10 Reasons Why "Octopus's Garden" is a Great Song

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  1. Billy Moss

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    It's a great Ringo song and it was on the last Beatles record.
     
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    Didn't Ringo also write it?
     
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    Without a good song, all the great guitar playing in the world is piffle.

    How many Beatles fans defending this song would slag Satriani or Vai for being "technically competent but lacking songs"?

    This song is weak. Weak. Great guitar playing doesn't rescue it. And I'm writing this as a dyed-in-the-wool Beatles fan.
     
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    Tentacular?
     
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    I’m not a huge Beatles fan and I don’t slag those guys, either.
    And I still think it’s a fine piece, even if it is lighter weight.
    I don’t think every song has to be art.
     
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    in the pub, no less.
     
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    dank Consummate Beatles Fan Silver Supporting Member

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    OP, when you can write and perform a song that continues to get airplay and bring smiles to people’s faces 50 years on, let us all know.
     
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    Musically, it's a cut above. The arrangement, the performances, and the details (the parts), are so good. The lead vocals and lyrics are a joke on that tune.
     
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    I remember dancing to this song in kindergarten (1974-75)- it was my introduction to the Beatles. I generally skip over it now- but it was important when I was a kid.
     
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    When you can cook a perfect chicken cordon bleu, you can say you don't like a meal at a restaurant. When you can paint a nighttime cafe scene, you can have an opinion on Van Gogh. When you can write a best-seller, you can say you don't like Hemingway.

    See where I'm going with this?

    Here, here's about 40% of my current Latin: de gustibus non disputandum. Last I checked, equal accomplishments are not a requirement for registering a dislike for a piece of art.
     
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    It ended up on their greatest hits.
     
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    "Ringo gets very bored playing the drums, so at home he plays the piano. But [he only] knows about three chords. And he knows about the same on guitar. He mainly likes country music, so this has a country and western feel. [‘Octopus’s Garden’ is] really a great song. On the surface, it’s a daft kids’ song, but I find the lyrics very meaningful. I find very deep meaning in the lyrics which Ringo probably doesn’t even know about.

    “Lines like ‘Resting our head on the seabed’ and ‘We’ll be warm beneath the storm’, it makes me realize that when you get deep into your consciousness it’s very peaceful. So Ringo writes his cosmic songs without knowing it.”
     
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    Historically, not one of my favorite tunes, but I find it very, very hard to argue with anything the OP has stated.

    I may need to go give it another listen!
     
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    It is just simply a fun tune. I like the OP's take on it.
     
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    It helps us understand that putting plastic in the garden is wrong
     
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    Ok, can we at least all agree that it's better than any music produced from 1997 to current? :idea

    :dunno
     
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    Man I wish there was a forum on the TGP Pub where we could only discuss the music!

    ~ss
     
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    Proof that one man's drivel is another man's hit.
     
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  20. Gig Young

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    Quite a few of the Beatles songs were in the whimsy territory...
    You Know My name Look up my number
    Yellow submarine
    Obla di obla da
    etc.
    McCartney's Let 'em In

    Without whimsy... There would be no whimsy
    and only crappola novelty songs
     
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