Thursday, July 3, 2008

PMCPP PRESENTS: All Together Now

PMCPP Analysis #9 (number 9... number 9... number 9...)
KEY: G Major
RHYTHM USED: Uh... None, really.

Whoo, we're back! This song is a fine example of Paul simply being a total doofus in his songwriting. Seriously, people bought an album with this song on it and didn't notice how bad it was? I guess maybe George's stupid sitar songs might've confused them... but come on.

THE P-: OK, never mind on that one. Let's just have fun with the laziness, shall we?

LAZINESS IN SONGWRITING: Oh, jezz. Where to begin?


The lyrics?

All riiiight. Anyway, the lyrical content in this song leaves a lot more than just SOMETHING to be desired. It sounds like it was written by a 7 year old who had just recieved a rhyming dictionary. Or perhaps by a retarded 40 year old who recieved the dictionary. It's really just a matter of intellect here. Congratulations to Paul, by the way, for figuring out the alphabet by the time he was in his 20's.

Also he can't pronounce ORANGE. Owange indeed. I don't know what this has to do with the songwriting, I just figured I'd point it out.

The key here is in our old standard G Major, unsurprising for the content of the song overall. Actually, I'm shocked Paul didn't TOTALLY devolve into childhood and just stick with C Major. I guess he was going for something DARING here. Daring for Paul, anyway.

The strumming pattern on the guitar is your basic open chords of G, C and D in an all straight eigth notes sort of fashion. Normally even Paul sticks a V-V or iv or even flat-VII chord into most of his songs, but nothing fancy here. I IV and IV reign supreme in this one, with a sort of Love-me-doesque usage of almost exclusively I and IV chords for most of the song. (V only appears on "I love you" and "Look at me" lyric-wise. It's also used once for the final cadance when the song speeds up near the end.) Love Me Do is also in the same key as this one. Hm.

WHY PAUL GOT AWAY WITH IT: Seriously, nobody is quite sure. Perhaps they were trying to divulge into the wide demographic of 7 year olds? Actually, if I was going to ask someone to write a song with 7 year olds in mind, I guess Paul would be the one, eh?

- UZ


Anonymous said...

Well, the reason he got away with it - I would think - is that it was for the Yellow Submarine soundtrack. That was something the Beatles had very little interest in and cared very little about (at the time).

In a way, this song is really too easy of a target. It hardly warrants close examination as it is loved by almost no one - except, as you suggest might've been the intended demographic, children.

UZ said...

Well hey now. This is technically just a large overblown list of bad songs Paul wrote, isn't it?

Leaving All Together Now off a list like that would be like leaving Chopin off a list of famous composers.

Tregony said...

Well I sure hope your comments are really tongue in cheek, because his music is obviously loved by a great deal of people, judging by his enormous wealth! It just goes to show that its "not what you do but the way that you do it!"


This series and blog is totally tongue in cheek. I really do love Paul McCartney.