Tuesday, December 20, 2005

john vs. paul

perhaps the longest standing difference of opinion in my 6-and-a-half-year marriage has been which beatle is better, john or paul. "that's a subjective argument," you say, and you are correct. however, running in the deposit at work the other day, i realized how simply this argument could be solved.

all this time, reese and i would fire back and forth 'i'm only sleeping' vs. 'getting better' or 'polythene pam' vs. 'michelle.' how foolish of us. to truly compare paul and john, you have to delve into their work outside the beatles.

and what part of the catalog is better than their respective holiday songs? so to settle the score once and for all, i present john vs. paul in the form of two holiday classics.

'a wonderful christmas time' by paul

vs.

'so this is Christmas (war is over)' by john

to help you decide, i'll feature a line from each song.

from Paul, "The word is out, About the town/To lift a glass, Ahhh don’t look down"

whereas, John offers, "And so Happy Christmas, For black and for white/For yellow and red ones, Let's stop all the fight"

still not certain? here's another line from each song:

John, "And so this is Christmas, And what have we done/Another year over, And a new one just begun"

Paul, "The moon is right,The spirits up/We’re here tonight,And that’s enough"

i agree, Paul, that is enough. John wins in a landslide. Minor keys and introspection will always trump major keys and the substitution of ding dong ding dong for real song lyrics.

3 Comments:

At 4:10 PM, Blogger raynav said...

i'm not sure if you were calling for a vote or not, but mine goes to JOHN, hands down.

 
At 9:05 AM, Blogger Sloop said...

John definitely; although the best solo album by an ex-Beatle has got to be "All Thing Must Pass" from George Harrison. It's got all the great songs that he'd been saving up, plus Phil Spector's production. It's a total classic.

 
At 9:15 AM, Blogger kazuhank said...

Yes, yes, by all means place your votes in support!

Sloop is correct about all things must pass. Keep in mind that the battle is between john and paul. george and ringo are good guys akin to the two kids caught in the middle of a nasty divorce.

the fact that the brightest beatles burned out first just reinforces my theory that paul has a deal with the devil. he will soon be pop culture's next george burns... he will survive the next supernova.

 

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