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Oh Look Out! Part 26, Free As A Bird & Real Love
by John T. Marck
 

 

 


Take at look at the two newest songs by The Beatles, their history, lyrics and how these songs began. Also click on the link inside to go to Free As A Bird, The Video Clues below. If you ever wondered what the video for "Free As A Bird," really means, you'll find the answers here! Upon watching it have you been able to identify all the songs represented? Here in the clues, you'll find (hopefully) all the songs that The Beatles used in the making of this brilliant video.

 

 

 

Oh Look Out! Songs and Albums of The Beatles

Part 26

Free As A Bird & Real Love

"Whatever Happened To, the Life That We Once Knew?"

Between the years of 1977 and 1980, John Lennon composed many songs at his piano in his Dakota apartment, in New York City. One of his songs, Free As A Bird, was recorded by Lennon on a cassette tape machine, but was never finished. With the release of The Beatles Anthology albums in the works, the remaining Beatles wanted to release several new songs, but wanted to include John Lennon. In 1994, Yoko Ono, John's widow, entrusted three of John's recordings to Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. These three were Grow Old With Me, Real Love and Free As A Bird.

John Lennon recorded three takes of Free As A Bird. The first one suffers from various demo-interruptions. Of the three, Take 3 was the one The Beatles chose to use, as it was clear that Lennon combined various tracks to form this composite. The version that you hear by The Beatles is indeed John Lennon with The Beatles as backing vocals. With the help of Jeff Lynne, who co-produced this song with The Beatles, John's original demo was lifted to a higher level, and with today's studio technology, they gave us this wonderful look into The Beatles again.

Free As A Bird was released on The Beatles Anthology I, on both CD and vinyl, as well as a CD and vinyl single. On the CD single, it was placed with three other tracks by The Beatles; I Saw Her Standing There, This Boy, and Christmas Time (Is Here Again).

I am fortunate to have copies of John Lennon's original Dakota demo's that include all his takes of Free As A Bird; Real Love; Grow Old With Me; Now and Then; Dear John; That's The Way The World Is; India; Mirror, Mirror (On The Wall); Gone From This Place; Across The River; Don't Be Crazy; Illusions; Baby Make Love To Me; Life Begins; She's A Friend Of Dorothy's; You Saved My Soul; Sally and Billy; One Of The Boys; Help Me To Help Myself; and Whatever Happened To...

And now...

Free As A Bird

Original Composition © 1977-1980 John Lennon, Lenono Music, Inc. The Beatles version © 1994-1995 by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. © 1995 The John Lennon Estate© 1995 Apple Corps Ltd./EMI Capitol Records.

Free as a bird, it's the next best thing to be. Free as a bird.

Home, home and dry, like a homing bird I'll fly as a bird on wings.

Whatever happened to, the life that we once knew? Can we really live without each other?

Where did we lose the touch that seemed to mean so much? It always made me feel so...

Free as a bird, like the next best thing to be. Free as a bird.

Home, home and dry, like a homing bird I'll fly as a bird on wings.

Whatever happened to, the life that we once knew? Always made me feel so free.

Free as a bird. It's the next best thing to be. Free as a bird, Free as a bird, Free as a bird.

One year after the completion of Free As A Bird, by The Beatles, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr went back to the studio in Sussex, England, and completed an unfinished recording written by John Lennon titled Real Love. What was done was new vocal and instrumental tracks were added to Lennon's original to further enrich his original cassette recording.

To the best of my knowledge, Lennon recorded six takes of Real Love. Lennon originally conceived this song to be included as part of his "The Ballad of John and Yoko" recordings. In Take 1, Lennon combined his Real Love with Baby Make Love To You. Take 4 was a series of acoustic demos. Again, through the magic and wonder of recording production, The Beatles came together again, for and with, Real Love.

Like Free As A Bird, Real Love was issued on The Beatles Anthology II, on CD and vinyl, as well as a vinyl and CD single. On the CD single, it was placed with The Beatles recordings of Baby's In Black; Yellow Submarine (complete version); and Here, There and Everywhere. To Learn all about the many clues in the video "Free As A Bird," Click on the link below:

Free As A Bird The Video Clues

Real Love

© 1979/1995 Ono Music, © 1979-1980/1995 -1996 The John Lennon Estate© 1995-1996 Apple Corps Ltd./EMI Capitol Records

All my little plans and schemes, lost like some forgotten dreams, seems that all I really was doing, was waiting for you.

Just like little girls and boys, playing with their little toys. Seems like all they really were doing, was waiting for love.

Don't need to be alone, no need to be alone. It's real love, it's real. Yes it's real love, it's real.

From this moment on I know, exactly where my life will go. Seems that all I really was doing, was waiting for love.

Don't need to be afraid, no need to be afraid. It's real love, it's real. Yes it's real love, it's real.

Thought I'd been in love before, but in my heart, I wanted more.

Seems like all I really was doing, was waiting for you.

Don't need to be alone, don't need to be alone. It's real love, it's real. It's real love, it's real. Yes it's real love, it's real.

It's real love, it's real. Yes it's real love, it's real. It's real love, it's real. Yes it's real love, it's real. It's real love, it's real love.

NOTE: All lyrics contained herein are © Copyright 1977-1996 John Lennon; The John Lennon Estate; Lenono Music, Inc.; Ono Music 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.