16/11/2018: “I’m Only Sleeping” by The Beatles

The Beatles may have some far out compositions, but they often shine most brilliantly when they keep things simple.

“I’m Only Sleeping” centres around a simple guitar strumming riff, with the vocal melodies playing an stunning part.

It is, perhaps obviously, a dreamy sort of song. The soft sound and slow tempo help to create a dazed, content feeling, like sinking into bed after a long day.

The backing vocals are particularly nice, with a very sweet choral sound.

Lyrically, the song expresses John Lennon’s feeling of wanting to take a break after the hectic tours of the Beatlemania era.

I often think it would be nice for the world to slow down a bit!

The weird guitar sound is a first for pop music. George Harrison recorded a couple of takes with the tape running backwards, creating that alien flowing sound.

The track also features a yawn from Paul McCartney!

The song is taken from the classic Revolver, released in 1966, although due to the label messing about, it was released earlier in the U.S. As a result there are a few different versions floating about.

Just wonderful!

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