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Oh Look Out! Part 11, Yellow Submarine
by John T. Marck

 

 

Here we take a look at The Beatles first and only animated film and its soundtrack. Largely done with children in mind, it is none the less a great album. Both album covers are pictured herein. The home page shows the original album release, and the article page shows the 1999 reissue. If you are a collector of Beatles recordings, you have to have both versions of this wonderful effort. But, as good as the original is, you haven't lived until you've heard the digitally re-mastered 1999 reissue. Wow!



 

 

 

Oh Look Out! Songs and Albums of The Beatles

Part 11

Yellow Submarine

"Nothing Is Real"

Beyond the submission of a few great new songs, The Beatles had very little to do with Yellow Submarine, their third film. Following their second film "Help!" they contractually owed United Artists another film. After turning down various scripts, and not wanting to repeat "A Hard Day's Night" theme, an animated film was created, based on The Beatles song, "Yellow Submarine."

The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein had promised the world another Beatles' film, and one of the last deals he made before his untimely death was his promise to help with the making of Yellow Submarine.As mentioned, The Beatles involvement was minimal at best; they did not even have to provide the voices for their cartoon characters - these were provided by actors, which resulted in a scandal by the press. But in the end, The Beatles were so pleased with the film that they agreed to appear in a real-life scene, which validated the film as the true Beatles.

The script for Yellow Submarine was put together by a team of screen writers, including Erich Segal, a professor of classics at Yale and Oxford Universities, and author of the best-selling novel, Love Story. The Beatles had never intended to write songs for an animated film, as the four new songs that appear on Yellow Submarine were originally designed to be released as a Beatles' EP (Extended Play single). These songs are: Only A Northern Song, All Together Now, Hey Bulldog, and It's All Too Much. Upon approving the film, Lennon and McCartney got together and wrote one song for the film, titled Yellow Submarine in Pepperland. Other songs on this album by The Beatles are the title track, which first appeared on the album Revolver; and All You Need Is Love, which had and altogether different purpose. The remaining instrumental tracks on Yellow Submarine were written by George Martin. They are: Pepperland, Sea Of Time, Sea Of Holes, Sea Of Monsters, March Of The Meanies, and Pepperland Laid Waste.

The plot of Yellow Submarine, is a psychedelic fantasy about a happy kingdom called Pepperland. This kingdom is taken over by the Blue Meanies, and The Beatles, riding to the rescue in a yellow submarine, eventually conquers the Blue Meanies through the power of love and music. The film was released in America in July 1968, and the album followed on January 13, 1969. This film was never fully released in Britain, yet the album there was released on January 17, 1969.

On the thirtieth anniversary of Yellow Submarine, The Beatles released a reissue of the album, in 1999, however, this time as the album was originally intended. This is discussed later in this article. And Now, Yellow Submarine.All songs by Lennon- McCartney unless otherwise noted.

And now....

Yellow Submarine

This song was originally released on The Beatles' album Revolver. NOTE: For the words to this song and their meaning, please see:Part 7, Revolver

Only A Northern Song- Harrison

This is one of my favorite songs by George Harrison, that was originally intended to appear on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He wrote it as a dig at Northern Songs Ltd, the publishing company that handled all of Lennon and McCartney's songs, and later, Harrison's. Lennon and McCartney each owned 30% shares in Northern Songs, but Harrison and Starr had only 1.6%. Northern Songs looked at Harrison only as an occasional contract writer. In complaining about this arrangement, Harrison was saying in this song that it didn't matter what he wrote, because the bulk of the money was going to other people. The lyrics and music are great, making it one of the more unusual of all The Beatles recordings.

If you're listening to this song, you may think the chords are going wrong, but they're not, He just wrote it like that.

