'What Would You Think If I Sang Out Of Tune?'
Start writing a post

'What Would You Think If I Sang Out Of Tune?'

Beatlemania: Part 2: Embracing Childlike Imagination and Fun with Ringo Starr!


Continuing from last week:

#1: With a Little Help From My Friends

This song is my favorite Beatles song. If you recall from my list, I looked into the lessons shared by the works of Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison, (Note: Songs from this week are written by Lennon, McCartney, and Starkey. "Boys" is written by Dixon-Farrell.) and I promised I'd finish the list here in Beatlemania: Part 2.

The beautiful part about this song is that it really is timeless. I know many people that know the covers of this song, but Ringo's rendition still holds true. The biggest lesson I find in the lyrics, which are very simple, is that we just want someone to love. Of course, love takes time, and perfecting the process takes even longer, but to tide us over until we find love, friends come into play. They can make us laugh, keep us company, and just generally make us happier. I think it completely encompasses the Beatles. They were friends first, musicians second. Unfortunately, things fell through towards the end. A lawsuit, an affair, and just some overall ugliness befell the group in the years after 1970, but that's a conversation for another day. I like to best remember them for the years after Hamburg, Germany, and right up to THE album. You know what album. Friends like those only come around once in a lifetime, and it just so happened that one friend played bass, another played solo guitar, another played guitar better (says John, not me), and the smallest one played drums. The smallest one is my favorite. That being said...


I love fun! Fun is great. We can have fun by doing simple things, or big things. Maybe even some crazy things can count as fun. Point is, if it makes you happy (and it's legal), do it. Ringo Starr, the second drummer for the Beatles, is a man who is not so inclined musically, but he sure knows how to have fun. I've had the pleasure of seeing him in person, and he has even pointed to me (four times, but who is counting?), winked at me, and given me the peace sign. Call me obsessed, I don't care. At least I don't do drugs.

Ringo's selection of Beatles songs is quite small, only about a tenth or so of their written catalog, and their entire catalog dwarfs his number even more so. Most people know "Boys", "With a Little Help From My Friends", and "Don't Pass Me By". All of those are love songs, which is common for the band, however, there are two very special tracks that I would like to spotlight this week.

"Yellow Submarine": I think most people alive can sing the chorus of this song. For those of you who don't know it (you're in the wrong article), the song is a children's song written mostly by McCartney, with help from Lennon. It tells the tale of a group who live in the Sea of Green on a yellow submarine. Again, it is a children's song, so it really isn't too deep or meaningful. The real meat of this song is in the tune and tone themselves. They are upbeat. Most kids find this to be their favorite Beatles song.

Imagination is very important to children. I believe in fantasy and curiosity when it comes to raising children, and it usually pays off in the end. I think in the world we live in today, we all could use some time beneath the waves. All of the fish we'd see! The discoveries we'd make. Just think of the adventure! We need to feed that inner-child. Even a quick trip to anywhere but here (that being life), could do some real good. Clearing our heads; the kids call it relaxation. Who knows what else we might see on our submarine trip? Hopefully, the next song.

"Octopus's Garden": I covered imagination in the last song, so I'd like to move on to fun for this one. It was rather depressing, discussing heartbreak and letting go last week. I know of a place where none of that exists, and it's all thanks to my friend, Ringo. While the Starkey credit also attributes to "Don't Pass Me By", this is where Ringo really came out of his shell, I think. The pure delight in the lyrics is something I can rarely find anywhere else. At this point in the Beatles' career (1969), they had covered death, depression, and many other real-world scenarios in their lyrics. Enter Ringo (with some help from George), with a really cute piece about a place under the sea where we can escape the rest of the world and just "swim about the coral that lies beneath the waves." Dancing around, shouting, and singing, too! Why bother with reality when we can have fun? Well, we can't always do that, but it would be nice if we could.

"So what?" the critical thinker might ask. So, Ringo has fun with some of his songs. Everyone has those fun songs! Of course, they do. I wouldn't disagree with you there. If we really want to push it, and I will, the Wiggles are strictly a fun band, but that's exactly the point. The Beatles never needed to be fun, they usually kept a straight catalog. Love songs, tragic songs, thought-provoking songs, and they also had very upbeat songs ("I Want to Hold Your Hand" for example), which paralleled their darker songs ("She's Leaving Home" for sure). There are two songs for children in that mix, for some funny reason. Even though the track just two spots above "Octopus's Garden" is about death (which is also laughably upbeat), we can go into a song about children playing in an underwater paradise. I don't know many albums that do such a thing. It's something we all should take with us in the future. Let's stick to the bills, the fights, and the heartbreaks, because that is what life is, but let's also keep an eye out for a chance to go on an adventure, or simply have some fun in our own little minds. A note to your inner child: Never, ever, go away. We would be nothing without you...

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

College 101: How To Ease The Back To School Blues

Getting back into the school groove when you just can't seem to let go of summer.

Beyond The States

With fall classes just beginning, many of us find ourselves struck with summer withdrawals. Especially for those who refrained from taking courses over the summer, it can be quite difficult to get back in the swing of things. Fortunately, there are various ways to help make the transition back to college as smooth as possible.

Keep Reading... Show less
Dating Apps

We Met At A Bar

Salvage what you can; if you can't, it's alright to walk away.

We Met At A Bar
Anne Waldon

We met at a bar.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Mets And Me

They may be the worst sometimes, but this baseball team has given me more than I could ask for.

Rich Schultz/Getty Images

On September 3rd, 2001, a sea of children littered my home's navy-carpeted den to watch baseball during my dad's 40th birthday extravaganza. A baseball game flickered on the TV, and a red and blue bubble of a scoreboard sat in the bottom right corner of the screen. The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies were in a wild game at Veterans' Stadium. As I, a five-year-old boy with a jumble of curly blonde hair, sat in the back of the kid clump, I wondered which team I should root for. After a long debate with myself, I decided that I should root for the team that's winning (duh). But, as the ninth inning rolled around with the Phils maintaining a 7-5 lead, some magic occurred. The Mets put up five runs in one frame, stunning the Phillie fans in the room and winning the game 10-7.

Keep Reading... Show less

Which BTS Member You Are Based On Your Star Sign

If you love BTS, I'm sure you relate to one or many of them in several ways. This star test will help you learn more about which member you are most connected to.

Which BTS Member You Are Based On Your Star Sign

Astrological signs tell a lot about a person. Do you ever wonder what your BTS bias star sign is? Is it the same as yours, or or are you more like one of the other amazing members? Take a look and find out what yours (and the members of Bangtan) says about you.

Keep Reading... Show less

Hittin' the Road Playlist

With the end of August approaching more quickly than many of us would like, the preparation for school is happening in more ways than just one.


The car is all packed. The money you saved (and didn't spend online) from your summer internship is secured quietly in your bank account. The immediate reunion with your long-distance college friends is set. The real question on everyone's minds is: do you have the perfect melody to jam to as you journey back to school? 

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments