Her Majesty – Jon Albrink

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There is nothing wrong with “Her Majesty” per se. Lovely melody, witty lyrics, interesting chord structure that references the past while being firmly in the present. Admittedly it does bear a strong resemblance to the Robert Johnson song “They’re Red Hot” – they are similar, but I doubt McCartney consciously stole from the great bluesman.

The Beatles simply should not have had this song at the end. It just doesn’t fit. They should have put "The End" at the end of Abbey Road. It just embodies all The Beatles stand for, especially the last line "In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make"

To have McCartney take over after the end does him, or the record no favors.

The song was originally placed between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam"; McCartney decided that the sequence did not work and the song was edited out of the medley by Abbey Road Studios tape operator John Kurlander. He was instructed by McCartney to destroy the tape, but EMI policy stated that no Beatles recording was ever to be destroyed. The fourteen seconds of silence between "The End" and "Her Majesty" are the result of Kurlander’s lead out tape added to separate the song from the rest of the recording.

The loud chord that occurs at the beginning of the song is the ending, as recorded, of "Mean Mr. Mustard". "Her Majesty" ends abruptly because its own final note was left at the beginning of "Polythene Pam". Paul applauded Kurlander’s "surprise effect" and the track became the unintended closer to the LP.

The ukulele version features an extended lyric by balladeer Jon Albrink. His version was recorded live at Rockwood Music Hall with John Benthal on ukulele

Her Majesty

Her majesty’s pretty and all
but she hasn’t got a lick of sense
Her majesty’s pretty and all
but she’s actually kind of dense
I tried to take her for a walk in the woods
but we couldn’t see the forest for the trees
Her majesty’s pretty and all
That’s why I’m begging on my knees, oh yeah
that’s why I’m begging on my knees

Her majesty’s got a nice shape
But her sweater’s getting in the way
Her majesty’s got a nice shape
That’s why a guy’s gotta pray
I tried to get her in the back of my car
but my buddy wouldn’t give me back the keys
Her majesty’s got a good shape
Some day I’ll see her in the breeze, oh yeah
some day I’ll see her in the breeze

Oh your majesty, oh your majesty, oh your majesty, oh
Oh your majesty, oh your majesty, vo de oh de oh doh
I tried to get in line for a ticket to ride
But it rained so I went and hid my head
Your majesty, oh your majesty
Guess we’ll have to stay in bed, oh yeah
Guess we’ll have to stay in bed

Her majesty’s a pretty nice girl
but she hasn’t got a lot to say
her majesty’s a pretty nice girl
but she changes from day to day
I want to tell her that I love her a lot
But I gotta get a belly full of wine
her majesty’s a pretty nice girl
some day I’m gonna make her mine, oh yeah
Some day I’m gonna make her mine


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jon Albrink is a New York City based singer/songwriter. His two CDs of original songs, “Shimmer and Thrum” and “Private Moon,” have garnered praise for their “haunting melodies and arrangements”… “beautiful, soulful, intelligent music”…”perfect lyrics.” Jon has collaborated on songs withPeter Valentine, Jeff Franzel, Nikki Gregoroff, Amanda Homi, Phil Galdston and Danielia Cotton, among others. He performs regularly as a solo artist and with Amanda Homi’s “Drumgirl” band.

Jon’s vocal performance is also featured on the recently released “Rosler’s Recording Booth” on the Don Rosler song “Pretty as Ever.”

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from Abbey Road, released August 14, 2012
Ukulele Version #149 – November 12 2011

Jon Albrink: Vocals, guitar
John Benthal : Ukulele

Recorded at Live at Rockwood Music Hall NYC on The Abattoir iPhone.

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