Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Lyrics - The Beatles



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Desmond has his barrow in the market place...
Molly is the singer in a band...
Desmond says to Molly "Girl, I like your face"
And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand...
O-bla-di, o-bla-da, life goes on, bra!...
Lala how the life goes on...
O-bla-di, o-bla-da, life goes on, bra!...
Lala how the life goes on.

Desmond takes a trolley to the jewelry store...
Buys a twenty carat golden ring... (ring!)
Takes it back to Molly waiting at the door...
And as he gives it to her she begins to sing...(sing!)
O-bla-di, o-bla-da, life goes on, bra!...
Lala how the life goes on...
O-bla-di, o-bla-da, life goes on, bra!...
Lala how the life goes on.

In a couple of years they have built a home sweet home,
With a couple of kids running in the yard,
Of Desmond and Molly Jones... (Ha ha ha ha ha)

Happy ever after in the market place...
Desmond lets the children lend a hand...
Molly stays at home and does her pretty face...
And in the evening she still sings it with the band...
O-bla-di, o-bla-da, life goes on, bra!...
Lala how the life goes on...
O-bla-di, o-bla-da, life goes on, bra!...
Lala how the life goes on.

In a couple of years they have built a home sweet home,
With a couple of kids running in the yard,
Of Desmond and Molly Jones...

Happy ever after in the market place...
Molly lets the children lend a hand...
Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face...
And in the evening she's a singer with the band...
O-bla-di, o-bla-da, life goes on, bra!...
Lala how the life goes on...
O-bla-di, o-bla-da, life goes on, bra!...
Lala how the life goes on.

And if you want some fun,
Sing O-bla-di-bla-da.




Writer: LENNON, JOHN WINSTON / MCCARTNEY, PAUL JAMES
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC



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Not "brah", but "bra". | Reviewer: Kim Bohlin | 3/31/14

From what I've read and understand, The Beatles was inspired by Swedish when writing this song, or, to be more precise, the word "bra", which means "good" in Swedish. The lyrics are "O-bla-di, o-bla-da, life goes on, bra!... "

breah, bra , or brag | Reviewer: Joe | 2/19/14

Can someone tell me what is the correct Word to use in the song, some say BRAH !, reviewed some dictionaries and the Word doews not exists, I think about BRA and gess is a nonsense, however if use BRAG ! then it looks more like both Desmond and Molly are bragging about how the life goes on.

Thank for your opinnion

Cool | Reviewer: Louwess | 1/31/14

Whenever I feel sad, I listen to this song and it makes me feel so much better. I can't explain why, it just does. To me its a song that means whatever happens, even if Desmond and Molly are a gay couple or not, life just goes on.

From my aunt... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/18/14

My aunt is a HUGE Beatles fan(in fact, she's the one who introduced me to them) and she said this was her favorite. So I decided to listen to it and now...its my favorite Beatles song too!!! And also, I'm only 11, so whenever I say I'm a Beatles fan, everyone is so surprised! Its pretty funny

This is my "happy" song. | Reviewer: Ben Rivera | 12/24/13

This song was meant as a lift-up your spirit,and dance song.I can't help but dance and feel an enormous happyness and joy, everytime i listen to it..I believe truly that,Oh Bla Di-Oh Bla Da is one of their best songs ever written.ok, Brah!

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...


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