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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Words For The Ages, Line Ten

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

How remarkably fitting that the final words on the Beatles final album (the brief ditty called "Her Majesty" that followed the lyric above from"The End" was an afterthought, a studio outtake saved by a smart engineer who thought it might come in handy later) still stand tall as the wisest lyrics ever sung by the Fab Four. The composer's credit for "The End" was - as always - Lennon & McCartney, but every book I've ever read about the Beatles has said these undeniable words for the ages were McCartney's. John himself said this was one of Paul's finest moments as a lyricist.

So, what alternative Beatles lyric would you nominate as a timeless aphorism?  Remember: Keep it terse. Today's entry in this series has sixteen syllables. The shortest entry to date, from August 2017, had six.


1 comment:

  1. "Yeah, yeah, yeah." It's perfect for almost any situation. Just try it; depending on your inflection it's the perfect response for anything from "Do you want more gruel?" to "You're this week's lottery winner" to "You never help me around the house" to virtually anything the pundits are talking about.