Half Notes: The Beatles, "Why Don't We Do It In the Road?" (1968)

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by Nick DeRiso

Almost certainly written by Paul McCartney in an attempt to mirror some of the heavier, more intellectually raw pieces that John Lennon had begun to craft. Lennon was not outwardly impressed — famously sniffing that it was “the best song Paul ever wrote” — but there are some who think “Why Don’t We Do It?” actually pushed Lennon to greater experimental heights on “Revolution 9.” The idea, it seems, was for McCartney to take the same repeated line and try for different emotional underpinnings with the presentation. The volume is pushed to the point of distortion, giving the listener a sense of up-close urgency. But in the end, I think the song is more transition than true composition, something meant to help with sequencing to the more powerfully conceived — but more delicately presented — pieces “I Will” and “Julia.”

Half Notes is a quick-take music feature on Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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