When you're listening late at night, you may think the bands are not quite right, but they are, they just play it like that

It doesn't really matter what chords I play, what words I say or time of day it is, as it's only a Northern Song

It doesn't really matter what clothes I wear, or how I fare or if my hair is brown, when it's only a Northern Song,

If you think the harmony, is a little dark and out of key,

You're correct, there's nobody there, and I told you there's no one there

All Together Now

This song by Lennon and McCartney was written to be a sing-a-long in the style of Yellow Submarine. Although written in the studio, The Beatles first sang this song while in India, with a slight variation. Instead of the words, "E F G H I J, I Love You, they changed them to E F G H I, Jai Guru Dev, in honor of the Maharishi. Once released, is was used and sung by crowds at soccer games in Britain.

One two three four, can I have a little more, five six seven eight nine ten, I love you

A B C D, can I bring my friend to tea, E F G H I J, I love you

Bom bom bom bompa bom, sail the ship, bompa bom, chop the tree, bompa bom, skip the rope, bompa bom, look at me

All together now, all together now, all together now, all together now, all together now

All together now, all together now, all together now

Black white green red, can I take my friend to bed, pink brown yellow orange and blue, I love you

All together now, all together now, all together now, all together now, all together now

All together now, all together now, all together now, all together now, all together now

All together now, all together now, all together now, all together now, all together now, all together now

Bom bom bom bompa bom, sail the ship, bompa bom, chop the tree, bompa bom, skip the rope, bompa bom, look at me

All together now, all together now, all together now, all together now, all together now, all together now, all together now,

All together now, all together now, all together now, all together now, all together now, all together now, all together now,

All together now, all together now, all together now, all together now, all together now, all together now,all together now,

ALL TOGETHER NOW!

Hey Bulldog

This song by Lennon was taken from some unfinished lyrics he had written while The Beatles were at Abbey Road Studios making a promotional film for "Lady Madonna." It had no title, and although a bull frog is in the lyrics, there was no original mention of a bull dog. It came about when at the end of recording the song, McCartney started barking, joking around, and the title was born.

Sheep dog, standing in the rain, bull frog, doing it again,some kind of happiness is measured out in miles

What makes you think you're something special when you smile,

Childlike, no one understands, jack knife, in your sweaty hands, some kind of innocence is measured out in years

You don't know what it's like to listen to you fears, you can talk to me, you can talk to me, you can talk to me

If you're lonely you can talk to me, big man, walking in the park, wigwam, frightened of the dark

Some kind of solitude is measured out in you, you think you know me but you haven't got a clue

You can talk to me, you can talk to me, you can talk to me If you're lonely, you can talk to me, hey bulldog, hey bulldog, hey bulldog, hey bulldog, hey bulldog, hey bulldog

It's All Too Much- Harrison

Simply stated, this was Harrison's song written in a childlike manner from realizations during and after his experiences with LSD.

It's all too much, it's all too much, when I look into your eyes, you love is there for me

And the more I go inside the more there is to see, it's all too much for me to take, the love that's shining all around you

Everywhere it's what you make, for us to take it's all too much

Floating down the stream of time, from life to life with me, makes no difference where you are, or where you'd like to be

It's all too much for me to take, the love that's shining all around you

All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece but not too much, sell me on a silver sun, where I know that I'm free

Show me that I'm everywhere, and get me home for tea,

It's all too much for me to see, the love that's shining all around you,

The more I learn, the less I know, and what I do it's all too much

It's all too much for me to take, the love that's shining all around you

Everywhere it's what you make for us to take, it's all too much

It's all too much, it's all too much, with your long blonde hair and your eyes of blue

With your long blonde hair and your eyes of blue, you're too much

All You Need Is Love

In 1967, the people at the BBC approached The Beatles and asked them if they would take part in the first ever live global television event, which was to be a two hour program broadcast to 26 counties simultaneously. It involved the broadcasting networks of North America, Europe, Central America, Scandinavia, North Africa, Australia and Japan. The Beatles were asked to write a song that could be understood in any language. Both Lennon and McCartney began working separately on songs, until Lennon came up with this classic, All You Need Is Love. It was perfect for the theme, and conveyed his message of "love" that he tried so hard in his life to get the world to evoke. The telecast was titled simply Our World, and turned out to be the forerunner of other events such as Live Aid, Farm Aid and the like. I remember it well - being transfixed to the television, as I did years earlier during the famous Ed Sullivan Show appearance. Those that have watched John Lennon perform on song videos and some live performances, know that he almost always chewed gum while singing. It is quite apparent while watching this performance, thou never a detriment to his singing.

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, there's nothing you can do that can't be done

Nothing you can sing that can't be sung, nothing you can say but you can learn how the play the game, it's easy

There's nothing you can make that can't me made, no one you can save that can't be saved

Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time, It's easy

All you need is love, all you need is love, all you need is love, love, love is all you need

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love

All you need is love, all you need is love, all you need is love, love, love is all you need

There's nothing you can know that isn't known, nothing you can see that isn't shown Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be, it's easy

All you need is love, all you need is love, all you need is love, love, love is all you need

All you need is love, (all together now) all you need is love, (everybody), all you need is love, love

Love is all you need, love is all you need, (Repeat)

Love is all you need, love is all you need, love is all you need, love is all you need

(She loves you, yeah, yeah yeah) love is all you need

The songs that follow on the original release of Yellow Submarine are all instrumentals as mentioned earlier.

In the 1999 reissue of Yellow Submarine, the following songs were added: Eleanor Rigby, Love You To, Think For Yourself, Nowhere Man, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, With A Little Help From My Friends, When I'm Sixty-Four, and Baby You're A Rich Man, with all the instrumentals removed.

Eleanor RigbyandLove You Toalso appeared on the Revolver album. For the words and meanings to these songs, please see: Revolver

Think For YourselfandNowhere Manalso appeared on Rubber Soul. For the words and meanings, please see:Rubber Soul

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Lucy In The Sky WithDiamonds, With A Little Help From My Friends, andWhen I'm Sixty-Fouralso appeared on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. For the words and meanings, please see:Sgt. Pepper

Baby You're A Rich Man

Baby You're A Rich Man was written in much the same way as was A Day In The Life. A combined effort of both John and Paul, it was taken from two unfinished songs put together. Lennon's unfinished song was called "One Of The Beautiful People," where he was speaking of the hippie generation, with their long hair, and free love. Paul's contribution was taken from a chorus he had written about a rich man, reported to be about their manager Brian Epstein. John would joke with Epstein, and in one case insulted him, but the point to him was to stop complaining, because they had made him rich, he was rich, and they all were rich.

How does it feel to be, one of the beautiful people, now that you know who you are, what do you want to be

And have you traveled very far, far as the eye can see, how does it feel to be, one of the beautiful people

How often have you been there, often enough to know, what did you see when you were there, nothing that doesn't show

Baby you're a rich man, baby you're a rich man, baby you're a rich man, too

You keep all your money in a big brown bag, inside a zoo, what a thing to do

Baby you're a rich man, baby you're a rich man, baby you're a rich man, too

How does it feel to be, one of the beautiful people, tuned to a natural E, happy to be that way,

Now that you've found another key, what are you going to play

Baby you're a rich man, baby you're a rich man, baby you're a rich man, too

You keep all your money in a big brown bag, inside a zoo, what a thing to do

(Baby) Baby you're a rich man, baby you're a rich man, baby you're a rich man, too

Baby you're a rich man, baby you're a rich man, baby you're a rich man too.

NOTE: All lyrics contained herein are ©1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1999 Northern Songs Ltd. All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. The lyrics contained herein are for the sole use of educational reference for the readers of this article. All other uses are in violation of international copyright laws. This use for educational reference, falls under the "fair use" sections of U.S. copyright law. The same such reference applies to images/photos of album covers used herein. Also, @1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1999 EMI Records. "Yellow Submarine" drawing is ©Subafilms Ltd. Copyright © John T. Marck. All Rights Reserved. This article and their accompanying pictures, photographs, and line art, may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission from the author, or the registered copyright holders. Except as otherwise stated above, all information contained in this article, EXCEPT song titles, lyrics, and photographs, © John T. Marck.

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