Friday, March 9, 2012

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da


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"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" by the Beatles.



"Ob La Di, Ob La Da" is a song on the Beatles' 1968 White Album that was written by Paul McCartney. It is a bouncy tune that the Beatles did not release as a single at the time but was a highlight of the album.

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"Ob La Di, Ob La Da" is one of the most amazing songs the Beatles ever recorded. Paul was doing reggae-influenced stuff with the Beatles half a decade ahead of everyone else in the pop world. The only US pop song even remotely comparable up to that time was the 1940s Andrews Sisters hit "Rum and Coca-Cola," which was a massive hit that topped the charts in 1945. Of course, reggae was around before Paul McCartney tried it out and it exploded in popularity in the 1970s - but Paul McCartney was leading the way in bringing the genre to public attention by a mass audience.

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Paul talked about "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" at the time of its inclusion on "Anthology 3":
I had a friend called Jimmy Scott who was a Nigerian conga player, who I used to meet in the clubs in London. He had a few expressions, one of which was, 'Ob la di ob la da, life goes on, bra'. I used to love this expression... He sounded like a philosopher to me. He was a great guy anyway and I said to him, 'I really like that expression and I'm thinking of using it,' and I sent him a cheque in recognition of that fact later because even though I had written the whole song and he didn't help me, it was his expression. 
It's a very me song, in as much as it's a fantasy about a couple of people who don't really exist, Desmond and Molly. I'm keen on names too. Desmond is a very Caribbean name.
As Paul says bluntly in other contexts, he "made it up" regarding the people named in "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da."

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That's just how Paul McCartney rolls, and it obviously works. Other artists rely on personal experiences and feelings for their songs, while McCartney takes his personal experiences and then melds them into something completely different and, artistically, greater.

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Unlike the Andrews Sisters, who never really did anything similar, Paul followed up with some similar material in the early 1970s prior to the "Band on the Run" time, such as "C-Moon," but by then it was more common as the genre had caught on.

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This - the Beatles original - was the theme for a TV show in the US that ran 1989-1993, "Life Goes On," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" obviously including that phrase as a key line. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" may not be one of the Beatles' more famous tunes, but it still sounds fresh 50 years and more after its creation. Never released as a single until 1976, when it went to No. 19 in Canada and No. 49 in the US.



Desmond has a barrow in the market place
Molly is the singer in a band
Desmond says to Molly "girl I like your face"
And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand

Obladi oblada life goes on brahhh
Lala how the life goes on
Obladi Oblada life goes on brahhh
Lala how the life goes on

Desmond takes a trolley to the jewelry store
Buys a twenty carot golden ring
Takes it back to Molly waiting at the door
And as he gives it to her she begins to sing

In a couple of years they have built a home sweet home,
With a couple of kids running in the yard,
Of Desmond and Molly Jones
Happy ever after in the market place

Desmond lets the children lend a hand
Molly stays at home and does his pretty face
And in the evening she's a singer with the band
In a couple of years they have built a home sweet home,

With a couple of kids running in the yard,
Of Desmond and Molly Jones
Happy ever after in the market place
Molly lets the children lend a hand

Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face
And in the evening she's a singer with the band
And if you want some fun, take Ob-la-di-bla-da


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