrumental part:

I'm going through the Rock Band isolations and there's heaps of little moments, but it can wait until I do a proper write-up of the lot.

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Have you seen the What Goes On site? http://wgo.signal11.org.uk/wgo.htm

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I remember finding this site from a Vsauce video, and I wanted to find it again to re lookup where Paul plays a wrong chord in Hey Jude and then uses some colorful language. My google search took me to this thread, thanks BB once again.

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Are you referring to this, @William Shears Campbell?

From Joe's article:

Hey Jude contains an unedited expletive, which is often played by radio stations to this day. In the final verse, John Lennon sang "Let her into" instead of "Let her under your skin". His cry of "Oh!", followed by "Fucking hell", remains in the final mix.

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