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Little darling, the smiles returning to our faces

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Little darling, the smiles returning to our facesfaces\\



Here comes the sun, here comes the sun''\\

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Here comes the sun, here comes the sun''\\sun\\


** "Golden Slumbers" gives us the lyric "Once there was a way to get back homeward", the most obvious interpretation being that while there was a way back once, that way is now closed off forever, and there is no going back to how things were.

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** "Golden Slumbers" gives us the lyric "Once there was a way to get back homeward", the most obvious interpretation being that while there was a way back once, that way is now closed off forever, and there is no going back to how things were. In this case, the Beatles knew this would likely be their last collaboration, and as much as their frictions are aggravating, it's still sad it has come to this.


* Similarly, "Yes It Is" (the b-side of "Ticket To Ride", as well as on Past Masters), is incredibly haunting, especially for the time period. The narrator is clearly in mourning for someone to the point where even his date wearing red reminds him of them. Many assume it is John talking obliquely about how his relationship with Cynthia was failing because she reminded him too much of Julia, especially as when he got together with Yoko he mentioned that she finally made him come to terms with Julia's death when he hadn't been able to before.



Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces\\

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** And don't forget "the girl in the blue dress." (The conspiracy theory states that a female fan was in the car with Paul when it crashed, and she fled the scene.) What happened to ''her?'' Did she see the mauled, decapitated head of the beautiful man she was kissing in the car just moments ago, who she's idolized for years? Has she been forced to live with the secrecy and guilt, like the surviving Beatles? Or did someone make her "disappear" in order to ensure the truth never got out?



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* The entire narrative of the "Paul is Dead" conspiracy theory is this, even if you don't believe a word of it. It's still a damned disturbing and heart-wrenching ghost story:
** A lovable young man, at the height of his fame, is killed in a senseless and grizzly accident.
** To add insult to injury (har, har), one of Paul's most widely beloved attributes after his musical talent is his physical beauty and cute features. The car crash ''decapitates him,'' and mauls his face beyond recognition (which is convenient for those trying to push this theory as the "truth" when they share photos of "Paul's" head, but anyway), and smashes his entire upper jaw out of place. An insensitive cop observes he "looks like a walrus" (''"...here's another clue for you all/the walrus was Paul...''") and now you'll never hear ''that'' song the same way ever again...
** Almost immediately after this trauma, the band is told they have to accept a look-alike impostor into heir band, help teach him how to be "Paul," and lie to the world. They have to see Paul's face every day, smile for the press, and pretend nothing has changed.
** The real Paul never gets to express his real opinions or creations anymore, but his name and face are now attached to someone else's opinions and creations.
** Paul doesn't even get a real ''grave.'' He is buried somewhere secret, either under a headstone with a false name, or no headstone at all.
** And said impostor gets no credit to ''his'' own name, and has had to give up his own name, face, identity, and entire life, to keep "Paul" "alive."
** Ridden with guilt and grief, the band plants clues all over their songs and album covers. And even when fans begin to catch on, the band must still deny it publicly. (For whatever reason.)
** ...and if all this were true, then the song "Let it Be," written by Fake-Paul, referring to the lie he is living. He has given up on his own identity, and on justice for the real Paul.
*** Fortunately, Paul is ''not'' really dead. But that doesn't stop the rumor from being one of the saddest works of fiction ever created.


-->'''Pollack:''' ...I think that one is intruigued and also challenged by an ambiguous duality in the message:

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-->'''Pollack:''' ...I think that one is intruigued intrigued and also challenged by an ambiguous duality in the message:


* "Hey, Jude" -- sad melody, and there are times when the lyrics don't quite make it better.

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* "Hey, "Hey Jude" -- sad melody, and there are times when the lyrics don't quite make it better.


* Music/RingoStarr's last visit to George. George was incredibly sick at the time and could only lie down. Ringo was visiting him and was trying to explain that he couldn't stay because his daughter had a brain tumor and he needed to be with her in Boston. Supposedly, [[TrueCompanions George's last words to Ringo]] were: "[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Do you want me to come with you?]]"
* The other members of The Beatles were very upset when John Lennon was killed in 1980. George Harrison actually had to cancel his recording session.
** Music/YokoOno wrote a tribute song for Lennon called ''Goodbye Sadness''.
* In January 1994, Paul [=McCartney=] was given two tape cassettes by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono that included home recordings of songs Lennon never completed or released commercially. One tape included the songs “Grow Old With Me” and “Now and Then”.
** Both songs can be tearjerkers within themselves, but what makes it worse is that, on said tape, the words '''"for Paul"''' had been scrawled hastily in John’s handwriting.

