Tuesday, May 4

A Beatles doubleheader.



Fixing A Hole.

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in
and stops my mind from wandering
where it will go.
I'm filling the cracks that ran though the door
and kept my mind from wandering
where it will go.

And it really doesn't matter if I'm wrong
I'm right where I belong
I'm right where I belong.
See the people standing there
who disagree and never win
and wonder why they don't get in my door...

I'm painting my room in a colorful way,
and when my mind is wandering
there I will go.

And it really doesn't matter if I'm wrong
I'm right where I belong
I'm right where I belong.
Silly people run around
they worry me and never ask me
why they don't get past my door.

I'm taking my time for a number of things
that weren't important yesterday
and I still go.

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in
and stops my mind from wandering
where it will go...
where it will go...
I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in
and stops my mind from wandering
where it will go...

(McCartney)



Across The Universe.

Words are flying out like
Endless rain into a paper cup
They slither while they pass
They slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow waves of joy
Are drifting thorough my open mind
Possessing and caressing me

Jai guru deva om
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world

Images of broken light which
Dance before me like a million eyes
That call me on and on across the universe
Thoughts meander like a
Restless wind inside a letter box
They tumble blindly as they
Make their way across the universe

Jai guru deva om
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world

Sounds of laughter shades of life
Are ringing through my open ears
Exciting and inviting me
Limitless undying love which
Shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on across the universe

Jai guru deva om
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world
Jai guru deva
Jai guru deva

(Lennon)

6 comments:

Raelha said...

Interesting juxtaposition of the songs, the difference in style really stands out here for some reason.

Hans said...

Lately I was thinking of printing out some of John Lennon's lyrics - but this is no surprise (jinx). About the ones you picked, I didn't notice the juxtaposition at first. Unlike some songwriter's lyrics, it's always refreshing to see The Beatles words in print, especially if I get high with a little help from my friends - joking of course.

Metamatician said...

Heheh. And yes, it's amazing how well their songs not only "sing" but stand alone as poems of sorts on paper. True masters of their craft, and very intelligent guys.

Guess that's why they're the best ever! (Apologies to The Smiths.)

John in particular was a visionary in the true sense of the word, and he continued to show this as a solo artist. Paul in his much more conventional, "inside the box" approach, nonetheless also wrote brilliantly. The two of them together, plus the latter-day George, wrote the best catalogue of songs ever, in my opinion.

I would put Roger Waters of Pink Floyd slightly above either one, but in David Gilmour he had a phenomenal guitar player and merely "good" lyricist, so the pair cannot equal equal Lennon/McCartney. Same goes for Morrissey, Nick Drake, Nick Cave, Dan Fogelberg, Brendan Perry, Jim Morrison, Bob Marley, Tim Buckley, Michael Stipe, Brian Wilson, and scores of other brilliant writers. They either lacked a good enough Robin to their Batman, or just didn't have one (Henley/Frey comes pretty close though, as does Strummer/Jones, Stills/Young, and a few other songwriting duos).

In the case of The Beatles, you have TWO Batmans and a Robin. That's pretty darned unique. I challenge anyone to point out a band you could plop circa-1968 George Harrison into where he would be a clear THIRD fidddle in a four-piece band. They amount of talent the Beatles had was incredible.

Hans said...

Mama fell in love with George Harrison, hehe.

Metamatician said...

I'm not surprised. He was the cute, quiet one - and he got the cutest wife too! For awhile, anyway...

Metamatician said...

Who are YOU in love with, Hans? Marie? Tazbo? (hehe) Or maybe one of Sheila's kitties like Emma or Lily... Have a fun time trying to catch Lily though - she's a real scaredy cat.

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