Snow Scenes, the Beatles and “Ticket to Ride”

Well, this post has come about because of the plethora of snow images that seem to have come my way this week. It’s been a really cold one and although we’ve avoided snowfall in our neck of the woods, I know that many other parts of the country have had a fair bit – Beautiful if falling in remote scenic places but a bit of a pain if you have to dig your car out for the commute to work.

Yesterday morning we had the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics which are taking place this time in South Korea. A spectacle of a show as expected with technology playing a large part in the proceedings. I can hardly believe however that there is to be a joint Team Korea at these games. Athletes from the North and South walked into the stadium together, dressed in identical “cosy” outfits behind a unifying blue and white flag. Considering the childish badinage that has taken place between some of our world leaders of late (who really should know better), this was a wonderful sight – The power of sport in bringing people together toward a common goal.

winter olympics

But here are the pictures that have inspired today’s song choice. Our “across the road neighbours” got back from their skiing holiday this week and sent me a few of the shots they had taken there. Turns out they had visited Obertauern in Austria, which is where they filmed those very snowy segments for the Beatles film Help!. Over 50 years later and it seems that it’s still the resort’s main claim to fame, as the pictures below show.

Obertauern

Obertauern
Obertauern in Austria where the Beatles filmed Help!

I always loved the snow scenes in that film and of course that was also when the song Ticket to Ride was included, to accompany their “madcap” antics. The Beatles were dressed in those iconic outfits, black against the white snow, complete with top hats, cape-like jackets and “bunnets”.

To quote Paul:
“It was good to make Help! and it’s a nice film. It’s funny. It’s a period film now. We just took it all very lightly, we had a laugh, and in the snow. All the snow scenes were cos the lads wanted a holiday, they were fed up working.”

Ticket to Ride by the Beatles:

I am not going to insult anyone’s intelligence by explaining who the Beatles were so we’ll stick to the song. Released as a single in April 1965, it became the Beatles’ seventh consecutive No. 1 hit in the UK and their third consecutive No. 1 in the US. It similarly topped the charts in many other parts of the world. The song was recorded in London for the album “Help!” and it marked a progression in their work relative to previous releases. The Beatles it seems were growing up!

But of course being a great fan of the Carpenters, I will have to include their version which was originally recorded in 1969 but then re-recorded for their first Greatest Hits album in 1973. Arranged by Richard Carpenter, the song has a very different sound – The long piano intro means it doesn’t even really kick in until 0:35, and in the capable hands of Karen Carpenter, the line “I think I’m gonna be sad” sounds truly convincing.

No snow here today fortunately, and blue skies, so we’re going to head out shortly to enjoy the day. Hopefully these Winter Olympics in South Korea will provide a fair bit of entertainment over the next couple of weeks as unlike in years gone by, Team GB actually win a fair amount of medals nowadays, on the ice and on the snow. There are also usually a few locals in the Curling Team which always adds to the excitement and has made us all experts. It looks comical, but it’s always impressive how they can sweep the ice to make the stone curl, or go faster. I will leave you with a picture of the view I wake up to from my bedroom window if there’s been a fall of snow overnight – Lucky me, but sadly no Carpenters lurking amongst the trees in my forest!

45 22nd Dec Craig Phadrig hill covered in snow

Until next time….

Ticket to Ride Lyrics
(Song by John Lennon/Paul McCartney)

I think I’m gonna be sad
I think it’s today, yeah
The girl that’s driving me mad
Is going away

She’s got a ticket to ride
She’s got a ticket to ride
She’s got a ticket to ride
But she don’t care

She said that living with me
Is bringing her down, yeah
For she would never be free
When I was around

She’s got a ticket to ride
She’s got a ticket to ride
She’s got a ticket to ride
But she don’t care

I don’t know why she’s riding so high
She ought to think twice
She ought to do right by me
Before she gets to saying goodbye
She ought to think twice
She ought to do right by me

I think I’m gonna be sad
I think it’s today, yeah
The girl that’s driving me mad
Is going away, yeah

Oh, she’s got a ticket to ride
She’s got a ticket to ride
She’s got a ticket to ride
But she don’t care

I don’t know why she’s riding so high
She ought to think twice
She ought to do right by me
Before she gets to saying goodbye
She ought to think twice
She ought to do right by me

She said that living with me
Is bringing her down, yeah
For she would never be free
When I was around

Ah, she’s got a ticket to ride
She’s got a ticket to ride
She’s got a ticket to ride
But she don’t care

My baby don’t care, my baby don’t care
My baby don’t care, my baby don’t care
My baby don’t care, my baby don’t care….

Author: Alyson

Whenever I hear an old song on the radio, I am immediately transported back to those days - I know I'm not alone here and want to record those memories for myself and for the people in them. 50 years ago the song "Alfie" was written by my favourite songwriting team Bacharach and David - The opening line to that song was "What's it all about?" and I'm hoping that by writing this blog, I might find the answer to that question.

14 thoughts on “Snow Scenes, the Beatles and “Ticket to Ride””

  1. I didn’t know about joint Team Korea at Winter Olympics, hopefully sport can build bridges

    Must have been cold filming those scenes for Help! Sounds like it was a holiday and not just a job.

    The cover version by The Carpenters is warmer and somehow more personal (compared to the beloved Beatles pop classic). Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Yes, against all the odds there is a joint Team Korea – Hope it leads to something a bit longer-lasting on the political front.

      Love the Beatles snow scene version from the movie Help! (always feel as if you have to add that exclamation mark for accuracy but looks a bit stupid sometimes) but also love the Carpenters version. Not to be listened to if you’re feeling a bit down though as Ms Carpenter’s voice breaks your heart.

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    1. I kinda suspected most of you would prefer the Beatles version but I do have a soft spot for the incredibly melancholy version by the Carpenters.

      As for staying warm, it’s snowing right now and it looks as if it’s going to carry on for most of the week. Nice views to be had though!

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  2. What a gorgeous view! Ticket To Ride is an example of The Beatles at their best when it comes to writing straightforward pop songs – they made it look so easy. I think the Carpenters took it to another level though.

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    1. I think you’re right, although this is vintage Beatles I think I will always prefer the Carpenters version.

      As for the view, been snowing last night and blue skies today so it’s even better today!

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    1. Yes, maybe another trip to Oxford in the summer will be on the cards although I don’t think the snow of Obertauern upset those Beatles too much back in 1965. Looks as if they had a ball and created some very memorable images.

      You are right, I have a feeling those four lads will go far!

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  3. Love that scene in Help. They don’t make films like that any more though, do they? There was a whole mood that seems to sum up that time, a very particular and charming blend of the surreal and abstract with understated comedy, which doesn’t appear to exist any more. Mind you I never did see the Spice Girls movie so I could be wrong…. 😉

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      1. It is – There is a hill between our little gaggle of houses and the firth but different every day because of the changes in the seasons. I take it for granted but it really should be one of those little things like in the Moonshadow song – If I’m worrying about all the things that might happen I’m not appreciating what I have right now.

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    1. It was a great film wasn’t it – Richard Lester was the director and he was influenced by all that madcap humour from the Goon Show, Marx Brothers etc. Also James Bond was really big then so a satire on those movies – Thus the snow scenes/exotic locations. Looks as if the boys had a whale of a time making it. Will have to seek it out as haven’t revisited it in years. These Beatles films in turn inspired the idea behind The Monkees TV show which no doubt inspired other shows down the line – It’s all a progression just being tweaked a little along the way until we arrive at The Spice Girls movie! Haven’t seen it all the way through and although I think you jest, there were similarities!

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  4. Great post! I love those snow scenes in “Help” though a lot of people thought the 007 plot line was silly I loved it and still do. Have never heard the Carpenters’ version of “Ticket to Ride.” I love it, Karen could really do sad—unfortunately in her real life as well as in song.

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    1. I really want to watch the film again after writing about it but can’t source it on Netflix or the like so might have to buy the DVD. Will be worth it though.

      I’m amazed how many people didn’t know about the Carpenters version as just as familiar to me as the Beatles one – So sad what happened to Karen and makes listening to her voice now all the more poignant, whatever she sings.

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