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The Beatles — And Your Bird Can Sing
Album: Revolver
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Released: 1966
Length: 1:56
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Tell me that you've got everything you want
And your bird can sing
But you don't get me
You don't get me

You'll say you've seen seven wonders
And your bird is green
But you can't see me
You can't see me

When your prized possessions
Start to weigh you down
Look in my direction
I'll be 'round
I'll be 'round

When your bird is broken
Will it bring you down?
You may be awoken
I'll be 'round
I'll be 'round

You tell me that you heard every sound there is
And your bird can swing
But you can't hear me
You can't hear me
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 SomersetBob wrote:


BCarn wrote:
Lennon claimed many of his early songs were throw aways but this was in retrospect after some heavy influence form Yoko. I'd wager that if he were alive today he'd take back his "throwaway" comments.


 
westslope wrote:

I did not realize that Ono and Lennon hooked up in 1966.  
 

I think BC meant that Lennon's "throw aways" comment was made about his earlier stuff some years later, after he'd hooked up with Yoko, not that he'd made the comment in 1966 (at least, that's how I read it) 
 

You're correct westslope.  I thought using the term "in retrospect" might have made it clearer. 
An old interview with John in Playboy informed me that while these are John's lyrics and him singing, this is Paul's guitar riff -- and a great one at that.


BCarn wrote:
Lennon claimed many of his early songs were throw aways but this was in retrospect after some heavy influence form Yoko. I'd wager that if he were alive today he'd take back his "throwaway" comments.


 
westslope wrote:

I did not realize that Ono and Lennon hooked up in 1966.  
 

I think BC meant that Lennon's "throw aways" comment was made about his earlier stuff some years later, after he'd hooked up with Yoko, not that he'd made the comment in 1966 (at least, that's how I read it) 
LOVE YOU FOR EVER JOHN {#Guitarist}
The first time I heard this song, it hit me like a ton o’ bricks. And if I haven’t heard it in a while, it still does. A bit of magic, that.
 BCarn wrote:

Lennon claimed many of his early songs were throw aways but this was in retrospect after some heavy influence form Yoko. I'd wager that if he were alive today he'd take back his "throwaway" comments.

 
I did not realize that Ono and Lennon hooked up in 1966.  
 ppopp wrote:
This is a magnificent song. Lennon claims it was a throw-away song. He must've had the most valuable trash can on the planet.

 
Lennon claimed many of his early songs were throw aways but this was in retrospect after some heavy influence form Yoko. I'd wager that if he were alive today he'd take back his "throwaway" comments.
 treatment_bound wrote:
The Jam's cover of this vs. Guadalcanal Diary's cover of this:
WHO 'YA GOT? 

 
I'm going with Guadalcanal Diary
The Jam's cover of this vs. Guadalcanal Diary's cover of this:


WHO 'YA GOT? 
{#Guitarist} {#Drummer}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}
Love that opening riff every time I hear it.

George Harrison... 
 WAS 12 WHEN I SAW THEM AT THE WASHINGTON  ARMORY.  CANT BELIEVE IT WAS SO LONG AGO.  NEVER LIKED PAUL MUCH.
I WAS CRAZY BOUT JOHN
 
 kingart wrote:
Who knows the history or subtext/context of this song? If read in the literal way, rather than druggy allusions like I am the Walrus, this could be a slightly snarky Lennon talking to McCartney.  Just wonderin'. 
 

   

moodfood wrote:

 it is believed to refer to the rivalry between the Beatles and the Stones, although the two groups were friends.

 
Apparently the thinking behind that theory is that the "bird" was Marianne Faithful, Jagger's girlfriend at the time. Wikipedia notes other stories . The same article says "Lennon was later dismissive of the track, as he was of many of his compositions at the time, referring to it as 'another of my throwaways ... fancy paper around an empty box'."
 Skydog wrote:
anything from Lennon on Revolver and Rubber Soul,.....just anything, they are all 11's  

 
Agreed.  Would add the Yesterday and Today release.

Mind you Baby You Can Drive My Car was written by Paul and Harrison contributed a song or two during this period.
                                                             you tell me you heard every sound there is
 coloradojohn wrote:
I really don't believe this is an attack on a fellow Beatle or another group; seems to me to be about the same type of gal John slags on She Said, She Said, with "I know that I'm ready to leave/ 'cause you're making me feel like I've never been born" from the same album.

 
Lennon was near the end of the road with Cynthia during this time, I read somewhere that she got him a bird as a present
I really don't believe this is an attack on a fellow Beatle or another group; seems to me to be about the same type of gal John slags on She Said, She Said, with "I know that I'm ready to leave/ 'cause you're making me feel like I've never been born" from the same album.
anything from Lennon on Revolver and Rubber Soul,.....just anything, they are all 11's  
I liked the session raw version more, where Paul and John were laughing so hard.
This is a magnificent song. Lennon claims it was a throw-away song. He must've had the most valuable trash can on the planet.
Has to be one the best Beatles songs.
Utterly jaw-dropping in every way! The bass wanders up and down with full verve, the guitars jam so well around it; dig the harmonies! 
Never really paid attention to the guitar work in the song until now. . .and I'm glad I finally did, because it's awesome!
How many Beatles' songs do you play every day? 
Yes I Can
 kingart wrote:
Who knows the history or subtext/context of this song? If read in the literal way, rather than druggy allusions like I am the Walrus, this could be a slightly snarky Lennon talking to McCartney.  Just wonderin'. 
 

 
 it is believed to refer to the rivalry between the Beatles and the Stones, although the two groups were friends.
Heard a live "whatever gets you through the night" earlier this morning, and several songs from John Lennon on this his 64th birthday
Strong great sounds 
Who knows the history or subtext/context of this song? If read in the literal way, rather than druggy allusions like I am the Walrus, this could be a slightly snarky Lennon talking to McCartney.  Just wonderin'. 
 
 ThePoose wrote:
Who is Oasis? Sorry, I am 60, so I might have missed them as they passed through the hit parade.
Were they before the Fab Four?

nightdrive wrote:
Reminds too much of Oasis.

 




 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oasis_(band)


psg wrote:
I keep hearing "You don't get meat"

   
Dave_Mack wrote:

Well, how can you get any meat if you don't eat your pudding?

 
Going from this song to PF's "Another Brick in the Wall" is like finishing up a perfect summer day by falling into a pile of dogshit. And you know it's so, Roger Waters.  





...... 10

Who is Oasis? Sorry, I am 60, so I might have missed them as they passed through the hit parade.
Were they before the Fab Four?

nightdrive wrote:
Reminds too much of Oasis.

 



Ringo should have sung this...
 nightdrive wrote:
Reminds too much of Oasis.

 
Ha Ha! love it....well said.
 oldfart48 wrote:
FUN SONG, BUT LIKE ALL THEIR  EARLY STUFF BEING PRODUCED IN THAT BYRDS JANGEL-JINGLE HURTS MY EARS. BRING ON THE EARLY STONES.......

 

you mean that "byrds jingle-jangle" that they admittedly said they stole from the beatles?  during an interview McGuinn said that he was saw George playing the 12-string in "hard days night" and said "thats going to be our sound"

 
Reminds too much of Oasis.
I remember being really peeved that I had to put up with 11 tracks while my sister got 14 in the UK. Still got it (the disc- not the peeves).
 AndyJ wrote:
I am surprised at how the band stays current as the decades flow past...

Perhaps it's because they are not on the same non-stop rotation as waybackwhen...

I also notice how songs that had one meaning as a teener now have have a different and more poignant one as a geezer.

Paying attention to the passage of time and how -I- change as well as the world around me... Well, it's ironic-silly-funny and pleasant...

IOW,  Everything changes. Yet remains the same. It's different as am I... A sense of humor helps one see and enjoy the experience..
 
I don't believe it's possible for The Beatles to really "stay current" - especially since two of them are deceased, but I don't deny that many of their tunes can remain relevant or poignant to many listeners.  This has always been a favorite of mine.
FUN SONG, BUT LIKE ALL THEIR  EARLY STUFF BEING PRODUCED IN THAT BYRDS JANGEL-JINGLE HURTS MY EARS. BRING ON THE EARLY STONES.......
now - why dont these guys put out no more music?  gall durn it!  dab gum it they's good
One of my favorite bass lines
After playing the snot out of this record when it came out
It's still one of favorite albums 
I am surprised at how the band stays current as the decades flow past...

