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The Beatles — Hello, Goodbye
Album: Magical Mystery Tour
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Released: 1969
Length: 3:18
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You say yes, I say no
You say stop and I say go, go, go
Oh, no
You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello, hello
I don't know why you say goodbye
I say hello
Hello, hello
I don't know why you say goodbye
I say hello.

I say high, you say low
You say why, and I say I don't know
Oh, no
You say goodbye and I say hello
(Hello, goodbye, hello, goodbye)
Hello, hello
(Hello, goodbye)
I don't know why you say goodbye
I say hello
(Hello, goodbye, hello, goodbye)
Hello, hello
(Hello, goodbye)
I don't know why you say goodbye
(Hello, goodbye)
I say hello.

Why, why, why, why, why, why
Do you say goodbye
Goodbye, bye, bye, bye, bye

Oh, no
You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello, hello
I don't know why you say goodbye
I say hello
Hello, hello
I don't know why you say goodbye
I say hello.

You say yes
(I say yes)
I say no
(But I may mean no)
You say stop
(I can stay)
But I say go, go, go
(Till it's time to go)
Oh
Oh, no
You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello, hello
I don't know why you say goodbye
I say hello
Hello, hello
I don't know why you say goodbye
I say hello
Hello, hello
I don't know why you say goodbye
I say hello-whoa-whoa
Hello-o-o

Hey-la, hey-ba-hello-ah
Hey-la, hey-ba-hello-ah (cha uh-cha uh-cha)
Hey-la, hey-ba-hello-ah (whoo-oo)
Hey-la, hey-ba-hello-ah (hey-la)
Hey-la, hey-ba-hello-ah (cha cha cha)
Hey-la, hey-ba-hello-ah (whoo-hoo)
Hey-la, hey-ba-hello-ah (cha cha)
Hey-la, hey-ba-hello-ah (cha cha)
Hey-la, hey-ba-hello-ah
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Not my favorite Beatles song back in 1967 but it sure sounds fantastic today. 10.
 springof63 wrote:
2 Beatles songs within 2 hours of each other? WHAT? WHY? ('when i'm 64' was on 2hours ago, 12:08 PST). i can just about handle 1, but 2 and its PSD for me (from shuffle in my iTunes) - today  got 'Panama' - Van Halen. sooo much better! {#Laughing}

 
oh the horror.    I'd stick with your apple products and the songs you know and love if I were you.

Woke up this morning to the news of George Martin's passing.

So very sad but I will spend the day listening to lots and lots of wonderful George Martin productions. 
Lots of Beatles today please, George Martin left us this week but his master producing style remains in all those amazing recordings.
What a sad 2016 musically speaking ...
loved the B side of this single, it was a god-like masterpeice  (I Am The Walrus)
 
2 Beatles songs within 2 hours of each other? WHAT? WHY? ('when i'm 64' was on 2hours ago, 12:08 PST). i can just about handle 1, but 2 and its PSD for me (from shuffle in my iTunes) - today  got 'Panama' - Van Halen. sooo much better! {#Laughing}
 MrsTom wrote:
Every now and again I hear a track that I like from the Beatles and they are always the lesser played ones. So every time I think 'ugh, I hate the Beatles' I have to give myself a mental smack because I have not bothered to truly investigate their work. Songs like this, though, don't give me much encourGement to make the effort. 
 
 {#Frustrated}
 songwriting genius at its core this.. {#Cheers}
 luv4music wrote:
First of all, I will never understand the phrase, "I hate the Beatles".  Second, I actually like Hello Goodbye as a song.  It sounds great, even though it is on the sappy side.  But if you really want to see what Harrison and Lennon think of the song, just watch the video.  Harrison has such a strong look of disgust on his face (check the 0:22, 0:35 and 2:13 marks).  At one point he looks away from the camera dismissively and has that "I can't believe I have to be here" look.  Lennon just goofs around, at one point doing his Elvis guitar swing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBZ8ulc5NTg&feature=kp
 
