Wednesday, July 12, 2017
TRACK THREE: "If I Fell" VS. "You Won't See Me"
Burning Wood Tally:
"I Should Have Known Better"- 10
"Norwegian Wood"- 10
"I Should Have Known Better"- 4
"Norwegian Wood"- 16
That says something, though I am not sure what.
Final Tally, unless there is some meddling with the election over the next few days:
"I Should Have Known Better"- 14
"Norwegian Wood"- 26
For a short period of time during the early 80's, "If I Fell" was my favorite Beatles song. My friend and band member Frank, and I would often sing this, with me taking Lennon's part and Frank taking Paul's part. What blew me away then, still blows me away now, that a 23 year old rock and roller could write something so intensely beautiful, and with his 21 year old partner, create such a complex harmony that pretty much exists for the entire 2:24 duration of the song. Ian MacDonald writes in the absolutely necessary, "Revolution In The Head":
"A Hard Day's Night, an LP written largely by Lennon, offers the richest harvest of implied harmonies of any single Beatles collection, while If I Fell is the most chord-intensive song The Beatles had so far recorded, its changes moving with nearly every note of the tune."
I recall reading an interview with Alice Cooper, where he discusses the music he loves, and he specifically refers to "You Won't See Me" as being "not of this Earth." I will agree. Another brilliant drum pattern from Mr. Starkey, and for me, one of the greatest Beatle hooks ever, Lennon's counter "No I wouldn't, NO I WOULDN'T" to Macca's "I wouldn't mind." Damn these Beatles!
Ian MacDonald feels differently about "You Won't See Me":
"You Won't See Me shared the weariness of Nowhere Man and needed something to lift it. Unfortunately, the group were too tired by late nights to come up with anything, and simply repeated Nowhere Man's irritating 'ooh-la-la' backing vocal formula. This would have mattered less if they hadn't decided to programme the two tracks next to each other: the most inept piece of sequencing on any Beatles LP."
Wow, easy there Mac! At least he does go on to mention Paul's "interesting" and "new liberated style" of bass playing.
I don't want to choose!!
But I will and I have to go with "If I Fell." The harmony is just too good.
1. A Hard Day's Night
2. Norwegian Wood
Previously, on Album Battle: