My Top 10 Favorite Beatles Song Lyrics

Thought this was cute. :)

Thought this was cute. 🙂

I was hemming and hawing over what to post today, when this idea popped into my head. We all know that musically the Beatles were brilliant, but their song lyrics are just as extraordinary. Sure, many of their earlier songs have a lot of “cheesy” lyrics, which I will not deny. However, whenever I listen to one of their later albums like Rubber Soul or Abbey Road, I’m amazed at just how insightful and clever the words to their songs are. Sometimes I listen to a Beatles album only to pay attention to the lyrics, which helps me see it in a whole new light. So, without further ado, here we go!

10. I Saw Her Standing There- “Well she was just seventeen, you know what I mean.”
According to The Beatles Anthology, the original opening line for this song was, “Well she was just seventeen, she’d never been a beauty queen.” When John saw that’s what Paul had written, he supposedly said, “You’re joking, right?” and they changed it. Good move, in my opinion. There isn’t that much to dissect with this one, I just like how it flows. And that it’s vaguely suggestive. 🙂

9. Revolution- “But when you talk about destruction/Don’t you know that you can count me out”
When the Beatles sang this live on David Frost in 1968, John actually said, “Don’t you know that you can count me out, in” because he wasn’t sure what he believed. One thing I love about this song in general is that from the very first note, it makes a statement, and every line in the song, like this one, lives up to the boldness of those opening guitar chords.

8. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away- “If she’s gone I can’t go on/Feeling two-foot small.”
The actual line for this song had “two-foot tall” instead, but when John accidentally sang “two-foot small” in the studio once, Paul suggested he keep it that way. I like that this line doesn’t make logical sense initially, but really, it does. It’s sort of like a glass half empty vs. glass half full situation. Just another example of clever wordplay from the Beatles. 🙂

7. The Long and Winding Road- “Many times I’ve been alone and many times I’ve cried/Anyway you’ll never know the many ways I’ve tried”
Paul is clearly a master at rhymes, but this line in particular just hits me in a deep emotional place. The song itself is sad, but hopeful. This might be lyrically one of Paul’s best songs ever, actually, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.

6. Think for Yourself- “Although your mind’s opaque/Try thinking more if just for your own sake.”
While this was far from George’s first song, I think is the first time his lyrics were truly on par with Lennon and McCartney. The lyrics to this entire song are great, but I chose this line in particular as an example of the growing songwriting aptitude that George demonstrated on Rubber Soul. Way to go George!

5. Old Brown Shoe- “I want a love that’s right but right is only half of what’s wrong.”
More George for you! He has said in interviews that he intended for the lyrics of this song to juxtapose each other, with words like right and wrong and early and late. The lyrics to this entire song are clever and so very George. As I’ve said before, this song is extremely underrated.

4. I’ve Just Seen a Face- The entire song
While the lyrics for this song might not be the deepest, most philosophical in the Beatles’ catalog, I really have a special place in my heart for this song because of them. The whole song flows in a really interesting way because of how the lyrics are structured, and for that reason I didn’t single one line out in particular.

3. I Am The Walrus- “Expert textpert choking smokers/Don’t you think the joker laughs at you?”
I am happy to report that I typed that line entirely from memory. I guess I’ve listened to it too many times. 🙂
But seriously, every line in this song is just nuts. I suppose that’s what happens when John Lennon writes a song purposely to confuse people who read too much into the Beatles’ lyrics.

2. The End- “And in the end the love you take/Is equal to the love you make.”
This might be one of the single best known lyrics in the Beatles’ catalog, so this might not be that original a choice, but it is truly a beautiful, poignant line. I don’t think Abbey Road and the Beatles’ career could end any better than with this line. It sums up their entire essence in one simple line.

1. Across the Universe- “Limitless undying love that shines around me like a million suns/It calls me on and on, across the universe”, but basically the entire song
I firmly believe that the lyrics to this song are some of the most beautiful words ever written. I highlighted this line in particular because it’s the one that always sticks out in my mind, but really the entire song is a beautiful fountain of poetry. John is usually known as “the lyrical one” between himself and Paul, and I think that John really makes the case for best lyric writer in the Beatles with this song. It’s definitely a masterpiece.

Wow, for coming up with this idea on a whim, I really like how this turned out! I think I’ll try to do a “top 10 lines from Monty Python” in the near future as an expansion of this post.
Have a great weekend!

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The Fashionably Fab Four!

A lovely picture of John, Paul, and George to start the post... :)

A lovely picture of John, Paul, and George to start the post… 🙂

I have a few assorted things I’d like to share on this post. First, I thought it was about time that I posted the promos of Revolution and Hey Jude on this blog, for two reasons. One, I’ve decided that Hey Jude/Revolution is my favorite Beatles single, and two, I want to comment on their choice of clothes for these videos. So, here they are… The Beatles singing Hey Jude and Revolution!

Unfortunately, George doesn’t get that much screen time in this video, but from the few brief clips I see of him, I notice that he’s wearing a really nice looking brown silky shirt with a ruffle down the front. I want a shirt like that! He looks great, of course, because he looks gorgeous in everything he wears!
I also like Ringo’s green suit ensemble, but I probably wouldn’t be brave enough to wear an all lime green outfit. However, Ringo can definitely pull it off!

In this video, George is sporting an orange turtleneck which I love, and I’ve been on the lookout for one just like it. Normally, I don’t really like wearing turtlenecks, but George always looked great in them, so maybe I should be more adventurous. And once again, George looks absolutely stunningly gorgeous in this video, especially when he smiles and flips his hair at 0:22. In my opinion, only when you’re the Beatle with the thickest, waviest hair can you get away with flipping it!
Also, I’ve always wondered what possessed Paul to wear that odd tucked-in blue shirt thing he’s wearing here. I’m not quite sure what it is. Is he going for the farmer look, foreshadowing his later days owning a farm in Scotland? I don’t know. He looks cute because he’s Paul, but still… He definitely looked better in THIS outfit!

I don't know why, I just love Paul and his outfit in this picture!

I don’t know why, I just love Paul and his outfit in this picture!

Finally, some lovely pictures from what I think is the best Beatle photo session, the Mad Day Out photo shoot from 1968. All four Beatles look amazing, handsome, and stylish in every photo! Enjoy!

I have a version of this picture in my room, and I look at it lovingly every day!

I have a version of this picture in my room, and I look at it lovingly every day!

George and Paul in this picture = Georgeous and Paul Perfection

George and Paul in this picture = Georgeous and Paul Perfection

I don't even want to know what's transpiring here...

I don’t even want to know what’s transpiring here…

The Beatles, who hope you have enjoyed the show!

The Beatles, who hope you have enjoyed the show!

I’m sorry, but it’s time to go… I’d just like to say that I think George was by far the most fashionable Beatle. Thank you and good night.