The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” from The Beatles “The Beatles” album. The song was written by Paul McCartney. Paul first heard the words “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” from Nigerian conga player Jimmy Scott in London. Scott had phrases he used everyday and this was one of ones he used. He was from the Yoruba tribe in Africa and to them the phrase means ‘life goes on.” Jimmy Scott would get annoyed when Paul used this phrase in the song, wanting a cut of the songwriting. Jimmy Scott did play congas on the session. The characters Paul created were from Jamaica.  Paul wanted this released as a single at the time but wisely John and George voted against it, they thought it trite. John Lennon: backing vocals, piano, handclaps, vocal percussion/ Paul McCartney: vocal, bass guitar, drums, handclaps, vocal percussion/ George Harrison: backing vocals, acoustic guitar, handclaps, vocal percussion/ Ringo Starr: drums, bongos, percussion, handclaps, vocal percussion/ uncredited: 3 saxes. The song was recorded on July 3rd,4th,5th,8th, 11th, 15th, 1968 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin.

Rating “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars **1/2.

  • “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” did not make Rolling Stone Magazine’s “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs” list or Spignesi and Lewis’s “100 Best Beatles Songs” lists. It shouldn’t have!
  • The song was never released as a single.
  • Length of song: 3:07

“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” {Lennon-McCartney}

Desmond has a barrow in the market place
Molly is the singer in a band
Desmond says to Molly “girl I like your face”
And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand
Ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes on
Ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes on
Desmond takes a trolley to the jewellers stores
Buys a twenty carat golden ring (Golden ring?)
Takes it back to Molly waiting at the door
And as he gives it to her she begins to sing (Sing)
Ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes on
Ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on
bra La-la how the life goes on, yeah (No)
In a couple of years they have built A home sweet home
With a couple of kids running in the yard
Of Desmond and Molly Jones (Ah ha ha ha ha ha)
Happy ever after in the market place
Desmond lets the children lend a hand (Arm! Leg!)
Molly stays at home and does her pretty face
And in the evening she still sings it with the band
Yes, ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes on (Ha ha ha)
Hey, ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes on
In a couple of years they have built
A home sweet home
With a couple of kids running in the yard
Of Desmond and Molly Jones (Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha)
Yeah, happy ever after in the market place
Molly lets the children lend a hand (Foot!
) Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face
And in the evening she’s a singer with the band
Yeah, ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on
bra La-la how the life goes on
Yeah, ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes on
And if you want some fun Take ob-la-di ob-la-da
(Thank you, uh, ha ha ha!)
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