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The Beatles

Help!

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playHelp, I need somebody
playHelp, not just anybody
playHelp, you know I need someone, help

playWhen I was younger,
playSo much younger than today
playI never needed anybody's help in any way
playBut now these days are gone,
playI'm not so self assured
playNow I find
playI've changed my mind and opened up the doors

playHelp me if you can, I'm feeling down
playAnd I do appreciate you being round
playHelp me, get my feet back on the ground
playWon't you please, please help me

playAnd now my life has changed in oh so many ways
playMy independence seems to vanish in the haze
playBut every now and then I feel so insecure
playI know that
playI just need you like I've never done before

playHelp me if you can, I'm feeling down
playAnd I do appreciate you being round
playHelp me, get my feet back on the ground
playWon't you please, please help me

playWhen I was younger, so much younger than today
playI never needed anybody's help in any way
playBut now these days are gone,
playI'm not so self assured
playNow I find
playI've changed my mind and opened up the doors

playHelp me if you can, I'm feeling down
playAnd I do appreciate you being round
playHelp me, get my feet back on the ground
playWon't you please,
playplease help me,
playhelp me, help me, oh

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After two years of breakneck recording and touring, Lennon was unhappy in his marriage to his former college sweetheart and stuffed with drugs. Tasked with writing a song for The Beatles' second film, he began to erase the band's merry, dashing veneer with "Help!" "I turned up at John's house for a writing session," recalls McCartney, "and saw the opportunity to add a descant [melody in the second verse]. We finished it quite quickly; we went downstairs and sang it to John's wife at the time, Cynthia, and a journalist he was friendly with called Maureen Cleave. We were very pleased with ourselves."


Lennon later said, "I was fat and depressed, and I was crying out for help," though he also masked his misery with the song's chirpy tempo. Adds McCartney, "He didn't say, 'I'm now fat and I'm feeling miserable.' He said, 'When I was younger, so much younger than today.' In other words, he blustered his way through. We all felt the same way. But looking back on it, John was always looking for help. He had [a paranoia] that people died when he was around: His father left home when John was 3, the uncle he lived with died later, then his mother died. I think John's whole life was a cry for help."


Source: https://www.billboard.com/

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