Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
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"Here Comes The Sun" - The Beatles (1969)
“Here Comes The Sun” has been labeled as one of the most buoyant and optimistic entry in their entire Beatle catalogue.
George Harrison wrote the song’s lush melody while strolling around Eric Clapton’s garden on a break from the group’s relentless business meetings.
Astronomer Carl Sagan had wanted the song to be included on the Voyager Golden Record, copies of which were attached to both spacecraft of the Voyager program to provide any entity that recovered them a representative sample of human civilization. The Beatles were in favor of the idea but their record company, EMI, refused to release the rights and when the probes were launched in 1977. As a result, the song was not included.
Engineer Geoff Emerick remembers during the recording of the track what Ringo’s tom fills brought to make“Here Comes The Sun.”Hesays Ringodidn’t like doing them because he could never remember what he did one take to the next. This, Emerick believes, is why Ringo’s fills are so spectacular as he felt that he would never reproduce them, so he’d had to get them right on first try.
“Here Comes The Sun” is the ingenious blend of simplicity and sophistication- almost folk like in its raw simplicity. A subtle string accompaniment and a very clever use of synthesizer fills and solos add the color and texture. It has everything, including interweaving delicate guitar sounds, a Moog synthesizer, catchy verses, chorus, and bridge, and, Ringo’s tom-rich coloration.
This was the first pop song to feature a Moog synthesizer. The synthesizer is used here more to mimic the sound of woodwinds or strings than for its stranger noisemaking capabilities. The strings delicately shadows the melody.
The three verses of the track all begin with the tender phrase “Little darling” which evoke the siege of winter, the thaw of spring, and the warmth of “smiles returning to the faces.” Through George’s sprightly guitar lines you can almost feel the spring flowers breaking joyfully through the soil.
Author Mark Hertsgaard claims the lyrics have the strength of the innocent. Instead of preaching answers, they invoke universals: the warmth of the sun, the coming of spring, the smile of a human face. He says that like so much of the Beatles’ best work, they: “gladden the heart and inspire faith in tomorrow.” And although the track is constructed in a very sophisticated manner it is never obscure, because the essence is never lost.
This song also contains the most brilliant example of light imagery. The lyrics hint at the illusory character of perception with the words, “it seems like years” since the periodic reappearance of the sun.
The heightened sense of life is experienced not only through individual thoughts and feelings, but through seeing these evidenced on the faces of others, strengthening their shared sense of belonging.
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