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The Beatles – Good Night Lyrics 16 years ago
True, I'm sorry. I'm just takin' information from stuff I've read. I was in essence agreeing with venus that that there isn't much to read within John's revelation.

Smilin', as always

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The Beach Boys – I Just Got My Pay Lyrics 17 years ago
The verses of this track ("Five long days", "Monday morning") have the same tune as "Marcella". The choruses ("Now I could take..", "My take-home.."), have the same tune as "All Dressed Up For School.

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The Beach Boys – Kokomo Lyrics 17 years ago
Haha, that's quote of the century.

Seriously though, yes, he is. He's the only surviving member of the Wilson brothers - though he is currently doing his own thing outside the band - currently consisting of Michael Love, Bruce Johnstone, and Al Jardine plus a few sessioners.

Brian's still alive, despite a lot of his health problems. He doesn't seem to be touring any time soon - last year The Beach Boys came to England, to Warwick Castle in the Midlands. I wanted to go, but alas... :(

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The Beatles – Hey Jude Lyrics 17 years ago
Grr, I was too dumb when I wrote that. It's meant to say 31st July to 1st August...

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The Beatles – Hey Jude Lyrics 17 years ago
Point of interest: Hey Jude was recorded 31st July 1968 to 1st July 1968. Julian Lennon was born 8th April 1963. This gives you an idea of the time-scale of the recording.

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The Beach Boys – The Trader Lyrics 17 years ago
Since no-one's done it for me:

This one's about the discovery of America... and, so it looks, some takeover. I'm ignorant, so I don't know by whom.

The Eden Of Flowers refers to the Bible: Genesis, where... yadda paradise... yadda snake... yadda temptation, everybody knows.

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The Beatles – Hey Jude Lyrics 17 years ago
An addendum that I missed out: from what I've learnt about basic psychology and the books I've read which explain the dreams both John and Paul had (of which there were many) which inspired the songs they wrote (this included many of the weirder songs which, like I do whenever I write, they thought up during sleep.) Let me just bore you with a little background.

I started writing songs four years ago. Little tunes, nothing big, maybe eight bars long. I could only write four bars at a time because my attention span was so low. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys worked in the same way. (He, if you are wondering, IS one of the people I look up to as a songwriter). I used to write little snatches of tune, four bars each, when suddenly, out popped an entire tune. I had just finished listening to The Everly Brothers' "All I Have To Do Is Dream" (again, pertinent). I thought to myself how I could do it, and in my sleep, I came up with words. Single words at first, then phrases, then sentences at a time.

Nobody can argue with me where my songwriting inspirations are from. I write down everything. Inspiration, date of authorization, and every single word of the song, in my (very sharp) click-click pencil. My point is, such that the words and the tunes were all documented at the beginning, so after The Beatles' career, some guy went back to Mr. McCartney and asked where every single song came from. The result was A Hard Days Write, but that's not the point. Everything's now been documented. Recording dates, correct to the hour, complete journals, correct with master copies of their complete 13 year schedule from 1957-1970.

From this, what do I glean? Official stories, with professional backing. That sounds arrogant, but believe me, when I say I'm right, it's been literarily proven.


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The Beatles – Hey Jude Lyrics 17 years ago
Of course it's cocky. I can't help it, darlin', that's just me. Otherwise, it's such a famous interpretation, that I know it off pat anyway. Plus I've got about 20 books which tell me so.

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The Beatles – Golden Slumbers Lyrics 18 years ago
Sorry about that, MaggieBeatles. A great track, though. I got the information from my book... so...

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The Beatles – Why Don't We Do It in the Road? Lyrics 18 years ago
That's the story, apparently. He saw the liberal way that monkeys were making love, and thought, why couldn't humans be that liberal. More of the Beatles' Give Peace A Chance ideal.

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The Beatles – Help! Lyrics 18 years ago
I can't remember from the book to be totally honest, I'd have to go home and reference the book before I can validate your theory. ;D

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The Beatles – Why Don't We Do It in the Road? Lyrics 18 years ago
Wink Nudge Road Disgusting Sexual Practises.

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The Beatles – Sour Milk Sea Lyrics 18 years ago
>inhaling whistling sound< Good call. You been listening to the bootleg White Album sessions?

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The Beatles – In My Life Lyrics 18 years ago
Totally. As for now, methinks all I can see is my blurry typing hand. That might be enibriation, but I'd bet against it.

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The Beach Boys – Kokomo Lyrics 18 years ago
Good on you, use_by. This music always sounds best loud...

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The Beatles – Hey Jude Lyrics 18 years ago
It's definitely about Julian. I've posted the official story, if you can see it.

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The Beatles – Hey Jude Lyrics 18 years ago
Definitely. Sorry for the... um, confusion.

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The Beatles – Too Much Monkey Business Lyrics 18 years ago
The Beatles performed this throughout their formative years with John on lead vocals, it was written by Chuck Berry in 1956.

