I got no time, kids, and this time it's for real. But I have made it THIS FAR into the year and posted every day, and I'm determined to not let today bring me down. So let's listen to "Wild Honey Pie."
It sounds like all the Beatles are screwing around jovially in the studio, doesn't it? Well, that's an illusion. This entire track was done by Paul, who was screwing around jovially all by himself while John and Ringo worked on other songs. (George was away on a vacation, perhaps because he was getting sick of the toxic White Album sessions generally-- I don't really remember, to be honest.) Paul layered on all the voices and did funky things with this guitar strings and we have this little ditty to show for it.
"Wild Honey Pie" is fine. But it's also a key pillar in George Martin's argument that maybe they should have released a superb single album instead of a quite-awesome-but-sorta-uneven double album, which is what the White Album ended up being. This is the kind of track that's usually first on people's lists of songs that could have been cut.
Even Paul wasn't that keen on keeping it, but as it happens, Pattie Boyd liked it. So it stayed. (It must be nice to be a woman who looks like Pattie Boyd. Such influence!)
Okay, sorry to hop off again, but I just gotta finish a lot of other things. Hopefully more tomorrow!