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Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« on: February 02, 2014, 02:08:12 AM »

It won't be long yeah, yeah, yeah
 It won't be long yeah, yeah, yeah
 It won't be long yeah, till I belong to you

Every night when everybody has fun
 Here am I sitting all on my own

It won't be long yeah, yeah, yeah
 It won't be long yeah, yeah, yeah
 It won't be long yeah, till I belong to you

Since you left me, I'm so alone
 Now you're coming, you're coming on home
 I'll be good like I know I should
 You're coming home, you're coming home

Every night the tears come down from my eyes
 Every day I've done nothing but cry

It won't be long yeah, yeah, yeah
 It won't be long yeah, yeah, yeah
 It won't be long yeah, till I belong to you

Well since you left me, I'm so alone
 Now you're coming, you're coming on home
 I'll be good like I know I should
 You're coming home, you're coming home

So every day we'll be happy I know
 Now I know that you won't leave me no more

It won't be long yeah, yeah, yeah
 It won't be long yeah, yeah
 It won't be long yeah, till I belong to you, woo


Primarily a 'John' song with assistance from Paul. A fantastic opener to their 2nd album 'With The Beatles' !!

The chorus is a play on the words "be long" and "belong".
The song features early Beatles' trademarks such as call-and-response yeah-yeahs and scaling guitar riffs. Typical also of this phase of Beatles' song writing is the melodramatic ending (similar to "She Loves You", which had just been recorded and was about to be released) where the music stops, allowing Lennon a brief solo vocal improvisation before the song finishes on a major seventh chord ("She Loves You" ends on a major sixth).
There is an unusual middle eight—for what is, essentially, a rock and roll song—that uses chromatically descending chords.

John Lennon, in his last interview, told Playboy magazine that the song was the beginning of a wider audience for Beatles' music than the youthful throngs that had fervently followed them from their Liverpool clubbing days. "It was only after a critic for the [London] Times said we put 'Aeolian cadences' in 'It Won't Be Long' that the middle classes started listening to us. . . . To this day, I have no idea what 'Aeolian cadences' are. They sound like exotic birds."
Actually the critic, William Mann, said this about the song "Not a Second Time."
Bob Dylan had much the same thing in mind when he wrote that Beatles chords were "outrageous, just outrageous."


Personnel

John Lennon – double-tracked vocal, rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass
George Harrison – backing vocal, lead guitar
Ringo Starr – drums

Norman Smith – engineer
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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2014, 02:21:06 AM »

John Lennon, in his last interview, told Playboy magazine that the song was the beginning of a wider audience for Beatles' music than the youthful throngs that had fervently followed them from their Liverpool clubbing days. "It was only after a critic for the [London] Times said we put 'Aeolian cadences' in 'It Won't Be Long' that the middle classes started listening to us. . . . To this day, I have no idea what 'Aeolian cadences' are. They sound like exotic birds."


Let's ask Sir Brian Morrison and Professor Stanley J. Krammerhead III, Jr. ...


MUSIC OF THE RUTLES UNDER REVIEW




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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2014, 02:43:51 AM »

Awesome song. Nice early rocker. Not much more to say about it.

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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2014, 02:49:06 AM »

For us here in the United States, It Won't Be Long appeared on The Beatles' first Capitol LP release Meet The Beatles!...




It was the fourth song on Side 1.  The LP led off with I Want To Hold Your Hand.

This is a nice rocker by John.  I also noticed the descending chromatic notes in George's lead guitar riff.  It was very impressive as were the background vocals.  It quickly became a favorite on this LP which had only one cover song, Till There Was You.

It's worth a listen...


The Beatles - It Won't Be Long [Mono] (With The Beatles)


I love that ending!!!


Stretching it a bit, I can see the play on the words "be long" and "belong."  But it's more obvious here...


The Beatles - Blue Jay Way (Remastered)



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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2014, 04:08:51 AM »

Great opener, I've always loved it. I remember listening to it for the first time in the documental "The Compleat Beatles", and I liked it from that very moment. I already had several Beatles albums, but then I knew I had to buy With The Beatles too.
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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2014, 04:26:50 AM »

A great rocker. I didn't hear this til my teens as for some reason With the Beatles was the only LP my older brothers didnt have. I recall thinking at first it was written a bit to a formula. It seemed that the "yeah yeahs" were a bit of a signature they had to have at that stage. But as usual they throw so much good stuff in that it turns it into a great tune.

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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2014, 05:28:42 AM »

It was the fourth song on Side 1.  The LP led off with I Want To Hold Your Hand.


Here in Oz Baz they didn't put No 1 singles on albums, cos were the right side up.
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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2014, 06:07:48 AM »

Here in Oz Baz they didn't put No 1 singles on albums, cos were the right side up.

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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2014, 06:09:39 AM »

We have no music videos of The Beatles doing It Won't Be Long.  But here's the next best thing...


Abbey Road "It Won't Be Long" Parnell Park Whittier, CA

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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2014, 06:21:55 AM »

We have no music videos of The Beatles doing It Won't Be Long.  But here's the next best thing.

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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2014, 09:59:35 AM »

Wow. Managed to quote myself before I'd even said it  ;D
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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2014, 11:17:57 AM »


One of the best early ones. Always a fave.

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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2014, 06:28:56 PM »

Yes! Great song. I like the backup vocals singing two different lines in unison! Ground breaking again!
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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2014, 07:15:56 PM »

A favourite. And it contains a Magical Moment: http://www.dmbeatles.com/forums/index.php?topic=1861.msg120664#msg120664

It Won't Be Long, 1.56: Paul suddenly sings a higher 'yeah!'.
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« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2014, 10:56:18 PM »

A favourite. And it contains a Magical Moment: http://www.dmbeatles.com/forums/index.php?topic=1861.msg120664#msg120664

It Won't Be Long, 1.56: Paul suddenly sings a higher 'yeah!'.


yeah that's a great yeah, always dug that yeah, yeah man..
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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2014, 01:36:29 AM »

yeah that's a great yeah, always dug that yeah, yeah man..


Huh, huh, huh...yeah.


Ringo Starr yeah...
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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2014, 03:04:07 AM »

Julian Lennon It Won't be Long Japan 86

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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2014, 08:14:28 AM »

I never liked this song... those repetitives "yeah yeah" just get on my nerves  roll:)

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Re: Song Of The Week - It Wont Be Long
« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2014, 09:36:32 AM »

 Great song that took awhile to grow on me!

Awesome playing the bass on it and singing along with John. There's certain Beatle songs where I can sound exactly like John when singing. Not many but a few, lol.
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« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2014, 10:51:08 AM »

Great song that took awhile to grow on me!

Awesome playing the bass on it and singing along with John. There's certain Beatle songs where I can sound exactly like John when singing. Not many but a few, lol.

wow Im jealous if you can sound like John  .. you lucky person ;)
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