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"Only A Northern Song"

 (by George Harrison, April 20th 1967,
Abbey Road Studios, London)



Although the Beatles themselves had very little to do with the emergence of the film Yellow Submarine,  this became the ultimate cartoon trip movie of the 60s. "Only a Northern Song" originally was recorded for the Sgt. Pepper album, but was published not before 1969 as soundtrack to Yellow Submarine.





(Beatles  "Only A Northern Song" film sample from Yellow Submarine, at Youtube)




George meinte dazu in "I Me Mine":
"Northern Song was a joke relating to Liverpool, the holy city in the north of England. In addition, the song was copyrighted Northern Songs Ltd., which I don't own, so: It doesn't really matter what chords I play.... as it's only a Northern Song."


During the whole, slightly slowered piece you can hear psychedelic effects, among many others the sound of an orchestra drawn across the studio. One really enchanting, hypnotic piece of music history, I think.



("Yellow Submarine" film at YouTube)





My friend Ron later told me once that his son, since he was ten years old, for a long time wanted to see the film Yellow Submarine over and over again. And what attracts children can't be that wrong, I have been told.


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