Beatles – Can’t Buy Me Love – lyrics about love being more important than material wealth.

Beatles – Can’t Buy Me Love – lyrics about love being more important than material wealth.

 

Early on in the Beatles career they set off down an ethos that would inform a generation and become the sixties mantra – There was more to life than money. It is a cliché but money does not make you happy.

The sixties was all about dropping out of the establishment rat-race with its greed, avarice, war and division. There was a better way that was more natural, more laid-back, nearer to nature and less aggressive and violent.

It was a message of equality, freedom, creativity and love.

It still sounds good to me.

“Can’t Buy Me Love”

Can’t buy me love, love
Can’t buy me loveI’ll buy you a diamond ring my friend if it makes you feel alright
I’ll get you anything my friend if it makes you feel alright
Cos I don’t care too much for money, and money can’t buy me loveI’ll give you all I got to give if you say you’ll love me too
I may not have a lot to give but what I got I’ll give to you
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

Can’t buy me love, everybody tells me so
Can’t buy me love, no no no, no

Say you don’t need no diamond ring and I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of thing that money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love
Owww

Can’t buy me love, everybody tells me so
Can’t buy me love, no no no, no

Say you don’t need no diamond ring and I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of thing that money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

Can’t buy me love, love
Can’t buy me love

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Beatles – Here Comes the Sun – lyrics of great joy and optimism.

Beatles – Here Comes the Sun – lyrics of great joy and optimism.

It is quite extraordinary to get songwriters of the quality of both George Harrison and Lennon/McCartney in the same group. There was something magical about that group of people. After they split up the magic rapidly evaporated and after an album or two the solo work was not at the same level.

I love this song. It was evocative of all that promise that early summer brings. The rebirth of the earth. The luxuriant green of new plants. The long lazy days of brightness that lay ahead. It lifted the spirits and filled you with helium to make your steps lighter. Your mind sang with electricity.

I’m still waiting for this summer to get going. Hopefully playing this song will give it the kick-start it needs.

This song isn’t just about weather though. It is about new love, life and optimism for the future.

Here Comes the Sun

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun,
and I say, It’s all right

Little darling
It’s been a long, cold lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun,
and I say, It’s all right

Little darling
The smiles returning to the faces
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun,
and I say, It’s all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling
I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been clear

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun,
and I say, It’s all right

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
It’s all right
It’s all right

Photography – Liverpool and the sculptor Gormley

Photography – Liverpool & Gormley

I like what they’ve done to Liverpool. The redevelopment is great. There are still bullet-holes in the dock from the war. It was heavily bombed. But the heart of the city remains.

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Great to see the Gormleys on the beach.

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Photography – Beatles in Liverpool

Photography – Beatles in Liverpool

I had to go on the Beatles tour didn’t I?

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I think this was George’s place

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Ringo’s was all boarded up!!

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The Cavern – where it all happened.

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It was great fun and interesting to see where they all came from.

The Beatles – All You Need is Love – Lyrics of optimism and hope that epitomised an era.

The Beatles – All You Need is Love – Lyrics of optimism and hope that epitomised an era.

 

The sixties was an idealistic, optimistic age. The Love and Peace image galvanised a generation and spread round the whole world. People in Pakistan, Peru and Russia were wearing flares and declaring brother and sisterhood. It changed the world

There was hope.

The events of the past decades have been of greed, selfishness and religious fanaticism. It has spawned inequality, poverty, war, death, torture and a divided world. Hatred breeds hatred. Violence traumatises people and spawns revenge.

We don’t seem to learn.

What the world needs now is a big does of love, friendship and a caring, helping hand.

The Beatles got it spot on. Where’s the new Beatles?

“All You Need Is Love”

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, loveThere’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easyNothing you can make that can’t be made
No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Nothing you can know that isn’t known
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

All you need is love (All together, now!)
All you need is love (Everybody!)
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Yee-hai! (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Yesterday (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Oh yeah! (Love is all you need)
She loves you, yeah yeah yeah (Love is all you need)
She loves you, yeah yeah yeah (Love is all you need)

George Harrison – The Art of Dying

This was the third.

