Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Yellow Submarine


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"Yellow Submarine" is the title track of the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" film and soundtrack. Recorded on 26 May and 1 June 1966, "Yellow Submarine" was released as a double-A side single with "Eleanor Rigby." It is the rare Beatles single on which Ringo Starr sings the lead vocal, written specifically for Ringo by Paul McCartney. The single went to No. 1 just about everywhere, though in the United States it only went to No. 1 on the Cash Box list while peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Paul wrote this one (yes, Lennon/McCartney officially) and gave it to Ringo to sing. Ringo did a fine job with it since it did not require much of a range. Donovan helped McCartney with the lyrics "sky of blue, sea of green." Paul has continued to popularize the "Yellow Submarine" song/film throughout the years.

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Paul has heard the rumors that "Yellow Submarine" refers to a certain type of drug, and said, "There's nothing more to be read into it than there is in the lyrics of any children's song." McCartney has had this to say as well:
I remember lying in bed one night, in that moment before you're falling asleep – that little twilight moment when a silly idea comes into your head – and thinking of Yellow Submarine: 'We all live in a yellow submarine...' 
I quite like children's things; I like children's minds and imagination. So it didn't seem uncool to me to have a pretty surreal idea that was also a children's idea. I thought also, with Ringo being so good with children – a knockabout uncle type – it might not be a bad idea for him to have a children's song, rather than a very serious song. He wasn't that keen on singing.
Ringo did do a good job on "Yellow Submarine," with his warbly voice actually enhancing the idea of being underwater.

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Paul apparently likes "Yellow Submarine":
I was thinking of it as a song for Ringo, which it eventually turned out to be, so I wrote it as not too range-y in the vocal. I just made up a little tune in my head, then started making a story, sort of an ancient mariner, telling the young kids where he'd lived and how there'd been a place where he had a yellow submarine. It's pretty much my song as I recall, written for Ringo in that little twilight moment. I think John helped out; the lyrics get more and more obscure as it goes on but the chorus, melody and verses are mine. There were funny little grammatical jokes we used to play. It should have been 'Everyone of us has all he needs' but Ringo turned it into 'everyone of us has all we need.' So that became the lyric. It's wrong, but it's great. We used to love that.
Donovan had this to say about his contribution:
He played one about a yellow submarine. He said he was missing a line and would I fill it in. I left the room and returned with this: 'Sky of blue and sea of green/In our yellow submarine.' It was nothing really, but he liked it and it stayed in.
And that, my friends, is how you become immortal by contributing to a Beatles song.

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"Yellow Submarine" appeared on the Beatles' "Revolver" album. Some consider "Yellow Submarine" a mediocre song and the worst song on the Beatles' best album. Perhaps by rock standards of the 1960s, it was, especially taken out of the context of the film and simply as an isolated track. Note, first, that the song did quite well on the charts as a single, so why anyone would complain about that kind of success is a mystery.

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Like Ringo's other song "Octopus's Garden" on the White Album, "Yellow Submarine" has taken on a life of its own as a children's favorite both on its own merits and due to the film. That's not accidental, as animation in the 1960s was considered primarily a children's medium, so why not have a theme song for the "Yellow Submarine" film that also was aimed at children? How many rock bands have pulled that off? Does every song by a rock group have to follow the same formula of 3 minutes with adult themes of love and longing? Out of all the songs on all the Beatles' albums, isn't there room for a song for kids to enjoy? The answer to that is, yes: "Yellow Submarine."

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Okay, I know that was a lot of questions in that last paragraph, and not everybody would agree with me about the answers. But, I love "Yellow Submarine," and that's proof you need that you don't have to be a kid to like it.

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Paul McCartney avoided "Yellow Submarine" for decades. However, he returned to it in the 2003-2005 timeframe and again in 2012 and 2014. Ringo, of course, sings it with his "All Starr Band."


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