Ringo on the Train Song

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Ringo Starr, 1965

Starr, swaddled.

After last night, I should’ve learned my lesson: no posting after your contacts dry out, it’s just gibberish. But this just came over the Mojo Wire: Los Angeles Times man of music Randy Lewis asked our own Ringo Starr about the mysterious 42-second snippet that’s been rocketing around Beatledom. It’s the full track from A Hard Day’s Night, a snippet of which comes out of Ringo’s transistor before being switched off by the upper-class git.

“I hope you don’t mind a crazy ‘Hard Day’s Night’ question,” I said before relating the recent events and asking if he knew the song from that scene from 50 years ago, and perhaps who might have recorded it.

“I’m afraid I have to help keep it a mystery,” he said with a generous smile. “I don’t remember.”

And so the debate rages on; here’s Lewis’ full piece. I’m with Chris Carter, the man who first played the track — I think it’s John, Paul, George and Ringo (or maybe Jimmy Nicol?), pretending to be generic. We’ve heard Ringo on the Train Song, to no avail — maybe Macca can clear things up? Somehow, I doubt it.

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  1. This would seem to make the Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Jimmy scenario more likely, if Ritchie has no recollection of the session.

    I still think it was the Beatles doing a quick parody, recorded by Lester’s sound engineers.
    Ringo not remembering reminded me of the 1970s, when obsessives would grill Groucho on obscure facts about Animal Crackers or I’ll Say She Is, and he’d reply irritably “That was fifty years ago! You expect me to remember that?!”
    Now that so much time has passed, and young Ringo is now elderly and pleading memory loss, I can feel the winds of time and oblivion howling past my ears. I still can’t come to grips with the fact that Ringo is the same age as my mother-in-law, a frail woman who is recovering from a knee replacement.
    You young people on this board: savor every moment. The years fly by.

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