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* Music/RingoStarr's last visit to George. George was incredibly sick at the time and could only lie down. Ringo was visiting him and was trying to explain that he couldn't stay because his daughter had a brain tumor and he needed to be with her in Boston. Supposedly, [[TrueCompanions George's last words to Ringo]] were: "[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Do you want me to come with you?]]"
* The other members of The Beatles were very upset when John Lennon was killed in 1980. George Harrison actually had to cancel his recording session.
** Music/YokoOno wrote a tribute song for Lennon called ''Goodbye Sadness''.
* In January 1994, Paul [=McCartney=] was given two tape cassettes by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono that included home recordings of songs Lennon never completed or released commercially. One tape included the songs “Grow Old With Me” and “Now and Then”.
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Then”. Both songs can be tearjerkers within themselves, but what makes it worse is that, on said tape, the words '''"for Paul"''' had been scrawled hastily in John’s handwriting.


* "Eleanor Rigby" from ''Music/{{Revolver}}'' is a hopeless song about someone who died as a lonely woman. It can especially affect those who also struggle with loneliness and having few (if any) friends. Also, part of what makes Eleanor Rigby so sad is the fact that the strings sound like they're sighing. Both Paul and the instruments sound angry and disgusted that we live in a world where this happens.

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* "Eleanor Rigby" from ''Music/{{Revolver}}'' is a hopeless song about someone who died as a lonely woman. It can especially affect those who also struggle with loneliness and having few (if any) friends. Also, part of what makes Eleanor Rigby "Eleanor Rigby" so sad is the fact that the strings sound like they're sighing. Both Paul and the instruments sound angry and disgusted that we live in a world where this happens.



** Even the version of "Eleanor Rigby" from the Music/TheBeatlesAnthology, which is ''just the strings'', will haunt you.

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** Even the version of "Eleanor Rigby" from the Music/TheBeatlesAnthology, ''Music/TheBeatlesAnthology'', which is ''just the strings'', will haunt you.



* Then there is "Julia" from Music/TheWhiteAlbum, which John Lennon wrote for his late mother. In the Music/TheBeatlesAnthology version, he actually starts crying.

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* Then there is "Julia" from Music/TheWhiteAlbum, ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'', which John Lennon Music/JohnLennon wrote for his late mother. In the Music/TheBeatlesAnthology ''Music/TheBeatlesAnthology'' version, he actually starts crying.



* "When I'm Sixty Four" from ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' may be another one, even if only because [[SoundtrackDissonance it plays over the ending credits of]] ''The World According To Garp'' (which has its own entry in the film examples).
** Russell Brand's version of "When I'm Sixty Four", while considered {{Narm}} for some, is heartbreaking for others -- because Russell was instructed to sing it as if the answer to "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?" was "No."

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* "When I'm Sixty Four" from ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' may be another one, even if only because [[SoundtrackDissonance it plays over the ending credits of]] ''The World According To Garp'' ''Film/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'' (which has its own entry in the film examples).
** Russell Brand's version of "When I'm Sixty Four", Creator/RussellBrand's version, while considered {{Narm}} for some, is heartbreaking for others -- because Russell was instructed to sing it as if the answer to "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?" was "No."



** George Martin had cried when presenting the song in the Music/TheBeatlesAnthology documentary.
** The most depressing version of the song might be Jeff Beck's instrumental version from George Martin's "In My Life" album -- the sad, melancholy beauty of the song is amplified to the point where it's almost tangible.

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** George Martin had cried when presenting the song in the Music/TheBeatlesAnthology ''Music/TheBeatlesAnthology'' documentary.
** The most depressing version of the song might be Jeff Beck's Music/JeffBeck's instrumental version from George Martin's "In My Life" album -- the sad, melancholy beauty of the song is amplified to the point where it's almost tangible.



* "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" from Music/TheWhiteAlbum can also do it.

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* "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" from Music/TheWhiteAlbum ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'' can also do it.



* "Something" from ''Music/AbbeyRoad'' may also count. Music/FrankSinatra actually called it the best love song Lennon or [=McCartney=] wrote, but it's George Harrison's song about his then wife [[TheMuse Patti Boyd]] - who would later go on to divorce him for Harrison's best friend Music/EricClapton, who also wrote a song ("Layla") about her. George wasn't exactly cool with it... in fact, he did a cover of "Bye Bye Love" with altered lyrics relating to the situation. [[http://www.stlyrics.com/songs/e/everlybrothersthe7422/byebyelove270215.html The original.]] [[http://www.lyricstime.com/george-harrison-bye-bye-love-lyrics.html His version.]] He did get over it though.

