Things We Said Today - The Beatles
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"Things We Said Today" - The Beatles (1964)
Recorded in June 1964, McCartney said "Things We Said Today" was based on the idea of a future nostalgia where a person remembers the things that were said in the present- but sometime in the future. It’s one of the first Beatle songs that deals with the issue of time in a specific manner- albeit superficially.
"On the musical level, every instrument on this song is bent away from self-expression and directly toward "song expression".
The track is notable for its repetitive use of blues motives in a hypnotic, nonblues context. Ensemble playing (by all four) is at its finest. Paul's bass contribution is very tasteful that drives the song along. The music moves between slow and fast- and in fact, it is really two separate songs skillfully blended together. During the slow part, Paul’s voice covers the sound almost like a blanket. During the rock part, his voice carries the tension of a rocker.
The narrator seems to be presenting the wisdom of the ages which anticipates the sadder and lonelier time that awaits us all. It reminds us to hold close those dear to us, and to love them deeply for as long as we can, because someday all we’ll have left are the memories of all those people and the faint echo of all that love.
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