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Alternate Lyrics and Verses
21 May 2014
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So I'm sure many of you have heard the later-removed final verse of While My Guitar Gently Weeps  on Anthology/LOVE. Similarly, the lyrics were very different in the 1968 Esher demos for The White Album (unfortunately, due to the low-quality recording, I can't make them out. Shame really, because I'd love to sing them). The former's verse is this, if you didn't know previously...

"I look from the wings of the play you are staging, While My Guitar Gently Weeps ;

As I'm sitting here doing nothing but aging, still my guitar gently weeps."

I've always loved these lyrics, and I'm always sure to include them whenever I play the song.

There are other songs which have the changed or removed lyrics, such as the slow version of Helter Skelter on Anthology:

"When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the ride,

As I get and I know that I never get high

'Till I get to the bottom and I see you again"

I'm sure many of us know of the original "she was never a beauty queen" from I Saw Her Standing There . It's interesting to see such an important song in development, and the bigger the change, I find, the better; I don't really tend to count minor lyrics, especially if it's just one word changed. It's always interesting to find out about unused lyrics - it's like an entirely new experience, especially wondering what it would sound like if it was released.

Does anyone else know of any alternate lyrics and verses?

21 May 2014
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I believe there's a youtube of that early Esher version of "Weeps" on a thread updated last week...wish I could remember exactly which one.

"She Said She Said " was pretty different in its early stages.

GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions, Marvin Gaye. PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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The Anthology version of Fool on The Hill has different lyrics in the versus

 

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vonbontee said
I believe there's a youtube of that early Esher version of "Weeps" on a thread updated last week...wish I could remember exactly which one.

"She Said She Said " was pretty different in its early stages.

Here it is. It's got a really cool organ too.

Annadog40 said

The Anthology version of Fool on The Hill has different lyrics in the versus

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Whoa. I got chills from that.

21 May 2014
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In Something , this was used as a place holder:

"Something in the way she moves,
Attracts me like a pomegranate!"

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In Something , this was used as a place holder:

"Something in the way she moves,
Attracts me like a pomegranate!"

"Cauliflower" was also used there.

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

Mr. Kite said
In Something , this was used as a place holder:

"Something in the way she moves,
Attracts me like a pomegranate!"

"Cauliflower" was also used there.

Thought so because I've seen it in someone's signature, but I heard the studio session when he sand pomegranate.

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There is an additional unreleased bridge in the Something demo on Anthology 3

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The Esher demo of Yer Blues had some slightly different lyrics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....yGkZuYZ3oA

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8... As does Mean Mister Mustard on Anthology 3 ("his sister Shirley") and You've Got To Hide Your Love Away was originally "two foot tall" before it was altered to "small". The last verse of Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da was a simple repeat of the one before before Paul changed the persons around "Desmond does his pretty face".

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23 May 2014
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meanmistermustard said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8... As does Mean Mister Mustard on Anthology 3 ("his sister Shirley") and You've Got To Hide Your Love Away was originally "two foot tall" before it was altered to "small". The last verse of Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da was a simple repeat of the one before before Paul changed the persons around "Desmond does his pretty face".

Those weren't lyrical alterations, they were mistakes made during singing that were left in.

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The title of the thread is "alternate lyrics and verses" and those are alternate lyrics so a-hard-days-night-john-1 They aren't the same so must be different so are alternate.

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meanmistermustard said
The title of the thread is "alternate lyrics and verses" and those are alternate lyrics so a-hard-days-night-john-1 They aren't the same so must be different so are alternate.

I was just pointing out that they weren't intentionally altered. I agree they belong here, because they're different.

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What are they saying in the ending chatter on A Day In The Life ?

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

meanmistermustard said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8... As does Mean Mister Mustard on Anthology 3 ("his sister Shirley") and You've Got To Hide Your Love Away was originally "two foot tall" before it was altered to "small". The last verse of Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da was a simple repeat of the one before before Paul changed the persons around "Desmond does his pretty face".

Those weren't lyrical alterations, they were mistakes made during singing that were left in.

No, The Sister Shirley Was The First Idea, But The Medley Made That Change His Name To Pam 

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Let's not forget the lost third verse to Get Back ...

Meanwhile back at home there’s nineteen Pakistanis,
Living in a council flat
Candidate for Labour tells them what the plan is,
Then he tells them where it's at

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Waiting for the man to come became waiting for the van to come, as I'm sure you know.

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And The Lost Bridge Of Don´t Let Me Down (Hear The Versions Made In 2 January):

I´m In Love For The First Time

Don´t Please Me Let Me Down

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thisbirdhasflown said
Waiting for the man to come became waiting for the van to come, as I'm sure you know.

Which of the managers inspired "Waiting for the van to come?"

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