Uploaded on Jul 12, 2010
The Beatles - No Reply 1965
"No Reply" is a song by the Beatles from the UK album Beatles for Sale and the US album Beatles '65. It was written mainly by John Lennon and credited to Lennon/McCartney.
he song is about a young man who is unable to contact his possibly unfaithful girlfriend, even though he sees her through her windows.
According to Lennon in 1972, the Beatles' music publisher Dick James was quite pleased with "No Reply":
" I remember Dick James coming up to me after we did this one and saying, 'You're getting better now — that was a complete story.' Apparently, before that, he thought my songs wandered off. "
Reviewer David Rowley found its lyrics to "read like a picture story from a girl's comic," and to depict the picture "of walking down a street and seeing a girl silhouetted in a window, not answering the telephone."
In his book, "Revolution in the Head", Ian Macdonald remarks that the middle eight ("If I were you I'd realise that I love you more than any other guy; and I'd forgive the lies that I heard before when you gave me no reply") was the most powerful phrase of any of Beatles songs till then.
The song is in the key of C major. The song form is standard AABA (verse-verse-bridge-verse), without a chorus as such, but including the refrain "No Reply". The instrumentation includes acoustic guitar, bass, drums and piano.
Originally Lennon had intended to sing the higher harmony part, as this was the original melody. However, his voice had deteriorated due to excessive use and Paul McCartney had to take this part, relegating Lennon to the lower harmony line. * John Lennon -- double-tracked lead vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar, handclaps * Paul McCartney -- harmony vocal, bass, handclaps * George Harrison -- acoustic rhythm guitar, handclaps * Ringo Starr -- drums, handclaps * George Martin -- producer, piano * Norman Smith -- engineer
In other news, I have added the lyrics to this song so you can sing along, or perhaps learn the song! This is how I learned my first Beatles song! Enjoy :)
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