The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Revolution”

 

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Revolution.” “Revolution” written by John Lennon was the B-side to “Hey Jude.” This version of “Revolution” is the fast version, one of the great rock and roll songs in The Beatles catalog. A slower version of “Revolution” would appear on The Beatles “The Beatles” [The White Album.} 1967’s “Summer of Love” was over. It was now 1968, one of the ugliest years in the 20th century. Revolution was in the air.John began writing the song while in India and then completed it after he got back home to England. In this version of the song John would sing that you could count him out-when it comes to destruction. On the White Album he sings ‘you can count me out-in.” Even though it was a B-side “Revolution” reached #12 on the charts in the United States. John’s vocal was recorded many times. Finally he would lay on his back on the studio floor and sing it because he was so stoned he couldn’t stand up. John Lennon: double-tracked vocal, lead guitar and handclaps/ Paul McCartney: bass guitar, Hammond organ and handclaps/ George Harrison: lead guitar and handclaps/ Ringo Starr: drums and handclaps/ Nicky Hopkins: electric piano. The song was recorded on July 9th,10th,11th and 12th, 1968 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin.

Rating “Revolution” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ***** a classic.

  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “Revoltuion” at #13 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs’ list. Spignesi and Lewis had it ranked at #9 on their “100 Best Beatles Songs” list.
  • Length of song: 3:21
  • John wanted the original song as released on The White Album- the slow version- released as a single. The other Beatles didn’t think was fast enough, so John made the song faster. This is the result.

You say you want a revolution

Well, you know

We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution

Well,  you know

We all want to change the world
But when you talk about  destruction

Don’t you know that you  can count me out

Don’t you know it’s  gonna be all right?

All right, all  right
You say you got a real  solution

Well, you know

We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution

Well, you know

We’re all doing what we can
But  if you want money or people with mind that hate

All I can tell is brother you  have to wait

Don’t you know it’s  gonna be all right?

All right, all  right
You say you’ll change the  constitution

Well, you  know

We all want to change your  head
You tell me it’s the  institution

Well, you  know

You better free you mind  instead
But if you go carrying  pictures of chairman Mao

You ain’t  going to make it with anyone anyhow

Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right?

All right, all right
All  right, all right, all rightAll  right, all right, all rightAll  right, all right!

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4 responses to “The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Revolution”

    • Thank you! I have been passionate about The Beatles for nearly 40 years.. I guess I kind of like them! Glad we share that passion!

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