Writing about the Safari EP by The Breeders reminded me that I had long planned to mention this song for a while. It’s by far my favourite song by The Beatles - the connection with The Breeders is that they did an ok cover on their first LP Pod.
The first of two “spoken word” songs, this is the tale of Waldo Jeffers, who misses his girlfriend Marsha after she returns home when school ends. He decides to post himself in a box to see her.
It doesn’t end well for Waldo. “That schmuck.”
This song (approximately, at least) marked the transition from the old twee pop Beatles to the much more interesting act that they became.
This version of the early-19th Century Christmas carol is mixed with a simulated news bulletin based on events of 3rd August 1966.
No mention, sadly, of England’s World Cup win only five days previous.