Song Lyric Sunday: The Hollyridge Strings, “I’ll Be Back”

This week, Jim took Maggie’s suggestion that we do "elevator music" today. I held off posting until now because I wanted to see what everyone considered "elevator music."

I was sorely tempted to do what Melanie did, namely find a collection of Muzak and say "here’s a couple of hours of Muzak, knock yourself out," but in reading some of your posts, I got the sense that people aren’t especially fond of "elevator music." I can certainly understand that.

As for me, I like "elevator music," not so much for the music itself but for the feeling it evokes, a sort of liminoid experience or transitional moment in time, where I’m neither here nor there. Like being in an elevator or on an airplane, or wandering around a nearly-empty shopping mall. YouTube user Fardemark has a channel devoted to easy listening records from background music systems like Muzak and Seeburg, while the channel Raw & Real Retail walks through shopping malls, setting the "walks" to production music, music that’s licensed specifically for purposes of being background music to projects like his.

So, now that I’ve blathered on and on (and trust me, I could have blathered much longer), let’s get down to the music…

The US release of the soundtrack album for The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night contained four tracks that were instrumental versions of some of the songs from the movie, played by The Hollyridge Strings. They were a studio orchestra that did easy listening versions of songs by The Beatles, The Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, and other popular acts. One of the songs they covered was "I’ll Be Back," which was on the British soundtrack album and the US album Beatles ’65. It was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon-McCartney). Here is their cover (the "elevator" version) and The Beatles’ original.

The lyrics, from AZLyrics:

You know if you break my heart I’ll go
But I’ll be back again
Cos I told you once before goodbye
But I came back again

I love you so
I’m the one who wants you
Yes, I’m the one
Who wants you, oh ho, oh ho, oh

You could find better things to do
Than to break my heart again
This time I will try to show that I’m
Not trying to pretend

I thought that you would realize
That if I ran away from you
That you would want me too
But I got a big surprise
Oh ho, oh ho, oh

You could find better things to do
Than to break my heart again
This time I will try to show that I’m
Not trying to pretend

I wanna go but I hate to leave you,
You know I hate to leave you , oh ho, oh ho, oh
You, if you break my heart I’ll go
But I’ll be back again

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for May 16, 2021.

18 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: The Hollyridge Strings, “I’ll Be Back”

  1. John, I knew you would do me proud on this one. I recognized the melody but could not put the name to the song right away. What a great choice for the prompt.

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    1. If you’re familiar with the original, you can tell when the Hollyridge version starts on the melody. If you’re not, they sound totally different…

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  2. I like the liminoid experience too. I never knew it had a name for it. Lulu can attest when we are out and about and the background music gets going, I get caught up, going some place else for a moment (or a few). I might even be known to dance a little too.

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