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Title: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Buttmunker on November 08, 2007, 07:47:35 PM
There's either "a" voice or voices at the very beginning of George Harrison's "It's All Too Much."  Is that because the song before it just ends when that is starting, or is it a glitch that they just decided to keep in?
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Andy Smith on November 08, 2007, 10:39:08 PM
I've always wondered what John shouted at the beggining of that song, i
assumed it was John.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Chris on November 08, 2007, 11:06:24 PM
It's backwards. When I had a phonograph and the Apple LP, I was curious, so I put the speed switch in "neutral" and revolved the record in the wrong direction. I heard George Harrison saying "I'm Irish!" in a funny voice. I tried it a few times, just to be sure.

So it's George being silly. Just more smart-ass Beatle fun that they made sound "weird" so listeners would wonder what the hell it was! Cheeky.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: harihead on November 09, 2007, 03:53:15 AM
Really cool info, Chris. Thanks!
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: BlueMeanie on November 09, 2007, 01:26:03 PM
Quote from: 911
It's backwards. When I had a phonograph and the Apple LP, I was curious, so I put the speed switch in "neutral" and revolved the record in the wrong direction. I heard George Harrison saying "I'm Irish!" in a funny voice. I tried it a few times, just to be sure.

So it's George being silly. Just more smart-ass Beatle fun that they made sound "weird" so listeners would wonder what the hell it was! Cheeky.

I'm not sure I'd agree with that. I just did the same test, but digitally. I'll agree it sounds more like George than anyone else. I think it sounds like 'I'm Irish' by association, because you said it was. When played backwards the I'm Irish' bit sounds itself like it's backwards. Meaning that it was the right way round to start with. I think what's at the beginning is just a snippet of conversation that was going on when the song started.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Bobber on November 09, 2007, 01:31:44 PM
It sounds like 'To Your Mu...' and there's some more spoken words a bit further, but it's impossible to hear what's being said.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: BlueMeanie on November 09, 2007, 01:44:08 PM
On further listening I think he's probably saying 'To your mother'. There is some whispering afterwards that goes: Paul "What was that, George?" and George responds, "I don't know".
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: zipp on November 09, 2007, 01:52:54 PM
I agree that he doesn't say anything backwards though it still sounds like John!
I don't think he's saying 'To your mother' because that's an Americanism and the final word can't really be heard.
It's been suggested on another site that Lennon is just fooling around with the words of the song, so 'All too much' has become 'Too your mu..ch'.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: BlueMeanie on November 09, 2007, 02:51:34 PM
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I agree that he doesn't say anything backwards though it still sounds like John!
I don't think he's saying 'To your mother' because that's an Americanism and the final word can't really be heard.
It's been suggested on another site that Lennon is just fooling around with the words of the song, so 'All too much' has become 'Too your mu..ch'.

It could be. Nothing I said was meant to sound definitive. But it's definitely not backwards. Probably. ;) And yes, it could be John. It could be anyone, to be honest!!
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: blackmath on November 09, 2007, 04:02:49 PM
i'm actually sure that it's george & i listened to it backwards and it sounds nonsense.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: BlueMeanie on November 09, 2007, 04:05:46 PM
I slowed it down to 50%, and it really is nonsense.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: on November 09, 2007, 04:10:25 PM
Quote from: 614
I've always wondered what John shouted at the beggining of that song, i
assumed it was John.


yeah me too...sounds like "To your mother" LOL

Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: on November 09, 2007, 04:15:25 PM
Quote from: 911
It's backwards. When I had a phonograph and the Apple LP, I was curious, so I put the speed switch in "neutral" and revolved the record in the wrong direction. I heard George Harrison saying "I'm Irish!" in a funny voice. I tried it a few times, just to be sure.

