by L.A. Rose
Of course, as you can see from this blog, I’m a huge Beatles’ fan but even I must admit that there are a handful of classic songs that have been played so often I can no longer bear to hear them.
These songs will definitely NOT be on my streaming list of Beatles’ songs.
- Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds — It was bad enough that the Beatles version of this song was played to death but then Elton John had to go and record his own insipid version that put a nail in the coffin of a once-great song. I also read somewhere that John said he couldn’t listen to it anymore and he died 35 years ago.
- Yesterday — Yes, it’s a classic and one of the world’s most covered songs but that’s the problem right there, isn’t it? The song sounds so familiar that even Paul, after he wrote the tune, believed it must have come from something he heard. He enlisted Lionel Bart, who wrote the musical “Oliver,” who convinced Paul it was an original tune. Great song but it should be retired for the next 20 years. Maybe then, it will sound fresh.
- Michelle — Another ballad from Sir Paul and too sickly sweet. It never fit with the rest of the Rubber Soul LP although it was a huge hit.
- The Long & Winding Road — Phil Spector ruined this song for all time with his sickly sweet string section that Paul despised. That said, it’s just kind of a trite song even the first time you hear it, not that I remember.
- Yellow Submarine — It’s incredible that this children’s song is one of the most popular Beatles tunes to this day. Why? Because it’s a children’s song!!! And it sounds like it.
So what are we to make of the fact that Sir Paul wrote four of these five played out songs? Yes, they are syrupy but they’re also catchy and that’s Paul’s lot in life (not a bad one to be sure). He’s such a great songwriter that his songs get played to death. Such is life….