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2020 Beatles Bible Bracket Challenge
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I forgot to vote last round so I’m gonna go at it early this time. 

Tomorrow Never Knows - This round is a serious psychedelic showdown. In my opinion, TNK pulls off the insane experimental vibe much better that IATW. It takes itself more seriously, rocks harder, is more profound, and is just an all around better song. 

For No One - This is a tough matchup, but FNO is an spectacular lyrical achievement whereas IJSAF is a little bit more vanilla. 

And Your Bird Can Sing - brings a smile to my face every time. The middle eight is fantastic, and perfectly segues back into the harmony verse

In My Life - come on, I love Rain but In My Life is subjectively one of the all time great songs. 

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Exciting!!!!

Tomorrow Never Knows –ahh, the moment has finally come, when two psychedelic heavyweights face off against each other. While I have known IATW for much longer and have strong emotional attachments to it, I just cannot say enough good things about TNK. It's groundbreaking, profound, and makes you feel like you can go on an acid trip without actually taking any acid yourself. It just takes you to another world–whether or not that world is the Dalai Lama singing on a mountaintop, I am not sure, but it is surely no less magical. 

I've Just Seen A Face –I have had to make a lot of tough decisions in these brackets, but this is easily the hardest one. While neither song is one of my all-time favorites, I do truly and genuinely adore both of them–they're two of Paul's greatest songs. I literally flipped a coin, and when it came up with FNO, I flipped it again, and it came up with FNO again. So I began to proceed with my vote based on the utterly crass criterion of a goddamn coin flip. And that's when it hit me–I just love IJSAF a little but more, and I couldn't bring myself to vote it out. Even if it meant knocking out another amazing Paul masterpiece. Guys, this was hard, but I've made my choice, and I'm sticking to it.

And Your Bird Can Sing –thank god, an easy choice! While I am still *incredibly* salty about AYBCS beating out ADITL, I have to admit–it's a heckin' great song. That riff alone is just killer, and the weird yet somehow profound lyrics–it's all truly wonderful. Hey Bulldog , by contrast, is not worthy of its place in this contest, and in my humble opinion wasn't even worthy of being on an official album release. I simply do not get why people love it so much. Anyway, moving on...

Rain –ahh, once again, two excellent songs. But I personally feel that IML is a tad overrated, and Rain is just such a breakthrough sonically and production-wise, and an excellent companion to the exquisite Paperback Writer (press F to pay respects). Hard choice, but again, I'm comfortable with my decision.

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sir walter raleigh said

I Am The Walrus vs Tomorrow Never Knows

I've Just Seen A Face vs. For No One

And Your Bird Can Sing vs Hey Bulldog

In My Life vs Rain

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1. I Am The Walrus (For me, this decision just came down to the fact that I really like the strings and overall musical aspects of IATW more than I like the trippy af stuff on TNK) 

2. For No One (FNO carries a bit more weight for me than IJSAF-- I love IJSAF, but FNO is my best friend's fave Beatles song (she's a horn player like Holey go figure) so....yeah) 

3.  this is haaarrrrddd paul-mccartneypaul-mccartney Okay okay I just had a quick listen to both and on instinct from fresh listens am going with And Your Bird Can Sing (*press F for Hey Bulldog im sorry my love but the guitar and harmonies on AYBCS got to me ahdn_george_05a-hard-days-night-paul-7)

4. In My Life (~ p a t h o s ~) 

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Hey Bulldog , by contrast, is not worthy of its place in this contest, and in my humble opinion wasn't even worthy of being on an official album release. I simply do not get why people love it so much. Anyway, moving on...

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okay no you know what it's alright its fine I just gotta remember that people are entitled to their opinions that they're just opinions and it's fine no ones being hurt here it's just an opinion even if I don't agree with it 

*screams internally because the stubborn part of me wants to argue this so hard right now but I'm trying to be chill and open-minded* 

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HEY BULLDOG IS A BANGER. The overenthusiastic opening piano grabs your attention by the scruff and then you get fuzztastic guitar and the driest, thunkiest bass known to Man, straight from the Sahara desert or the granola aisle at your local health-food shop, all taking you for a propulsive ride through some of John's finest nonsense, delivered in classic, aggressive, make-you-believe-every-word Lennon style. Then you get one of George's most excellent, melodic, exemplary solos (or was it John? That's a whole other argument, but either way, it serves the song perfectly while simultaneously taking it to another level, as all the best Beatles solos do), as the Beatles lark in the background and generally have a riotous time. Things take off fully when Paul transforms into a genuine canine and everything generally goes off the rails into party land, yet George and Ringo keep unshakeable chugging away in the back, always the underrated Beatles. There's an inimitable sense of spontaneity here: the lads are just having such infectious, irresistible fun, riffing off-the-cuff, not trying to be anything in particular but their silliest selves, as exemplified by Lennon's deranged cackle coming in just before some of the most classic mournful enchanting Beatles harmonies enter just as the song fades out, without having outstayed its welcome in the slightest. In some ways, the Beatles' last hurrah as a group that can just have fun as a group, with the spontaneous chemistry that they would never truly regain again, though try they did to Get Back .

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Beatlebug said

I've Just Seen A Face vs. For No One : GOD DAMMIT. ...

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Reluctantly, I'm going to have to go with For No One because of that amazing French horn part, a choice which I know pissed off applescruffjunior and pleased @The Hole Got Fixed as punch. (YKYAHBBer when...) ahdn_paul_01

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I Am The Walrus vs Tomorrow Never Knows

I've Just Seen A Face vs. For No One

And Your Bird Can Sing vs Hey Bulldog

In My Life vs Rain

  

I Am The Walrus . It's so ridiculous, I love ita-hard-days-night-john-6

For No One . See above comment by Bebu!

You cannot be kidding me. My number 2 vs. my number 1 of all time. Ughhhhhh... Hey Bulldog , but I'm so sorry AYBSC!

Rain . IML is ok but Rain is fantastic!

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Imma save my energy for the final round. Expect MLA format. EDIT: Oh what the hell...

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I Am The Walrus vs Tomorrow Never Knows

Very hard choice. This comparison brings the best out of each song, as both can be called two of the most experimental songs in the Beatles' discography. The difference lays in their pace, and I think that's were one of the songs should take the win. I Am The Walrus is an attempt at lunacy in which John approaches lyrics that are purposefully trying to sound silly. He succeeds, by the way. On the other hand, Tomorrow Never Knows , at its core, doesn't feel like a mockery of psychedelia but a true sentiment of rediscovery. What I mean is, if you wanted to write a song imitating the ramblings of a crazy man, I Am The Walrus would be the way to go, whereas Tomorrow Never Knows would be the song you'd write if you actually wanted to know how a crazy person perceives things. There is mad editing and instrumentation in both songs, but I'll give the win to the latter, considering the drumming choice and speed at which the psychedelic sounds bang the left year give it more of a driving, constantly moving forward sound, when I Am The Walrus is a more laid back, classic banging beat, that is still good, but doesn't awake a rush the way Tomorrow Never Knows does. It just feels more spiritual and has more empathy for a true feeling of madness. It's a deeper sentiment.

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I've Just Seen A Face vs. For No One

I personally think there is no contest. I've Just Seen A Face is great, but it works under the four-instrument convention of the classic rock band and despite the lyrics, the song is nothing special. For No One just had the luxury of being composed during a time were the Beatles were more accustomed to trying new things, variate in instrumentation, the song doesn't even have that much percussion because Paul already knows there must be a connection between the instrumental palette and the story being told, as much as the emotion with which is being told. And this awareness of balance in the mixing of instruments is what make it so compelling. Besides, I think the lyrics in it are also better, they feel more heart-felt, and they actually are based on real thoughts going through Paul's head, instead of just him meeting a pretty girl for like the eight billionth time.

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And Your Bird Can Sing vs Hey Bulldog

A pretty hard decision, considering none should be in this round by now. I think there are at least twenty songs more fit for the part. Alright, so here we go. Hey Bulldog has to its advantage a really badass riff, that along with piano, guitars and drums (including backwards recording) create a strong sense of unity in the band. The lyrics are funny, but nothing outside of this world. And Your Bird Can Sing is shorter, and has to its advantage the ascending and descending guitar licks of George that spice up the song but in a lovelier way. The lyrics are, again, okay. I think in the end And Your Bird Can Sing has better melodies and feels grand when Hey Bulldog feels more local. But I'd be okay with either.

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In My Life vs Rain

Probably one of the toughest choices so far. On one hand we've got a psychedelic ballad, very much ahead of its time, and on the other we've got a sweeter than sugar melody and vocal performances. Both are pretty much an ode to sorrow with an overwhelming sense of hope. The only difference, and what in my opinion makes the cut of one above the other, is that the two spark the same feeling, but In My Life is trying while Rain isn't. Here's what I mean: In My Life is really hitting those "I'm sad I want my old life back" lyrics, and Rain just has this beautiful, spontaneous poetry that conveys the emotion in a much more subtle way; increasingly enhanced by John's vocal performance and the progressive instrumentation. When you are sad, most of the times you don't express it as boldly as John does in In My Life . Generally the reaction you have is trying to think or pretend you're thinking in other stuff to try to fool people, maybe even yourself, that you are okay. Rain conveys that. I'm gonna go with it over In My Life because I think Rain comes from a point in Lennon's songwriting progression in which he figured that, to make someone feel nostalgic or melancholic, sometimes it's better to write lyrics that are more profound and ethereal. I love In My Life , but the lyrics are kind of forcing sadness into you in a way Rain isn't, Rain is just about nature and human's response to it, and this universal simplicity somehow comes off as deeper. Plus the instrumentation, damn.

