CARRY THAT WEIGHT
PMCPP Analysis #25
KEY: C Major (With a brief interlude in A Minor)
RHYTHM USED: Ba-Dum
I'm back here for my bi-yearly post! Seriously, I keep forgetting this thing exists. Ideally I can actually finish all of this off before Paul dies. (Hint: Stop making records, Paul.)
THE PIANO: Well we already did Golden Slumbers way back in 1993 or something so we might as well get to this one 32 years after the fact. It's actually quite similar to Golden Slumbers except for the fact that the key has been swapped back to C Major from A Minor and the song is about 5 seconds longer. Also, unlike Golden Slumbers, the song sucks.
Paul actually did a pretty good job of hiding the piano in this one, probably to hide the fact that at the only musically interesting part of the song, the piano stops playing. It's a basic ba-dum rhythm on the C Major and G Major chords, with very minor movement of the hands between the two chords.
After the easy as hell C/G part, it goes to a cool section in A Minor that calls back You Never Give Me Your Money with a couple of nifty chords. Of course at this point, the piano stops and only horns start playing.
After the part of the bridge where there's actual chordal movement he goes back to randomly having a seizure on the keyboard and hitting it as hard as he can as much at intervals that only he can decipher. Basically if Paul was Thelonious Monk on cocaine, he would have produced that piano part. (This analogy only works if you pretend that Monk didn't know how to play piano.)
LAZINESS IN SONGWRITING: Well, once you get past the fact that the actual song part of Carry That Weight only has two chords (the I and the V chord, if you're wondering) you realize that over 1/3 of the 1:36 long song was pretty much directly lifted musically from You Never Give Me Your Money. I suppose it's a nice little callback, but the part of the song that was lifted is literally the only interesting part of the song.
The actual song proper is simply the C and G chords being repeated over and over with the clever lyric of 'Boy, you're gonna carry that weight, carry that weight a long time' over and over. You'll notice a bit of a motif here in which Paul likes to do things over and over. I wish I was getting paid five dollars every time I said 'over and over' over and over, you see. (Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo?)
The song is basically two of those 'Carry That Weight' sections sandwiching the stolen section. I suppose that we can't fault Paul for dragging it on way too long like he's been known to do with other songs (Hey Jude, anyone?) but it's still pretty shit.
HOW PAUL GOT AWAY WITH IT: Well it IS only a minute and 30 seconds long. I guess Golden Slumbers and The End are better songs so it's not on your mind too long either.
2 years ago