another item for my bucket list...

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learn this dance.

her majesty's a pretty nice girl.

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Turns out Paul used more eloquent words to write about the Queen's coronation when he was ten years old. An essay he wrote about the event won a local contest, and the original document has just been uncovered in a Liverpool library.


Her majesty's a pretty nice girl, someday I'm gonna make her mine.

the list continues...39-30.

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39.
I'm Looking Through You. "You don't look different, but you have changed." I think anyone who has been in any remote semblance of a relationship can relate to this song. There's something about the acoustic guitar that opens this song. It's such a contrast to the way it feels when you, too, realize that love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight. The Muppets give the song a fun treatment here.

38. Happiness Is A Warm Gun. It's rumored that this song is based on an acid trip. That doesn't seem like such a far-flung theory. I just love the imagery that the lyrics conjures up. "The man in the crowd with the multi-colored mirrors on his hobnail boots." Plus, who else could make cooing "Bang Bang, Shoot Shoot" so angelic?

37. Yer Blues. This song was a little tongue-in-cheek, but who would really know? John's vocals are just oozin' the bluesins, and everyone else is sounding spot-on as well. Bobby D. gets a shout-out in this one too--"Feel so suicidal, just like Dylan's Mr. Jones."

36. I've Got a Feeling. One of my most recent favorites. I think this song encapsulates the "Let It Be" album better than any other. Although the recording of the album saw a lot of tension between the boys, we're able to hear how John and Paul could still play off of one another's strengths. The main "I've Got a Feeling" theme countered with John's "Everybody Had a Good Year" is perfect.

35. Don't Let Me Down. You can feel this song down in your soul. It is a completely genuine, raw plea for love. "It's a love that lasts forever, it's a love that has no past."

34. Lovely Rita. John thought this song was boring. I certainly do not. Both Paul and John truly had gifts for imagery. I can just see Rita standing there, looking a little like a military man, as the piano gallops through the narrative.

33. Hey Bulldog. Another one that might slip past you if you don't pay attention. Also piano driven, this little gem is on Yellow Submarine.

32. Across the Universe. A slew of other artists thought they could nail this song as well as the Fab Four, but they thought wrong. This was another song that was inspired during their visit of the Maharishi in India, even though it ended up on Let it Be rather than the White Album. "'Across the Universe' borrowed the expression of greeting that TM disciples exchanged when they encountered one another on one of the paths: Jai Guru Dev, or 'long live Guru Dev,' in tribute to the Maharishi's personal swami."-Bob Spitz

31. Revolution 1. I'll leave it to you whether this is the slow or fast version. Either way, brilliant lyrics for the milieu. Once, in Honors, we were talking about some Communist leader, God only knows who. Anyway, with a completely straight face, a classmate chimed in with "Well, I mean, if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow." I burst out in hysterics. Nobody else got the joke.

30. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away. My personal favorite from Help!. John bears it all in this heart-wrencher. Also a quite delightful scene from the film...I still want a little bed down in floor like this.

Tune in for more anon. Oh, and since you're here...I heard that a devastatingly handsome guy just started this blog. =)

using yellow submarine to make some green.

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Or: The blue meanies are coming again, this time in 3-D. Robert Zemeckis and Disney are planning a remake of Yellow Submarine. Really? I know the old argument of "It'll introduce a new generation to The Beatles!" will come up, but surely even that has its limits. The film is due to finish production in time for the summer Olympics in 2012.

50 greatest beatles songs?? i think not.

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Yes, I talk about the Beatles a lot. Sue me.

I logged onto
Stereogum this morning to see that Entertainment Weekly had compiled a list of the 50 greatest (and five worst) Beatles songs. I see their marketing scheme, publishing this to coincide with the release of Beatles Rock Band and the remastered re-issues of the albums. But if you're going to do something, at least do a good job of it! The list should have been made by Beatles fans, not some entertainment mag dilettante. Refer to the Stereogum link to see EW's list. In the next few days, I'll work on my revised countdown. Here's 50-40!

50.
Revolution 9. This one deserves inclusion simply on the merit of how groundbreaking it was. The Beatles had traveled to the opposite end of the musical spectrum from their roots in pop-rock and skiffle. Revolution 9 represented the shift to the avant-garde (heavily promoted by Yoko) and delving deeper into the experimental methods that first appeared with their backmasking on Tomorrow Never Knows. This may not be a song you want to (or would be able to) sing along with in the car, but you can't deny it's originality. I mean, where else in the Beatles' catalog do you hear George Martin called a "cheeky bitch"?

49.
With a Little Help From My Friends. This song showcases the best of Ringo (or Billy Shears.) John and Paul wrote this song specifically for Ringo to sing, which shows how acutely aware each was of the others' presence and abilities. The call-and-answer kind of dialogue is perfect for the song, but cover versions (like Joe Cocker's) show the real versatility of the lyrics. (In case you somehow went through adolescence without watching The Wonder Years, here is the Cocker version.)

48.
Only A Northern Song. George's first song on my list. It's melodic without being run-of-the-mill pop. Oh, and glockenspiel? Check. It's sequence in Yellow Submarine is pretty awesome as well.

47. She Loves You. Sie liebt dich, ja ja ja! Yes, this song (along with one more that will appear later in the list) was so popular that The Beatles recorded it in German. Bob Spitz describes this one best in The Beatles: "No matter how their music evolved, no matter how they experimented with complex musical textures and electronics, it is hard to think of the Beatles today without visualizing them as four grinning mop-tops positioned in that classic stage pose--the guitars riding high on their chests, drumsticks rhythmically pummeling the cymbals--singing, 'And you know you should be glad: oooooooo,' with a decisive shake of their beautiful hair. Nothing identifies them more vividly."

46. The Fool on the Hill. Paul is really quite good at conjuring up images of lonely people. The tune gives this a quite different feel from his other "lonely" song. To me, it sounds like a bit of an old-tyme side show melody. He is the "fool" to onlookers, but to him, the rest of the world is a bit of a freak show. Just my thoughts.

45. You Never Give Me Your Money. I have to give this song credit as being one of the most important in the Abbey Road suite. Great lyrics, great reprise to its melody later in the musical collage.

44. I Want You (She's So Heavy). An A-side from Abbey Road. This song is simply epic. David Gates writes: "The hypnotically repeated guitar figure in 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)' is suddenly, arbitrarily cut off, jolting us into embarrassed awareness that we've let a mere recording carry us away."

43. Got to Get You Into My Life. I am not even going to try and explain anything technical about this song. Just listen to this song and try to be in a bad mood. I rest my case.

42. Julia. Hauntingly beautiful. "Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you, Julia." This was written in part for his deceased mother, as well as for Yoko ("Oceanchild.")

41. What You're Doing. A nice, chorus-less ditty from Beatles VI. Listen to the guitar melody that begins immediately after the introductory drumming, then listen to Turn! Turn! Turn! by The Byrds. Eh?

40. Baby, You're a Rich Man. I think this is a real overlooked gem from Magical Mystery Tour. The feed back sounds fantastic without being contrived. AND Mick Jagger sings a bit of the backup!

Well, there you go. I'll post the next ten when I get a chance. Tschüss!