Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I Hope You Sing - I Want To Hold Your Hand


My 3rd cousin brother bought me my 1st Beatles LP record when I visited him in Muar, Johor. That was during the year-end school holidays in 1963. I was so excited when I brought it back to Kuala Lipis. After checking around, I found that there were no Beatles records on sales in this small town, a former capital of Pahang. I started playing the Beatles songs to my friends in my father’s shop (Bakauwali Tailor) almost every afternoon after school.

The gramophone (record player) was belonged to my 2nd cousin brother who worked as a tailor for my late father. My 1st cousin brother was also a tailor in the shop. There were altogether about 8 tailors employed by my father and he was the main cutter. Most of them were Hakka speaking and none of them was English speaking. Nevertheless, they enjoyed listening to the English songs blasted aloud from the loud speakers when I started playing the records. At times we could hear some of them singing along “Yeah Yeah Yeah” with the Beatles! Amazing, isn’t it? Unknowingly, they too became the Beatles’ fans!

Oh Yeah! I was so crazy about the Beatles at that period of time that I copied the images of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr and ink-printed on my T-shirt. I felt so proud of wearing it and showing off to my friends. What a good sign of Beatlemania!

I believe many of us, including the new generation of listeners, still love the songs of the Beatles. I hope you sing - this beautiful song of the Beatles' “I Want To Hold Your Hand”:

Oh yeah, I’ll tell you something,
I think you'll understand.
When I’ll say that something
I want to hold your hand,
I want to hold your hand,
I want to hold your hand.

Oh please, say to me
You'll let me be your man
And please, say to me
You'll let me hold your hand.
Now let me hold your hand,
I want to hold your hand.

And when I touch you I feel happy inside.
It's such a feeling that my love
I can't hide, I can't hide, I can't hide.

Yeah, you've got that something,
I think you'll understand.
When I’ll say that something
I want to hold your hand,
I want to hold your hand,
I want to hold your hand.

And when I touch you I feel happy inside.
It's such a feeling that my love
I can't hide, I can't hide, I can't hide.

Yeah, you've got that something,
I think you'll understand.
When I’ll feel that something
I want to hold your hand,
I want to hold your hand,
I want to hold your hand.
Click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iim6s8Ea_bE to watch and listen to The Beatles singing 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' on YouTube.

1 comment:

jmtan2007.blogspot.com said...

Did u watch the Grammy Awards Ceremony last Monday? Sir Paul Macarthy sang, "I Saw Her Standing There" - one of my favourite Beatles songs. At 65, like Cliff he can still sing like b4. I only watched a bit of it. Missed that interesting part, what a pity. Anyway, I have the VCD showing the young Beatles singing that song. Very good and energetic, the way they sang the song. I also have the DVDs of two Beatles movies, HELP and A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. They were really a great band. Other great songs are CAN'T BUY ME LOVE. HEY JUDE, MICHELLE, YESTERDAY. Paul and John wrote most of their songs. The Fab Four originated from Liverpool. During the 60s, many youngsters copied the mop top Beatles hairdo. I remember my buddy Kong Peng had a Elvis hairstyle during the sixties. He always kept a comb in his back pocket and would comb his greasy hair every now and then. I think I had something akin to a mop top in the 80s after going thru my old photos. Nowadays. youngsters like to spot spicky hairdo with the help of gel. Many Hongkong TV stars amd singers spot uncomb hair hairstyles done by expensive hairdressers! When the musical movie " The King and I" starring the bald headed Yul Brynner became a big hit in the 50s (I think), many people went bald. It's a mad, mad, mad world, my friend. The world is made up of all sorts of crazy people. We have to accept it . If not, we'll go crazy ourselves.