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posted by: jere1911
06/24/12 12:21 pm
WERE THE BEATLES GOOD LYRICISTS? A LIST OF SOME FAVORITES.
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A List of Favorite Beatles Lyrics.
In the preface to his fascinating book, Revolution in the Head, which offers terrific song-by-song history and analysis of the Beatles' output, Ian McDonald dares to offer a degree of negative criticism of the God-like songwriters. He says, among other things, that their "casual lyrics look slipshod beside the careful verses and refrains of the great composers of popular song before them." He adds that Lennon and McCartney "wrote their lyrics to create a mood or a tone, so as not to get in the way of the effect created by the music and the sound." Is that a fair point? Haven't lyrics usually been servants of the music (take opera as a major example)? Were Beatles lyrics slipshod? Did many have a "direct" eloquence to which the music and sound were no more than an equal partners? Here are some of my favorites. I welcome additions and comments on McDonald's thesis.


All My Loving
Help!
Nowhere Man
In My Life
I'm Looking Through You
Eleanor Rigby
I'm Only Sleeping
With a Little Help From My Friends
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
A Day in the Life
Fool on the Hill
Strawberry Fields Forever
Penny Lane
Revolution
All You Need is Love
Across the Universe