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"Golden Slumbers"

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As that sadder-than-Chopin piano motif introduces "Golden Slumbers", there's little doubt in my mind that Paul was definitively saying goodnight and farewell to The Beatles.

Once there was a way to get back homeward...

But not any more.

None of them really knew that Abbey Road was going to be their final offering, but everyone felt it — and felt it as a relief. It sure as hell comes through in the plaintive opening vocal, reinforced by the stately melancholy of GM's strings.

Sleep, pretty darling,
Do not cry...


Macca may've lifted the lyric for his lullaby-ee from a seventeenth century opera, but he makes it all his own as Ringo eggs him on to open up his voice and his soul. There's a conviction, maturity and richness in Paul's delivery here which he'd never previously mustered: and he seems to be singing as much for himself as for anybody else — a new voice for a new era.

Golden slumbers, fill your eyes:
Smiles await you when you rise...
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