I Want You

“Brevity is the soul of lingerie” – Dorothy Parker
Although this blog is called Words & Music there are situations that call for economy in the use of words. 
The longest song The Beatles ever released (except for the experimental Revolution 9) is “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” which clocks in at 7 minutes 47 seconds. It contains 12 words:
            I want you so bad it’s driving me mad
            She’s so heavy
But you wouldn’t know it listening to the song. It sounds like it’s full of words because John keeps repeating them in slightly different form:
            I want you
            I want you so bad, babe
            I want you so bad it’s driving me mad
            It’s driving me mad
That’s 22 words, but it’s really only 9 words that are mixed around a bit.
It’s about lust, of course. A feeling that can tie the tongue of the best of us. Words can seem maddeningly ineffective in the face of such naked passion. So you try to get by with the fewest you can. It’s not the size that matters anyway; it’s what you do with it.

Published by mikepowernyc

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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