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You Never Give Me Your Money
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22 April 2013
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At the exact point in this song where they start singing “1 2 3 4 5 6 7, all good children go to heaven,” I always start getting goosebumps and find myself transported somewhere else.  Pure genius.

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Transported to somewhere like…heaven, you mean?

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Von Bontee said
Transported to somewhere like…heaven, you mean?

Lol, yes, seventh heaven.

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I wish they didn’t fade out some songs so quickly…this is a good example, as well as While My Guitar Gently Weeps .

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Expert Textpert said
 

At the exact point in this song where they start singing “1 2 3 4 5 6 7, all good children go to heaven,” I always start getting goosebumps and find myself transported somewhere else.  Pure genius.

That bit is creepy.

 

Great song though, love it. I Also like how that little bit in the middle of Carry That Weight refers back to this song.

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Linde said

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At the exact point in this song where they start singing “1 2 3 4 5 6 7, all good children go to heaven,” I always start getting goosebumps and find myself transported somewhere else.  Pure genius.

That bit is creepy.

 

Well, I think it’s more a reflection of Lennon’s typically cheeky and wry commentary about religious “dogma” (which is always bad, of course).

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Coincidentally there are 7 levels. You Never Give Me Your Money has loads of seventh chords, it is one of the best chord progressions the Beatles ever did.

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Along with “Dear Prudence ” this is the best performed and produced Beatles song. It’s hard to believe they were breaking up. There’s so much group interplay and instrumental virtuosity. And Paul’s lead vocal is beyond belief, right up to the “yes indeed mama mama ah ah” ad-lib. Sure, they’ve written better songs, but this one I don’t know. It’s so perfect.

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Along with “Dear Prudence ” this is the best performed and produced Beatles song. It’s hard to believe they were breaking up. There’s so much group interplay and instrumental virtuosity. And Paul’s lead vocal is beyond belief, right up to the “yes indeed mama mama ah ah” ad-lib. Sure, they’ve written better songs, but this one I don’t know. It’s so perfect.

Too bad Ringo doesn’t even play on “Dear Prudence “! Albeit Paul rocks the fuck out towards the end (in my mind-his best drumming)

BUT i should

stay-on-topic Me and “You Never Give Me Your Money ” have had some very INTENSE moments in my life…a-hard-days-night-john-3

“I never give you my pillow, I only send you my invitation and in the middle of the celebration: I break down”
That’s when I get chills (during the coda in “Carry That Weight ” – Iguess; I’msuremanychills occur when I listen to Abbey Road the whole way through) 

 

Richie Havens did a version that says “1234567-All God ‘s children go to Heaven” instead of “good” hahahah ~trippy?

http://grooveshark.com/#!/albu…..es/8407870

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I love the fact that the famous medley starts with this track that is like a little medley of it’s own. I find myself transported somewhere magical right from the start! The whole production and execution of this track is ethereal. It’s The Beatles at their best with McCartney right where he should be…on top and in charge!

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Nope — then Yep.

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LOL — Beatles fans bickering interminably about the technical minutiae and we non-geeks will apparently never know what the actual truth of the matter is. If only Paul’s memory wasn’t strangely impaired and if only there existed journalists to ask him questions like this.

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And in the comments of Joe’s page on this song, people start bickering about who played the “boogie woogie” piano part — Paul or George Martin, and if Paul, did he play it slow then speed up the tape, etc.  If only Paul was alive and had a functioning memory so we could ask him….

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Expert Textpert said
 

At the exact point in this song where they start singing “1 2 3 4 5 6 7, all good children go to heaven,” I always start getting goosebumps and find myself transported somewhere else.  Pure genius.

  

I’m not so much replying to Expert Textpert as using his comment as a springboard.  After reading Joe’s description of the recording of it, I noted it was one of those that Paul worked on over many iterations and many days and many layers (a process I elsewhere described as “cobbling together” but which I really meant “constructing from many different parts over time unlike conventional song recording done mostly whole in a few takes at most”). 

It occurs to me that YNGMYM is seen as (and I consider it as) part of the Abbey Road “medley” — and yet it lacks one major feature of the medley songs: it doesn’t segue neatly into the next tune.  In Joe’s description, he says Paul spent a lot of time over many days experimenting with different ways to blend the ending with the following song (Sun King ).  What strikes me is how his final result is the least organic and most drawn-out sounding of all the transitions — and uniquely it’s the only one that ends as a fade-out (which probably contributed to the difficulty of blending).  I just wonder if Paul could have thought of a snappier transition, like all the other medley transitions, perhaps sacrificing the fade-out — not sacrificing the “1 2 3 4 5 6 7, all good children go to heaven” chant, but just not lapsing into a fade-out. 

For example, off the top of my head, here would be a possible way:  imagine the “1 2 3 4 5 6 7, all good children go to heaven” starts and goes along as it does on the record, then instead of fading out, it keeps repeating for another few times, then suddenly on the last iteration, it stops cold on “4” — “1 2 3 4!” — where the “4” also has an echo effect.  Followed by approximately 1.5 seconds of silence, then, just as we hear it now, the deep strings of the electric guitar at the beginning of “Sun King ” start.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the way it Paul did it already.  It just nags at me how it lacks a snappy transition like the other medley pieces.

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Expert Textpert said
 

At the exact point in this song where they start singing “1 2 3 4 5 6 7, all good children go to heaven,” I always start getting goosebumps and find myself transported somewhere else.  Pure genius.

  

I have to quote this ancient post to say I agree. The descending journey into Sun King is just unbelievably good. 

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