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Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby

Composer(s) : Carl Perkins
Year : 1957

Chords/Tabs: Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby

Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby

KEY E Major

METER 4/4

FORM

              - 2X -                            ------ 2X -----
     Intro -> Verse -> Verse (solo) -> Verse -> Verse (solo) ->
     - 2X -
     Verse -> Outro (complete ending)

COMPOSER Carl Perkins

INFLUENTIAL VERSION Carl Perkins (1958)

- Yet another Perkins song, dropped out of the repertoire during '63 only to return for '64 and '65, likely in order to give George a solo vocal with which to fill the gap between "Roll Over Beethoven" and "If I Needed Someone," the poor guy.

- This one sports the familiar Perkins signature of a lengthy form with unusual repeat patterns and multiple sections for instrumental solo. In contrast to "Honey Don't", this time every section is in the classic 12-bar blues mold. Indeed, the 4+8 inner structure of each frame obviates the need for a separate refrain since the longer second half of each section provides its functional equivalent.

- The Beatles opt for a thick, muddy sounding instrumental backing that makes Perkins' original look primitive and homespun in comparison. The choice of key and form though match up with the original.

SOME FINAL THOUGHTS

Going In And Out of Style

- The following chart, derived from data published in Lewisohn's "Live" book, provides some insight into the historical layering of the Beatles cover repertoire. The data below covers only the six songs under discussion in this article, but I'd suggest the same technique *should* be applied to their entire catalog; volunteers ? :-)



Ook op Beatles for Sale:

ChordsNotes On
No Reply No Reply
I'm a Loser I'm a Loser
Baby's in Black Baby's in Black
Rock & Roll Music Rock & Roll Music
I'll Follow the Sun I'll Follow the Sun
Mr. Moonlight Mr. Moonlight
Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley] Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley]
Eight Days a Week Eight Days a Week
Words of Love Words of Love
Honey Don't Honey Don't
Every Little Thing Every Little Thing
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
What You're Doing What You're Doing
Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby

Ook op Live At The BBC:

ChordsNotes On
Beatle Greetings (speech) 
From Us To You 
Riding On A Bus (speech) 
I Got A Woman 
Too Much Monkey Business 
Keep Your Hands Off My Baby 
I'll Be On My Way 
Young Blood 
A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues 
Sure To Fall 
Some Other Guy 
Thank You Girl Thank You Girl
Sha La La La La! (speech) 
Baby It's You Baby It's You
That's All Right (mama) 
Carol 
Soldier Of Love 
A Little Rhyme (speech) 
Clarabella 
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (over You) 
Crying, Waiting, Hoping 
Dear Wack! (speech) 
You've Really Got a Hold on Me You've Really Got a Hold on Me
To Know Her Is To Love Her 
A Taste of Honey A Taste of Honey
Long Tall Sally Long Tall Sally
I Saw Her Standing There I Saw Her Standing There
The Honeymoon Song 
Johnny B. Goode 
Memphis, Tennessee 
Lucille 
Can't Buy Me Love Can't Buy Me Love
From Fluff To You (speech) 
Till There Was You Till There Was You
Crinsk Dee Night 
A Hard Day's Night A Hard Day's Night
Have A Banana! 
I Wanna Be Your Man I Wanna Be Your Man
Just A Rumour 
Roll over Beethoven Roll over Beethoven
All My Loving All My Loving
Things We Said Today Things We Said Today
She's a Woman She's a Woman
Sweet Little Sixteen 
1822! 
Lonesome Tears In My Eyes 
Nothin' Shakin' 
The Hippy Hippy Shake 
Glad All Over 
I Just Don't Understand 
So How Come (no One Loves Me) 
I Feel Fine I Feel Fine
I'm a Loser I'm a Loser
Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
Rock & Roll Music Rock & Roll Music
Ticket to Ride Ticket to Ride
Dizzy Miss Lizzy Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley] Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley]
Set Fire To That Lot! 
Matchbox Matchbox
I Forgot To Remember To Forget 
Love These Goon Shows! 
I Got To Find My Baby 
Ooh! My Soul 
Ooh! My Arms 
Don't Ever Change 
Slow Down Slow Down
Honey Don't Honey Don't
Love Me Do Love Me Do

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