THE BEATLES : ONLY A NORTHERN SONG [1969]

Το τραγούδι του George Harrison ηχογραφήθηκε στη διάρκεια των sessions για το Sgt. Peppers, αλλά δεν συμπεριλήφθηκε σ αυτό. Θα έμπαινε τελικά στο Yellow Submarine. Υπήρξε ανόητα υποτιμημένο στην εποχή του από πολλούς και διάφορους, συμπεριλαμβανομένου του ίδιου του George Martin. Όπως μπορεί καθένας ν’ ακούσει, πρόκειται για ένα “τυπικό” μπιτλικό αριστούργημα.

George Harrison’ song was recorded during the Sgt. Peppers sessions but was not included in the tracklist. It ended up in the Yellow Submarine album. It was absurdly underrated by various people, including George Martin himself. As anyone can hear, this is a “typical” Beatles masterpiece.

If you’re listening to this song
You may think the chords are going wrong
But they’re not, we just wrote it like that
When you listen late at night
You may feel the words are not quite right
But they are, they just play it like that
It doesn’t really matter what chords I play
What words I say or time of day it is
As it’s only a Northern song
It doesn’t really matter what clothes I wear
Or how I fare or if my hair is brown
When it’s only a Northern song
If you think the harmony
Is a little off and out of key, you’re correct
There’s nobody there
And I told you there’s no one there

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9 Comments

  1. Steven McCabe May 16, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    What an amazingly strange and beautiful song. I wish it had been on Sgt. Peppers.

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    1. Oannes May 16, 2022 at 5:46 pm

      It SURELY should have been on it!

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  2. Timothy Price May 17, 2022 at 2:53 am

    It’s great. I think people have trouble with dissonance. George refers to it in the lyrics. I get some interesting reactions to the first movement in my T.U.L.I.P song called ‘Total Depravity”, which by necessity of the title is quite dissonant.

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  3. Earthpages.org May 17, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    The thing about the Beatles is that for the most part, their innovative stuff still reached the masses. This piece is an exception but that makes it no less interesting (contemporary EDM  synths now embrace ‘detune’, not sure about the older analog synths as I have never really tried one). Along those lines, some say The White Album should have been condensed into one record. My take is even the Beatles’ ‘B-side’ stuff is still interesting but that’s not true for all bands or for the post-Beatles’ solo records (John, Paul, George, Ringo). They were a unique moment in time, like a magical crystal coming together, only to disperse into more ‘common’ elements after their breakup. Not everyone would agree with me. Again, that’s just my take.

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    1. Oannes May 17, 2022 at 6:32 pm

      I totally agree about The Beatles. Always had unlimited time for everything they’ve recorded – the “White album condensed into one record” was always a joke to me.
      The “problem” is that no former Beatle achieved anything Beatles status apart from Lennon [OK, and GH’s “All Things Must Pass”].
      The reason for this, talking about McCartney, could be his growing musical ambition which brought him in a state of confusion, making him lose direct contact with the songsmith he once was. His pseudo-classical works from 1990 on were an even worse example of this confusion.

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      1. Earthpages.org May 17, 2022 at 6:44 pm

        Yeah, Paul’s ‘classical’ might partially reflect his buying into the whole “I’m a Knight” thing. For me, the British monarchy is an anachronism.

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        1. Oannes May 17, 2022 at 7:22 pm

          Correct. I had not made the “knighthood” connection 🙂

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  4. Resa May 20, 2022 at 12:37 am

    I adore his music. He was gone to young. I would have enjoyed more.

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