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08/08/19 - NNHS Newsletter - We Can Work It Out

As you grow older, you'll find the only things
you regret are the things you didn't do.

- Zachary Scott
(24 Feb 1914 - 03 Oct 1965)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   Today's theme is a return to the Beatles!

BONUS - We Can Work It Out - The Beatles


"We Can Work It Out" is a song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. It was released as a "double A-sided" single with "Day Tripper", the first time both sides of a single were so designated in an initial release. Both songs were recorded during the Rubber Soul sessions.[3]

The song is an example of Lennon–McCartney collaboration[4] at a depth that happened only rarely after they wrote the hit singles of 1963. This song, "A Day in the Life", "Baby, You're a Rich Man" and "I've Got a Feeling", are among the notable exceptions.[3]

McCartney wrote the words and music to the verses and the chorus, with lyrics that "might have been personal", probably a reference to his relationship with Jane Asher.[5] McCartney then took the song to Lennon:

"I took it to John to finish it off, and we wrote the middle together. Which is nice: 'Life is very short. There's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.' Then it was George Harrison's idea to put the middle into waltz time, like a German waltz. That came on the session, it was one of the cases of the arrangement being done on the session."[5]

With its intimations of mortality, Lennon's contribution to the twelve-bar bridge contrasts typically with what Lennon saw as McCartney's cajoling optimism[6], a contrast also seen in other collaborations by the pair, such as "Getting Better" and "I've Got a Feeling". As Lennon told Playboy in 1980:

"In We Can Work It Out, Paul did the first half, I did the middle eight. But you've got Paul writing, 'We can work it out / We can work it out'—real optimistic, y'know, and me, impatient: 'Life is very short, and there's no time / For fussing and fighting, my friend.'"[7]

Based on those comments, some critics overemphasised McCartney's optimism, neglecting the toughness in passages written by McCartney,[6] such as "Do I have to keep on talking until I can't go on?". Lennon's middle shifts focus from McCartney's concrete reality to a philosophical perspective in B minor, illustrating this with the waltz-time section suggested by George Harrison that leads back to the verse,[5] possibly meant to suggest tiresome struggle.[6]

Music critic Ian MacDonald, said:

"[Lennon's] passages are so suited to his Salvation Army harmonium that it's hard to imagine them not being composed on it. The swell-pedal crescendos he adds to the verses are, on the other hand, textural washes added in the studio, the first of their kind on a Beatles record and signposts to the enriched sound-palette of Revolver."[6]

The Beatles recorded "We Can Work It Out" on 20 October 1965, four days after its accompanying single track, with an overdub session on 29 October.[8] They spent nearly 11 hours on the song, by far the longest expenditure of studio time up to that point...[6]


   Happy Birthday today to  Virginia Deuell DeBerry ('46) AND Kathy Presgraves Whitt ('71) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Katherine Adams Barbrey ('57) AND   Hunter Todd ('57) of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to:  

10 - The late Marshall Conley ('63) (d. 06/21/18);

12 - Lois Marie King Earwood ('57) AND   the late Dave Arnold ('65) (d. 07/21/12) AND  Linwood Wright ('65) of VA AND    My Grandson, Joe Harty (Overhills HS, NC / Elgin HS, OK - '22), of OK!

14 -  Tommie Mouser ('60) of VA;

15 -  Peggy Johnson ('60) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


August 08, 1919 - The Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919 was signed. It established peaceful relations between Afghanistan and the UK, and confirmed the Durand line as the mutual border. In return, the UK was no longer obligated to subsidize the Afghan government.[2]


August 08, 1937 - Japan occupied Beijing.

August 08, 1940 - Wilhelm Keitel signed the "Aufbau Ost" directive, which eventually led to the invasion of the Soviet Union.

August 08, 1942 -
In Washington, D.C., six German saboteurs were executed for their role in a failed mission of Operation Pastorius
. (Two others were cooperative and received sentences of life imprisonment instead. The two were freed a few years after the end of the war.)

August 08, 1945 - T
he Soviet Union declared war on Japan.


August 08, 1969 - At a zebra crossing in London, photographer Iain Macmillan took the iconic photo that become the cover image of the Beatles' album Abbey Road.

