I caught the tail end of a Beatles trivia contest the other day at The Fest for Beatles Fans. Some of the questions dealt with lyrics that can be found in multiple songs. This ties in with a blog notion I've had for some time comparing these similar lyrics. Let's take that opportunity today, adding those I learned at the Fest.
'Thank You Girl': "And all I've got to do is thank you girl, thank you girl"
'All I've Got to Do': "Yeah, that's all I've got to do."
'A Hard Day's Night': "But when I get home to you, I find the things that you do..."
'When I Get Home': "I got a whole lot of things to tell her when I get home."
'I'll Be Back': "But I'll be back again."
'I'll Cry Instead': "I'll come back again some day..."
'Tell Me Why': "Tell me why you cried and why you lied to me."
'What Goes On': "It's so easy for a girl like you to lie. Tell me why."
'Here Comes the Sun': "Here comes the sun, and I say it's all right."
'Sun King': "Here come the sun king."
'Yes It Is': "Understand, it's true. Yes it is, it's true."
'Happiness is a Warm Gun': "Happiness is a warm - yes it is - gun."
'Hey Jude': "Hey Jude, don't let me down."
'Don't Let Me Down': "Don't let me down."
These lyric similarities are probably coincidence, but several are consciously self-referential:
'She Loves You': "She loves you. Yeah, yeah, yeah!"
'All You Need is Love': "She loves you. Yeah, yeah, yeah!"
'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da': "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da life goes on. Bra!"
'Savoy Truffle': "We all know Ob-la-di-bla-da."
'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds': "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds..."
'I Am The Walrus': "See how they fly like Lucy in the Sky..."
The ultimate self-referential Beatles song, of course, if 'Glass Onion', which contains no fewer than five different references to other Beatles recordings:
'Glass Onion': "I told you about strawberry fields..."
'Strawberry Fields Forever': "Let me take you down cuz I'm going to Strawberry Fields."
'Glass Onion': "I told you 'bout the walrus and me, man..."
'I Am The Walrus': "I am the walrus. Goo goo k'joob."
'Glass Onion': "Lady Madonna trying to make ends meet."
'Lady Madonna': "Lady Madonna, baby at your breast..."
'Glass Onion': "I told you about the fool on the hill."
'The Fool on the Hill': "The fool on the hill sees the sun going down..."
'Glass Onion': "Fixing a hole in the ocean..."
'Fixing a Hole': "I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in..."
I head back to New Jersey tomorrow for a matinee at the Mt. Laurel Library:
Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Mount Laurel Library, 100 Walt Whitman Ave, Mt Laurel, NJ
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.