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Your Mother Should Know
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2 December 2014
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While some are quick to dismiss this as mere "Granny Sh*t Music" from Paul McCartney , I rate it up there amongst Paul's extensive Upper Echelon of Classic Melodies.  If John & Yoko's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' is to be the Ultimate in Modern Christmas Cheer Music (Bob Geldof's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' notwithstanding), then 'Your Mother Should Know ' exemplifies the Pinnacle of what EVERY day of the year should be, and that's Mother 's Day.  Strong Message, Excellent Melody and those Angelic Harmonies yet again make this the Excellent song that it is, one of them Earworms that you don't mind grinding your drums all day long...:-) 

2 December 2014
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^^^ Agreed @Billy Rhythm   I LOVE this song and feel it is underrated!

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14 November 2015
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Oh crikey, Paul, stop switching ears. First you sing into my left, then you zip over to the right, then back again... the panning is bad enough without things jumping about! a-hard-days-night-ringo-13 

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14 November 2015
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Have almost found it to be a song that outstays its welcoming by about 90 seconds; that it only lasts a little shy of 150 seconds in total is not good. It's just so dull from the offset and it repeats that dullness throughout. Am sure Paul threw in the "da da da da" bits just to fill it out to an acceptable track length considering it offers nothing else to the song.

The one interesting note to this song is that in its 'Magical Mystery Tour ' scene you can tell they are miming to an earlier incarnation of the song.

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14 November 2015
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It's a nice melody but Paul doesn't do enough with it, it desperately needs a B part, not just the riff. It might have been a more solid song.

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14 November 2015
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^^ Agreed. I like the effortlessly fluid melody and (to use sixties-speak) the bass has a groovy vibe a-hard-days-night-george-10, but it seems like a well-produced demo-- a rough draft. Needs a middle eight or something. And the da-da-da-da part is so obviously filler, it's painful. Though the delivery is so fine you almost forget about it... that's MaccaMagic a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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I like it a lot. One of my favorite off Magical Mystery Tour .

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The beginning of take 27 ('Anthology 2 ') with the styled drumming is a bit more interesting but you can tell why it was binned and Paul moved back to take 8.

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It's a fun little song - and I know fun. If you try to turn it into something else, you could nitpick on it forever. I'd rather have fun - and I know fun. 

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15 November 2015
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Let's all get up and fun us a song that never changes tune, has no middle-eight. No middle-eight, and long long longer long. The song is too long, it's way too long, the song is too long, long.

Don't be long ahdn_ringo_09

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15 November 2015
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^ Not every song needs some musical shift like a middle eight. It's great how it is.

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It's great how it is... but it could be even better. a-hard-days-night-paul-11 

Don't get me wrong, I love it how it is, but if it had a middle eight or something it would be a much stronger track, in my opinion... something perhaps even single-worthy. 

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15 November 2015
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I love it, one of their most underrated tracks. There's a kind of yearning to it that strikes some elusive nostalgia in me. I sometimes wonder if I heard it as a baby or small child.

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ahdn_paul_06 A lot of Beatles' tracks touch that elusive nostalgia for me. Last year when I was discovering a whole crapload of Beatles songs I'd never heard before, it felt like I'd heard them all in a past life... and many of George's songs do that for me too. 'Tis enough to make one believe in karma. 

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15 November 2015
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Silly Girl said
 'Tis enough to make one believe in karma. 

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Maybe thats why the music is so ingrained in me as has been since I was incredibly young. What 10 year old would put on side two of 'Pepper' at 1/2 7 in the morning whilst sneakily doing a punishment exercise for school in 1991 hoping their parents don't find out that you got it in the first place!? I remember fiddling with the volume control trying to find the balance between being able to hear at a sensible volume and no one else in the house being able to. 

This has nothing to do with the thread.

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16 November 2015
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meanmistermustard said
Maybe thats why the music is so ingrained in me as has been since I was incredibly young. What 10 year old would put on side two of 'Pepper' at 1/2 7 in the morning whilst sneakily doing a punishment exercise for school in 1991 hoping their parents don't find out that you got it in the first place!? I remember fiddling with the volume control trying to find the balance between being able to hear at a sensible volume and no one else in the house being able to. 

This has nothing to do with the thread.

Actually, my dear mustard, this has a lot to do with the current conversation. The memory you described above is your own. It gives a special meaning to an album for you. It adds an element of childlike fun, if my understanding of what you relayed is correct.

In my case, the song we are discussing in the thread has special meaning for me. I have a lot of fun memories attached to the song, both as a small child and as an adult (the line for me is probably blurred more than most) - still do as Zag and I crank this one up and have fun singing it whenever we hear it.

So, if somebody wants to criticize the song because the lyrics aren't Shakespearean or the melody is not something that can be compared to Mozart or it is missing a middle eight, my response is "who the fuck cares?". At the same time, if the nitpickers are having fun picking nit, I say, "more power to you - as long as you are having fun". If music can't be fun, what the Hell is the point? Life is too damned short.

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And it least it generates comment be it good or bad; the worst kind of music in my opinion is where it leaves the listener feeling zilch.

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Amen. The opposite of love is not hate - it's indifference.

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Zig said
Amen. The opposite of love is not hate - it's indifference.

Hear, hear! There's an excellent Nathaniel Hawthorne quote on how love and hate are really quite similar, both being strong passionate emotions and all. (under spoiler) 

'It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom. Each, in its utmost development, supposes a high degree of intimacy and heart-knowledge; each renders one individual dependent for the food of his affections and spiritual life upon another; each leaves the passionate lover, or the no less passionate hater, forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his object.'

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