My guess is their disgust has more to do with those ridiculous costumes than with the quality of the song!
First of all, I will never understand the phrase, "I hate the Beatles".  Second, I actually like Hello Goodbye as a song.  It sounds great, even though it is on the sappy side.  But if you really want to see what Harrison and Lennon think of the song, just watch the video.  Harrison has such a strong look of disgust on his face (check the 0:22, 0:35 and 2:13 marks).  At one point he looks away from the camera dismissively and has that "I can't believe I have to be here" look.  Lennon just goofs around, at one point doing his Elvis guitar swing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBZ8ulc5NTg&feature=kp





Every now and again I hear a track that I like from the Beatles and they are always the lesser played ones. So every time I think 'ugh, I hate the Beatles' I have to give myself a mental smack because I have not bothered to truly investigate their work. Songs like this, though, don't give me much encourGement to make the effort. 
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:

... agree - should be hung, drawn and quartered
 
I voted 2. It is SO annoying.... Most great Beatles songs are primarily written by Harrison or Lennon, the only exception I'm aware of is Get Back, that one's really good. But there are so many (less known) Beatles songs, I might have missed some.
 WonderLizard wrote:

I once knew a barfly in Detroit who, knowing that I was a writer who considered The Beatles one of the primal forces of the 20th century, would launch into loud, beery monologs why The Beatles were second rate, nothing they wrote was any good, the Stones were the only true rock'n'roll band, and so on. In effect, he was the saloon's analog to an internet troll. No real agenda, likes, or dislikes: simply a pest who liked to make a nuisance of himself and watch other people get riled up. Whatever you liked, he didn't. His business was to make you angry and defensive by mocking, belittling, and debasing something you loved. Amazing how well it worked--also perhaps not so amazing how often he got beat up.

 
I doubt I'll change your mind, but don't you think this is a quite mean, narrow, and even a bit bullying post by you?  You seem to advocate violence here. I assure you that you do not love art more then me, and I would never resort to violence because someone did not like my band.
 aaronm wrote:
Who voted this a 1? Monsters, the lot of 'em.

 
I once knew a barfly in Detroit who, knowing that I was a writer who considered The Beatles one of the primal forces of the 20th century, would launch into loud, beery monologs why The Beatles were second rate, nothing they wrote was any good, the Stones were the only true rock'n'roll band, and so on. In effect, he was the saloon's analog to an internet troll. No real agenda, likes, or dislikes: simply a pest who liked to make a nuisance of himself and watch other people get riled up. Whatever you liked, he didn't. His business was to make you angry and defensive by mocking, belittling, and debasing something you loved. Amazing how well it worked--also perhaps not so amazing how often he got beat up.
 aaronm wrote:
Who voted this a 1? Monsters, the lot of 'em.

 
Totally Agree
Who voted this a 1? Monsters, the lot of 'em.
YIEYA -- PLAY LOUD  {#Music}
 linden wrote:
I dig Ringo's drumming on this track.

 
He can't sing a note, but he can play the drums fine. Not fancy, maybe, but just fine.

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song...  it tweaks our nipples...  love this whole album...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

Beauty and innocence ... times gone by? {#Sunny}
I dig Ringo's drumming on this track.

Everybody in my churches loves this song... and this album...
 
You And I                                                                                                                                                                                 Yes
I say again

Beatles---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rest of the musical world!!! 
 BLADERUNNER wrote:
Back in the day, i had every single Beatle album and single.......and this is the only one to have survived all the upgrades and purges, and remains in my treasured vinyl collection.  a sublime work of art.

 
Yes, this is a fine Beatles album.  It may not be their best, but I never understood why so many think Magical Mystery Tour is a lesser album.  If I remember correctly, it didn't do as well as Sargent Pepper when it came out and the critics really slammed it, but I think it has aged well. 
Takes me back to 'da day when they spelled PSYCHODELIC with an "O" instead of an "E"
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:

pop fluff?  like "I wanna hold your hand"?   
 
Wrong era LongGoneDaddy. At least "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" was a direct lyric. This one bounces aimlessly in a systematic roundabout of simplistic jargon. Just not for me so much and don't understand why it has such a high rating.
 ziakut wrote:
This doesn't deserve such a high rating. Ok, ok...it's The Beatles....but c'mon! It's pop fluff of theirs.
 
pop fluff?  like "I wanna hold your hand"?   
This doesn't deserve such a high rating. Ok, ok...it's The Beatles....but c'mon! It's pop fluff of theirs.
OOmcha OOmcha
 RobRyan wrote:
I'm not the very very biggest Beatles fan ever, but I like 'em pretty well, and from most of their "phases." But I always found this song quite trite lyrically and very ho-hum musically. {#Yawn}
 
The lyrics are pretty silly.  Apparently, even John Lennon called the lyrics "three minutes of contradictions and meaningless juxtapositions", but the melody is far from "ho-hum" - to me.
 billbangert wrote:
It's stuff like this that drives me back to Slacker and Pandora.  Great in it's day but that day is long gone and I have heard this song more times than I want to.  Adios RP.
 
Maybe you had to grow up listening to this to appreciate it even more now-a-days.

For those who do not see the value of RP, i say good riddance to ye. 
Back in the day, i had every single Beatle album and single.......and this is the only one to have survived all the upgrades and purges, and remains in my treasured vinyl collection.  a sublime work of art.
{#Dancingbanana_2}


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
I was living in Iceland when this song came out.  It always brings back memories of a beautiful country and even more beautiful women.
 crnkan wrote:


I had a Mercury Cougar!
 


Cool!

I love this song...


 

Is there a reason I can hear any song from these guys, at any time, and never dislike it?


 kaybee wrote:

I never understood why so many people (many of them staunch Beatles fans) disliked this album.  I've always liked it.  And you have to admit, "Strawberry Fields", "Penny Lane" and "I Am the Walrus" are neither trite nor ho-hum.

(However, I am ashamed to admit I used to like "Baby You're a Rich Man", which really does suck poo!)
 
I've always preferred this album to all their others, even Sgt Pepper. I can remember buying the 45s of this backed with "I Am The Walrus" and a few months later, "Penny Lane" backed with "Strawberry Fields" came out. I've always thought those two 45s were the peak of the Flower Power era of rock.
Good song. Great album. Same year as Disraeli Gears and Surrealistic Pillow... What a decade-!  So much music and so many new artist's doing great work.... No mush-sounds all seeming the same.  
 Balthazar wrote:

Exactly! And I owned almost all of their LPs. But this song was ho-hum even in my elementary school.

 
I never understood why so many people (many of them staunch Beatles fans) disliked this album.  I've always liked it.  And you have to admit, "Strawberry Fields", "Penny Lane" and "I Am the Walrus" are neither trite nor ho-hum.

(However, I am ashamed to admit I used to like "Baby You're a Rich Man", which really does suck poo!)


 RobRyan wrote:
I'm not the very very biggest Beatles fan ever, but I like 'em pretty well, and from most of their "phases." But I always found this song quite trite lyrically and very ho-hum musically. {#Yawn}
 
Exactly! And I owned almost all of their LPs. But this song was ho-hum even in my elementary school.

 romeotuma wrote:


1967— a great year for The Beatles and Mercury Cougars...

 

 

I had a Mercury Cougar!
Bill was meaning me?


1967— a great year for The Beatles and Mercury Cougars...

 

 billbangert wrote:
It's stuff like this that drives me back to Slacker and Pandora.  Great in it's day but that day is long gone and I have heard this song more times than I want to.  Adios RP.
 

The reason why The Beatles are so transcendent is that they are impervious to overplay, I am saddened for you that you do not recognize their greatness.{#Sad}


HELA!
 billbangert wrote:
It's stuff like this that drives me back to Slacker and Pandora.  Great in it's day but that day is long gone and I have heard this song more times than I want to.  Adios RP.
 
{#Moon}

The Fab Beatles Hello Goodbye by rising70.
The Fab Beatles Hello Goodbye by rising70 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_first_rays/

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 window wrote:
 
In other words, "My acceptance of this free service is of such a high value that I can influence the programming by announcing that I'm tuning out."
To which much be said: "Get over yourself."
 

WORD! {#Clap}


 billbangert wrote:
It's stuff like this that drives me back to Slacker and Pandora.  Great in it's day but that day is long gone and I have heard this song more times than I want to.  Adios RP.
  
In other words, "My acceptance of this free service is of such a high value that I can influence the programming by announcing that I'm tuning out."
To which much be said: "Get over yourself."


always soooo good to hear...




 billbangert wrote:
It's stuff like this that drives me back to Slacker and Pandora.  Great in it's day but that day is long gone and I have heard this song more times than I want to.  Adios RP.
 


Good riddance. If 3 minutes can't be spared to enjoy this.....well I don't even know what to say except it must be a hard life.
Back in Chicago in the 70's we had a local band that did Beatles and Kinks stuff and they'd sing this song as such:
You say eat sh!t and I say f!ck off and so on....{#Mrgreen}



This really is a great song from a fantastic album...


Love .. love .. I have this as my ring tone...
 RobRyan wrote:
I'm not the very very biggest Beatles fan ever, but I like 'em pretty well, and from most of their "phases." But I always found this song quite trite lyrically and very ho-hum musically. {#Yawn}
 
Hey Jude > Hello Goodbye > All Together Now

It's stuff like this that drives me back to Slacker and Pandora.  Great in it's day but that day is long gone and I have heard this song more times than I want to.  Adios RP.
keller1
(In A Gadda Da Vida, Baby)
Posted: Mar 12, 2009 - 07:06 < Reply >

 RobRyan wrote: I always found this song quite trite lyrically and very ho-hum musically.
 

Even as a Beatles fan, I find it hard to disagree with that.
__________________________________________________________________________

It's a Macca-penned song, after all.

In context - when this was on the radio it was pretty unique;

1 To Sir With Love/ The Boat That I Row Lulu
2 There's A Kind Of Hush Herman's Hermits
3 Penny Lane Beatles
4 Somethin' Stupid Frank & Nancy Sinatra
5 All You Need Is Love Beatles
6 A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You Monkees
7 Ode To Billy Joe Bobbie Gentry
8 The Letter Box Tops
9 Light My Fire Doors
10 The Rain, Park & Other Things Cowsills
11 Green Green Grass Of Home Tom Jones
12 Happy Together Turtles
13 Gaslight Ugly Ducklings Back
14 Never My Love Association
15 Georgy Girl Seekers
16 I Can See For Miles Who
17 Pleasant Valley Sunday Monkees
18 A Whiter Shade Of Pale Procol Harum
19 I Think We're Alone Now Tommy James & The Shondells
20 Sweet Soul Music Arthur Conley
21 White Rabbit Jefferson Airplaine
22 Happy Jack Who

In the company of Hermans Hermits, The Association, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, etal. the cachet of this song and it's presence stood out. Even in the company of their other charted efforts at the time - All You Need is Love, Penny Lane, - Hello, Goodbye had the experimental roll of "Walrus", that made it stand out.

And next to Pleasant Valley Sunday and Green, Green Grass of Home, it was like orange barrel. Really freaking weird (at the time).

As you were.

Not their strongest effort...but damn if it isn't a whole lotta fun. {#Dancingbanana}
 RobRyan wrote:
I'm not the very very biggest Beatles fan ever, but I like 'em pretty well, and from most of their "phases." But I always found this song quite trite lyrically and very ho-hum musically. {#Yawn}
 
Oh, but it's such a fun song ... and I don't think that's a bad thing. {#Dance}


This really is a great song...




This is such a great song...  fantastic music, clever lyrics, pure positive energy...


 RobRyan wrote:
I always found this song quite trite lyrically and very ho-hum musically.
 

Even as a Beatles fan, I find it hard to disagree with that.
 horstman wrote:


It's what you get from the police for being a bad person (and getting caught and convicted)!

Record = Disc = Album = Platter = 33 1/3, 45 {#Beat}
 

a/k/a LP = Licorice Pizza
I say no.


Love it...


no comment  -   9.
I'm not the very very biggest Beatles fan ever, but I like 'em pretty well, and from most of their "phases." But I always found this song quite trite lyrically and very ho-hum musically. {#Yawn}
 ematt wrote:


what's a record?
 

It's what you get from the police for being a bad person (and getting caught and convicted)!

Record = Disc = Album = Platter = 33 1/3, 45 {#Beat}
I remember seeing two Beatles movies as a child.
Yellow Submarine was one, and I think MMT was the name of the second....man, the years have condemned my memory somewhat!

:no: :no: Goodbye..too,too over. let's give these guys a rest for a decade or so.
hippiechick wrote:
Too bad this song has become a commercial ditty for Target :grumpy:
Agree. "Good buy." Blech.
hello, hello rp!
fab4fan wrote:
This a song typical of the great Paul McCartney in the way it's musically stronger than lyrically. Although Paul can and did write great lyrics,he is usually much stronger as a great bass player,great singer, good piano player,good drummer and great music composer! He got the music from his very musically talented father Jim McCartney who was a self taught accomlished classical jazz pianist,who was the leader of his own jazz band in the 1930's and they were polular in clubs in England. His father wasn't a poet though and wrote a few instrumentals one of them called Walking in The Park With Eloise Paul and Wings recorded on their 1976 album Wings At The Speed of Sound.
What an informative post, I'm a huge McCartney fan, don't let the screen name fool you. I knew that Pauls dad was a big influence but I did not know how much. With all the songs that Paul has written, I find it intersting that he does not know how to read music. I can read some but I do not apply it when I'm playing and or writing anything on my guitar
The Beatles.... love 'em! More, please! Amazing, but kids these days are 'rediscovering' the Beatles, and loving it. They are blown away by a musical phenomena called "melody". And songs with more than 3 power chords....
horstman wrote:
First record I ever bought! Still have it although my son is beginning to wear it out.
what's a record?
Another teeny bopper song from the drab four.
Redfeather wrote:
After hearing Orbital, The Beatles sound unpolished, stoned and like a bunch of hippies deranged enough to think they are talented
Although I like Orbital, I'd like to hear them try to re-create any of their tracks with nothing more technologically advanced than a mellotron and some reel-to-reel tape loops.
horstman wrote:
First record I ever bought! Still have it although my son is beginning to wear it out.
I have always thought that this piece was one of the decades finest 3. Perhaps The Doors and Ian Morrison doing LA Woman would be another, and Aqualung by Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson as another top 3. I suppose someone elses' mileage would vary of course, so does anyone else have a different choice?
First record I ever bought! Still have it although my son is beginning to wear it out.
one of my favorites ~ hela.
Raechel wrote:
not my fav Beatles song, though always nice to hear them :propeller:
I'm gonna go right ahead and say that I don't think there are enough beatles tracks in the RP rotation. Esp when I have to hear TGBT every day...
Hello goodbye Hello :bounce: :heartkiss: :lol:
Shesdifferent wrote:
:bounce: :bounce: Love that McCartney a-cha a-cha at the end.
So many pop melodies bouncing around in their head (particularly his) that they just kinda tag them on all over the place. Today, we're lucky for someone to find one good riff and play it over and over again with mediocre lyrics. INXS, I'm looking at you.
Used this one as closing song for many years,must have played it well over thousend times and I still like it.
not my fav Beatles song, though always nice to hear them :propeller:
Redfeather wrote:
After hearing Orbital, The Beatles sound unpolished, stoned and like a bunch of hippies deranged enough to think they are talented
Change your drugs or find yourself a wife... :frustrated:
Best popmusic ever. :clap: :crown:
Redfeather wrote:
After hearing Orbital, The Beatles sound unpolished, stoned and like a bunch of hippies deranged enough to think they are talented
Did physicsgenius use to have another name?
:bounce: :bounce: Love that McCartney a-cha a-cha at the end.
Perhaps the best percussion of any Beatles album. Ringo was inspired. ">
Always great to hear this song.
Redfeather wrote:
After hearing Orbital, The Beatles sound unpolished, stoned and like a bunch of hippies deranged enough to think they are talented
You may not like their music, but please don't deny their talent and influence on popular music!
Too bad this song has become a commercial ditty for Target :grumpy:
This a song typical of the great Paul McCartney in the way it's musically stronger than lyrically. Although Paul can and did write great lyrics,he is usually much stronger as a great bass player,great singer, good piano player,good drummer and great music composer! He got the music from his very musically talented father Jim McCartney who was a self taught accomlished classical jazz pianist,who was the leader of his own jazz band in the 1930's and they were polular in clubs in England. His father wasn't a poet though and wrote a few instrumentals one of them called Walking in The Park With Eloise Paul and Wings recorded on their 1976 album Wings At The Speed of Sound.
Redfeather wrote:
After hearing Orbital, The Beatles sound unpolished, stoned and like a bunch of hippies deranged enough to think they are talented
:beat: :beat: :iamwithstupid: :iamwithstupid: :iamwithstupid: :iamwithstupid: :iamwithstupid:
fab4fan wrote:
Yes! You can never have enough Beatles great music! It's like a drug that makes you feel high but a lot more healthy and safer too! :cheers: :D
Well spoken! When I get home I'm going to take a dosage of Hello Goodbye! :chillpill:
dwa375 wrote:
MORE Beatles please! :bounce: :bounce:
Yes! You can never have enough Beatles great music! It's like a drug that makes you feel high but a lot more healthy and safer too! :cheers: :D
MORE Beatles please! :bounce: :bounce:
Enough Beatles, please. :frustrated:
Originally Posted by Shimmer: Lennon hated this song, but I love it. Especially the coda. Sheer joy.
I love it too. Interesting that I came to appreciate it only 35 years after the fact, when a wise Lennon-worshipping friend of mine persuaded me to pay closer attention to it.
ahhhh. we needed this now. :cool:
:clap: very nice! thanks
I grew up listening to the music my parents liked, along with the music I liked, e.g. Beatles. I didn\'t care much for my parents music then (Sinatra, Nat King Cole), although I do now. What amazes me is how much my kids like the Beatles, too.
Lennon hated this song, but I love it. Especially the coda. Sheer joy.
Originally Posted by guybejammin: I am constantly amazed at the number of songs here with a 1 rating. I understand that everyone has different tastes but for so many of the songs on RP to have a 1 rating makes me wonder....not sure what I wonder, I just wonder.
I figure it's probably young people with little sense of self esteem or artistic ability (hence they feel empowered by criticizing true artistic expression), narrow-minded unacceptance of things outside a very narrow realm of experience, maybe just ignorance or a bad attitude in general. Some people dismiss all "country", "folk", "reggae", "dance" without really listening. Then again, sometimes the song actually sucks. :eek:
I am constantly amazed at the number of songs here with a 1 rating. I understand that everyone has different tastes but for so many of the songs on RP to have a 1 rating makes me wonder....not sure what I wonder, I just wonder.
Long Live the Beatles!!! :)
Originally Posted by Johray63: Makes me wonder what Orbital (or popmusic) would have sound like, without the Beatles.
An excellent point... I'm repeating another post I made to a Beatle complainer... Michael Stipe once called Beatle music "elevator music" and Elvis Costello retorted in the press that "without the Beatles's "elevator music" that Michael Stipe would still be taking the stairs... a great comment and definitely a truism if there ever was. So, short story, Johray63 is right, Orbital is wrong, and probably should be listening to another station... None of the music we hear today was created out of the ether... Smashmouth borrows from the Beatles, and the Beatles found inspiration in everyone from Gershwin to Beethoven... the trick is to build upon the innovations of others, not rip off actual tunes... but I digress in a Dandy Warhols kind of way... Cheers Jacques Radio Paradise: What Radio Could Have Been
Originally Posted by Redfeather: After hearing Orbital, The Beatles sound unpolished, stoned and like a bunch of hippies deranged enough to think they are talented
Makes me wonder what Orbital (or popmusic) would have sound like, without the Beatles.
After hearing Orbital, The Beatles sound unpolished, stoned and like a bunch of hippies deranged enough to think they are talented
Sure it\'s fluff, but it sounds so great \'cause it\'s writen by Paul and played by the Beatles!