The Beatles Song Of The Day– Revolution #9

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The Beatles Song of the Day is- Revolution #9. Revolution #9 is on The Beatles White Album and was one of John Lennon’s creations- i hesitate to call it a song. It is by far the most controversial recording in The Beatles history- and the most universally hated. I must admit that for a couple decades I was among the ones who hated it- I never skipped over it when playing The White Album but I thought it was a waste of space on an otherwise great album. I have changed my mind on it- not that I now think of it as a classic but it is interesting, experimental and very avant-garde and every time I hear it I hear new things. How often can you say that for a song you’ve been listening to for over forty years? John said he was influenced by Yoko Ono who was present when he was making it. George also had a hand in it but Paul and Ringo were absent. It would be the longest Beatles recording- topping Hey Jude.  The ‘song’ was made up of tape loops-overall he came up with twenty tape loops from all kinds of places. The repeating “number 9 , number 9”- was from a test engineer at EMI. It was George Harrison who was saying the “Onion soup/ The Watusi/ The Twist- etc bits. Paul was very against this being released as part of The White Album-but John had the last say. It is possible that the big reason Paul was against it -was because he wasn’t a part of it. Paul was unhappy about that as John was about being excluded from Why Don’t We Do It In The Road. George Martin was also against its inclusion on the album but in the end John won out and it was of course on the album. It does sound like- chaos- a revolution.

The number 9 being in the collage- John felt that the #9 had major importance in his life- he was born on October 9, he met Yoko on November 9, Sean Lennon would be born on October 9, John was assassinated on December 8- but it was already December 9- in Liverpool- which of course has 9 letters.

  • rating of Revolution #9- *** stars out of 5 stars.
  • Revolution #9 of course was never released as a single.
  • Recorded on June 6, 10, 11, 20 and 21st, 1968.
  • length of song : 8:21.
  • critic Bill Wyman places Revolution #9 at # 114 out of 213 Beatles songs- the others do not rank it in their Top 100’s.

 

[Verse 1]
Then there’s this Welsh Rarebit wearing some brown underpants
About the shortage of grain in Hertfordshire
Everyone of them knew that as time went by
They’d get a little bit older and a little bit slower but
It’s all the same thing, in this case manufactured by someone who’s always
Umpteen your father’s giving it diddly-i-dee
District was leaving, intended to pay for

[Chorus]
Number 9, number 9

Who’s to know?
Who was to know?

[Chorus]
Number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9

[Verse 2]
I sustained nothing worse than
Also for example
Whatever you’re doing
A business deal falls through
I informed him on the third night
When fortune gives

[Chorus]

Right! Right!
Right, right, right, right!
Right!
Right!

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
I’ve missed all of that
It makes me a few days late
Compared with, like, wow!
And weird stuff like that
Taking our sides sometimes
Floral bark
Rouge doctors have brought this specimen

I have nobody’s short-cuts, aha…

[Chorus]

With the situation

They are standing still

The plan, the telegram

Ooh ooh

[Chorus]

Ooh

[Verse 4]
A man without terrors from beard to false
As the headmaster reported to me
My son he really can try as they do to find function
Tell what he was saying, and his voice was low and his hive high
And his eyes were low

Alright!

[Chorus]

[Verse 5]
So the wife called me and we’d better go to see a surgeon
Or whatever to price it… yellow underclothes
So, any road, we went to see the dentist instead
Who gave her a pair of teeth which wasn’t any good at all
So I said I’d marry, join the bloody navy and went to sea

In my broken chair, my wings are broken and so is my hair
I’m not in the mood for whirling

Um da
Aaah

[Verse 6]
How?
Dogs for dogging, hands for clapping
Birds for birding and fish for fishing
Them for themming and when for whimming

Only to find the night-watchman
Unaware of his presence in the building

Onion soup

[Chorus]

Industrial output
Financial imbalance

Thrusting it between his shoulder blades

The Watusi
The Twist

El dorado

Take this brother, may it serve you well

Maybe it’s nothing
Aaah
Maybe it’s nothing
What? What? Oh

[Verse 7]
Maybe even then
Impervious in London
Could be difficult thing
It’s quick like rush for peace is
Because it’s so much
It was like being naked

If you became naked

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3 responses to “The Beatles Song Of The Day– Revolution #9

  1. While I love The Beatles and the different meanings of number 9 are interesting, I have to say this track is a few notches too weird for me.

    Maybe I’m not avant-garde enough or simply haven’t made your transition to appreciating the tune. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time my taste would evolve!😀

  2. This is where the Beatles democracy is vague. George would testify to that.
    Personally, I’m glad they included it. It adds to the variety of the album. They covered every base on this album from rock, country, folk, hard rock, avant-garde, a lullaby, to a twenties type song.

  3. This track actually frightened me as a child. It seemed very dark. Maybe it was because of the “Paul is dead” clues. I don’t listen to it much these days, but I’m glad it’s on there. I’m one of those fans who feels the White Album should’ve been a triple.

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