Why Don't We Do It In The Road-How many Beatles?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Upsiditus, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Davido

    Davido You need a busload of faith to get by

    It fit the times also, since the infamous Summer of Love had been in the very recent past. Song seems somewhat hippie inspired unless of course Paul just wanted to "do it in the road."
  2. warewolf95

    warewolf95 Forum Resident

    Greenville, SC
    Revolution 9
    Wild Honey Pie
    Why Don't We Do It In the Road

    All trash.
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  3. idreamofpikas

    idreamofpikas Forum Resident

    Paul managed to complete his song while George was not happy with his over a 100 attempts at completing Not Guilty.

    I'd also imagine that Paul's song sounded more appealing in the studio than another George song whining about how life was unfair to him, the millionaire Beatle married to Pattie Boyd.
  4. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    Why I love Why Don't We Do It in the Road and why it's not a simple song.

    The song opens with some palm slaps on acoustic guitar and then some handclaps and drums enter in jaunty fashion. Paul's vocals enter in pickup fashion....no instruments for the first bar. I love that stutter at :10. In the second bar the piano enters first pounding out a D major chord and then at :19 Paul plays D 7th in blues fashion. Paul's blues styling's are perfect...awesome bent minor thirds in his vocal. At :21 listen for a rockabilly hiccup. Paul loved rockabilly and he sounds authentic. Listen at :36 how he sets up the melody into the turnaround ...three descending notes on the word "road". Subtle but brilliant use of adding a turnaround in the vocals. I like at :39 how Paul does that little triplet off the 7th in the D chord on guitar. The verse returns at :42 and Paul plays a jazzy sounding D 7th. His vocals sound doubled at this point. At :50 he gets more raucous sounding. I love that slide up to the D chord on the guitar at :57...gives the song a brighter pop sheen. At 1:02 Paul goes outside pure blues in the melody and veers towards D Dorian again bordering on a more pop sound. At 1:09 my favorite part of Paul's vocal....that legato bend at the tail of the verse that leads to Paul's amazing falsetto Little Richard tribute in the pickup bar. He changes gears quick and goes back to the more gritty blues sound. Amazing range and brilliant subtle ways to keep the song interesting. Cool at 1:25 how he does a rhythmic motif on the words "it" and then "road" at 1:28. At 1:36 for the final line, Paul sings a descending scalar sounding line that sets our ear up for the songs ending. I like that little humorous sounding burp on Paul's bass that brings the song to a great ending.

    Brilliant combination of Paul's influences including pop, rockabilly, jazz and of course blues. All incredibly molded together and it comes out distinctively Paul McCartney the one and only.
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  5. DRM

    DRM Forum Resident

    A pedestrian song in the middle of the free love, let's all have sex anywhere and everywhere with everyone like dogs in heat on a dirty hard surfaced road full of pebbles. Where's the nearest love in and communal sex house oh here comes Hugh Hefner. We're so liberated. Not. So obligatory.
  6. JFSebastion

    JFSebastion Forum Resident

    Maricopa Arizona
    Maybe Paul could have stuck a small portion of WDWDIITR on the end of Cry Baby Cry and expanded on the Can You Take Me Back snippet instead. IMO a much better possible song. Just Sayin'
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  7. Lemon Curry

    Lemon Curry (A) Face In The Crowd

    Mahwah, NJ
    I never tbought I'd hear complaints about this track. It's not a "song", just a mood piece. A simple lyrical joke that gets multiplied by the musical joke - the solid groove that sits behind the vocals. In the slide show that the White Album is, this is an interlude, a parenthesis. Fits like a glove.

    A lighten up Francis moment.
  8. drad dog

    drad dog Forum Resident

    New England
    Yeah, there were pedestrians in the song. But for how long?
  9. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    The Stones should cover this one live, Mick's falsetto could pull it off.
  10. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    Every considered irony?
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  11. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Resident blabbermouth

    The "ped" in pedestrian refers to the foot. If they lay down in the road, are they any longer pedestrians?
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  12. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Resident blabbermouth

    Some of the responses are moving my needle from "obtuse" to "clueless."
  13. I wouldn’t go that far.
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  14. RubenH

    RubenH Forum Resident

    I've always heard it as an ironic take on "cock rock"
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  15. You could always skip a song. I just lifted the stylus.
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  16. You’d have to ask John, Ringo, George and Paul that. They all voted,on it. I think Not Guilty is a terrific song and I love “Road”. I would have taken both.
  17. rednedtugent

    rednedtugent Forum Resident

    Funk, Ohio
    if you believe Lewisjohn. Two beatles.
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  18. Look, it’s a parody of blues songs. It works for me. Worse than Revolution 9? I don’t think so.
  19. angelo73

    angelo73 ⬚⿻⬚⿻⬚

    Michigan, USA
    Paul and Ian Iachimoe ?
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  20. sekaer

    sekaer Forum Resident

    New York City
    Revolution 9 is art, WDWDIITR is a throwaway
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  21. misteranderson

    misteranderson Forum Resident

    englewood, nj
    An ironic take on something that didn't actually exist yet. Wow. The Beatles were really that good.
  22. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    I agree it is a parody of blues songs. It is almost a novelty song in some ways for me. "No one will be watching us".....pretty funny.
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  23. tim185

    tim185 Forum Resident

    One of the best Paul songs. Great vocal. Not sure what version your listening to!
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  24. tim185

    tim185 Forum Resident

    I just got up and walked to the fridge...sounded much better than Mr. Moonlight.
  25. cboldman

    cboldman Forum Resident

    Hamilton, OH USA
    I recently signed on to Netflix and stumbled on to ‘Beat Bugs,’ a series for kids starring a cast of cute computer-animated insects in various adventures. If you’re unfamiliar, each episode is named for a Beatles tune, and the episode features a cover version of said tune, plus the storyline revolves around the song, sometimes in ways fairly distanced from the original spirit of the song (not unlike the old Saturday morning Beatles cartoons on ABC). Even so, my eyebrows raised a bit when I saw that WDWDIITR was selected as an episode title/theme.
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