Enter The Wormhole #43 (It Was 50 Years Ago Today…)

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It wasn’t actually “today,” but look who’s quietly celebrating their 50th Anniversary. The reason I like this modest compilation (only available on iTunes), is because it boasts so many of my own personal “non-hit” favorites. Find two pages more from these guys in the archives (HERE). Any bum links, just let me know. BTW… does anybody know what’s being said in the end? After the line “That’s it, you got it?” It’s been nagging at me for over four decades. No band names in comments, please.

25 Comments

  • 1
    Colin H
    September 3, 2012 - 12:25 | Permalink

    “Don’t look at me, I already have grandchildren” was my best guess. It doesn’t seem to make tremendous sense, but then it took me decades and Mark Lewisohn’s book to glean that “cranberry sauce” might not have been as much of a total non-sequitar as it appears when They were recording the remake that forms the second half of That song in mid December of 66

  • 2
    Willard
    September 3, 2012 - 13:42 | Permalink

    That’s close to what I always always thought, “Don’t look at me, man, I only have grandchildren,” but that’s just as senseless. For years I thought he was yelling “quack” at the end, until cleaner issues revealed he was probably yelling “quiet.” Thanks Colin.

    • 3
      September 5, 2012 - 13:18 | Permalink

      I first read it as “Whaddya mean, man, I already have grandchildren” in Growing Up With The Beatles. Then it’s “quiet, boy, QUIET!” “Okay.” “Quiet.” and “hey bulldog”.

      • 4
        Willard
        September 5, 2012 - 13:25 | Permalink

        Thanks Wardo. They didn’t happen to suggest what the grandchildren line meant, did they?

  • 5
    Dick G
    September 3, 2012 - 13:57 | Permalink

    I thougt it was “don’t look at me man, I want to have grandchildren”

  • 6
    Willard
    September 3, 2012 - 14:05 | Permalink

    So were all kinda close together. ANY idea what it means?

  • 7
    Colin H
    September 3, 2012 - 15:27 | Permalink

    I think Dick’s suggestion makes the most sense, as the bulldog might bite off the requisite parts, maybe?

  • 8
    Willard
    September 3, 2012 - 15:36 | Permalink

    … or “bulldog” means something else in Lennonspeak.

  • 9
    domo
    September 4, 2012 - 03:55 | Permalink

    “Look at me man, I only had ten children”

  • 10
    jobe
    September 4, 2012 - 08:59 | Permalink

    I thought it was “Don’t look at me man, I only have NINE children” Once again with the NINE stuff ie: Revolution #9

    • 11
      Willard
      September 4, 2012 - 10:04 | Permalink

      This is going to eat at me for another 45 years, isn’t it?

  • 12
    Crazed
    September 5, 2012 - 17:42 | Permalink

    Anyone every try any of that funky stuff like throwing it out of phase or playing it through a really crappy speaker that virtually eliminates 1/2 of the instrumentation?

    • 13
      Willard
      September 5, 2012 - 19:00 | Permalink

      In the old days, with those crappy Capitol albums, all you had to do was listen through one speaker or the other to hear mostly instruments or mostly voices.

  • 14
    Crazed
    September 5, 2012 - 18:20 | Permalink

    Hmm, I hear “Whatdya mean, man, I only had ten children.”

    http://www.sendspace.com/file/n1qout

    This is my processing of the line in Adobe Audition. To DL, click where it says “Click here to start download from sendspace” The rest of the Play Now & Download indicators are garbage.

    • 15
      Visions
      September 29, 2012 - 20:16 | Permalink

      On Tuned to A Natural E, Volume 1, track 17, there is an OOPS version of Hey Bulldog where I can hear EITHER Don’t look at me, man, I only had ten children OR Don’t look at me, man, I already have ten children. Listen at 2:50 on the OOPS track. I actually think he says ALREADY HAVE. So toss that into the mix. Anyway, you can really hear this better on the OOPS track.

      • 16
        Willard
        September 29, 2012 - 20:40 | Permalink

        Thanks for the tip.

  • 17
    Willard
    September 5, 2012 - 18:59 | Permalink

    Thanks Crazed.

  • 18
    Colin H
    September 5, 2012 - 20:51 | Permalink

    Before we had electric instruments or knew a drummer, turning off the speaker the vocals came out of and parking ourselves between the instrument speaker and a battery powered portable cassette player to record the results were how me and a musical friend first got to hear an inkling of how we might sound in front of a band, as kids-going-on-teens

  • 19
    PJ in the East Bay
    September 6, 2012 - 19:41 | Permalink

    Okay. Here it is. The rock-solid, iron-clad translation by a guy who’s already deaf in one ear…

    As clear as day, from the *twin* speakers of my 17″ MacBook Pro, the inimitable Mr. Lennon is clearly (albeit slightly drunkenly) heard to say, “Don’t look at me, man! I only had three children.”

    I hope that his puts the matter to rest. And I only had two children!

  • 20
    Willard
    September 6, 2012 - 20:10 | Permalink

    Huh? Sorry PJ, you need a new MacBook Pro. That’s McCartney’s voice. JL’s making spastic noises at the same time behind him.

  • 21
    Crazed
    September 7, 2012 - 12:06 | Permalink

    Now I’m confused, Willard. Aren’t you asking what JL says “That’s it, you got it?” You’re hearing the “children” line as McCartney speaking? Did I process the wrong part from what you meant?

  • 22
    Willard
    September 7, 2012 - 14:41 | Permalink

    No Crazed, you nailed it. Unless the drugs have been lying to me all these years, that’s McCartney saying the grandchildren line. PJ said it was Lennon.

  • 23
    Crazed
    September 7, 2012 - 15:21 | Permalink

    Lol! I’d have sworn it was JL, too! The voice has that rough, nasal-y Lennon quality to it. But I think you’re right! I don’t think they did overdubs on this part; it was them live just having at it.

    “You know, I learned something today.”

  • 24
    Willard
    September 7, 2012 - 16:31 | Permalink

    Very interesting. No wonder we can’t agree on what’s being said, we’re not even sure who’s saying it. Funny. I’m positive it’s Mc Paul, though. That line “That’s it, man, that’s it” is distinctively his voice and, as mentioned, that’s clearly JL being goofy behind the grandchildren line. Plus, JL is SUPER nasally (and even artificially low) when he’s talking in the end (“you know any more?”). I’ve earned my street cred, however. My older brother turned me on The You Know Who’s and was the expert, but when Lady Madonna came out he thought it was Ringo singing and I challenged him. It was my entry into the upper echelon of wasting way too much time thinking about these guys. Thanks.

  • 25
    Polk Salad Tranny
    February 14, 2013 - 02:49 | Permalink

    WTF was “Cut Me Some Slack” 12-12-12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief?http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/new-beatles-collection-tomorrow-never-knows-hits-itunes-20120724

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