Perhaps it's because they are not on the same non-stop rotation as waybackwhen...

I also notice how songs that had one meaning as a teener now have have a different and more poignant one as a geezer.

Paying attention to the passage of time and how -I- change as well as the world around me... Well, it's ironic-silly-funny and pleasant...

IOW,  Everything changes. Yet remains the same. It's different as am I... A sense of humor helps one see and enjoy the experience..




      
 Cynaera wrote:

Rocking all the time. And yeah, the room is big. Oh - and I heard a rumor that there's a rollercoaster on the roof of the building.  Or maybe it was an Olympic-sized swimming pool.  I keep forgetting... {#Whistle}
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 

Shazam!  Love it!  Amen!
Both The Jam and Guadalcanal Diary took a swing at recording this one.  It's a great song.


It's on this Jam album, which is their posthumous "Odds and Sods" collection Polydor put out 10 years after Weller & Co. called it quits.  It's a great collection of 26 songs (including some demos of a few hits). 




Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
One of my 10 fav Beatles songs. And there are a lot of songs that vy for the 10. 
 Lakeview wrote:
I wonder if this is one of those songs you need to hear in the context of the whole album. On its own it's not turning my crank. Ho Hum

 
Don't think so. It's a good song but on this spectacular record easy
to overlook.
 max_p wrote:
go George!
 
And Paul!  Harmony guitar lines!
 psg wrote:
I keep hearing "You don't get meat"
 
Well, how can you get any meat if you don't eat your pudding?
I keep hearing "You don't get meat"
go George!
Pretty staggering that this is maybe the 50th or 60th best Beatles tune, written in about a 6 year stretch...and it's still a 9 from this jury...
Wow. What a segue from Bobby 'Blue' Bland. BTW, listen to McCartney's bass on this one. Guy was friggin' amazing.
 SinisterDexter wrote:
One of my favorite guitar songs of any Beatles tune.
 
i'm with you.
 Cynaera wrote:

Rocking all the time. And yeah, the room is big. Oh - and I heard a rumor that there's a rollercoaster on the roof of the building.  Or maybe it was an Olympic-sized swimming pool.  I keep forgetting... {#Whistle}
 
Miss you, Ann...

rest in peace... 
 Baketown wrote:
What  a great bass line!
 
Agreed! Shame it's hard to hear it properly...Good excuse to turn up the volume ;)


Heard the version on Anthology? Even more fun than this one. Fantastic song, indeed one of their better ones. (9/10)
 Proclivities wrote:

That guitar sound (as well as the solo sound from "Nowhere Man") can be replicated (approximately) with a delay and/or harmonizer effects pedal.  This is one of my absolute favorite Beatles' songs.

 
Yeah, I think he did it with a neat combination of effects, including at least a delay and flanger. Regardless, Pugh's ability to recreate that sound on stage was uncanny. I wonder how The Fab Faux do it? That's Will Lee's group. Maybe two guitars, hm?
I see a word. The word is "medication". Not sure why....
 johnjconn wrote:


How big is your hotel room?
Must be one rocking place
 
Oh, it is a luxury suite...

my womens kicked off their shoes and starting dancing when this song started...

 
Simply one of their best.
What  a great bass line!
Have to stop and sing along.
never heard this song before, but I love it, sounds so fresh and contemporary (well like those brit pop bands.....like the beatles) {#Music}
 johnjconn wrote:


How big is your hotel room?
Must be one rocking place
 
Rocking all the time. And yeah, the room is big. Oh - and I heard a rumor that there's a rollercoaster on the roof of the building.  Or maybe it was an Olympic-sized swimming pool.  I keep forgetting... {#Whistle}
I read that when Danny Gatton learned to play this song, he assumed it was only one guitar playing the lead riff. He was that awesome.

 Cynaera wrote:
I want this on my MP3 player. I just love this song - those guitars ring like the best bird-song ever heard, so pure and harmonious. One of my absolute favorite Beatles songs.
 
{#Yes}



awesome...  love it...
 

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...


 
I want this on my MP3 player. I just love this song - those guitars ring like the best bird-song ever heard, so pure and harmonious. One of my absolute favorite Beatles songs.


Absolutely brilliant...  this song is still as great as it was the day this album was released...


One of my favorite guitar songs of any Beatles tune.
 Rooney wrote:


I hardly ever took Beatle songs in context.  If it was a good song, it was a good song, regardless of the flow of the album.  I never concerned myself with thoughts like :  gee, does this fit or not.  Having said that I find the harmony and guitar solo on this song astoundingly good.  One could make that argument for almost all of their albums.  Anyway, this song got a 10 from me and deserved it.  You should hear them laugh and giggle through it on their out-takes.  Sonofabitch that was a great guitar solo. 
 
Well put. As it was, this came out during the very early days of the "album" concept—IIRC some people say Revolver was the first real instance of it.  Even if you don't think all the songs fit together well, you should regard each song on its own. These days, people don't even think of CDs as albums anymore. 

And yes that guitar solo rocked. They all sound like they're having fun. Given how much time John, Paul and George played together in Hamburg, they had every reason to sound great.  
 jimbaca wrote:
Oh, the guitar!
 

oh, the voice(s)!
 johnjconn wrote:
so is the crabs
 Are the crabs. Several boats are getting catchy with the crabs just beyond my window as I type this. I know that's not your reference, but I'm moving it to a much tastier plane, as this song deserves!

 zataomm7 wrote:
So ... damn ... catchy ...
 
so is the crabs

Yesterday....
 Stingray wrote:
I love the BEATLES - truely!
But always had very mixed emotions about "REVOLVER".
Never let this album into my heart!
Can anybody tell me why...? Maybe?
 

I cannot help you, it is probably my 2nd favorite Beatle album after Abbey Road of course.{#Lol}
Oh, the guitar!
 Rooney wrote:


I hardly ever took Beatle songs in context.  If it was a good song, it was a good song, regardless of the flow of the album.  I never concerned myself with thoughts like :  gee, does this fit or not.  Having said that I find the harmony and guitar solo on this song astoundingly good.  One could make that argument for almost all of their albums.  Anyway, this song got a 10 from me and deserved it.  You should hear them laugh and giggle through it on their out-takes.  Sonofabitch that was a great guitar solo. 
 
What a great comment, Rooney.  I absolutely love this song, for the same reasons you cited.  I wish George and John were still with us - a Beatles reunion could possibly restore the spirit of a despondent, disillusioned world...

So ... damn ... catchy ...
 socalhol wrote:
 pdemeester wrote:
I wonder if this is one of those songs you need to hear in the context of the whole album. On its own it's not turning my crank. Ho Hum

 
I concur
 

I hardly ever took Beatle songs in context.  If it was a good song, it was a good song, regardless of the flow of the album.  I never concerned myself with thoughts like :  gee, does this fit or not.  Having said that I find the harmony and guitar solo on this song astoundingly good.  One could make that argument for almost all of their albums.  Anyway, this song got a 10 from me and deserved it.  You should hear them laugh and giggle through it on their out-takes.  Sonofabitch that was a great guitar solo. 
 pdemeester wrote:
I wonder if this is one of those songs you need to hear in the context of the whole album. On its own it's not turning my crank. Ho Hum

 
I concur


I believe I read once that John did not like this song that he wrote. For me I am glad he did!!
Same here, and I'm American.  Plus, I always want to hear "If I Needed Someone" right afterwards.  For me, those two songs just seem to belong together.

 kaybee wrote:
Being Canadian, it's odd for me to hear this and see the Revolver album posted and not Yesterday and Today. 


 


 Cynaera wrote:

Yep. 10. No explanations or justifications.
 


Indeed...  we be dancing...  great song...

 

At McCartney's ear, a some parasite  is watching you %username% {#Wink}

McCartney's ear



Give a listen to the out-take of this song.  Paul starts getting into a fit of giggles, and then John joins him.
I could listen to this a zillion times and still love it and want to hear it again. Thank you, RP.{#Notworthy}
 romeotuma wrote:


This song is absolutely marvelous...

 
 
Yep. 10. No explanations or justifications.



This song is absolutely marvelous...

 
I wonder if this is one of those songs you need to hear in the context of the whole album. On its own it's not turning my crank. Ho Hum
 Stingray wrote:
I love the BEATLES - truely!
But always had very mixed emotions about "REVOLVER".
Never let this album into my heart!
Can anybody tell me why...? Maybe?
 

We are all different with different likes and tastes.  THIS IS A GOOD THING!
 jimbaca wrote:
Some of Harrison's best work!
 


I agree... love it...

 
 Stingray wrote:
I love the BEATLES - truely!
But always had very mixed emotions about "REVOLVER".
Never let this album into my heart!
Can anybody tell me why...? Maybe?
 
Can't help you there... I prefer this album to Sgt. Pepper. 

I bet there is a long german word/condition for it though, like "Beatle-Lied-Fertigkeitdurcheinander" or something.

 Stingray wrote:
I love the BEATLES - truely!
But always had very mixed emotions about "REVOLVER".
Never let this album into my heart!
Can anybody tell me why...? Maybe?
 
I cannot tell you why because i feel it is quite possibly their best. At least tied with their best.

I love the BEATLES - truely!
But always had very mixed emotions about "REVOLVER".
Never let this album into my heart!
Can anybody tell me why...? Maybe?
Some of Harrison's best work!
Not one of my favorite Beatle tunes....eh......8


This song is soooo good...  we be twisting our hips and singing along...  love it...

 


Yessss... we be dancing...  love it...


Suddenly I'm a preteen again, listening to this album in my pink bedroom on a white stereo ...
Sigh.

Ah the pretentiousness of youth.

 

Was there ever a better ode?


One of the best guitar riffs ever!
you say you've seen seven wonders......................

gave it a ten.....best song on the album
 WonderLizard wrote:

A few years ago we took our young daughter, and nascent Beatle nut, to see 1964, The Tribute, a Beatles tribute band. Jimmy "George" Pugh played the lead part live, and it sure sounded like he hit all the notes. I kept an eagle eye on his left hand, and to this day I have no idea how he did it.

 
That guitar sound (as well as the solo sound from "Nowhere Man") can be replicated (approximately) with a delay and/or harmonizer effects pedal.  This is one of my absolute favorite Beatles' songs.

 kaybee wrote:
Being Canadian, it's odd for me to hear this and see the Revolver album posted and not Yesterday and Today. 


 

As a Canadian I agree.  But as an economist, I see it as "business as usual".

Who cares how the product was differentiated and marketed?  It still sounds great!  Moreover, I think this period of the Beatles was much more influential than many people realize.


Funny I just put this album on two days ago, and I think I'd give every tune on there a 9.
 helgigermany wrote:
This sounds really old, but ...okay!
 

you say that like it's a bad thing...what do you have against "old" music...or The Beatles?
This sounds really old, but ...okay!


fantastic...


Almost missed this because I had David Head/Talking Brynes muted, love this song
Being Canadian, it's odd for me to hear this and see the Revolver album posted and not Yesterday and Today. 


 SledDawg wrote:
Joe Walsh said in an interview once that he spent years learning how to play both parts at once, thinking that's how the Fabs had done it when in fact it's two guitars.
 
A few years ago we took our young daughter, and nascent Beatle nut, to see 1964, The Tribute, a Beatles tribute band. Jimmy "George" Pugh played the lead part live, and it sure sounded like he hit all the notes. I kept an eagle eye on his left hand, and to this day I have no idea how he did it.



awesome...  we be dancing...


 SledDawg wrote:
Joe Walsh said in an interview once that he spent years learning how to play both parts at once, thinking that's how the Fabs had done it when in fact it's two guitars.
 
And this is why I say: Joe for President!

Thanks for the great post, SledDawg.

 romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo good for the external auditory meatus...
 
Ahhh yes; my entire vestibular system is soothed.