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The Beatles: A Beatle Song

When the Beatles were still in the stepping stones of writing music, they used interesting ways to write a song. They used “filler” words to complete the lyrics of a song; The Beatles seem to write to come up with something to sell. For instance, the song “I Feel Fine” wasn’t even dealt greatly with; John Lennon just came up with a guitar riff of the song while working on “Eight Days a Week”. And even though the track is very impressive, Ringo Starr managed to play terrific drums, making it one of the well known Beatles song.

When the Beatles were still in the stepping stones of writing music, they used interesting ways to write a song. They used “filler” words to complete the lyrics of a song; The Beatles seem to write to come up with something to sell. For instance, the song “I Feel Fine” wasn’t even dealt greatly with; John Lennon just came up with a guitar riff of the song while working on “Eight Days a Week”.  And even though the track is very impressive, Ringo Starr managed to play terrific drums, making it one of the well known  Beatles Track.

The Diamond Ring filler has been used numerous times; almost every early Beatle song has the “diamond ring” in it to fill the lyrics like “I Feel Fine”, “Can’t Buy me Love” and etc. With the Beatles’ determination they managed to improve a songwriting talent which is still undisputable. The Beatles as well as the Lennon-McCartney tandem is very famous.

The Beatles also used interesting working titles for their songs like “Yesterday”, which had a working title called “Scrambled Eggs”. The song “Hey Jude” had a working title of “Hey Jule”, but the Beatles changed the name of the song because Jude sounded better. The song was written by Paul McCartney to lighten up Julian Lennon.  “Sexy Sadie” was originally named after Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, their transcendental meditation guru after an incident indicated in the song. George Harrison later asked to change the name and lyrics to pay respect to the guru and to avoid embarrassing him. The Beatles made the most of their ability to write songs by reaching out to people.

Conversations also became a tool for their song writing, some of which involve Ringo Starr’s “Ringoisms. The Beatles even had a full conversation embedded in their piece: “Revolution 9”. The Beatles sometimes borrowed ideas from the things surrounding them, like when Ringo Starr said: “It’s been a hard day, Night!” They later used this “Ringoism” for a song and album named: “A Hard Day’s Night”. Ringo Starr’s Spoonerisms or Ringoisms played a role in the Beatles’ songwriting; Tomorrow Never Knows is a result.

Other people directly contributed to the Beatles by giving out lyrics or titles of the songs themselves. Paul McCartney’s cheesy song “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da” started when Jimmy Scott, Paul McCartney’s friend quoted “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, Life goes on Brah” these eventually became the lyrics and title of the popular Beatle song. Eight Days a Week came from a taxi driver’s quote. “She Said She Said” had very gothic lyrics which came from a quote from Peter Fonda.

I remember writing that with John, at his place in Weybridge, from something said by the chauffeur who drove me out there. John had moved out of London. to the suburbs. I usually drove myself there, but the chauffeur drove me out that day and I said, 'How've you been?' - 'Oh, working hard,' he said, 'working eight days a week.' I had never heard anyone use that expression, so when I arrived at John's house I said, 'Hey, this fella just said, "eight days a week".' John said, 'Right - "Ooh I need your love, babe..." and we wrote it We were always quick to write. We would write on the spot. I would show up, looking for some sort of inspiration; I'd either get it there, with John, or I'd hear someone say something.

Quote from the Beatles Bible

See, the Beatles write songs right on the spot, fit to be sold.

The Beatles also somewhat became activists from the songs they have written; Come Together was a political jingle against Ronald Reagan. The song Revolution was about making a kind of revolution, which the Beatles wanted. George Harrison wrote Taxman after learning about the outrageous tax the Beatles pay to the Queen. “Piggies” was also written about the Police, although George Harrison later denied this. The Beatles also stood for the Hippie Revolution, so majority of their songs dealt with the theme.

Beatles Charles Manson

Charles Manson also had weird ideas about the songs of the Beatles; this led to the Manson murder family. Chales Manson believed that the Beatles was starting a revolution and Blackbird was apparently written about the rising of the Black People. Charles Manson believed Helter Skelter was about chaos although Paul McCartney used the term as a child’s play slide at the playground. This damaged the Beatles in their song writing efforts.

The Four Geniuses of the Beatles make up a darn good team. Paul McCartney can write beautiful melodies using any instrument like the Bass. John Lennon’s harmonies and spot-on rhythm carries the group. Let us not forget the voice of George Harrison and his weeping guitar riffs. Ringo Starr provides the steadiest drums’ backbeat in the Beatles and in Rock Music.

                                                                   

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Comments (5)

Interesting, I remember Mia Farrow saying the Beatles song Dear Prudence was about her sister Prudence, who would not come out and play with John Lennon.

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That is the truth, apparantly Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was "stalking" Prudence so John Lennon came up with the song so that she wouldn't be afraid to come out. Paul McCartney played drums on that track aswell as on Back in the USSR. The song also has a good bass line, what you expect from Sir Paul. 

Very Interesting write-up.

Interesting information. Thank you Gerard. Hope to be in your contact.

Your Beatles expertise is extensive, great article.

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