All Together Now

Most critics have said that The Beatles' "new" contributions for the soundtrack to their animated film Yellow Submarine were mostly filler. That's not strictly the case--George's "It's All Too Much" is one of his most underrated songs, and John's "Hey Bulldog" has its fans--but the description certainly fits this timekiller from Paul. The movie's visuals dress up what is otherwise one of his weaker lyrical attempts, which is little more than a nursery-rhyme game. (However, it's also disconcerting to see a G-rated cartoon sporting a song that asks, "Can I take my friend to bed?") The song works better in retrospect than when you're actually listening to it.

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