Help! - The Beatles
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"Help!" - The Beatles (1965)
Recorded in April 1965, the nostalgia of "Help!" emerges from Lennon’s wistful yearnings for a simpler past unburdened by the excesses of Beatlemania. He would later comment: “It’s me singing “help”, and I meant it.”
"The tempo shift served to further underscore the speaker’s growing desperation as Paul and George anticipate nearly every line Lennon sings in the verse. This helps the listener to identify these voices as being inside the speaker’s head wondering where they will lead the speaker and what consequences these “suggestions” will bring. By the time Lennon sings “open up the doors,” the voices are completely caught up in the nightmare. The drums drive the verse into the refrain with a determined, agitated fill that is at once constricted and lunging."
As Lennon screams: “Won’t you please, please help me” the whirlpool of paranoia has sucked him in and he chooses this moment to soar into his high register- usually his most poignant range, used here to express devastation. As the band slowly rejoins him for the final refrain, the gears begin to churn again, and he gets caught up in the motion one last time. The forces he’s crying out against are bigger- and more ominous- than even he can ever get a grip on.
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