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The Beatles – Polythene Pam Lyrics 18 years ago
Polythene Pam was really Pat Dawson née Hodgett, a Beatles' fan who used to hang around with the group and eat polythene. But she never dressed in these, as this was taken from an incident involving a girl named Stephanie, whom John met in the Channel Islands on tour in August 63.

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The Beatles – In My Life Lyrics 18 years ago
Yeah, I definitely like this track. Obviously, not every single Beatles track is not going to be about drug references.

This lyric, in fact, bears a resemblance to Charles Lamb's poem "The Old Familiar Faces" which John could have come across in the popular poetry anthology "Palgraves Treasury". The poem goes like so:

I have had playmates, I have had companions,
In my days of childhood, in my joyful school-days–
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I have been laughing, I have been carousing,
Drinking late, sitting late, with my bosom cronies–
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I loved a Love once, fairest among women:
Closed are her doors on me, I must not see her–
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I have a friend, a kinder friend has no man:
Like an ingrate, I left my friend abruptly;
Left him, to muse on the old familiar faces.

Ghost-like I paced round the haunts of my childhood,
Earth seem'd a desert I was bound to traverse,
Seeking to find the old familiar faces.

Friend of my bosom, thou more than a brother,
Why wert not thou born in my father's dwelling?
So might we talk of the old familiar faces–

How some they have died, and some they have left me,
And some are taken from me; all are departed
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

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The Beatles – The End Lyrics 18 years ago
The last two lines

"and in the end, the love you take
is equal to the love you make"

is used in the same way as Shakespeare used rhyming couplets to finish off acts of his plays (although, as an aside, most will correctly argue that William Shakespeare did not actually write his plays. That was Thomas Bowdler's job, as Shakespeare put lots of naughty stuff into his plays...)

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The Beatles – She Came In Through the Bathroom Window Lyrics 18 years ago
Paul wrote this track during a trip to America in June 68 doing business with Capitol records, where he recommenced his relationship with Linda Eastman.

The line "..and so I quit the police department" was inspired by the name of the police officer in New York, who was assigned to him. Paul noticed that his name was Eugene Quits and so he worked part of the name into the final verse.

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The Beatles – All My Loving Lyrics 18 years ago
All My Loving was conceived as a poem by Paul one day as he was shaving. It wasn't until he'd finished his day's wor that he put music to it, initially imagining it as a country-and-western track. "It was the first ever track that I had had the lyrics before the music", said Paul.

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The Beatles – Shout Lyrics 18 years ago
This oddity is available on Artifacts, as well as the equally odd 1985 Beatles collection Ready Steady Go, featuring some of the more weird recordings they made on the series of the same name.

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The Beatles – I Got to Find My Baby Lyrics 18 years ago
Available on Complete BBC and Live At The BBC of 1994.

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The Beatles – Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees) Lyrics 18 years ago
Subtitled, (but the leaves on the trees), this track is on the BBC Live collection of 1994.

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The Beatles – If You've Got Trouble Lyrics 18 years ago
Truly truly regrettable material, John and Paul could have picked a worse song to write, but not many worse songs that they could have chosen Ringo to sing.

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The Beatles – Don't Pass Me By Lyrics 18 years ago
This was the first track that Ringo Starr wrote for The Beatles, although the fact that he was considering writing this for the purposes of the title are quashed given that he had been toying with a song with this title for longer than he had been considering writing his debut Beatles' track.

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The Beatles – I'll Follow the Sun Lyrics 18 years ago
This is most definitely about a breakup. I too feel that he is seeing better for himself around the corner, although there must be some air of sadness. This is obvious in the melancholy beginning of this song, in its musical intricacies.

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The Beatles – Fixing a Hole Lyrics 18 years ago
There are two schools of thought on this song, one of which, like so many others (if you view my most recent comments, you'll see what I mean) is that this song is indeed about drugs. The door is, without doubt, the barrier that separates you from another person, be it spiritually, rather literally, or in a drug-based way.

I'll say a bit more about this song later today, if I get lucky... bicycle.

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The Beatles – In My Life Lyrics 18 years ago
Yeah, I know a lot of people who take this song to be a veiléd drug reference, and, heck, there are a lot of Beatles songs out there about drugs, so it may well be. Personally, however, I don't think this figures in it, I just think it's a nostalgia trip. All these memories remain from what you've done in your life, coming back to this place at this time... and so on, and so on. I'll add some more later with the help of a reference book.

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The Beach Boys – Girls On The Beach Lyrics 18 years ago
Quite possibly the greatest harmonies on any record you're ever likely to hear... the modulations in the last verse of this song just make me say wow every single time.

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The Beach Boys – California Girls Lyrics 18 years ago
A long long time ago, back in the stone age, when Napster was still going, I dug up an a cappella version of this track. Turned out that you could still hear the instruments in the background. Versions such as those are the real ones which expose the brilliance of the harmonies on this track.

