Steve Eaton: The Beatles and the day I feared my parents would twist and shout and pass out
I could see us working a hard day's night and deciding we were ready to go home. Right about then, my tendency to rewrite everything would kick in and I would say, "Hold it lads." (That's how English people talk.) "I don't think we are done yet. Look, I don't want to be critical, but listen to what we just recorded."
I would have George Martin cue up the song "Come Together":
"Here come old flattop, he come grooving up slowly/ He got joo-joo eyeball, he one holy roller/ He got hair down to his knee / Got to be a joker he just do what he please"
"He got joo-joo eyeballs?" I would say in an exasperated voice. "What the heck are joo-joo eyeballs? Come on. Do you want to be the legendary Beatles or do you want to be just the regular Beatles? We have to fix that. We can't just phone this in guys. We have a brand position to maintain."
They would all look at me with that look they first gave me when I suggested we write something instead of "yeah, yeah, yeah" over and over in the song "She Loves You."
I would just push ahead.
"And there's are typos everywhere in that song. 'He one holy roller?' That should be 'He is one holy roller.' Come on guys. We are better than this."
Then John would get really mad and they would have kicked me out of the band before I could have had a chance to keep them from breaking up. I would have ended up being alone on a hill with orders to stand perfectly still so no one would notice me.
So, it's probably better that I was never a mop top. Better for the world. I've grown to love the music and words they wrote.
The Beatles were truly a remarkable band and seeing Paul and Ringo playing together was a great moment in human history. One day last week, I started asking people who their favorite Beatle was and two people said they weren't familiar with their music and a third said she — you'd better sit down — didn't care for their music.
Kids these days. It makes me want to scream and pass out. Just let me get to the sofa first. I'm almost 64, you know.
Steve Eaton lives and works in Logan, Utah. He can be reached at Eatonnews@gmail.com
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