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At number 35 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Paperback Writer”. This song was written mainly by Paul McCartney, with some contribution from John Lennon, but as usual is credited as Lennon-McCartney, as all their songs were during the Beatles period. It was recorded in April 1966, and released as a single in May (USA) and June (DUK) of the same year. It was the A-side of the single, with the B-side being Lennon’s “Rain”.

To be honest, this is not one of my favourite Beatles songs. In fact, I much prefer “Rain”, it is a far more inventive and interesting song in my opinion. Although “only” a B-side, “Rain” also features in the Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs, at number 88.

At number 35 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is "Paperback Writer".

At number 35 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Paperback Writer”.

If you read the caption to the song, George Martin (their producer) certainly praises the song highly. But, as I say, this is one of my least favourite songs of theirs from 1966, and I am a much bigger fan of the more psychedelic “Rain”, the B-side to this single.

 

Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
It took me years to write, will you take a look?
It’s based on a novel by a man named Lear
And I need a job, so I want to be a paperback writer
Paperback writer

It’s the dirty story of a dirty man
And his clinging wife doesn’t understand
His son is working for the Daily Mail
It’s a steady job but he wants to be a paperback writer
Paperback writer

Paperback writer

It’s a thousand pages, give or take a few
I’ll be writing more in a week or two
I can make it longer if you like the style
I can change it round and I want to be a paperback writer
Paperback writer

If you really like it you can have the rights
It could make a million for you overnight
If you must return it, you can send it here
But I need a break and I want to be a paperback writer
Paperback writer

Paperback writer

Paperback writer, paperback writer
Paperback writer, paperback writer
Paperback writer, paperback writer
Paperback writer, paperback writer (fade out)

 

The first video I have included here is the entire song.

But, this second video is a colour video of the Beatles performing the song. They were one of the first bands to release videos, as they did not have time to make live appearances to promote their songs on TV shows. Unfortunately, this YouTube clip is not the entire video, just the first minute of the song.

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Today I thought I would share this wonderful song by the Small Faces – “Lazy Sunday”. I know it’s Friday today, but listen to it on Sunday again, you’ll enjoy it even more! I was reminded of this song when I was watching the movie “The Boat That Rocked” with my wife the other weekend, which is full of great 1960s music.



Small Faces Lazy GER

This song was released in April 1968 but I can see from the Wikipedia page about the song that it was re-released in 1976, so it might be that I remember it from that re-release, as I certainly was too young in 1968 to know any rock music. It is one of my favourite Small Faces songs, along with “Itchycoo Park”, which I will blog about in the future.

Here are the lyrics to this wonderfully whacky psychedelic song (I’ve copied these from a website and I see they’ve tried to convey the slang and pronunciation in the song, so e.g. “With” is written “wiv” etc.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get on wiv me neighbours (da da da do)
But they make it very clear they’ve got no room for ravers

They stop me from groovin’, they bang on me wall
They’re doin’ me crust in it’s no good at all,

Lazy sunday afternoon, I’ve got no mind to worry, close my eyes and
Drift away, Close my eyes and drift away.

Here we all are sittin in a rainbow (da da da do)
Cor blimey hallo missus Jones how’s your Bert’s lumbago?
I’ll sing you a song with no words and no tune
I’ll sing at your party while you suss out the moon, oh yeah

Lazy sunday afternoon, I got no mind to worry,
Close my eyes and drift away, Close my eyes and drift away,
Close my eyes and drift away

Aroo de de de do
Aroo de de de dido

There’s no one to see me, there’s nothin to say,
And no one can stop me from feelin’ this way

Lazy sunday afternoon, I’ve got no mind to worry
Close my eyes and drift away
Close my eyes and drit away
close my eyes and drift away

And here is my vinyl copy of the song which I’ve uploaded to YouTube. Enjoy!!





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