My iPod #511: The Beatles – Hello, Goodbye

Only a few months after their success with “All You Need Is Love“, The Beatles were back in the studio in order to record what would become their next hit single. The result was “Hello, Goodbye”, a track written by Paul McCartney based on the ‘deep theme of duality in the universe’. Really it is a light, simple, and sugary tune which incorporates a lot of opposites within the lyrics and isn’t about anything very important. But you need those types of songs sometimes. I do think the pitch of the song on Magical Mystery Tour is a bit too high; the video seems to play it at the original recorded pitch and it sounds just as good to me.

John Lennon wasn’t a great fan of it and argued for his new song “I Am the Walrus” to be the next single; listening to one after the other you can see why Paul won this round. Not saying that John didn’t have an ear for melody, but you could always rely on Paul to make one that would always get you singing along to it. Mix the melody with very simple lyrics; you can’t fail. The track, with “I Am the Walrus” as the B-Side, went straight to number one in many countries.

I’ve always felt that the song sounds much better when viewed along with its video as seen above. The four guys are donned in their Sgt. Pepper costumes and do little silly things that will get you smiling, especially during the last minute of the song’s ‘heba-hello-ah’ coda. It is a promotional film that has aged very well and looks like it was only filmed the other day, let alone almost fifty years ago.


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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