So sad to think of George dying like that. He was such a unique man.

If only John had not been shot and George had not died…………….

“Art Of Dying”

There’ll come a time when all of us must leave here
Then nothing sister Mary can do
Will keep me here with you
As nothing in this life that I’ve been trying
Could equal or surpass the art of dying
Do you believe me?

There’ll come a time when all your hopes are fading
When things that seemed so very plain
Become an awful pain
Searching for the truth among the lying
And answered when you’ve learned the art of dying

But you’re still with me
But if you want it
Then you must find it
But when you have it
There’ll be no need for it

There’ll come a time when most of us return here
Brought back by our desire to be
A perfect entity
Living through a million years of crying
Until you’ve realized the Art of Dying
Do you believe me?

I believe you George! I’ve still got it to come!

Why The Beatles were the Best Band in the World – Pt 3

Phase three was probably their highest achievement. This is when their level of song writing, performance and innovation all came together.

 

It spanned four albums and a number of singles.

 

For a variety of reasons, such as they had got fed up with it, couldn’t hear themselves and didn’t think they could do justice to the music they were producing in the studio, they gave up live performance.

 

It gave them more time in the studio and the influence of Dylan and the burgeoning sixties counter-culture and arts movement started to come through. Nothing was off limits – electronic sounds, loops, backward tapes, strange instruments, music forms from Jazz, Indian, Folk and brass bands were fused together with classical instrumentation and a touch of avant garde. It all went in the mix.

 

There was the first glimmer of things to come on Rubber Soul with its production and songs such as Here, There and Everywhere, Nowhere Man and I’m looking Through You. Then there was the B-side of Ticket To Ride – Rain, with its backwards tape. Things were afoot.

 

By the time we got to Revolver things were in full flow. It was a mass of innovation with searing guitar, electronic distortions, sitar and lyrical developments. Tomorrow Never Knows would have been unthinkable an album before. We have the beauty of Here There and Everywhere and Eleanor Rigby and the up tempo Got To Get You Into My Life. The counter-culture and psychedelia was beginning to raise its head. The love song fodder had been surpassed and extended into new arenas. No longer were Beatle songs based on the two and a half minute formula. The Beatles had moved to Adult Orientated Rock – as it became known.

 

Many believe that the next album – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heartsclub Band – was their epitome. Those that know them better reckon that it was the next double white album that saw them reach their peak. It is of little importance. These two albums along with the single Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane saw them at their zenith. They were still there at the top setting the standard for others to follow. Even the Stones, when they tried to match Sgt Peppers by making a psychedelic album – Their Satanic Majesties Request – fell short. The Beatles had made the jump from a teenybop band to a recognised force in the burgeoning counter-culture field of psychedelic Rock. They were looked up to by the likes of Hendrix.

 

It did not get much better than this. They could pound out heavy riffs, do acoustic ditties, Indian ragas or produce experimental electronic music. There were no limits other than their imaginations and with the run of the studio and George Martin’s skills they forged brilliance.

Why The Beatles were the Best Band in the World – Pt 2

The next phase of the Beatles progress was their Teeny Bop years. Now this normally would be the kiss of death. Who can possibly take anyone seriously when they are catering for a bunch of prepubescent girls? Certainly bands like Take That are the biggest turn-off for me. The testimony to the Beatles quality was that they squared the circle and pulled it off – and they did it in style. Their songs had a quality that appealed beyond the horizons of their teenage audience. Not only that, but the production, organised by George Martin, was perfect.

 

The series of singles continued unabated. The quality did not drop despite the pressures on them and the immense workload. Those singles were innovative and all different. They did not fall into the rut of repetition. Even so the material they produced was lyrically limited and focussed almost entirely on love songs.

