John Lennon's songwriting often began with lyrics and later added music to those lyrics. As a result, Lennon melodies are often compact and use few different notes.
Paul McCartney, by contrast, usually started with a melody, then found lyrics to fit that melody. That lead to sweeping, wide-ranging melodies that often span an octave or more.
But in 'Baby You're a Rich Man', those characteristics are reversed: Lennon's verse melody spans a minor 7th (just shy of an octave, but wider than normal for his tunes)...
... while McCartney's chorus melody is monotone until the last two syllables ("man, too"), spanning a total of a minor third (a significantly smaller interval than most of his tunes).
It would thus be a completely logical and understandable mistake to think that PAUL had written the verses and JOHN the chorus.
Paul's melodicism also surfaces in 'With A Little Help From My Friends', as detailed in the BEATLES MINUTE below.
After one day in Rhode Island, I return to neighboring Massachusetts tomorrow:
Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 6:30-730 p.m.
Westfield Athenaeum, 6 Elm St, Westfield, MA
From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America
Many Beatles authors have cited John F. Kennedy's assassination on 22 November 1963 as a cause of the Beatles' sudden popularity in the United States in early 1964. Their logic: Kennedy's assassination made America sad, then the Beatles made America happy again. But this commonly accepted answer is overly simplistic. The real answer is that Kennedy's life and death inadvertently primed the nation for the Beatles' arrival and success. This 60-minute program will explain how and why.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.