Thursday, March 8, 2012

Oh! Darling


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This iconic photograph was taken on 8 August 1969, just a few days before the Beatles finished off "Oh! Darling" on 11 August 1969.



"Oh! Darling" is one of Paul McCartney's more memorable songs with the Beatles. First rehearsed on 27 January 1969, "Oh! Darling" became an album track on "Abbey Road" and was recorded in April, July, and August 1969. Paul was meticulous and had a funny way of recording the song: he would come in, attempt "Oh! Darling" once, and then move on to something else. After doing this over more than a week, from 17 to 23 July 1969, McCartney finally got a take that he liked.

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Paul himself has said:
I mainly remember wanting to get the vocal right, wanting to get it good, and I ended up trying each morning as I came into the recording session. I tried it with a hand mike, and I tried it with a standing mike, I tried it every which way, and finally got the vocal I was reasonably happy with. It's a bit of a belter, and if it comes off a little bit lukewarm, then you've missed the whole point. It was unusual for me, I would normally try all the goes at a vocal in one day.
John Lennon gave his usual backhanded praise for a Paul song:
Oh! Darling was a great one of Paul's that he didn't sing too well. I always thought that I could've done it better – it was more my style than his. He wrote it, so what the hell, he's going to sing it. If he'd had any sense, he should have let me sing it. [Laughs.]
Lennon is probably right about that, because "Oh! Darling" is a classic rocker that merited a forthright approach and sound that John excelled at producing. but by that point in the Beatles' history, everyone was pretty much singing their own stuff. In fact, John did sing a version of "Oh! Darling" when he heard that Yoko Ono had divorced her husband, Tony Cox:
I'm free
This morning
Baby told the lawyer it's OK
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm
Okay, maybe it's not Shakespeare, but not bad for making it up on the spot.

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Paul played piano and John played bass, a reversal of how they usually recorded. "Oh! Darling" also marks an end to the Beatles, because the final recording session on 11 August 1969 was the last time John Lennon performed on a Beatles track.

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Oh! Darling, please believe me
I'll never do you no harm
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm

Oh! Darling, if you leave me
I'll never make it alone
Believe me when I beg you
Don't ever leave me alone

When you told me
You didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried

When you told me
You didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and died

Oh! Darling, if you leave me
I'll never make it alone
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm
Believe me darling

When you told me
You didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried

When you told me
You didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and died

Oh! Darling, please believe me
I'll never let you down
(Oh, believe me darling)
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm

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