Composer(s) : Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison
Year : 1963
Chords/Tabs: Act Naturally
KEY G Major
Intro -> Verse -> Bridge -> Verse -> Break (intro) ->
Verse -> Bridge -> Verse -> Outro (w/complete ending)
INFLUENTIAL VERSION Buck Owens (1963)
- This Rockabilly entry goes much further down the "coontryish" path
than any Beatles original had to-date but it works in context, due
in large part to Ringo's unvarnished vocal which sounds astonishingly
similar in treatment to the Buck Owens original.
- The music is built on a sturdy and frugal set of chords limited to
just I, IV, V, and V-of-V; the latter held back for strategic deployment
at the end of the bridge. The arrangement is characterized by a recurrent
obbligato for the low strings of the guitar (w/low E tuned down to D!)
and the tapping of drumsticks.
- Beyond the lead vocal, the Beatles version matches the original in
many other respects including same key, same basic arrangement right
down to the tapping, and the backing vocal part for the bridges.
- There are some differences, as well, the most significant of which
affects the form: the music used by the Beatles for Intro/Outro/and
Break appears in the original only for the break and even there it is
used in abbreviated form. At the detailed level, the original uses
a boogie-like arpeggio bassline for the bridge while the Beatles
stay with the oompah figuration used in the verse. Paul continues
the backing vocal into the final verse whereas the original omits
it. And, for those more or less exclusively acquainted with the
Beatles version, the different scanning of the words by Owens sounds
somehow "wrong" at first.
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