Deciphering the inner meaning of Beatles lyrics goes back to playing the White Album backward and the “Paul is dead” hoopla, a technique that obviously proved to be flawed.
I believe a more hand-crafted approach to sifting through Beatles lyrics paves the way to storytelling gold.
My crack researcher Grace Hoffman – who says nepotism is dead? – combed through virtually every Beatles’ word that made the vinyl page.
The conclusion –
Paul and John and to lesser extent George often channeled the PR agency business in crafting lyrics (sorry, Ringo).
I won’t numb you with all the data, but here are 10 proof points that make the case:
|1.We Can Work it Out (1965)||Try to see it my way,
Do I have to keep on talking till I can’t go on?
|2. “Nowhere Man” (1965)||Doesn’t have a point of view,
Knows not where he’s going to,
|3. I Want to Hold Your Hand (1963)||Oh please, say to me
You’ll let me be your man
|4. Hello, Goodbye (1967)||You say yes, I say no
You say stop and I say go go go, oh no
|5. From Me to You (1963)||If there’s anything that you want
If there’s anything I can do
Just call on me and I’ll send it along
|6. Revolution (1968)||You say you want a revolution
Well you know
We all want to change the world
|7. Hard Day’s Night (1964)||It’s been a hard day’s night
And I’ve been working like a dog.
It’s been a hard day’s night,
I should be sleeping like a log.
|8. Don’t Pass Me By (1968)||You said that you would be late about an hour or two
I said that’s all right, I’m waiting here, just waiting to hear from you
|9. Glass Onion (1968)||Well, here’s another place you can go
Where everything flows
|10. You Never Give Me Your Money (1969)||You never give me your money
You only give me your funny paper