Tuesday 7 October 2008

The Beatles' Hymn to Bank Failures

Well, let's get an obvious choice out of the way:

Lyrically, the first verse of this is eerily apposite:

"You never give me your money;
You only give me your funny paper,
And in the middle of negotiations
You break down."

Yes, that's you down to a tee, Lehman, old boy.

Isn't it nice, the way the piano is panned hard left; guitar hard right? They used to mix things this way, back in the old days, y'know, back when stereo was a novelty.

And, yes, it's another song of the day with extreme and sudden changes. Heavy Soil makes no apologies for repeatedly enriching your days in this mildly predictable fashion – especially when the song itself is so splendidly unpredictable.

So piano balladry and lovely vocal harmonies give way to honkytonk rock'n'roll, to gospel-tinted faux-triple-time, then a charmingly received-pronunciation, children's-jingle finish.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ahh, I grew up with the Beatles and always loved those songs pieced together from bits of unfinished songs. "A Day in the Life" is the finest example, but I love this one too. I must get CD copies of Abbey Road and Sgt Pepper, I never did replace my cassettes of those. And I don't have a tape deck anymore. Bah!

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