Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I'll Follow The Sun

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"I'll Follow the Sun" is one of Paul's best vocal performances, such a sweet sound that at times he isn't even recognizable as being, well, Paul. It was released on the 4 December 1964 album "Beatles for Sale." The first known recorded version was made in 1960 when the band was still known as the Quarrymen. While never released as a single as an "A" side, "I'll Follow the Sun" has appeared on an EP in 1964 and as the B-side to "Baby It's You" in 1995, showing that the Beatles do like the song and feel, perhaps, that it is underrated.

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Paul has said:
I well remember writing [I'll Follow the Sun"] in the front parlor of our little council house in Liverpool, looking through the lace curtains onto the road, Forthlin Road.
Elaborating a bit, Paul also has said:
I wrote that in my front parlour in Forthlin Road. I was about 16. I'll Follow The Sun was one of those very early ones. I seem to remember writing it just after I'd had the flu and I had that cigarette – I smoked when I was 16 – the cigarette that's the 'cotton wool' one. You don't smoke while you're ill but after you get better you have a cigarette and it's terrible, it tastes like cotton wool, horrible. I remember standing in the parlour, with my guitar, looking out through the lace curtains of the window, and writing that one.
More generally, Paul has used the song to comment on the creative process at the time:
The next [single] had to always be different. We didn't want to fall into the Supremes trap where they all sounded similar, so we were always keen on having varied instrumentation. Ringo couldn't keep changing his drum kit, but he could change his snare, tap a cardboard box or slap his knees.
One thing that you can say about the Beatles, they provided more variety in their output than probably any other major band in history. During the '70s, it became common among top bands to get a good drum sound, for instance, and then use it for an entire album. The Beatles, though, rarely used the same sound twice.

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When Paul plays "I'll Follow the Sun," he often uses it as a way to interact with the audience, commenting on how short the song is and saying that he wants to just continue on playing it - which he then does. Paul performed "I'll Follow the Sun" in the 2007/2008 time frame, and also in New York City on 12 May 2015 at a charity concert. You must have a staggering catalog of classic hits to need to play a quality song like "I'll Follow the Sun" only occasionally, and that may be the truest testament to McCartney's genius.

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"I'll Follow the Sun" was released in some minor markets as a single. For example, it went to No. 4 in Sweden, so the future members of Abba would have been very familiar with it (and Bjorn Ulvaeus credits the Beatles with inspiring him).

I view "I'll Follow the Sun" as a sort of transitional song for the Beatles, even though McCartney wrote it years earlier. It is all Paul, with none of the distinctive harmonies that characterized the Beatles sound in 1964. When listening to "I'll Follow the Sun," you can almost hear "Yesterday" and "Eleanor Rigby" waiting in the wings, waiting to be unleashed. Many artists have covered it, including Chet Atkins in 1966 and Jennifer Hudson in 2016. "I'll Follow the Sun" makes my own personal list of most underrated Paul McCartney songs.

[Chorus 1]
One day, you'll look
To see I've gone
For tomorrow may rain, so
I'll follow the sun

Someday, you'll know
I was the one
But tomorrow may rain, so
I'll follow the sun

[Chorus 3]
And now the time has come
And so, my love, I must go
And though I lose a friend
In the end you will know

[Chorus 4]
One day, you'll find
That I have gone
But tomorrow may rain, so
I'll follow the sun

Yeah tomorrow may rain, so
I'll follow the sun

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