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As John said: "We were a pretty good little garage band" ..... (I think that John said that.... Or was it Paul?)
Paul begins with "Once there was a way to get back home".... Very Melancholic, almost a durge. "Sleep pretty Darling do not cry".... (He's putting the Beatles to sleep.... And smile awaits you when you rise". (See next).
Despite that, the press people continued wrongly - since Yesterday - to believe that McCartney was the Beatles composer!
When McCartney was congratulated in March 1970 by Daily Express' David Wigg, Wigg thought that McCartney composed Because and McCartney let him believe that. Five years later the interview was released in a record, with an enormously big picture of McCartney sitting in a crown chair, and a little little picture of Lennon as if he was a little ridiculous clown, and Because is, of course, placed among McCartney's songs. McCartney and Wigg ought to be ashed over themselves.
Paul was 14 when his mother died.
George Harrsion studied under Ravi Shankar so he knew about diminished chords or weird time signatures. The Beatles wrote their music but they could not possibly as great as solo musicians. Anyhow Paul McCartney has composed classical music after the Beatles. John Lennon was against all that symphonic music of side two of Abbey Road. He just wanted to get back to his roots.
Do you really think the Beatles wrote their own music? An endless supply of hits for nearly ten years, then mediocre songs when going solo.
Rigby based on twelth century Gregorian chant music, yet none of the group were exposed to such a genre as children; only to put it out as a B side to Yellow sub. Ever heard the expression (Pearls before swine)or were they so musically astute as to put it on the B side knowing full well it was a classic, but being full of fun put the yellow sub on the A side. There is a psychology here, that to my mind is covering something, something big.
I dont think they knew how classic rigby was, because they did not write it, and in this respect, what you dont work for you dont fully appreciate eh! Am I the only one to realise that the middle eight in their second single was more complicated than some composers create? And this being when they were bushy tailed youngsters with only a few years of guitar playing under their belt. Strange how Lennon resorted to the very basic format of G,C,D on guitar when he was on his own. Perhaps he had had enough of creating music on a par with Mozart.As for McCartney, well I am having trouble actualising the notion that someone can unlearn all those years of creating masterpieces, only to take a musical step backwards towards guitar playing that was more commensurate with six years of tuition. Its all there if you look.
also, its not sleepity, it's sleep pretty.
I think McCartney wrote ?Golden Slumbers? to try to express his sadness and hurt (and maybe even depression) at the breakup of the Beatles, and to try to soothe himself at the same time. He?s doing this with a song that is supposed to be a lullaby. A lullaby implies someone who is comfortable, singing a soothing song to someone in need of comforting. The person he is trying to comfort in addition to us, however, is himself. The person singing is also the one feeling the hurt, so Paul?s performance of the song is an emotional dichotomy, one part comforting (?sleep pretty darling do not cry?) and one part pain (?Golden slumbers fill your eyes?) and sadness (?Once there was a way to get back homeward?). That?s part of why this recording is so special.
On ?Carry That Weight?, Paul is conveying anger and blame, whether it?s toward John, Yoko, or Allen Klein, (or all of the above,) before the song heads back to sadness with the reprise of ?You Never Give Me Your Money?.
On ?The End?, Paul comes to terms with the end of The Beatles and tries to help the fans do the same by performing a final number with rotating solos to close out a magnificent career for the group. The fans don?t know quite yet that this is the end, but Paul knows they soon will. And the final line expresses so well the impact of The Beatles, "and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make".
Interestingly, this series of songs also represented my personal feelings after John Lennon?s murder. In my sadness and shock, I instinctively wanted to hear these three songs.
The best part of this was just after birth, when I got to hold my newborn baby girl, and the beautiful melody kept rolling through my head. Suddenly this song has become one of my absolute favorites.
And since that day, every time I am holding her, I find myself singing it over and over. 'Sleep pretty darling, do not cry........'