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Please Mr. Postman

Composer(s) : Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, and Robert Bateman
Year : 1961
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Chords/Tabs: Please Mr. Postman

Please Mister Postman

KEY A Major

METER 4/4

FORM Intro -> Refrain -> Verse -> Verse -> Refrain -> Verse -> Refrain -> Refrain -> Refrain (fadeout)

COMPOSERS Dobbin/Garrett/Garman/Brianbert

INFLUENTIAL VERSION The Marvelletes (1961)

- Every section of this song is based on the same I -> vi -> IV -> V chord progression, one of *the* most popular cliches of early Rock and Roll, yet one which for some reason the Beatles generally eschewed.

- The monotony of the harmonic plan tends to blur somewhat the distinction between what is "refrain" and "verse", but it should be noted how the former utiltizes dramatic antiphonal counterpoint between the backing and lead vocals, while the latter features the lead up front with the backers softly oooh-ing. One of the other covers here features similarly conspicuous antiphony (see "Devil In Her Heart") and this sort of device would eventually become a major trademark of the Beatles original work; think of the likes of "You Can't Do That" and "You're Going To Lose That Girl." In "Postman" the vocal antiphony starts, bang!, right in the intro, and I for one can't avoid hearing a direct resonance between those opening shouts of "Wait!" and the Boys own "Help!"

- John is double tracked while the Marvellete's lead is *not*. Otherwise the arrangement of both versions is essentially the same, allowing of course for the large change of key required to accomodate the different vocal ranges of the two groups.

- Incidentally, you'll find that there is some confusion over the authorship of this song if you compare various sources. Current CD pressings of WTB credit the team listed above. However the older LP copies of the "Second Album" list just "Holland" and this is supported by the Parlophone company-memo originally defining the running order for WTB as reproduced in Lewisohn's "Recording Sessions." Note though that Lewisohn's "Live" book lists it as "Holland/Bateman/Gordy." Does anybody out there know what I sense must be an interesting story behind this ?




Ook op With the Beatles:

ChordsNotes On
It Won't Be Long It Won't Be Long
All I've Got to Do All I've Got to Do
All My Loving All My Loving
Don't Bother Me Don't Bother Me
Little Child Little Child
Till There Was You Till There Was You
Please Mr. Postman Please Mr. Postman
Roll over Beethoven Roll over Beethoven
Hold Me Tight Hold Me Tight
You've Really Got a Hold on Me You've Really Got a Hold on Me
I Wanna Be Your Man I Wanna Be Your Man
Devil in Her Heart Devil in Her Heart
Not a Second Time Not a Second Time
Money (That's What I Want) Money (That's What I Want)

Ook op On Air - Live At The BBC Vol 2:

ChordsNotes On
And Here We Are Again (speech) 
Words of Love Words of Love
How About It, Gorgeus? (speech) 
Do You Want to Know a Secret Do You Want to Know a Secret
Lucille 
Hey, Paul... (speech) 
Anna (Go to Him) Anna (Go to Him)
Hello! (speech) 
Please Please Me Please Please Me
Misery Misery
I'm Talking About You 
A Real Treat (speech) 
Boys Boys
Absolutely Fab (speech) 
Chains Chains
Ask Me Why Ask Me Why
Till There Was You Till There Was You
Lend Me Your Comb 
Lower 5e (speech) 
The Hippy Hippy Shake 
Roll over Beethoven Roll over Beethoven
There's a Place There's a Place
Bumper Bundle (speech) 
P.S. I Love You P.S. I Love You
Please Mr. Postman Please Mr. Postman
Beautiful Dreamer 
Devil in Her Heart Devil in Her Heart
The 49 Weeks (speech) 
Sure To Fall 
Never Mind, Eh? (speech) 
Twist and Shout Twist and Shout
Bye, Bye (speech) 
John Pop Profile (speech) 
George Pop Profile (speech) 
I Saw Her Standing There I Saw Her Standing There
Glad All Over 
Lift Lid Again (speech) 
I'll Get You I'll Get You
She Loves You She Loves You
Memphis, Tennessee 
Happy Birthday, Dear Saturday Club 
Now Hush, Hush (speech) 
From Me to You From Me to You
Money (That's What I Want) Money (That's What I Want)
I Want to Hold Your Hand I Want to Hold Your Hand
Brian Bathtubes 
This Boy This Boy
If I Wasn't In America 
I Got A Woman 
Long Tall Sally Long Tall Sally
If I Fell If I Fell
A Hard Job Writing Them (speech) 
And I Love Her And I Love Her
Oh, Can't We? Yes We Can (speech) 
You Can't Do That You Can't Do That
Honey Don't Honey Don't
I'll Follow the Sun I'll Follow the Sun
Green With Black Shutters (speech) 
Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley] Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley]
That's What We're Here For (speech) 
I Feel Fine (Studio Outtake)
Paul Pop Profile (speech) 
Ringo Pop Profile (speech) 

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