So it's George being silly. Just more smart-ass Beatle fun that they made sound "weird" so listeners would wonder what the hell it was! Cheeky.


that's cool, Chris..I did the 'ol backwards thing many times back then (on stuff like the proverbial Strawberry Fields fade--who didnt ? and that little bit at the end of "I'm So Tired") but NEVER thought of trying it for "All Too Much"...cool..it that what George seems to be saying?? Makes sense in a way, because George DOES have Irish blood--so do ALL the Beatles.)  thx 4 info. (but it definitely sounds like Lennon--the "to your mother" part lol)
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Flaming Pie in the Sky on November 09, 2007, 04:37:26 PM
Quote from: 829
sounds like "To your mother" LOL

Yes it does :P
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Chris on November 09, 2007, 05:33:05 PM
Quote from: 829
that's cool, Chris..I did the 'ol backwards thing many times back then (on stuff like the proverbial Strawberry Fields fade--who didnt ? and that little bit at the end of "I'm So Tired") but NEVER thought of trying it for "All Too Much"...cool..it that what George seems to be saying?? Makes sense in a way, because George DOES have Irish blood--so do ALL the Beatles.)  thx 4 info. (but it definitely sounds like Lennon--the "to your mother" part lol)

Hard to tell...knowing the Beatles' penchant for funny voices, they might've just been screwing around in the studio, and decided to reverse a snippet of anything random to start the song in a surprising way. For all we know, it's half of one thing and half of another (such as how they assembled the babble on the Pepper run-off groove by splicing together a bunch of fraction-second bits of conversation).

Who knows. Either way, the song's underrated. :)
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: real01 on November 09, 2007, 08:39:55 PM
It
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: zipp on November 09, 2007, 08:42:14 PM
The song's underrated but that doesn't mean George is saying anything backwards.
"To your mother" still seems likely.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Chris on November 09, 2007, 10:41:38 PM
Mentioning that the song was underrated was a separate thought.

And it's "I'm Irish" in a silly voice, backwards.  :P

(Since I heard that while spinning a record by hand, you guys have made me curious about how it sounds in perfect time -- i.e. digital. I'm going to do that this weekend and see if it's really anything backwards besides "amoomshhhht.")
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: BlueMeanie on November 09, 2007, 11:36:43 PM
It could say anything. Like a lot of the Beatles backwards stuff, we read that such-and-such played backwards says this, or that. And once we have that phrase in our head, we can hear it. Otherwise it's just mumbo jumbo.

Here's one for you. About 25 years ago, a bloke I worked with was playing 'Bad Moon Rising', and he said when it gets to the bit where he sings 'there's a bad moon on the rise', in your head say: 'there's a bathroom on the right'. That song has never sounded the same since!!
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Chris on November 09, 2007, 11:49:16 PM
At least it's a very helpful lyric now!
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: BlueMeanie on November 09, 2007, 11:56:22 PM
Quote from: 911
At least it's a very helpful lyric now!

Ive never been caught short since!
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: The End on November 10, 2007, 12:01:29 AM
"I'm Irish" sounds backwards to me - I think the intro was played straight.

Judge for yourselves - I edited the clip and reversed it: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/the.end5/irish.mp3
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: harihead on November 10, 2007, 12:41:58 AM
I hear it! Clear as a bell. It says, "Oh my wissst." This is amazing! *plans rest of life around this message*

(Actually, it's kind of a "whooisht" sound on the last word. I think the word Worcestershire was definitely coming out. I think George was urging us to cook with Worcestershire sauce! Either that or he was informing us he was hungry...)


And no one asked, but it sounds like John saying "To your mo---" at the beginning to me.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: BlueMeanie on November 10, 2007, 12:44:43 AM
If you play it backwards, turn it upside down and inside out, you can clearly hear him say: 'Yoko, She Devil'. ;)
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Hello Goodbye on November 10, 2007, 01:06:27 AM
I hear "Paul is de..."    ;)
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Flaming Pie in the Sky on November 10, 2007, 01:11:14 AM
Quote from: 59
I hear "Paul is de..."    ;)

I second that  8)
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: fendertele on November 10, 2007, 02:04:56 AM
sounds like " too damn much " too me although i also hear  " to youre mum " which sounds a lot closer than " to youre mother"

but it couls also be " too youre mush" with mush slang  meaning face. like " shut yer mush "
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: harihead on November 10, 2007, 04:01:00 AM
Quote from: 687
I second that  8)
I third it! We have a winner. SOLD to the Paul is dead crowd!  