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* "Something" from ''Music/AbbeyRoad'' may also count. Music/FrankSinatra actually called it the best love song Lennon or [=McCartney=] wrote, but it's George Harrison's Music/GeorgeHarrison's song about his then wife [[TheMuse Patti Boyd]] - who would later go on to divorce him for Harrison's best friend Music/EricClapton, who also wrote a song ("Layla") about her. George wasn't exactly cool with it... in fact, he did a cover of "Bye Bye Love" with altered lyrics relating to the situation. [[http://www.stlyrics.com/songs/e/everlybrothersthe7422/byebyelove270215.html The original.]] [[http://www.lyricstime.com/george-harrison-bye-bye-love-lyrics.html His version.]] He did get over it though.



* "Good Night" from Music/TheWhiteAlbum. Although the song itself is usually considered sappy and maudlin, after the emotional rollercoaster that ''is'' the entirety of ''The Beatles'', climaxing with the... [[NightmareFuel preceding song]], it's just some sort of sweet, simplistic release, restoring your sanity when you need it most. In its own way, it's the perfect closer for the album.

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* "Good Night" from Music/TheWhiteAlbum.''Music/TheWhiteAlbum''. Although the song itself is usually considered sappy and maudlin, after the emotional rollercoaster that ''is'' the entirety of ''The Beatles'', climaxing with the... [[NightmareFuel preceding song]], it's just some sort of sweet, simplistic release, restoring your sanity when you need it most. In its own way, it's the perfect closer for the album.



* George Harrison's solo piece "My Sweet Lord". The lyrics are depressing considering he has passed away, and the rest of the song is chanting "Hallelujah", tambourines, and an acoustic guitar.
-->My lord...\\
I really wanna know you,\\
really wanna be with you,



* "No Reply" from BeatlesForSale can be particularly moving piece. The melodramatic chords and the audible heartbreak in John's voice can do it for some people.
* Ringo's last visit to George. George was incredibly sick at the time and could only lie down. Ringo was visiting him and was trying to explain that he couldn't stay because his daughter had a brain tumor and he needed to be with her in Boston. Supposedly, [[TrueCompanions George's last words to Ringo]] were: "[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Do you want me to come with you?]]"

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* "No Reply" from BeatlesForSale ''Music/BeatlesForSale'' can be particularly moving piece. The melodramatic chords and the audible heartbreak in John's voice can do it for some people.
* Ringo's Music/RingoStarr's last visit to George. George was incredibly sick at the time and could only lie down. Ringo was visiting him and was trying to explain that he couldn't stay because his daughter had a brain tumor and he needed to be with her in Boston. Supposedly, [[TrueCompanions George's last words to Ringo]] were: "[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Do you want me to come with you?]]"



** Yoko Ono wrote a tribute song for Lennon called ''Goodbye Sadness''.

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** Yoko Ono Music/YokoOno wrote a tribute song for Lennon called ''Goodbye Sadness''.


* In January 1994, Paul McCartney was given two tape cassettes by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono that included home recordings of songs Lennon never completed or released commercially. One tape included the songs “Grow Old With Me” and “Now and Then”.

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* In January 1994, Paul McCartney [=McCartney=] was given two tape cassettes by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono that included home recordings of songs Lennon never completed or released commercially. One tape included the songs “Grow Old With Me” and “Now and Then”.


** Tear Jerking FridgeBrilliance. Eleanor Rigby "... was buried along with her name." [[spoiler: ''Everyone forgot her.'']] A possible exemption could be made for Father [=McKenzie=].

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** Tear Jerking FridgeBrilliance. Eleanor Rigby "... was buried along with her name." [[spoiler: ''Everyone forgot her.'']] '' A possible exemption could be made for Father [=McKenzie=].



