Beatles-Cember: “Michelle”

Posted: December 7, 2013 by Sam in Music
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Another of the Beatles’ finest, “Michelle” is a song I’ve found more appreciation for as I grew up. On the surface, it sounds like a simple love song, but when I started paying attention to the lyrics, a different story unfolded about a man trying to express his love for a girl across the language divide. Unfortunately, he only knows a string of words: sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble, which actually translates to “these are words that go together well”, the statement McCartney makes in the opening of the song. It’s a song about the desperate need to express love through words, emphasized in the string of “I love yous” McCartney cries out in the chorus. No wonder the music itself is both jaunty and somber with a low background of “ooohs” supporting the song’s even tone.

Also not surprising, it’s the most popular Beatles song in France. I wonder why?


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