Quote from: 758
but it couls also be " too youre mush" with mush slang  meaning face. like " shut yer mush "
*gasp* I also hear this as well! That's pretty cool.

Quote from: 483
If you play it backwards, turn it upside down and inside out, you can clearly hear him say: 'Yoko, She Devil'. ;)
I'm still working on this one, Paul. I think I need an old-fashioned tape deck and a mobius strip.

This is all causing me great anxiety. How am I to live the rest of my life, without this settled? *repeatedly plays the dog whistle at the end of Sgt. Pepper to tide me over*

Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: zipp on November 10, 2007, 09:26:28 AM
The only part of the song which seems to be backwards to me is towards the end when George sings something round about 4.33
Maybe T.E. can give us that part backwards.
Maybe he says "No I'm not Irish I was just joking".
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: BlueMeanie on November 10, 2007, 11:44:25 AM
Quote from: 410
The only part of the song which seems to be backwards to me is towards the end when George sings something round about 4.33
Maybe T.E. can give us that part backwards.
Maybe he says "No I'm not Irish I was just joking".

It sounds like nonsense. Unfortunately, when played in reverse it also sounds like nonsense. I actually expected to hear:

'It's all too much for me to take
The love that's shining all around you
Everywhere, it's what you make
For us to take, it's all too much'


Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Bobber on November 10, 2007, 12:21:58 PM
Quote from: 360
"I'm Irish" sounds backwards to me - I think the intro was played straight.

Judge for yourselves - I edited the clip and reversed it: [url]http://homepage.ntlworld.com/the.end5/irish.mp3[/url]


I can't make anything out of that. It's backwards!
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: harihead on November 10, 2007, 03:20:52 PM
Quote from: 483
It sounds like nonsense. Unfortunately, when played in reverse it also sounds like nonsense. I actually expected to hear:

'It's all too much for me to take
The love that's shining all around you
Everywhere, it's what you make
For us to take, it's all too much'

That doesn't make any sense at all, Paul. That would mean that George was singing, as part of the song, the lyrics.  :o ;D
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: The End on November 10, 2007, 04:47:51 PM
Quote from: 410
The only part of the song which seems to be backwards to me is towards the end when George sings something round about 4.33
Maybe T.E. can give us that part backwards.
Maybe he says "No I'm not Irish I was just joking".


I agree - however it actually sounds backwards when played backwards!

Here: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/the.end5/toomuch.mp3
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: zipp on November 10, 2007, 05:17:34 PM
Thanks T.E.
It seems to me he sings " A Pint of Guinness is all you need..ahhhh, do it Ireland "!        
This song has now taken on an all new meaning for me...
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: alexis on November 11, 2007, 02:38:17 AM
Quote from: 911

Hard to tell...knowing the Beatles' penchant for funny voices, they might've just been screwing around in the studio, and decided to reverse a snippet of anything random to start the song in a surprising way. For all we know, it's half of one thing and half of another (such as how they assembled the babble on the Pepper run-off groove by splicing together a bunch of fraction-second bits of conversation).

Who knows. Either way, the song's underrated. :)


I always thought it was George saying "To Your Mo ..."

It's not underrated in my book - one of my favorites!
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: sewi on November 12, 2007, 08:31:35 AM
I am confused with that introduction but it sounds great.Thanks for the clips The end.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Chris on November 12, 2007, 06:35:14 PM
Quote from: 410
Maybe he says "No I'm not Irish I was just joking".