August 08, 1969 - Chess player Monika Tsõganova was born in Kohtla-Järve, Estonia.

August 08, 1969 - Singer-songwriter and actress Faye Wong () was born in Beijing, China.

August 08, 1969 - Biologist and eugenicist Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer (b. 16 July 1896 in Wildeck, German Empire) was killed in an automobile accident in Münster, West Germany at the age of 73.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 08/07/15:

“I have noticed children quite naturally possess attributes that we sometimes end up missing in our adult lives: an inner desire to do right, a sense of worth, the ability to be happy, a capacity to love, an innate sense of wisdom, and a deep and trusting faith.”

- Brad Wilcox
(b. 25 Dec 1959)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

  From Susan Gary (Warwick HS / NNHS - '61) of VA - 08/08/19:

  Thank you, Susan!

    From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 08/07/19, 6:25 PM:

You are one talented and creative lady with a remarkable memory!
Just thought I'd tell you that...


    Thank you so much, Santa Jim! You are such a Sweetie-Pie! Having been beating myself over the head all day for falling soooo far behind, I really needed that - but of course, being Santa Claus, you knew that!

From Jeanette McDonald Hornsby ('66) of SC - 08/07/19, 10:57 PM:

  BRILLIANT! Thank you so much, Jeanette!

From My Friend, Tina, of PA - 08/06/19, 7:36 PM:

  INDEED! Thank you, Tina!

From My Friend, Stephen, of AZ - 08/07/19, 11:41 AM:

   Thanks, Stephen!

 From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ - 08/08/17:

  GIGGLES! Thanks, Cousin Jim!

“I am the broth of love. Make soup to me.

- Jarod Kintz
(b. 05 Mar 1982

Invent a Crochet Pattern -
"So you've been crocheting for a while now, and you'd like to get yourself off the printed page and into making up your own designs. You want to create rather than just read. It's easy enough to make up your own designs. The crochet you invent can be free-form, or very mathematical, or somewhere in between, depending on your style and your goal."

Making Your Own Crochet Pattern - " patterns aren’t exactly award worthy but since I’ve been asked how I take a ball of yarn and turn it into something from my imagination, I thought a post about making your own crochet pattern was just about due."


Decoding Knitting Patterns - "Today there is no picture. Today is all about the written word! While they don’t really use secret code, knitting patterns can appear as written in one. It can be especially daunting when the project involves new techniques, something you have never tried before but is essential to the design. This is what I am talking about today."


Eat, Pray, and Work It Out Recipes

From - 08/07/19:

Q. What do you call a dog that won’t come when you call it, refuses to sleep in it’s bed, and seldom wants to play?

A. A cat.

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere.

3. Friday, October 11, 2019 - Saturday, October 12, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at the Holiday Inn Newport News - City Center (formerly the Omni). SEE:;  CONTACT: David Spriggs at

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/16/19

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks! 

 We Can Work It Out 

 Words and Music by John Lennon (09 Oct 1940 – 08 Dec 1980) and Paul McCartney (b. 18 June 1942 )

Recorded by The Beatles, 1965

Try to see it my way,
Do I have to keep on talking till I can't go on?
While you see it your way,
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone.
We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Think of what you're saying.
You can get it wrong and still you think that it's all right.
Think of what I'm saying,
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night.
We can work it out,
We can work it out.
Life is very short, and there's no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend.
I have always thought that it's a crime,
So I will ask you once again.

Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.
While you see it your way
There's a chance that we might fall apart before too long.
We can work it out,
We can work it out.
Life is very short, and there's no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend.
I have always thought that it's a crime,
So I will ask you once again.

Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.
While you see it your way
There's a chance that we may fall apart before too long.
We can work it out,
We can work it out.

"We Can Work It Out" midi courtesy of - 07/31/06
graciously located for us on the spur of the moment by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/31/06 - and then I inadvertently delayed using it!
Thanks so much, Dave!

"We Can Work It Out" lyrics courtesy
of - 07/30/06

Image of British Record Sleeve courtesy of - 07/31/06

Animated Black Sparkle Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Overhills High School (NC) logo courtesy of - 09/11/17

Elgin High School (OK) logo courtesy of - 08/05/19

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated Air Force Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16 

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