The Beatles — Dear Prudence
Album: White Album
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8.6

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Total ratings: 2612
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Released: 1968
Length: 3:43
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Dear Prudence
Won't you come out to play?
Dear Prudence
Greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful, and so are you
Dear Prudence
Won't you come out to play?

Dear Prudence
Open up your eyes
Dear Prudence
See the sunny skies
The wind is low, the birds will sing
That you are part of everything
Dear Prudence
Won't you open up your eyes?

Look around, round
Look around, round, round
Look around

Dear Prudence
Let me see you smile
Dear Prudence
Like a little child
The clouds will be a daisy chain
So let me see you smile again
Dear Prudence
Won't you let me see you smile?

Dear Prudence
Won't you come out to play?
Dear Prudence
Greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful, and so are you
Dear Prudence
Won't you come out to play?
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To me this is 9 - OUTSTANDING



"Dear Prudence is me.

Written in India.
A song about Mia Farrow's sister, who seemed to go slightly barmy, meditating too long, and couldn't come out of the little hut that we were livin' in.
They selected me and George to try and bring her out because she would trust us.
If she'd been in the West, they would have put her away.
We got her out of the house.
She'd been locked in for three weeks and wouldn't come out, trying to reach God quicker than anybody else.
That was the competition in Maharishi's camp: who was going to get cosmic first.
What I didn't know was I was already cosmic."

— John Lennon, All We Are Saying



 

The Best Album of the 20th Century
You broke a rule!
 a_genuine_find wrote: 
A great song, as is this.
When I was young and simple and new to the canon, Dear Prudence was my favourite Beatles track. Now I'm 47 and I still think this is practically perfect in every way imaginable.

"The wind is low, the birds will sing, that you are part of everything."
 Canlistener wrote:

Ha I'm not alone!

 
Statistically, you are.
Hard to believe it was this day in 1964 that the Beatles landed in New York for their maiden trip to this side of the pond.
~"Want you come out to play?"
Love Prudence....my aunt named her bird Prudence after this song{#Daisy}
 Canlistener wrote:
still gives me hives after all these years.

 
You're still a fool after all these years.

{#Sunny}

 

{#Meditate} {#Meditate} {#Meditate} {#Meditate} {#Meditate}


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"Wouldn't be Prudence."
 Dazzerb wrote:
seriously this is just plain awful.
 
Yesterday was plain awful.
You can say that again.
Yesterday was plain awful, but that's not now...that's then...
 boontonite wrote:
This is the Beatles at there very best, IMO. My wife and I visited the Maharishi's ashram in Rishikesh, India last year and were blown away by the experience, wandering around the deserted camp where so much incredible Beatle's music was hatched. Now I understand that the ashram has been taken over by the government and will be turned into some sort of Beatles amusement park with tours, gift shops, food stands and so on. Glad we went when we did!

 
I hope I ever get the chance to go there, sounds great
Yeah, Beatles White Album, one of the best ...
Play more of it, e.g. "Happiness is a warm gun". Dear Prudence is never played on german radio, I love it, really one of my favourites.
More, more, more ...
{#Music}
 Dazzerb wrote:
seriously this is just plain awful.

 
Ha I'm not alone!
So simple yet astoundingly beautiful. Powerful. Timeless.  The sort of thing you can listen to over and over and over and over again.
John Lennon at his very best. 
 a_genuine_find wrote: 
You stalked 100's of my ratings and this is the best you could find.  We all have are guilty pleasure songs and fortunately for me they are never the Beatles.  
Love it - second track on the White Album - brilliant.
I prefer Siouxsie Sioux's cover of this, Punk meets Psychedelia.
 Dazzerb wrote:
seriously this is just plain awful.

 
10 - Madness - One Step Beyond
seriously this is just plain awful.
Remember standing in line to buy albums on the first day or release? Played it to death, had to buy a second copy, still have it{#Bananajam}
 Yes...two excellent songs !  rpdevotee wrote:
This may be the first time in ten years I've hears RP play two songs from the same performer back to back.

