Tuesday, June 25, 2024

“Beatles for Sale” (1964): A step forward in Lennon and McCartney’s lyrics

With "Beatles for Sale" (1964), John Lennon and Paul McCartney take a step forward with their lyrics. Lennon's "No Reply" has a setting and objects ("your door", "your window", a telephone). Although they mostly just repeat it, other songs have some imagery, such as Lennon's "I'm a Loser" (a clown with a mask; tears like rain) and McCartney's "I'll Follow the Sun" ("tomorrow may rain, / but I'll follow the sun"). And although it is also repetitive, "Eight Days A Week" has its striking and memorable title. But as on "With the Beatles", the best lyric here is by Chuck Berry, with the vivid extended figures in "Rock and Roll Music". (Andrew Shields, #111Words, 25 June 2024) 

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