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Coloring Club Plus — 9/1/19

Sept 1

Help! is the fifth studio album by English rock band the Beatles and the soundtrack from their film Help!. It was released on August 6, 1965. Produced by George Martin, it was the fifth UK album release by the band, and contains fourteen songs in its original British form. Seven of these, including the singles “Help!” and “Ticket to Ride”, appeared in the film and took up the first side of the vinyl album. The second side contained seven other releases including the most-covered song ever written, “Yesterday.”

The American release was a true soundtrack album, mixing the first seven songs with instrumental material from the film. Of the other seven songs that were on the British release, two were released on the US version of the next Beatles album, Rubber Soul, two were back-to-back on the next US single and then appeared on Yesterday and Today, and three had already been on Beatles VI.

Help! was nominated in the category of Album of the Year at the 1966 Grammy Awards, marking the first time that a rock band had been recognized in this category. In 2012, it was ranked 331st on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In later years, Lennon stated that the album’s title track was a sincere cry for help; he regretted changing it from a downbeat, piano-driven ballad to an uptempo pop song, which was done only as a result of commercial pressures. Help! was the band’s final British album to feature any cover songs until 1970’s Let It Be (which included a performance of the traditional folk song “Maggie Mae”).

“I’ve Just Seen a Face” was written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and features McCartney on vocals. It is one of very few Beatles songs that lacks a bass track.

McCartney has stated, “It was slightly country and western from my point of view… it was faster, though, it was a strange uptempo thing. I was quite pleased with it. The lyric works; it keeps dragging you forward, it keeps pulling you to the next line, there’s an insistent quality to it that I liked.” Its lyrics sound effortless and conversational, but they also contain a complex sequence of cascading rhymes that are responsible for the song’s irresistible propulsion.

There have been many covers of this song.  After the lyrics, I’ve decided to include a cover of it by a bluegrass group called The Dillards which is pretty dang good.

 

I’ve just seen a face
I can’t forget the time or place
Where we just met
She’s just the girl for me
And I want all the world to see
We’ve met, mm-mm-mm-m’mm-mm

Had it been another day
I might have looked the other way
And I’d have never been aware
But as it is I’ll dream of her
Tonight, di-di-di-di’n’di

Fallin’, yes, I am fallin’
And she keeps callin’
Me back again

I have never known
The like of this, I’ve been alone
And I have missed things
And kept out of sight
But other girls were never quite
Like this, di-di-di-di’n’di

Fallin’, yes, I am fallin’
And she keeps callin’
Me back again

Fallin’, yes, I am fallin’
And she keeps callin’
Me back again

I’ve just seen a face
I can’t forget the time or place
Where we just met
She’s just the girl for me
And I want all the world to see
We’ve met, mm-mm-mm-di-di-di

Fallin’, yes, I am fallin’
And she keeps callin’
Me back again

Fallin’, yes, I am fallin’
And she keeps callin’
Me back again

Oh, fallin’, yes, I am fallin’
And she keeps callin’
Me back again
Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul McCartney

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