All Together Now: Ranking All The Beatles Songs: So far #204″ “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”, #203:” Mr. Moonlight”, 202:”Wild Honey Pie”, 201: “Chains”, 200:”Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? 199: “Honey Don’t.” 198: “A Taste Of Honey”, #197: “Matchbox”- #196: “Devil In Her Heart” # 195: “Little Child”, #194: “Anna”, #193: “Dig It.” and today #192: Maggie Mae” #191: “Do You Want To Know A Secret.”.”#190:”Flying” 189: ‘Her Majesty.” #188: “Run For Your Life” #187: “Till There Was You.” #186: ” Dig A Pony”, #185:” Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby.
#186: ” Dig A Pony” from Let It Be. This song was performed during the famous rooftop concert- while it is credited to Lennon-McCartney, it was written by John Lennon. Lennon would later call the song “a piece of garbage” while you have to be aware that John would say about anything at any time- whatever came into his mind at the moment, he isn’t far off on this song which was written for Yoko Ono. The lyrics to the song is filled with nonsensical phrases. The title was originally “All I Want Is You.” Never cared all that much for this song. John was struggling at this point in time- not that he wasn’t capable of still coming up with some great songs- he was but when you look at the span of Beatles history- John’s songwriting dominated the early years it was his band– but the last couple years it became Paul’s band. John’s attention at times seemed to be elsewhere and he was falling behind Paul- and at the end an emerging George in quality songwriting. This song feels like one of those songs he motivated himself to write in an effort to keep up.
#185: “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” from Beatles For Sale. While I do like Beatles For Sale -it is not The Beatles strongest album from start to finish and you can’t blame The Beatles for that. There are only so many hours in the day and in 1964 I can’t imagine they got much sleep. Towards the end of the year- probably fearing that the bubble would burst and The Beatles popularity would dissipate the record company wanted more product from them for the Christmas season. On Beatles For Sale six of the fourteen songs were covers and a couple of the covers were from an influence and hero of The Beatles- Carl Perkins. This is the album closer- and while The Beatles had used covers as closers in the past with great effect- “Twist And Shout” on Please Please Me and “Money” on With The Beatles, “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” falls far short of the mark. This was George’s only lead vocal on the album- he had yet to hit his stride as a songwriter- or as a singer.