Beatles Song Countdown: 135-131

135: Sexy Sadie

Album: The Beatles
Writer: Lennon
Singer: Lennon

Verdict: I used to likr this song more as it’s a good demonstration of John’s occasional ability to hit the high notes (You laid it down for all to see!). But lyrically it’s rather dull and my wife’s cat is named Sadie. And now I read that it was basically a “Fuck You” song to Maharishi Yogi. 

134: Mean Mr. Mustard

Album: Abbey Road
Writer: Lennon
Singer: Lennon

Verdict: Pretty standard “misers are so darn miserly” fare, but I like the cadence, with a sharp inflection at the end of each verse and it’s a good sister song (pun intended) to Polythene Pam.

133: Get Back

Album: Let It Be
Writer: McCartney
Singer: McCartney

Verdict: This ranking is for the album version. I have the single ranked higher. I’ll talk more about it then. They’re both from the same take; this one has a lot of Phil Spector’s marks all over it, though.

132: I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party

Album: Beatles for Sale
Writer: Lennon
Singer: Lennon

Verdict: Kind of an unflattering lyric for John. It’s like, “Oooo, shut up you fucking martyr.” But I just love John’s melody and Paul’s harmony. They work damn well together here.

131: I Want To Tell You

Album: Revolver
Writer: Harrison
Singer: Harrison

Verdict: I’m torn on this song. There’s some damn awesome things going on here musically. I always like a good fade-in, and the ever-changing chords mirror the mood of the song. Harrison invented a chord as well which is dynamite. I think the choruses work well and I like Paul and John’s harmony, not to mention Paul’s piano. But the two bridges leave me wanting. I also don’t like the fade-out as much as the fade-in as I feel the repetition of “I’ve got time” is unnecessary. On another day I might put this in the top 100.

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