The two ways of singing the chorus of West End girls

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The two ways of singing the chorus of West End girls

#1 Post by Greendrake » Sat 30 Nov 2019, 5:10 am

In a West End town, a dead end world
the East End boys and West End girls
In a West End town, a dead end world
the East End boys and West End girls
Not sure if this was talked about before, but on the original record the second, bold "East End boys" words are sung at a higher note than the first.

Neil used to sing it that way consistently until 2002 when he started to sing both "East End boys" lines without difference (which strikes me as a somewhat dull letdown).

Occasionally Neil would still sing it the original nice way (RAH 2017, Hyde Park 2019). When he does not, fans would do it for him as at ROH 2018.

Was there ever any comment from them as to why? Why did Neil stop singing it the original way?

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Re: The two ways of singing the chorus of West End girls

#2 Post by misterme » Sat 30 Nov 2019, 10:49 am

On the first version of West End Girls, the one prior to the Parlophone era, Neil even sings some of the choruses with the higher notes for both of the East End Boys occurences.
So I guess there are three ways for Neil to sing this chorus.
I think he has dropped the higher notes for technical reasons. It has become difficult for him to reach those notes now. His vocal cords might not be as flexible as they once were.

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Re: The two ways of singing the chorus of West End girls

#3 Post by TallThinMan » Sat 30 Nov 2019, 11:41 am

That’s a very interesting observation. Musically Neil’s singing the D note instead of the G above it. I suspect it’s laziness or perhaps he simply forgot?

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Re: The two ways of singing the chorus of West End girls

#4 Post by Sandy Shaw » Sat 30 Nov 2019, 4:10 pm

Sometimes it's easier for singers ''live'' to let a miss a few of the higher notes...
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Re: The two ways of singing the chorus of West End girls

#5 Post by herts101 » Mon 02 Dec 2019, 11:56 pm

On a similar note, I’ve always been quite intrigued by the way Robbie Williams manages to change the meaning of the Jealousy chorus on Concrete, by changing just a couple of words from:

“Do you lie?
Do you try
to keep in touch? You know you could
I've tried to see your point of view
but could not hear or see
for jealousy”

to

“Do you lie?
Do you try
to keep in touch? You know I could’ve
tried to see your point of view
but could not hear or see
for jealousy”

I know many will always see this as sacrilege but I quite like the alternative take on the conversation.




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