Monday, 10 February 2020

15 WORDS WERE ENOUGH FOR FOR THE BEATLES' 'I WANT YOU (She's So Heavy)'

By the mid-’60s, John had become a master of lyric-writing, with “Tomorrow Never Knows”, “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite“ and more.




With “I Am the Walrus” (1967) and his White Album (1968) tracks, he stretched the bounds of Beatles lyrics further. In ’69, while recording music for Let It Be and Abbey Road, John took a turn back toward raw, simple lyrics.
After “Don’t Let Me Down(six of the 15 words to “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” by looking at the title. Another six (“so bad” and “it’s driving me mad”) come a few lines into the song. That leaves only “know,” “babe,” and “yeah” to wrap up the list of words John deployed on this track.

John’s vocal, in particular, sounds as if it comes from the depths of his soul. To hear him tell it, that was the exact source of the passion in his voice.” (the B-side to “Get Back”), John wrote "I Want You" (She’s So Heavy).” You’ll find a total of 15 different words in the lyrics.

“When it gets down to it … when you’re drowning, you don’t say ‘I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,'” he told Rolling Stone the following year. “You just scream.”
Meanwhile, the use of a Moog synthesizer and sound effects take the track a few steps further.

As a result, the white noise threatens to overpower the instruments in the final minutes. By that point, the repetition of the outro sounds as if it might go on forever. But it doesn’t — the tape comes to a sudden halt.

When engineers reasonably asked if he wanted the song to fade out, John ordered the tape be cut with scissors. There was no question at that point.



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