Beatles songs in chronological order

From time to time, I find myself organizing Beatles songs chronologically. This is a bit tricky, since the songs were released in three different formats — singles, EPs, and LPs — and released on different dates in the U.S.A. and the U.K. The singles and EPs appear on the Past Master collection, and the chronology isn’t obvious.

If you want an example of how convoluted the release dates can get, consider Magical Mystery Tour. It was released in the U.K. as a double EP on Dec. 8, 1967; but in fact it came out first (Nov. 27) in the U.S.A., as an LP. But four of the songs included on the U.S. LP (“All You Need Is Love / Baby You’re A Rich Man” and “Hello Goodbye / I Am The Walrus”) were released earlier still as singles in the U.K.; and those songs were not included in the U.K. EP.

In the U.K., most of the singles were not included on the LPs. I find it interesting to know that, for example, “We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper” belongs with Rubber Soul; and “Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane” with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Here, mostly for my own future reference, is a chronological list based on release date (rather than the alternative option, recording date).

Same sex marriage

“The right to marry whoever one wishes is an elementary human right compared to which ‘the right to attend an integrated school, the right to sit where one pleases on a bus, the right to go into any hotel or recreation area or place of amusement, regardless of one’s skin or color or race’ are minor indeed.

Even political rights, like the right to vote, and nearly all other rights enumerated in the Constitution, are secondary to the inalienable human rights to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence; and to this category the right to home and marriage unquestionably belongs.”

Via Andrew Sullivan, in the aftermath of a court decision overturning California’s same sex marriage ban.

Book me a space in heaven, please!

To be in hell is to drift … to be in heaven is to steer.

George Bernard Shaw, Don Juan In Hell.

What’s been done

“What’s been done in the name of Jesus?
What’s been done in the name of Buddha?
What’s been done in the name of Islam?
What’s been done in the name of man?
What’s been done in the name of liberation?
And in the name of civilization?
And in the name of race?
And in the name of peace?

Loves to see
Justice done
On somebody else.”

Bruce Cockburn, “Justice”

Sticks and stones

“everything we’ve built
could be our demise
it’s the sticks and stones
that wear us down
that often save our lives”

Mute Math, Break The Same

Made me laugh

“You know it’s late July when the Montreal Gazette’s editorialists deem acceptable any “backyard chicken operation” that’s doesn’t contravene existing noise, smell and pest regulations. All we can say is: Someone moves chickens into the backyard next to ours, there’s going to be trouble. And fried chicken.”

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