I like the Beatles ... I'm guessing most people have at least a little bit of love for the Fab 4, right? I mean, I'm not crazy about them, but I like their music ... usually in smaller doses. However, there is a song of theirs that I can't get enough of - and no, it's not really a "manly" song (which means, Paul must've written it). Everytime I hear it, a chill runs down my spine - there aren't really that many songs that can do that to me.
I'm talking about "The Long and Winding Road." I'm sure McCartney probably was talking, at least partially, about the imminent end of the Beatles, but it always reminds me of past "loves," and the unwillingness (or maybe, the inability) to truly give them up.
The music itself is hauntingly beautiful - violins, opera-style voices, and other instruments weaving together marvelously throughout the background of the song, building to an inspiring climax (hey-yo). It's a song that was made for McCartney's voice, and probably couldn't ever be properly covered (with the exception of the late Roy Orbison).
In my opinion, it would have to be in the top 10 greatest "slow songs" of all time, and an argument could be made for it being the greatest ... again, just my opinion.
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