It’s Paul McCartney’s birthday today. I love Paul McCartney. It’s also Wednesday and if there’s one thing I need on a Wednesday, other than beer or wine earlier than I needed them on Tuesday, it’s something distracting and preferably a bit silly to keep the mind ticking over and to act as a shot in the arm to get me through to the weekend.
I’ll get a little bit of historical blurb in first, just to pad this out a tad.
“A song about everything and nothing,” ‘Hello, Goodbye’ was the Beatles’ first release after the death of manager Brian Epstein. Its B-side, much to John Lennon’s annoyance, was ‘I Am the Walrus’. It was Christmas Number One in the UK in 1967, and spent the longest time at the top of the singles charts since ‘She Loves You’ in 1963 (seven weeks; three in the US).
So what if Rolling Stone magazine felt there are 99 better Beatles songs? Maybe there are. I love its simplicity and multitude of percussion instruments (there are bongos, congas and maracas). It’s classic upbeat McCartney and a song fans across the world could always sing along to.
The working title was ‘Hello, Hello’, but that would have taken approximately half the fun out of this post.
So, if you haven’t guessed where this is going today: songs with ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’ in the lyric, please (it doesn’t have to be the title). Here are five of each for you to identify and there are loads more of these, loads and loads and loads, so you ought to hang your head in shame if you can’t think of at least five of each so that we can all play along into Thursday and even beyond.
Bonus points for remembering songs with both ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ in the lyric. Gary Glitter songs, for obvious reasons, are not allowed.
“‘Cause a mouse’s stomach
Could never get big enough to hold a streetcar
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye”
“Hello, Detroit auto-worker
Let me thank you for your time”
“While I laughed, I wondered whether
I could wave goodbye
Knowing that you’d gone”
“Hello – hurrah!
I hope rain stops play”
“Holding up their rifles high
Holding their young wives who wave goodbye”
“Hello, I know that you’ve been feeling tired
I bring you love”
“Goodbye daughters of the revolution
Open your eyes and see your solution”
“Zelda lays up the track sheet
“Goodbye to all the past
I guess that we’ll meet
We’ll meet in the end”