To begin with, I talk the students through the origins of how the song was written, beginning with Paul McCartney’s now legendary anecdote about how he woke up with the melody in his head and spent the next few weeks playing the song to others to figure out where he’d heard it before. So I play an instrumental version of the song, where the melody line is played in piano. The next step was for McCartney to sing nonsense lyrics while he tried to write lines he was happy with, giving it the working title of ‘Scrambled Eggs’. I play the students a recording of this version of the song, which involves a vocalist singing the rather mundane ode to eggs. Once again, the melody is lovely, but the words . . . the words offer no emotional attachment as there is nothing we can really ‘grab onto’ in the song to get emotional about.
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