"Golden Slumbers" as written by John Winston Lennon and Paul James Mccartney....
Once there was a way,
To get back homeward.

Once there was a way
To get back home.

Sleep, pretty darling,
Dot not cry
And I will sing a lullaby.

Golden slumbers,
Fill your eyes
Smiles await you when you rise
Sleep pretty darling
Do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby.

Once there was a way
To get back homeward

Once there was a way
To get back home

Sleep, pretty darling
Do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby.


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"Golden Slumbers" as written by Paul Mccartney John Lennon

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    General CommentFirst time I heard this song I cried so much, including it's lead onto carry that weight and the end. These three songs just seem like the perfect illustration of life and death. We grow from childhood where we're too old to be comforted by our parents and sung a lullaby. There's no one to kiss us better when we scrape our knee. Things get harder, there's pressure and stress that we have to carry as weight on our soldiers until we die - but in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make, and the lives you touch on the way, and the people who touch you make it worth it.
    To be fair, I know nothing about life. I'm only fifteen. :S, but that's my interpretation for you. :)
    clockworkdollyon April 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe song is based on a poem by by 17th century poet Thomas Dekker. Also, Paul saw a song called Golden Slumbers in his step-sister's songbook, but he was unable to read the music so he just rewrote it with his own music and lyrics.
    BrainDamageon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentA Londoner born c. 1570, Thomas Deker was the author of The shoemaker's Holiday (1600) The Pleasant Comedy of Old Fortunatus (1600) The Honest Whore (1604) The Gull's Hornbook (1609) The Roaring Girl (1611), and the posthumously published The Syn's Darling (1656).
    Bobo192on March 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAwe, when I first moved..I listened to this song, and as soon as I heard "Once there was a way to get back homeward. Once there was a way to get back home." I cried lol. I love this song.
    PunkAngel401on July 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful...Paul's voice on this song brings me to tears every time I hear it.
    beatlesfan4evron June 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoh but dream theater? ew.
    velvetsisteron December 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think Paul wrote Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End as a catharsis for the impending breakup of The Beatles.

    I think McCartney wrote “Golden Slumbers” to try to express his sadness and hurt (and maybe even depression) at the breakup of the Beatles, and to try to soothe himself at the same time. He’s doing this with a song that is supposed to be a lullaby. A lullaby implies someone who is comfortable, singing a soothing song to someone in need of comforting. The person he is trying to comfort in addition to us, however, is himself. The person singing is also the one feeling the hurt, so Paul’s performance of the song is an emotional dichotomy, one part comforting (“sleep pretty darling do not cry”) and one part pain (“Golden slumbers fill your eyes”) and sadness (“Once there was a way to get back homeward“). That’s part of why this recording is so special.

    On “Carry That Weight“, Paul is conveying anger and blame, whether it’s toward John, Yoko, or Allen Klein, (or all of the above,) before the song heads back to sadness with the reprise of “You Never Give Me Your Money“.

    On “The End“, Paul comes to terms with the end of The Beatles and tries to help the fans do the same by performing a final number with rotating solos to close out a magnificent career for the group. The fans don’t know quite yet that this is the end, but Paul knows they soon will. And the final line expresses so well the impact of The Beatles, "and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make".

    Interestingly, this series of songs also represented my personal feelings after John Lennon’s murder. In my sadness and shock, I instinctively wanted to hear these three songs.
    STL Beatles fanon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI just listened to the Ben Folds version and you have to be kidding me. Thin voice, very thin. The orchestral part is cheesy--much worse than 1969. If that is the best that can be done, it pales in comparison to McCartney. Probably why very few have the balls to try to cover this.
    Motown1on June 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song... the Ben Folds cover isn't bad, but as Motown said, his voice just isn't as strong as McCartney's. He can't belt out the "Golden Slumbers fill your eyes" line the way Paul can.
    Jeremiah Blackon August 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm amazed that so many think the Ben Folds version is better...thank you motown1!!! This version comes off the "I am Sam" soundtrack, and if you're looking for solid covers there is plenty there to like...but not this!
    scooterfouron April 06, 2007   Link

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