 ;D
Title: What is said at the beginning of It's All Too Much?
Post by: ladystardust on November 08, 2009, 11:20:49 PM
It sounds a bit like 'to/do your most', but I really can't tell. What do you think?
Title: Re: What is said at the beginning of It's All Too Much?
Post by: sgt. peppie on November 09, 2009, 12:46:40 AM
it sort of sounded backwards
or it could possibly be in hindu
i thought he said 'to your mo-' 2ch
Title: Re: What is said at the beginning of It's All Too Much?
Post by: Hello Goodbye on November 09, 2009, 03:13:16 AM
I hear "Paul is de..."   ;)


We discussed this a couple of years ago here:  http://www.dmbeatles.com/forums/index.php?topic=6894.0 (http://www.dmbeatles.com/forums/index.php?topic=6894.0)
Title: Re: What is said at the beginning of It's All Too Much?
Post by: freakchic9 on November 11, 2009, 01:38:15 AM
^Haha, Hello Goodbye!

To me, it always sounded like, "To your moo." Like a cow. I think that's just me...
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: BlueMeanie on November 11, 2009, 06:32:35 AM
It sounds a bit like 'to/do your most', but I really can't tell. What do you think?


May I direct you to the Search facility. Very easy. Instructions here:

http://www.dmbeatles.com/forums/index.php?topic=9780.0 (http://www.dmbeatles.com/forums/index.php?topic=9780.0)

Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Hello Goodbye on June 30, 2016, 10:40:23 PM
http://youtu.be/z2QKEXykBH0 (http://youtu.be/z2QKEXykBH0)
00:06


We haven't discussed this in a while.  What do you hear and who's saying it?


Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Hello Goodbye on August 09, 2016, 02:11:46 AM
No reply.


;)
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Bobber on August 09, 2016, 11:15:45 AM
According to the Beatles Anomalies List:

 Often pointed out, "To your mu..." vocal is cut off by the guitar. However, the vocal continues to about 0:04, but is unintelligible due to the guitar. The vocal is not "All too much".
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Moogmodule on August 09, 2016, 11:55:36 AM
Most interpretations suggest the first word is "to". But I hear a sibilance "tss" right at the start. As if it's the end of another word that had been cut off.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: zipp on August 09, 2016, 10:14:11 PM
Most interpretations suggest the first word is "to". But I hear a sibilance "tss" right at the start. As if it's the end of another word that had been cut off.

I tend to agree. So it's pretty impossible to know what he's saying since we may not have the beginning and certainly don't have the end.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: In My Life on August 10, 2016, 12:39:11 AM
The first few times I heard this song I thought the line in question was "To young love. Then I heard "To your mother" like a lot of others have said.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: zipp on August 10, 2016, 10:29:22 PM
The first few times I heard this song I thought the line in question was "To young love. Then I heard "To your mother" like a lot of others have said.

Yes, but you don't actually hear the word 'mother' do you?

Certainly not on the clip recently put up in any case.

It really could be anything, but myself I see it as being a one-syllable word.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: In My Life on August 11, 2016, 12:11:13 AM
Yes, but you don't actually hear the word 'mother' do you?

No, zipp, not actually. Not with my ears, anyway.
Title: Re: voice(s) heard at very start of "Its All Too Much"
Post by: Loco Mo on December 18, 2016, 03:22:43 PM
I listened to the song just now and I immediately thought of John when I heard "to your ?" before the song started.  I guess no one was paying attention to him because they started playing right over him.  It's a cool psychedelic guitar song though.  I mean that opening guitar is really non-Beatle like (for most fans of the time).  I think the Beatles could have played some really raunchy stuff if they wanted.  I wonder if they were keeping tabs on their crossover appeal and consciously decided to play it safe and not play too much heavy stuff.

I didn't care for this song when it came out.  I just thought it was there to fill out the album and give George a part in it.  I don't know but I think the Beatles held themselves back in many ways.  They didn't play all the stuff they wanted to because of that whole universal appeal thing they had.

Paul kept things nice with all his pretty songs and for probably most fans that was what they primarily wanted from the Beatles.  Wasn't it around Sgt Pepper that a lot of fans abandoned them?  They wanted the sweet stuff not the deep harder-to-understand stuff.