Friday, July 14, 2017
TRACK FIVE: "And I Love Her" VS. "Think For Yourself"
"Nowhere Man"- 35
"I'm Happy Just To Dance With You"- 5
"And I Love Her," according to the New York Times crossword puzzle of July 2, 2017, is a song John Lennon referred to as "Paul McCartney's first Yesterday." I'm going to make a not so wild statement and say, I bet most of the universe considers "And I Love Her" a treasure. It's been covered countless times by everyone from Diana Krall and Lena Horne to Mary Wells and Kurt Cobain. It's a lovely tune, of course, but if "If I Fell" is going to be called out for its "awkward lyrics" and "saccharine sentiments," the simple metaphors of shining stars and dark skies, must be called out, as well, and with this particular McCartney tune, I hear nothing as brilliant as the chord changes and harmonies in "If I Fell."
"Think For Yourself" is the second Harrison song recorded for "Rubber Soul," though it appears first. To put it as simply as possible, the verses are killer, with an amazing McCartney harmony, only to be sabotaged by a terrible chorus. It's not like I skip over this song when I listen to "Rubber Soul," but it is one of my least favorite Beatles tracks.
I vote for "And I Love Her," but not because I think it's the standard it has become. I just mind it less than "Think For Yourself."
1. A Hard Day's Night
2. Norwegian Wood
3. If I Fell
4. Nowhere Man
Previously on Album Battle: