If I Fell - The Beatles
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"If I Fell" - The Beatles (1964)
"If I Fell" merges one of Lennon’s most beautifully complex melodies with some of his most vulnerable lyrics resulting in a close-harmony ballad whose structure is intriguing.
It opens with an intro that contains no musical elements found in the rest of the song, and the body of this song has no real verse/chorus structure, just 2 verses that each turn halfway through on an unexpected chord. Lennon said that this was this first try at writing a ballad- and a precursor to “In My Life” as it shares the same chord structure.
"The melody itself seems written as harmonized- both lines are so lyrical it’s hard to say just which one is the “melody.” The intertwining harmonies are so strong that they seem to carry the entire song along beyond them. Melody and meaning govern the musical setting."
"In itself, the song underscores the explicit disparities between the innocent narratives of the early Beatles of 1962–1963 and their mature, eminently more fractured and authentic counterparts in 1964 and beyond: “I’ve been in love before,” John and Paul sing, “And I found that love was more / Than just holding hands.”
In the end, it is the speaker’s ego—his wounded pride—that spells the difference between heartbreak and bliss:“’Cause I couldn’t stand the pain /And I would be sad if our new love was in vain.”
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