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Another first round battle in the Song Bracket features a fated match.

Paul versus Paul.

“Yesterday” versus “Where have you gone, Joe Dimaggio?”

As the poet Shelley said, “our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.”

Paul McCartney and Paul Simon wrote some of the sweetest, most unforgettable tunes ever—and they both know that in song, sadness catches the sweet.

What’s sadder than a bright, but fading yesterday? Death isn’t sad. Getting old is sad.  Yesterday is sad.

Sweetness surrounds the dying to ease the pain.

With Paul and Paul into the pain we go, and ripen, and feel the sweetness flow.

So who wins this contest?   It comes down to “I’m sad now because I was happy” versus “We (a nation) are sad now, because we were happy.”

Paul McCartney wins—because he took a word—Yesterday—and made it a song almost by itself.

By comparison, the Paul Simon song is a history lesson of some kind.

The song, “Yesterday,” is quicker poison.

Yesterday advances, it’s giant shadow covering Joe DiMaggio.




  1. maryangeladouglas said,

    March 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I like especially the idea, perception that McCartney made a poem out of one word in that song. Beautiful idea. I don’t think of nostalgia as poison though. I think of it as something that keeps us alive that much longer on earth because the search for time past is virtually endless.

  2. noochinator said,

    March 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    O Scarriet, sweetest Scarriet,
    Such beauty I’ve not sens’d—
    Since I was in my mother’s womb,
    Betwixt times when she mens’d

  3. March 12, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Nooch . . . take your meds. 😁

    • noochinator said,

      March 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Cheers, Gar, I didn’t know that was you at first! Here’s a hilarious one:

      • noochinator said,

        March 14, 2017 at 12:17 pm

        “… aren’t you all entitled to your half-arsed musings on the divine. You’ve thought about eternity for twenty five minutes and think you’ve come to some interesting conclusions. Well let me tell you, I stand with two thousand years of darkness and bafflement and hunger behind me. My kind have harvested the souls of a million peasants and I couldn’t give a ha’penny jizz for your internet assembled philosophy!”

  4. March 12, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Tom, you forgot a few things on your song list:

    A working class hero is something to be – John Lennon

    All we are saying is give peace a chance – John Lennon

    Imagine there’s no heaven – John Lennon

    Just saying.

    • thomasbrady said,

      March 15, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Ghost, if there’s 16 song places and thousands of good songs, one doesn’t “forget” so much as despair at finding the best to put in the competition.

      I always preferred John’s “Imagine I’m in love with you…” (one of the Beatles’ first hits) to Imagine there’s no heaven—though the latter is pretty clever. We included a Beatles song—Yesterday. We left out Bob Dylan.

  5. March 15, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Well, Dylan has thousands of great lines all by himself but, don’t worry, the. Nobel Committee took care of that for you.

    P.S. I’ve decided to change my name.

  6. March 15, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Actually I feel more like the Ghost of Harrison.

    • March 16, 2017 at 12:15 am

      McCartney is the musician.

      Lennon was the activist.

      Harrison was the poet.

      • March 16, 2017 at 12:22 am

        And God bless good ol’ Ringo!

        • thomasbrady said,

          March 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm

          Ghost, you are on fire with your commentary and your insight!

        • noochinator said,

          March 17, 2017 at 11:55 am

          Ringo is the snookeroo:

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