Beautiful bridges

Beautiful bridges

Postby Nightjar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:59 pm

Here are an thread devoted to songs that may be good, or may be various shades of less so, but which have very lovely, elegant and/or groovy bridge sections.

So, post them off of Youtube on the HotW - if you can think of any - and include the time at which said bridge begins and ends.

Anyway, I was just listening to (some of) Walls and Bridges by John Lemon and I think the bridge from "Bless You" is very sweet and actually better than the rest of the song (although I still like the song a lot).

From 1:41 to 2:25...

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Re: Beautiful bridges

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:03 pm

The opening to that song sounds like the opening to Band on the Run. :happy:
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Re: Beautiful bridges

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:18 pm

Which definition are we using for, "Bridge?" Do we mean the extra bit that sometimes leads from the verse into the chorus or do we mean the bit that comes after the second chorus before the song returns to its original format?

For instance, the first defintion would be the part of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds between 1:03 and 1:21.




The second definition would be the part in This One between 2:07 and 2:29.

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Re: Beautiful bridges

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:18 pm

Either way, the above are both good examples of such a thing. :box:
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Re: Beautiful bridges

Postby Nightjar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:39 pm

Bits what are different to the verses and chorus but aren't the intro or outro and usually come before the final, er... chorus?
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Re: Beautiful bridges

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:16 pm

I felt it best to clarify the situation, as I didn't want to risk posting the wrong kind of bridge and bringing chaos down upon the forum. I think we all remember the carnage that Radiatorgate caused. We wouldn't want another scandal like that one to befall us. :bowtie:
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Re: Beautiful bridges

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:40 pm

Actually McCartney often does strange things with bridges. As a default, his songs use one of the following three structures...

ABABCAB (eg; This One, as heard above)
ABABCABCAB (eg; Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da)
or
AACACA (eg; Hey Jude/Yesterday )

...where 'C' represents the bridge, 'A' represents the verse and 'B' represents the chorus.

But, for instance, Listen What The Man Said uses ABABCBCBCB, so the bridge basically takes the place of the verse halfway through the song with the verse dumped altogether.

The first bridge arrives at 1:14, lasts until 1:35.




C-Moon doesn't even have a verse. It just has a chorus and a bridge and goes BCBCBCB and cunningly changes the bridge each time to make the bridge function like it's a verse.

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Re: Beautiful bridges

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:54 pm

Tug of War gives us a verse followed by a bridge followed by a verse followed by a second bridge followed by the return of the first bridge followed by the verse, giving us A-C-A-C2-C-A. It's total madness. :dontpanic:

First bridge: 0:56.
2nd bridge: 2:05.
First bridge returns: 2:39.

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Re: Beautiful bridges

Postby Nightjar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:30 pm

Short and sweet...

2:17 - 2:25

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Re: Beautiful bridges

Postby Nightjar on Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:43 pm

On the subject of Macca, Live and Let Die is an interesting one too, where he creates the famous reggae-inflected bridge - more of an interlude really - either side of George Martin's bombastic orchestral arrangement.

I guess it's barely worth saying, but Macca was always very ambitious and clearly watched Martin and the way he arranged music very closely.
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