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Verse Chorus Verse: The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun”

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09/09/09: It's the British Invasion, one more time. Here they are: The Beatles! In case you've been under a rock, The Beatles catalog has been remastered and is being re-released today. Generations of fans are getting ready to fall in love with the amazing sounds of John, Paul, George, and Ringo one more time. In their honor, today's Verse Chorus Verse comes from The Fab 4.

Abbey Road and "Here Comes The Sun" played a different role in my college years than for my parents. I know I've told this before but I worked the weekend overnight shift at a classic rock station as a DJ in college. My shift ended at 6 a.m. and the last song I'd play before leaving was "Here Comes the Sun."

Harrison's ability to say a lot in a small space is only one thing that makes "Here Comes The Sun" the classic it is. George and Ringo were often pushed to the background and by Abbey Road they perfected the art of making the most of the small spaces in a song. My favorite part is the "middle 8" ("sun, sun, sun here it comes) where George plays this nifty guitar lick and Ringo adds some great drum fills.

I know it wasn't the most original idea but I loved doing it. It felt like good radio and had the added benefit of being a great song. Even if no one else enjoyed that, it put a smile on my face that carried me all the way back to my dorm where I'd crash. "Here Comes The Sun" probably wasn't conceived of as a lullaby but that's what it became for me for a few years. Maybe it appealed to my contrarian nature. Maybe it was just me looking for an excuse to play one of my favorite songs.

I don't think I was cheeky enough to make jokes about The Beatles being my classic rock to folks older than me. If I did then, I wouldn't now. My college years are growing more faint in time's rearview mirror and my music is becoming some kid's oldies. You never think it will happen until it does. I'm unfazed by this most days, but even I have my moments where I can't believe how much of my life has been used up. Some of it has been put to good pursuits, like staying up all night as a DJ at a radio station. I'm glad "Here Comes The Sun" is part of that for me.

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  • Nice article. I love the Beatles and this is really cool to see. There have been the commercials and I think some bands like the Decemberist’s Hazards of Love reminded me of Sgt. Peppers, meaning a concept album.

    Sadly, while that album is pretty cool and Beatlesque in that manner, their live show was horrible, over sold and very childish, but this isn’t about them ;p.

    Also the name VERSE CHORUS VERSE, the title of your column being one of the best Nirvana songs ever that somehow got later titled Sappy on the No Alternative album, an Aids awareness charity album. If anyone is a Nirvana fan, this might be one that you haven’t heard. I felt that this song and other more popish sounding tunes was were they going. Kurt Cobain they say was a HUGE Beatles fan growing up and really drew a lot of inspiration from them. Also being from the outskirts of Seattle where John Fogherty and Creedence Clearwater Revival was huge I think is how his vocal sound was created. Play a track like Proud Mary, Fortunate Son or Green River and then put on some Nirvana and you can’t, but help to hear the similarity. I think that Cobain was in a CCR cover band initially.

    That album, No Alternative was so awesome with so many great tunes. Smashing Pumpkins’s “Glynis” was the song that drove me to buy the album and I found gems like Urge Overkill’s “Take a Walk”, Sarah McLachlan’s “Hold on” and the bonus hidden track of Nirvana “Verse Chorus Verse”

    Anyhow sorry for the long winded comment, but that’s what drew me to these posts, the name of the column, so thank you kindly, because they are good stuff indeed.

    Funny thing as I actually was looking it up now to post the song link of “Verse Chorus Verse”, I found your article near the top and that covered the tune in August. Big, big props on that!

    Blogcritics Sappy Article

    R.P.M. :: Riddled Phantasms Magazine

  • For the record, I have no problem publicly admitting when I change my mind. I’m not a Deadhead by trade but my mind is open to liking something by them.

  • Brewster, I thought it was “Sugar Magnolia”. The line “heads all empty and I dont care” totally brings you to mind.

    I bet even Josh (in one of his more tender moments, away from prying eyes) would enjoy the lyrics.

  • You know, Brewster, I’d never thought of this song in that context but I absolutely love that. Fantastic.

  • When the wife and I got hitched this was the song we walked away with.

  • Let’s get our chief geek to work on that!

  • it’s too bad there’s not a button with your feature where I could bring the song up. Now, I have to go look for it