Fab Four Friday: Episode Seven
It’s another edition of our look at The Beatles through the eyes of Chiefs pitching coach Greg Booker. If you’d like to see previous editions of Fab Four Friday, click the little button to the right that says “Fab Four Friday.” This week on Fab Four Friday….
Jason Benetti: Again, the lyric and title doesn’t fall very far from the tree for them.
Greg Booker: No, that goes right on with their thinking. Ringo has got a lot of Yogi Berra in him or Yogi Berra’s got a lot of Ringo in him. But, for them to take a thing like that and make a song out of it, there’s the brilliance again.
Benetti: So this song, really, on the surface what it sounds like is what it is.
Booker: I think it talks about them working and being tired and coming home and resting. To find out that it was written in a very strange key for a rock song–it was written in an Irish folk music key–how they get to areas they get to in music, that right there is basically what interests me, how they come up with all this kind of stuff. To write a song off of a sentence that somebody says then put it in a key that is supposed to be known for folk music, where do they dream up this stuff? I don’t know. The title of the movie they were making they ended up changing the name to “A Hard Day’s Night.” The name of the movie was going to be “Beatlemania” and they wanted John to write a song for the movie. He, literally in a day, wrote this song after he heard Ringo say that and then they liked it so much they changed it to the name of the movie.
Interesting tidbit from the movie–Phil Collins was a young lad and he was cast as an extra school kid in one of the scenes in the movie, but that scene got cut out.
Benetti: Was he bald and weeping?
Booker: I don’t know, but there’s Phil Collins another pretty good musician that was an extra in this movie as a little kid. To me, this song–I wish I could play any instrument–recording takes forever. They recorded this song in nine takes. Incidentally, The Beatles in their heyday only won four Grammys and one of them was for this song. This is one that’s kinda under the radar because people, I think, associate it with the movie.
Let’s take a listen to that first chord:
Booker: There it is. That’s magical.
Benetti: I’m just picturing shots of the band in concert.
Booker: Again, the stories that their good songs tell. They could actually be talking about leaving that recording session that night. The whole thing is tied into a meaning here.
Benetti: But it’s so easily brought to somebody else’s life too.
Booker: This is in the mid-60s and I can go home after the season and tell my lovely bride I’ve been working like a dog….today, it tells a story of four working lads.
Benetti: How about that scream right there?
Booker: I wonder who that was. It was probably John. Here, listen to how it ends….it just stops. At the ending, it gives you a little bit of the Irish folk feel. To me, that’s a really exciting song. If you googled the bass cover of this song, it is outstanding.
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