 

Brian Epstein was very canny. Not only did he harness the four characters into a harmonious group but he sorted out a distinctive image utilising the design skills of Stu Sutcliffe’s girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr who designed the collarless jackets and combed forward hairstyle that made them so distinctive.

 

Phase two was based around their two early films – A Hard Day’s Night and Help – with Beatles For Sale sandwiched in between.

 

It also was based around their massive breakthrough into the States. They took the place by storm. At one point they had seven singles in the US Top Ten and the radio stations played nonstop Beatles music. They even had LPs in the singles charts. It was unprecedented. This was Beatlemania at its most rampant.

 

What gave the group impetus, apart from their obvious musical prowess, was their engaging, chirpy personalities. They were masters of the ready quip, the humorous aside and cheeky answer. It gave them a media presence and even appealed to parents – who found the friendly moptops unthreatening (little did they know). They worked together as a foursome very well and handled the media in a manner that made them universally popular.

 

The two film albums were made up entirely of Beatles songs (apart from three tracks on Help) – even George got the odd look-in. Their song writing skills were to the fore and they produced some lilting pop songs along with the rockier numbers. Beatles For Sale was the last of their non-film albums to feature cover songs.

 

Overnight the sugary sweet PopRock was blown away. The Beatles paved the way for the British invasion and a host of bands a lot tougher and more blues based than the Mersey bands swept in – The Stones, Pretty Things, Them, Yardbirds, Who, Animals, Smallfaces, Manfred Mann, and Downliners Sect crashed through the open door with their original sounds.

 

The Beatles had established themselves as the undisputed best band in the world. Even the Stones (those unkempt, long-haired, scruffy oiks that the media so liked to put up against them in the first battle of the bands) had to play second fiddle.

 

It was on their American tour that they met Bob Dylan and were blown away themselves.

Sydney Scarborough Record Shop Exhibition in the HIP Gallery in Princess Quay Hull.

Most of my life seems to have been spent hunting round second-hand shops or record shops in search of those elusive albums. At one time I had seven thousand of those precious vinyl specimens. What times and memories.

My Saturdays were spent making a circuit of the key shops – Sheridans, Norman’s Place, Book and Record Exchange, E&M Mart, Pool’s Corner – in search of the albums that mattered. It was a fun hunt. Every week I’d go home clutching a handful of albums to be drooled over and play. Every Saturday was spent meeting up with like-minded people for a chat about music, an exchange of ideas and a general how’s-your-father. Friendships grew out of those times.

Sydney Scarborough, situated under City Hall, was one of those magic places where you could go in and find something special. It didn’t just stock the hits. There was a magic about it. No trip was complete until you’d browsed through those racks.

Next door to Rich Duffy-Howard’s photographic exhibition is an exhibition about Sydney Scarborough’s. It filled me with nostalgia!!

Where have those days gone?

Gimme Some Truth!!! With David Davis leading the Brexit talks heaven help us.

Trump, Brexit, May, Boris, Clinton and the rest – I’ve had enough of watching scenes Of schizophrenic, ego-centric, paranoiac, prima-donnas

I thought after hearing all the politicians lying through their teeth during the Brexit campaign and now Theresa May’s duplicity and the Trump/Clinton vitriolic unpleasant fiasco we might be in need of some truth!

Cos I’m sick and tired of hearing things from short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites.

“Gimme Some Truth”

I’m sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
Ive had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truthNo short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocketful of hope
Money for dope
Money for rope

No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocketful of soap
Money for dope
Money for rope

I’m sick to death of seeing things
From tight-lipped, condescending, mamas little chauvinists
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth now

I’ve had enough of watching scenes
Of schizophrenic, ego-centric, paranoiac, prima-donnas
All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth

No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocketful of soap
Its money for dope
Money for rope

Ah, I’m sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites
All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth now

Ive had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth now

All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth now
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth