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Coloring Club Plus — 7/31/19

July 31

I made a Beatles playlist out of the many albums borrowed from L. Although not in any particular order and not complete by any means, Baby’s in Black tops the list. There are a lot of somethings about the song that I love, not the least of which is George’s guitar.  I don’t normally like repetitious songs, but it works for this one.

Per wikipedia:
“Baby’s in Black” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, co-written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It appears on the United Kingdom album Beatles for Sale and on the United States album Beatles ’65, both released in 1964.

“Baby’s in Black” is performed at a 6/8 time signature with a moderate tempo. AMG described the song as “a love lament for a grieving girl that was perhaps more morose than any previous Beatles’ song.“Musicologist Alan W. Pollack notes that the song is relatively complex in format, with a refrain, bridge, and a guitar solo. He describes the song as having “mishmash” of stylistic elements—among them, “bluesy” chords and country music-inspired vocals.

“Baby’s in Black” was recorded by the Beatles on 11 August 1964, and was the first song recorded for Beatles for Sale. Lennon and McCartney sang their vocal parts simultaneously through the same microphone. This was done at their own insistence in order to achieve a closer feel to the performance. McCartney was subsequently contacted by their music publisher in 1964 inquiring as to which melody line was the main tune (i.e. Paul’s higher or John’s lower melody). McCartney later said that he told the publisher they were both the main melody.

Oh dear, what can I do?
Baby’s in black and I’m feeling blue
Tell me, oh what can I do?

She thinks of him
And so she dresses in black
And though he’ll never come back
She’s dressed in black

Oh dear, what can I do?
Baby’s in black and I’m feeling blue
Tell me, oh what can I do?

I think of her
But she thinks only of him
And though it’s only a whim
She thinks of him

Oh how long will it take
‘Til she sees the mistake she has made?
Dear, what can I do?
Baby’s in black and I’m feeling blue
Tell me, oh what can I do?

Oh how long it will take
‘Til she sees the mistake she has made?
Dear, what can I do?
Baby’s in black and I’m feeling blue
Tell me, oh what can I do?

She thinks of him
And so she dresses in black
And though he’ll never come back
She’s dressed in black

Oh dear, what can I do?
Baby’s in black and I’m feeling blue
Tell me, oh what can I do?

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul McCartney

9 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 7/31/19

  1. Awesome. So many styles in this song plus the subject matter is different. I like George’s guitar as well in this one…I like the country and blues notes he plays.

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