April 13, 1965 –  the Beatles recorded Help at Abbey Road Studios.

I’ve known this song all my life as the perky tune from the movie but when I printed out the lyrics and just read them as a poem, I realized Help is a ballad. Then my wife found a recording on youtube of John Lennon playing it when he just wrote it, and sure enough, he sang it slow.

But I do love the perky version.  Maybe I’ll feel perky tomorrow. Perky is such a weird word. All right.  I’ll stop saying perky now.


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