Friday, December 4, 2009

PMCPP PRESENTS: Why Don't We Do It In the Road?

PMCPP Analysis #18

Key: D Major
Rhythm: Chunk

Yeah, I know, analyzing this song is gonna be about as hard as shooting fish in a toilet. But I said I was doing all of Paul's Piano songs, so we had to get this one out of the way eventually!

THE PIANO: Oh dear lord, this is too easy.

Unlike You Won't See Me
or Back in the USSR, Paul seemed to be content here keeping the song as low grade as he possibly could by eliminating any unnecessary piano rhythms by simply keeping it at the usual Paul fare of 4-on-the-floor smacking of the keys, this changes at no point in the song except for between verses when the whole song stops minus Paul's screeching.

Calling it 4 on the floor is a bit misleading because it's actually 8 on the floor. He's hitting eighth notes rather than quarters, giving both a sense that the song is longer than it actually is and that he actually made a 24 bar rather than 12 bar.

The chords themselves are obvious easy to play 3 note chords, adding the 7th to the root chord he just changes 1 finger instead of adding to the chord that's already there. Durf.

LAZINESS IN SONGWRITING: Hard to say what the worst part of this is. That coma-inducing piano part, the fact that the guitar is playing really easy repeated arpeggios the whole time, the fact that he wrote a 12-bar in the first place, the fact that the bass part is something you'd hear on a kindergartners keyboard demo, or the amazing lyrical skills in play.
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us
Why don't we do it in the road?

Kill me.

WHY PAUL GOT AWAY WITH IT: He didn't really, the white album was so fucked up already and so many people were busy discussing the LSD induced stupor of Revolution #9 that I'm fairly sure most people forgot this song existed the second it ended.

Except me, unfortunately.


BC said...

Ah, I love this song! Vocal's just outlandish, and lyrically....well, I'd say it's more sensible than many of the songs ya got on here ;)

I like the concept of this blog, and I ain't arguing that Paul's piano playing isn't generally rudimentary (pretty interesting technique analyses you make)...but the "laziness" in songwriting is a hard sell, especially in a world with, say, Justin Bieber. Haha, don't think anyone associated with that kind of act would know the first thing about using a bVI!

UZ said...

Sadly, when I began this blog I was unaware that Justin Beiber would soon be destroying all that was good with the earth.

songboy0011 said...

BC Said:(pretty interesting technique analyses you make)

Really? Now that I've read through some of this bull shit.. I get it.. UZ can't hear ... He has no idea what's going on.. He has to 'look at what the chords are', and in so doing, believes he 'gets' the intent of the writer..

strange kid, this one.. Really strange..


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