The 20 Greatest Scouse Songs by The Beatles
The 20 Greatest Scouse Songs by The Beatles
Hidden gems in the local vernacular from the greatest band in the history of rock n' roll.
Yes! It's yet another mindless compilation dredged up from the limitless archives of long-lost and dusted down Beatlemania.
Most certainly after reading this collection of previously unknown Scouse anthems you'll perhaps understand why they were never released.
1. We kin Werrk irrout
A plaintive cry from the broken-hearted and bone-headed from 1965. A spurned Scally is desperate to rekindle the romance with this love song. "Try ter see it my way" he pleads but probably to no avail.
2. Cheatin' Owzin Benefit fer Mr Kite
A demo that was given an overhaul for the classic 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club' album. This original was a scroungers poem in music, an ode to the popular 'giro drop' featuring the eponymous Mr Kite in league with an unscrupulous landlord with whom he would divvy up the dosh.
3. Ye Gorra 'ide yer Stuff Away
A tip-off that the Bizzies were in the area or maybe even a dawn raid was in the offing. "Hey!" comes the alarm call "Stash the hash", "Flush the loo" because "Ye Gorra 'ide yer Stuff Away" as the Filth are battering down the door. A John Lennon classic.
4. Norris Green Wood (Me Berrd iz Flown)
A follow up tune to the aforementioned 'We kin Werrk irrout' but a sad coda. The lovelorn Romeo from the Norris Green district has lost his Juliet. The 'scheming bag' has legged it to the Big Smoke in London. A more romantic and esoteric version ended up on 'Rubber Soul' in 1965.
5. Me Shell Suit
Predating the Kinks 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion' and well long before ZZ Top's 'Sharp Dressed Man' came this paen to polyester. The ubiquitous sports apparel of the urban athlete, a street corner uniform handy for comfort and concealment. "Tres bien ensemble" as the fashion gurus would say.
6. Gorra Getcha inta me Wife
Another song redolent of the free-spirited atmosphere of the Swinging Sixties. An enthusiastic husband tries to goad his matey to "cop off" with his missus at a wife-swapping party. It was revamped by Paul McCartney and appeared on the 1966 album 'Revolver' in an altogether different guise.
7. We Came in Trough de Bethroom Winda
A traditional folk song in the manner of 'In My Liverpool Home' except this recounts the aftermath of a nocturnal forced entry. Another successful blag in the neighbourhood inspires this burglars anthem to ill-gotten gains. In 1969 it ended up on the 'Abbey Road' album after much re-writing.
One of George Harrison's most memorable songs was 'Something', which also appeared on 'Abbey Road. But the Scouse version was arguably superior. Unfortunately it lacked the universal appeal of its more famous successor. Lines such as "Summat in der way she blows me" would never have got through the censors
9. Vauxhall Owzin Scheme
A terracing chant for the Koppites down Anfield way or the Evertonians in the Gwladys as they sing "We all live in a Vauxhall Owzin Scheme" led by Ringo the choirmaster. Pride and togetherness encapsulated in one song with no nonsense about coloured submarines.
10. Yer Blueys
A song only slightly altered in the final version which appeared on the 'White Album' in 1968. John Lennon wrote about the pill-popping drug culture of the late 1960s evoked by the infamous LSD and the 'Blueys', or valium, to calm those shattered nerves caused by screaming adolsecents.
11. An' yer Berrd kin Sing
Your average Scouser loves nothing better than to have a good old sing-song down at the local boozer. This 1966 track is an affectionate ode by one laddy to another admiring the local nightingale carousing the regulars around the bar.
A tribute to recycling long before it became a fad. Due recognition of the community work by the Steptoe's of the North. Trade in your threads to the Rag n' Bone man for a couple of balloons or a penny whistle. However George Harrison changed his mind after a crisis meeting with his accountant and the song became 'Taxman'.
13. Lerrit Be
As the original lyrics explained "When Ah find meself in times o' trouble, Me Mary Warner comes ter me, Speakin' werrds o' wisdom" this was about herbal relaxation. However it was toned down for the final cut in 1969 and became a much more sage and wordly anthem.
14. Ticket ter Joyride
A song from an intended concept album on crime and punishment with connecting themes much akin to the Abbey Road tracklist. "She's gorra ticket ter joyride, an she feels fine" boasts the boyfriend about his racecar girl. The song morphed into the version on 'Help' in 1965.
From the 'White Album' this is one of the few songs that mostly survived from the initial demo. An intellectual critique of the local police, it was originally a continuation of the story of the racegirl nabbed after a car chase through the streets of Toxteth at 2 o'clock in the morning
16. Not Guilty
A 1968 outtake that later appeared on the 'Anthology' compilation. Racegirl whispers the oft-mumbled words from the dock at Dale Street. An expression heard almost everyday in the city. Not quite everyday since the overworked judges take the weekends off.
17. High Speed Fine
Final track on the abandoned concept album originally planned for 1964. It was intended as a follow up to 'Drive My Car' which later appeared on the 'Rubber Soul' album. "High speed fine, coz she's ma lirrle girl, High speed fine, Ah'm tellin all da world" ran the memorable chorus.
18. Ah'll Get Yoo.
What became a little known B-side from 1963 was an angry vent on the injustice of urban life. An exclamation often heard after the expected verdict by 12 men and women just and true. Otherwise simply a street oath of revenge for an implied slight or outright slur.
19. Ah'm a Loozer
A tale of a down-trodden and woe-begotten member of the underclass. A poor guy who never seems to get a break and always ends up getting the rough end of the lollipop of life. This was a dirge to negativity, pessimism and the recollections of wasted youth. The final version appeared on the 1964 'Beatles for Sale' album.
20 Takin' a Trip ter Ursa Minor
Into the realms of late-60's psychedelia and mind-altering substances The Beatles went on this cosmic journey, appropriately written by Mr Starr. Riding with Mescaline Airways to boldy go where no Scouser had gone before and certainly far beyond the Mersey ferry. It was eventually scaled down to a shorter trip to 'Carolina' in 1969.
And there we have it as we come to the end of our magically mysterious tour from the vaults of the Fab Four.
We can only wonder what might have been, would these unearthed classics have been huge hits, international athems and perennial favourites of multi-generations?
Or perhaps as Jim Royle would say:
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