The Greatest Song Ever Written
could steal but she could not rob"
My kids once asked me what was
the greatest song ever written. This
is like asking what is the greatest color is or the greatest ice cream
flavor, certainly not a question to be taken too seriously because there
just is no answer. But in my
mind maybe there is an answer? So
I began a process of elimination. Who
is the greatest singer or group? That
was easy--the Beatles, no argument.
And what was their best album?
Another easy one--Abby Road.
The back side of the record contains 11 tracks, ten listed and one bonus track "Her Majesty." All 10 tracks have very small gaps between them and also it is difficult to separate songs because the segues are seamless and there is just a fraction of a second between songs. Continuing discussion rages about which songs on the back form into what medleys. My choice is clear. The best song on the album came down to two songs, or more precisely it came down to two song medleys, the three song medley Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She came in Through the Bathroom Window which to my mind is an obvious medley, and the other song medley Golden Slumbers/Carry that Weight/The End.
So of these two songs which are both three song medleys, I initially selected the Golden medley probably for as many reasons as I would have selected the Mustard medley. One reason was Mustard had slightly better lyrics but than Golden had better segues and that "oh look out" transition between Pam and Window is as magical as you can get. But then it’s so confusing trying to compare two perfects because every time I listen I change my mind.
To me there is no such thing as an actual “song” Polythene Pam or She Came In Through the Bathroom Window or The End. These are pieces of a medley that have to be together just as Beethoven's second of the 5th can't be considered alone. Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came in Through the Bathroom Window are absolutely inseparable like the Blessed Trinity, and the other song group Golden works the same way. So my conclusion is that Golden and Mustard are the greatest two songs ever written.
She's so good looking but
Once there was a way to
You're gonna carry that weight,