As I remember, about this track, Bruce had just come into the band, and, within about ten minutes, had this thrust underneath his nose... though I can't remember all the details about this song that I should.

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The Beach Boys – And Your Dream Comes True Lyrics 18 years ago
An a-cappella track from Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) this was the last track on the album, a true departure from that that is summer, and a wish for summers in the future.

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The Beach Boys – Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) Lyrics 18 years ago
This IS indeed one heck of an incredible song. I fall in love with it every single time I hear it, and that's been from a long long long time ago. I just love this track.

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The Beach Boys – Surfer Girl Lyrics 18 years ago
Apparently quoting off the top of my head from the liner notes, this was the first song that Brian ever wrote. The melody was based upon "When You Wish Upon A Star".

Gee, talk about contradictory information.

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The Beatles – Come Together Lyrics 18 years ago
Come Together started life as a campaign song for the Timothy Leary roadshow when he decided he was going to run as Governor of California against Ronald Reagan Snr.

Leary's slogan was "come together, join the party", the "come together" alluding to I Ching, the Chinese book of changes.

Two of the lines referring to Old Flat Top were taken from "You Can't Catch Me" by Chuck Berry, and John was later sued for plagiarism. The matter was settled when John promised to record 3 songs belonging to the publisher of "You Can't Catch Me".

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The Beatles – Hey Jude Lyrics 18 years ago
Nope, definitely not. This song was about the divorce proceedings between John and Cynthia. Paul had always enjoyed a close relationship with Julian, then 5-y-o, and to show that he was supporting mother and child during the time, he drove down to Weybridge from his home in St John's wood bearing a single red rose. A lot of the driving time was spent mashing new lyrics together, and Paul started improvising "Hey Julian... hey jules..., and finally Hey Jude".

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The Beatles – I Got a Woman Lyrics 18 years ago
Available on the Oldies collection of 1994, with Tony Sheridan, among other CD's.

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The Beatles – Searchin' Lyrics 18 years ago
Available on the Anthology of '95 and the Decca Tapes release of '91.

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The Beatles – Devil in Her Heart Lyrics 18 years ago
Amongst others, this was on The Beatles' fifth album, which was called "The Beatles' Second Album". Tee-hee-hee. Five of the tracks on this album were on WTB.

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The Beatles – Lucille Lyrics 18 years ago
Part of the Complete BBC Sessions and Live At The BBC.

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The Beatles – Golden Slumbers Lyrics 18 years ago
A 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).

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The Beatles – The Hippy Hippy Shake (Live at the BBC) Lyrics 18 years ago
Available on the Live at The Hamburg Star Club CD of 1977, more famous by the Swingin' Blue Jeans.

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The Beatles – All I've Got to Do Lyrics 18 years ago
Half of the 14 songs on WTB were a collaboration between John and Paul and written specifically for the album. However, AIG2D was written in 1961 by John. It was an attempt to redo Smokey Robinson, who he had previously tried to emulate in Ask Me Why, reminiscent of 1961's "What's So Good About Goodbye". This time, he had chosen to use "You Can Depend On Me" as his model.

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The Beatles – Good Morning Good Morning Lyrics 18 years ago
It was a television commercial for Kellogg's Corn Flakes which gave John the title and chorus of Good Morning Good Morning. The black and white commercial featured nothing more than corn flakes being tipped into a bowl. The four line jingle went... "Good morning, good morning, The best to you each morning, Sunshine breakfast, Kellogg's Corn Flaes, crisp and full of fun."

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The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby Lyrics 18 years ago
In the Mid-eighties the name Eleanor Rigby was discovered on a gravestone at St Peter's church, Woolton, where John had first met Paul. The gravestone reads...

"..also Doris, W. Daughter of F + E Rigby died Dec. 24th 1927, aged 2 years & 3 months

Also Eleanor Rigby the beloved wife of Thomas Woods and granddaughter of the above died 10th Oct. 1939, aged 44 years, ASLEEP

Also Frances, Daughter of the above, died 2nd November 1949 aged 71 years."

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The Beatles – Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues Lyrics 18 years ago
Available on the third anthology, Artifacts 2, Beatles Beat (Bootleg Sessions), Sessions, and Ultra Rare Trax Vol. 4 (sic) of 1989.

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The Beatles – Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand Lyrics 18 years ago
Yeah, well, it was the done thing, singing stuff in Foreign languages. This led to, amongst other things, The Beach Boys singing "Ganz Allein" (to the tune of In My Room - view the lyrics if you wish), and The Everly Brothers bringing out an album of material recorded in German and Italian, including versions of "How Can I Meet Her" ("Non Mandarmi Piú Fiori") and "La Luna E'Un Pallido Sole" (translated as "the moon is a pale sun") late on in their career.

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The Beatles – Hallelujah, I Love Her So Lyrics 18 years ago
This appears on, among others, the quirky Last Night In Hamburg collection of 1999, their performance in Hamburg during the December of 1962 being one of their most important early dates.

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