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Opinion
By James Pavel

5. Let it Be

In the church of Beatle-mania, this is Hallelujah. The “Our Father” of the Fab Four is a band-defining track, partly because people pined for a reunion and refused to acknowledge that the group would be no more. It probably wasn’t easy to watch Lennon venture on his own and work alongside the controversial Yoko Ono. It probably wasn’t easy watching George Harrison appear to have a blast jamming in The Traveling Wilburys, without a Beatle in sight. And Lord knows it’s been painful recognizing that John and George are with us no more. What’s done is done. So let us allow that brief period of musical bliss to be worshiped until eternity. Alas, let it be.

4. Nowhere Man

This one is for the outcasts and vagabonds. It’s for the hermits and the wanderers. It’s for those who never sold their soul for what is now known as the modern-day American dream. It’s for those who’d rather sleep in the back of a van than commit to the nine-to-five work grind. These nowhere men and women are often short of reason and rarely inclined to heed to one’s advice, despite even Paul and John’s strongest efforts. The Beatles go further into the shallows of this nowhere man’s personality, by pointing out his ignorance when it comes to failing to see the significance in virtually anything. The theme of the track is that we all march to the beat of our own drum and if one fails to ever take their own lead, you will be stuck following the tormented paths of anonymous drifters.

3. Yesterday

As a species, we’ve written elaborate books, created thoughtful films and fantasized for days about the possibility of going back in time. It’s a torturous affair, longing for a rewind button only to know as well as even the wisest scientist, that the only unit of time available for tampering is the incoming future. Those who choose to dwell on the past will often perish into the quicksand of bitterness or become overwhelmed with regret. It is enlightened seeds of wisdom like “Yesterday” that remind us why there is no such existence of an insignificant decision.

2. In My Life

The opening few seconds ignites a carousel of goose bumps for anyone with even the slightest connection with this masterpiece. It’s a life’s photo album, one that flickers through each stage of development, quickly stopping at precious moments and reflecting for a brief word. It halts for a lengthier pause at the women that made the hearts of even the mighty Beatles’ melt as these prized dames have been rewarded with voluminous chapters throughout the Brits’ musical catalogue.

1. Here Comes the Sun

You can almost literally see the sun rising over the mountains when the opening riff blossoms. It’s a warm bath of comfort, a song that removes the chills of winter with one swift George Harrison guitar lick. “Here Comes the Sun” is 1960’s audio ecstasy, a song that doesn’t just sound of happiness, but is the theme of where this flawless emotion is manufactured deep inside the soul.

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