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I think "DIAMOND ring" is correct. | Reviewer: BUCCI | 11/17/13
Originally, I remember it was "a 20carat DIAMOND ring". If golden ring is correct, the unit for Gold should be "oz". Carat is the unit for dinamond.
So, "buy a twenty carat diamond ring. (Twenty!)" must be correct, isn't it?
beatles song has subliminal teachings | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/15/13
this song is saying that both the mother and father of the house should keep a job. At this time in the world in most familys the men worked. Womans lib did not come around untill the 70s and was funded by the government. Womans lib mad it posible for the IRS to tax the other half of the population and took the kids out of the house and be tout by the government run schools instead of the family.
umm...timeline problem... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/11/13
Love this song...fun tune... that said, nobody ever seems to notice that in "a couple" years Desmond and Molly get married, give birth (a couple of times) and the children are big enough to run around! (I do not subscribe to deep meaning theories, however, I think it's just a light song you're not supposed to think too much about).
The way I heard it... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/6/13
On the Beatles hour of my local station, they said that Paul messed up the lyrics in the final chorus and switched Desmond and Molly's roles. After the take, John told him, "don't you dare change that back - it's the best part of the song!". So they kept it like that. Makes sense, given John's sense of humor.
First time I heard ob-la-di ob-la -da | Reviewer: APK | 11/22/12
Hi I am from Greece. First time I've heard this song was in the beginning of 70's when we went in my aunt's house in Malta. I was 4 years old and my cousin Freddy payed to me all the time in the guitar. Freddy passed away on 2009 and this song always reminds me my cousin
Ref: Interesting theories, but... | Reviewer: Solomon | 7/31/12 | Reviewer: Bryan | 8/24/12
Solomon, McCartney messed up the final verse, reversing Desmond/Molly. They kept it in because they thought it was funny. Anybody know why Clear Channel thought it controversial after 9/11? I don't get it.
Interesting theories, but... | Reviewer: Solomon | 7/31/12
I think people are over complicating this one. This is a story song, and it clearly includes a male (Desmond, from the consistent references to "his") and a female (Molly, from the references to "Girl, I like your face" and "her"). Are there radical ideas proposed in this song? Sure. But not the level of radicality suggested by the queer theory relating to this song. Instead, it is much more plausible that for the era in question (and the individual band members' personal stances), the final Desmond-Molly scenario suggests a reversal of traditional male-female roles, where working and staying at home are not strictly male and female roles, respectively.
As for the drug reference, I don't think people are listening carefully to the words at the end. It doesn't say, "Take Ob-la-di-bla-da," rather it says, "Sing Ob-la-di-bla-da," which makes sense with "Molly says this as she takes him by the hand: Ob-la-di..." and with "And as he gives it to her she begins to sing: Ob-la-di...." Think about the British accents, the fact that singers often alter their pronunciation, and people mis-hear lyrics all, the, time.
I heard this song for the first time five days ago, and I loved it. I didn't know it was The Beatles until a few days later. Crazy that I've gone this long in life never hearing it, but as a green listener, I think my analysis is pretty well devoid of bias and brings fresh perspective. (And I just couldn't help commenting on the discussion of such a great song.)
my grandkids music | Reviewer: jim_de | 7/15/12
my almost 12 yrs.old grandson just told me this is just one of his fave beatles songs!!! How happy that makes me!! Transgender, gay or just fun song, who cares---it is a song for multiple generations & to me that's the best explanation of any song!!!!!!
Said to be an exercise | Reviewer: Jack Napier | 7/8/12
This song was actually said to be written as an exercise just to help in building up Paul McCartney's skill in writing and keep him creating etc so most people assume that the reason he switched it up was just for the hell of it cuz it wasn't a very serious song anyway but the theory that Desmond and Molly could be a gay couple is very interesting personally I'm sticking to the former based on the general whimsy of the song I dont think he would put in something so controversial for no reason
Molly slang | Reviewer: Seattle | 6/14/12
Molly is very old slang for a gay man. With that said, it seems at least possible that the song could involve gay or transgendered folk...or maybe just drag queens. In fact, when a man puts on 'drag' it is proper etiquette to refer to him as a her. So when Desmond does his pretty face...he is a she, at least in some circles. And most of us know from tv and movies (or clubs, for that matter) when a drag queen gets done up, it's not to stay home. It is to go out, be boisterous, and perhaps perform!
Just a thought...
best ever? | Reviewer: Mr.29 | 1/18/12
A while ago a person took a blind poll from about 50 of us in a chatroom about what we thought was the Beatle's best recorded song. I was the only one to list Ob-La-Di as my personal favorite! When others asked why I chose that...I told them that whenever I hear that piano rearing up I just can't sit still...it's too lively a tune. And it is very catchy....it entertains and isn't that what a song is supposed to do? Others congratulated me for seeing that and choosing this song and many wanted to change their choice to mine!
doubt there's a mistake in the lyrics | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/9/11
Desmond does his face (not her face). He's not a girl, but a boy.
And in the evening she's a singer with the band ('she' refers to molly, not desmond). There's no mistake
I love the beatles. The best band of all time
Life Goes On.. | Reviewer: (: | 11/11/11
OMG-.- there is no deep meaning in this song... Ob-la-di Ob-la-da is just a saying of a tribe called yoruba and it means "Life goes on". Not a drug or any of that (:
THE BEATLES <3 THE BEST BAND EVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER
Version | Reviewer: Felipe | 7/29/11
I am from Brazil, here a few years ago, a politician paid someone make a version of this song with changed lyrics(off course) for him to use in his campaign. It was a good one, they used to play near my office all day long. The guy was elected.
Ob La Di | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/7/11
If you believe the conspiracy theory that the real Paul McCartney died in a car crash in 1966 and was replaced by a double, then this song is about the fake Paul taking over the real Paul's Life. Desmond is the 'new' Paul; Molly is Linda McCartney, (the singer in the band - and in Wings)
Desmond does his pretty face refers to the plastic surgery Will Campbell (phony McCartney) received to look like Paul.
Desmond buys the ring for Molly because "Paul" bought a ring for Linda after she discovered the truth and threatened to out him.
the title 'life goes on' says it all, i suppose, if you believe that kind of thing.
Who knows what's true, great song regardless. All in good fun.
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