and now for the songs . . . August 7, 2021

28) Paul McCartney, “Love In the Open Air”

The lovely theme song for The Family Way, a ’66 UK comedy-drama about newlyweds. Paul and George (Martin) wrote the film’s score with time on their hands after the Beatles stopped touring and John went off to film How I Won the War.  

29) John Lennon, “Child of Nature”

Of course it sounds familiar — think “Jealous Guy” on the Imagine album, but John actually wrote the music on the Beatles’s trek to India. From “I’m just a child of nature, I don’t need much to set me free. I’m just a child of nature, I’m one of nature’s children” to “I didn’t mean to hurt you, I’m sorry that I made you cry. Oh no, I didn’t want to hurt you, I’m just a jealous guy.” Yeah, I guess that was Yoko.

30) The Idle Race, “Days of Broken Arrows”

This May ’69 single flopped. “Don’t be too sad when you’re waiting for death. The message on the garden wall says Mickey Mouse is bad.” WTF? Jeff Lynne went on to dominate the 70’s.

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