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The Beatles

Help!

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play Help, I need  
play Help, not just  
play Help, you know I need   , help

play When I was   ,
play So much younger than today
play I never needed anybody's help in any  
play But now these days are   ,
play I'm not so self  
play Now I find
play I've changed my mind and opened up the  

play Help me if you can, I'm feeling  
play And I do appreciate you being  
play Help me, get my feet back on the  
play Won't you please, please help me

play And now my life has changed in oh so   ways
play My independence seems to vanish in the  
play But every now and then I feel so  
play I know that
play I just need you like I've never done  

play Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
play And I do appreciate you being round
play Help me, get my feet back on the ground
play Won't you please, please help me

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

play Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
play And I do appreciate you being round
play Help me, get my feet back on the ground
play Won't you please,
play please help me,
play help 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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