My iPod #417: The Beatles – Getting Better

My favourite “Sgt. Pepper” song. No doubt. It’s so cheerful and upbeat. Everything about it sounds so happy. The bouncy, walking bassline. The skipping drum pattern in the verses. The playful switching between Paul’s lead vocal and the child-like backing vocals. Despite the obvious lyrical references to domestic abuse in the bridge, it’s all switched around in the next few lines where the narrator reveals that they’re not that type of person anymore and they are changing their ways. In general it’s a very enjoyable song with a very positive message, and there’s nothing wrong with having tunes like that in your life.

The first time I heard the song, it was not actually The Beatles’ original but a cover by the band Kaiser Chiefs which was done for the album’s 40th anniversary back in 2007. It’s okay. It can’t compare to how The Beatles did it though.

So if you want to be in a good mood, put this track on. You’ll have a smile on your face in no time.

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Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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