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November 4th, 2006
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I just saw a presentation by the author of a book reflecting on time spent with the Beatles. Before the author took the stage, there was a little bit of a sing-along, where the following lyrics were presented:


You know i work all day to get you money to buy you things
And it's worth it just to hear you say you're going to give me everything
So why on earth should i moan, 'cause when i get you alone
You know i feel ok


Hm, says I. That's doesn't sound right to me. "So why on earth should I moan"?

I just now checked, and indeed there are online lyrics lists that have those as the words, but my two Beatles songbooks (neither one authoritative, but better than the Internet) both give it as "So why I love to come home", which is how I've been hearing that line all along. I'll concede that my preferred version makes a little less literal sense, but the Beatles didn't always champion lexical orthodoxy.

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From:abbeyrd
Date:November 5th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
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For what it's worth, I've always heard it as "so why on earth should I moan". But I'm intrigued that your songbooks have the other lyric. Which ones are they?
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From:tsmaster
Date:November 5th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
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The Complete Beatles and Beatles - The Complete Scores.

I know that they're both transcribed after the fact, so I don't claim that either of these are authoritative by any means. But the scores book is certainly big and impressive, which ought to at least inspire respect (insofar as you wouldn't want it to be precariously balanced on a high shelf above your head).


Hm, they're both published by Hal Leonard Publishing - perhaps they actually derive from a common source.
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From:tsmaster
Date:November 5th, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
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Heh, and one of the comments on Amazon specifically claims that "A Hard Day's Night" has incorrect lyrics.

Potato, Pajama.
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From:abbeyrd
Date:November 5th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Heh. :)
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