 


This is the Beatles at there very best, IMO. My wife and I visited the Maharishi's ashram in Rishikesh, India last year and were blown away by the experience, wandering around the deserted camp where so much incredible Beatle's music was hatched. Now I understand that the ashram has been taken over by the government and will be turned into some sort of Beatles amusement park with tours, gift shops, food stands and so on. Glad we went when we did!
Why is this not a solid 10?? If this is an 8.5, then everything else is not any higher than an 8 ever recorded...just saying!!
This may be the first time in ten years I've hears RP play two songs from the same performer back to back.
One of the many Beatles songs which still gives me the creeps.
 springof63 wrote:
 Panchoalico wrote:
is that ringo playing the drums??? great, ringo! innovative
 
On_The_Beach wrote:

From Wiki:
". . . Paul McCartney playing the drums in place of Ringo Starr, who had temporarily left the Beatles. . . .
• Paul McCartney – backing vocal, drums, bass, piano, flügelhorn, tambourine, cowbell, handclaps . . ."

 
interviewer  "...so is Ringo Starr the best drummer in the world right now?"

John/Paul "he's not even the best drummer in The Beatles" (snigger)

I thought they were just being flippant - never knew Paul played drums on this track. Maybe they were being serious! {#Laughing}


My recollection from watching that (10-part?) Beatles documentary was that Ringo was feeling out of his element (ie the drum parts were too complex) around the time of the White album and took a hiatus from the Beatles until the other 3 eventually pleaded "Come back Ringo. We still love you.". And he did.  : )

 Panchoalico wrote:
is that ringo playing the drums??? great, ringo! innovative
 
On_The_Beach wrote:

From Wiki:
". . . Paul McCartney playing the drums in place of Ringo Starr, who had temporarily left the Beatles. . . .
• Paul McCartney – backing vocal, drums, bass, piano, flügelhorn, tambourine, cowbell, handclaps . . ."

 
interviewer  "...so is Ringo Starr the best drummer in the world right now?"

John/Paul "he's not even the best drummer in The Beatles" (snigger)

I thought they were just being flippant - never knew Paul played drums on this track. Maybe they were being serious! {#Laughing}
still gives me hives after all these years.
Still gives me goosebumps after all these years.
Dear prudence by The Beatles is the greatest song ever!
Can never be again 😎🎸
What IS the word? Oh yes...sublime.
 BMTR wrote:

f*** The Beatles.

Siouxsie and the Banshees rules! ;-)



 
I suspect you think it's a competition but it's not. It's just artists sharing.
 Panchoalico wrote:
is that ringo playing the drums??? great, ringo! innovative
 
From Wiki:
". . . Paul McCartney playing the drums in place of Ringo Starr, who had temporarily left the Beatles. . . .
• Paul McCartney – backing vocal, drums, bass, piano, flügelhorn, tambourine, cowbell, handclaps . . ."
is that ringo playing the drums??? great, ringo! innovative
 ajlept wrote:
The sustained bass line with the many vignettes by fragmented various other instruments, and Paul's great vocals, make this a perfect piece of music.

 
Paul's vocals are pretty minimal on this number - it's pretty much all Lennon.  But McCartney apparently played several instruments on this - including drums.
It doesn't get any better than this except 'till the next Lennon song.
The sustained bass line with the many vignettes by fragmented various other instruments, and Paul's great vocals, make this a perfect piece of music.
 BMTR wrote:

f*** The Beatles.

Siouxsie and the Banshees rules! ;-)



 
I was going to say how totally ignorant you are BMTR  but you comment speaks volumes on your total ignorance lol sorry but TAKE A LONG HIKE OFF A SHORT PIER — PLEASE!
 
 Egrey wrote:
Who are among the few, if only, artists that can get played twice in a row on RP?  The Beatles, that who.

 
Amen.
 Egrey wrote:
Who are among the few, if only, artists that can get played twice in a row on RP?  The Beatles, that who.

 
Caught my attention too. I agree completely {#Cheesygrin}
Who are among the few, if only, artists that can get played twice in a row on RP?  The Beatles, that who.
 PeterMC3 wrote:
Love this song though it sounds more like it belongs on Pink Floyd's first album than a Beatles track. Shows what versatility the Beatles possessed as they crossed so many musical genres.

 
By 1968 most bands had been delving into psychedelia for a couple of years - The Fab Four among them.  This doesn't sound as "out there" as the stuff on "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" to me though.
 Boy are they sure glad you like a few of their tracks lol  mrs tom, major tom  is calling!!  spare us your drivel lol {#Moon}MrsTom wrote:
One of the few Beatles tracks I like