For Sunday: the Beatles sing “Here, There, and Everywhere”

beatles here there everywhere

Everyone knows the big Beatles songs: “Hey Jude,” “All You Need Is Love,” “Help!”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” But there are literally dozens of smaller songs that are really just as good: three-minute masterpieces.



This, from their album “Revolver,” is one of those three-minute masterpieces. It’s a gentle ballad with a few soft French-horn notes late in the song, just for effect. The lyrics play with the words of the title back and forth: “here,” “there,” “everywhere.”



The result is one of those love songs that we’re still listening to fifty years later.







For Sunday: “Only A Northern Song,” by the Beatles

only a northern song

This song is on the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” album. It ain’t very danceable. But I love it. (I guess I have a taste for interesting dissonance.)

When you’re listening late at night

You may think the bands are not quite right

But they are

They just play it like that



For Sunday: “Here Comes the Sun,” written by George Harrison, sung by the Beatles

George Harrison wrote at least one song on every Beatles album. This was this “Abbey Road” song. It is beautiful. In fact, I think it may rank with the songs of Schubert.



For Sunday: Siouxsie and the Banshees sing “Dear Prudence”


This is the most subversively psychedelic song ever recorded by the Beatles. It’s got perfectly innocent lyrics, inviting you to “come out to play.” But it’s much more insidious than that.



I would never say that another band did it better. But Siouxsie and the Banshees came close.








For Valentine’s Day: Paul McCartney sings “Martha My Dear”


I couldn’t think of anything appropriate for today.



Then I thought of this: Paul McCartney’s love song to his sheepdog Martha.



Hold your hand out, you silly girl; see what you’ve done . . .



Happy Valentine’s Day.


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Sunday blog: “Goodbye,” sung by Paul McCartney



This is a song you may or may not remember. Mary Hopkin had a moderately good run with it in the late 1960s. It was written by Paul McCartney, and it almost made it onto one of The Beatles’ albums.



There’s nothing like a sad song in a major key, performed in a bouncy up-tempo way.



Here, you can hear the Beatles themselves (well, mostly Paul) performing it.



Happy Sunday.


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Sunday blog: The Beatles (well, a couple of them) sing “What’s The New Mary Jane?”


A few years ago I decided I needed a complete set of the Beatles on CD, so I scoured eBay, and found a Ukrainian who was offering just that for sale. I paid my USD$110 and held my breath.



After about four months, just at the point when I was picturing some anonymous Yuri or Boris frolicking with my money on the banks of the Dneister and laughing at my gullibility, I received a very suspicious-looking parcel, wrapped in brown paper and ugly twine (I wish I’d kept it, it looked incredibly illicit) with a whole boatload of nicely-packaged Ukrainian CDs in it, with every note from every Beatles album, and a whole bunch of other music included besides. It was the Ultimate Deluxe Bootleg Black-Market Package, including album art and lots of studio recordings that I’d never heard before.



Here, from those highly suspect Ukrainian CDs, is a song I bet you’ve never heard. It’s called “What’s The New Mary Jane?” It was recorded by John, and George, and Yoko, and Mal Evans, while sitting on the floor during the taping of the White Album. They were incredibly high, in case you can’t tell. The song very nearly made it onto the album, too.



I like it.



What a shame Mary Jane had a pain at the party!


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