* Their official [=YouTube=] channel (and their Vevo channel) was at one point [[ScrewedByTheLawyers terminated due to copyright claims from UMG_MK]]. This also affected people who posted the Beatles songs on the site, as well as a user named [=McCKLENN=] who uploaded episodes from [[WesternAnimation/TheBeatles The Beatles cartoon show]]. [[CorruptCorporateExecutive All with the express purpose of artificially increasing album sales, it seems]].
* The passing of their old director George Martin at age 90.
* In a way, how the band itself broke up. Four lads who were close friends who just happened to form the greatest rock band the world ever seen, whose musical style was based on ''harmony'', where every performance and singing voice complemented each other... and then they stopped being like that. The breakup of the Beatles was viewed as Earth-shattering news when it happened. There was a reason why people kept hoping the band would get back together during the Seventies -- Lorne Michaels' offer on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' for the band to reunite for $5000.00 mocked then-ongoing proposals by the networks (and if Paul and John were serious about going down to the studio that very night, it might have ''worked'') -- all because the fans wanted to see them together one more time.
** And then a crazy person shot Lennon. The whole world grieved.
* The passing of the electronic engineer Magic Alex at age 74.
* Let's not forget poor Stuart Sutcliffe, who died of an undiagnosed brain aneurysm at the age of 21 in the arms of his fiancee.
* The passing of engineer Geoff Emerick from a heart attack on October 2, 2018, aged 72.
* We know it's coming, and we will never be ready for it. The day will come that Paul or Ringo will pass on, and we will all fall to tears knowing only one survives. Then, even worse, the day will come when the last Beatle passes on, and the world will wail knowing they are gone.

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* Their official [=YouTube=] channel (and their Vevo channel) was at one point [[ScrewedByTheLawyers terminated due to copyright claims from UMG_MK]]. This also affected people who posted the Beatles songs on the site, as well as a user named [=McCKLENN=] who uploaded episodes from [[WesternAnimation/TheBeatles The Beatles cartoon show]]. [[CorruptCorporateExecutive All with the express purpose of artificially increasing album sales, it seems]].
* The passing of their old director George Martin at age 90.
* In a way, how the band itself broke up. Four lads who were close friends who just happened to form the greatest rock band the world ever seen, whose musical style was based on ''harmony'', where every performance and singing voice complemented each other... and then they stopped being like that. The breakup of the Beatles was viewed as Earth-shattering news when it happened. There was a reason why people kept hoping the band would get back together during the Seventies -- Lorne Michaels' offer on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' for the band to reunite for $5000.00 mocked then-ongoing proposals by the networks (and if Paul and John were serious about going down to the studio that very night, it might have ''worked'') -- all because the fans wanted to see them together one more time.
** And then a crazy person shot Lennon. The whole world grieved.
* The passing of the electronic engineer Magic Alex at age 74.
* Let's not forget poor Stuart Sutcliffe, who died of an undiagnosed brain aneurysm at the age of 21 in the arms of his fiancee.
* The passing of engineer Geoff Emerick from a heart attack on October 2, 2018, aged 72.
* We know it's coming, and we will never be ready for it. The day will come that Paul or Ringo will pass on, and we will all fall to tears knowing only one survives. Then, even worse, the day will come when the last Beatle passes on, and the world will wail knowing they are gone.

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* The passing of engineer Geoff Emerick from a heart attack on October 2, 2018, aged 72.

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* Let's not forget poor Stuart Sutcliffe, who died of an undiagnosed brain aneurysm at the age of 21 in the arms of his fiancee.

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*** It could actually be ''worse''. This phrase could also mean that Eleanor was the last surviving Rigby--'''period.''' With her death, her entire family line is extinct.


* In a way, how the band itself broke up. Four lads who were close friends who just happened to form the greatest rock band the world ever seen, whose musical style was based on ''harmony'', where every performance and singing voice complemented each other... and then they stopped being like that. The breakup of the Beatles was viewed as Earth-shattering news when it happened. There was a reason why people kept hoping the band would get back together during the Seventies -- Lorne Michaels' offer on SaturdayNightLive for the band to reunite for $5000.00 mocked then-ongoing proposals by the networks (and if Paul and John were serious about going down to the studio that very night, it might have ''worked'') -- all because the fans wanted to see them together one more time.

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* In a way, how the band itself broke up. Four lads who were close friends who just happened to form the greatest rock band the world ever seen, whose musical style was based on ''harmony'', where every performance and singing voice complemented each other... and then they stopped being like that. The breakup of the Beatles was viewed as Earth-shattering news when it happened. There was a reason why people kept hoping the band would get back together during the Seventies -- Lorne Michaels' offer on SaturdayNightLive ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' for the band to reunite for $5000.00 mocked then-ongoing proposals by the networks (and if Paul and John were serious about going down to the studio that very night, it might have ''worked'') -- all because the fans wanted to see them together one more time.

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