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I Am The Walrus - My top 5 (I think I have about 17 songs in my Beatles top 5). Both songs are so bizarre and whilst 'TNK' went there first and is still timeless, 'IATW' takes it a bit further - and then John goes way beyond the distant horizons with 'Revolution 9 '  Extra credit too for folk berating the song for making absolutely no sense because of the lyrics ("what's an elementary penguin"?). Many non-Beatles fans will get 'TNK', and begrudgingly say "trippy but ok" whilst immediately hate 'Revolution 9 '. With 'IATW' they will hear it start and think a hesitant "ok" before listening to the lyrics as it goes on thinking a massive "WTAF!!!!!!".

I've Just Seen A Face  vs. For No One - Yeah. Ok. How do you opt for one of over the other without immediately wanting to change? Erm... Even taking both apart and saying "oh this one does this so that's it", you then get reminded of how the other does that. FFS!!!!!! C'mon... Erm... I DON'T WANT TO AND YOU CAN'T MAKE ME!!!!! Oh, you don't need to but I should be voting for one as per the point of the game... Erm... 'For No One ' but don't ask why, just let me leave the room and break down quietly outside. And never bring it up again. I need a strong drink.

And Your Bird Can Sing - Exceptional. My favourite song on 'Revolver ' so... but again. 'HB' has no reason to be this good. Just listen to the outro and tell me it's not brilliant, and that's ignoring the intro and the middle and the guitar solo and the great lyrics (read about them) and the promo video.

In My Life - Nothing to say about this I haven't said before. Truth be told, I';ve never been that bothered about 'Rain '. I like it more than ever before but that's the equivalent of rating it a B- over a C+.

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1. Tomorrow Never Knows - reverse gooiness

2. I've Just Seen A Face - because that is the right answer and frankly any other answer is invalid BA DOM BA DOM BOP

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Many non-Beatles fans will get 'TNK', and begrudgingly say "trippy but ok" whilst immediately hate 'Revolution 9 '.

Some people like their psychedelia complemented with rhythma-hard-days-night-george-10You can't just mush a bunch of weird sounds together and expect everybody to praise it for being "trippy".

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I Am The Walrus vs Tomorrow Never Knows : 'I Am The Walrus ' ... crikey, this is a tough one as they are two of my favourite Beatle songs 

 

I've Just Seen A Face vs. For No One : 'For No One ' ... one of my favourite Paul songs

 

And Your Bird Can Sing vs Hey Bulldog : 'Hey Bulldog ' ... Surprisingly John wasn't impressed with either of these songs, when of course, they are both brilliant! A tough decision! Love the ad-libbed interplay between John & Paul at the end!

 

In My Life vs Rain : 'In My Life ' ... two more of my favourites, we will have lost a few classic John songs after this round!

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Tomorrow Never Knows - Yes

For No One - Duh

And Your Bird Can Sing - It's the cartoon theme song

Rain - Sick drums bro

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sir walter raleigh said
And just like that, we are on to the sweet sixteen. Section 3 of the bracket made it through without any notable upsets. Straight up 1, 2, 3 and 4 seeds. Notable upsets so far are the 25 seed I've Just Seen A Face and the 17 seed Glass Onion

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This round:

I Am The Walrus vs Tomorrow Never Knows

I've Just Seen A Face vs. For No One

And Your Bird Can Sing vs Hey Bulldog

In My Life vs Rain

  

1) Tommorow Never Knows - This is a tough pick, seeing how "I Am The Walrus " is one of my favorite songs by the fab four.

2) I've Just Seen A Face

3) And Your Bird Can Sing

4) Rain

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Ay yi yi 

1. TNK - more ground breaking

2. FNO - makes me feels

3. AYBCS - toughest of the round. Love the syncopation, or whatever it’s called - can you tell I’m not musical?

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Jules said

meanmistermustard said

Many non-Beatles fans will get 'TNK', and begrudgingly say "trippy but ok" whilst immediately hate 'Revolution 9 '.

Some people like their psychedelia complemented with rhythma-hard-days-night-george-10You can't just mush a bunch of weird sounds together and expect everybody to praise it for being "trippy".

  

I second that. I absolutely love the psychedelic stuff–it truly is my favorite music in the whole world–but Revolution 9 always took it too far in my opinion. 

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