Let Em In

The knocking on my door challenge by RayNotBradburry (who has her own distinctive style to say the least) lists 8 actions that a person might take when someone knocks on their door.  Those actions being to panic, pretend that you are deaf, start running, peak through the curtains, smile, go get snacks or just stay inside of your head.  Ray seems to have left out the option of answering the door to see what this person wants.  A home is supposed to be a person’s castle and if they don’t want to answer the door they shouldn’t have to, as it is your right to answer it or not.  If you are rich enough than you could hire someone to do this for you, so you wouldn’t have to get up.

There was great interest for many people to see the Beatles reunite during the 1970s, and this peaked in 1976, six years after the break-up.  Over the course of the previous two years, relations between the two chief Beatles had warmed considerably, with the pair John and Paul spending time together both in Los Angeles on John’s Lost Weekend and in Manhattan at the Dakota where John lived with Yoko.  Paul and Linda McCartney visited the Lennon’s at their apartment and Paul would often drop by with his guitar just to hang out with his good friend.  On April 24, 1976, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels made an offer to the Beatles with an on-air announcement that he would pay the Beatles $3,000 if they would perform on his program together.

In 2000, a movie or television drama was made about this called the Two of Us, which gave a dramatized account of that April 24, 1976 evening.  It was directed by ‘Let It Be’ Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and starred Aidan Quinn as McCartney and Jared Harris as Lennon.  John and Paul were both watching the show this night along with 22 million other people, but they were only about one and a half miles away from the studio.  John said, “They were watching it and almost went down to the studio, just as a gag.  We nearly got into a cab, but we were actually too tired.  That was a period when Paul just kept turning up at our door with a guitar.  I would let him in, but finally I said to him, ‘Please call before you come over.  It’s not 1956 and turning up at the door isn’t the same anymore.  You know, just give me a ring.’  He was upset by that, but I didn’t mean it badly.  I just meant that I was taking care of a baby all day and some guy turns up at the door.  But, anyway, back on that night, he and Linda walked in and he and I were just sitting there, watching the show, and we went, ‘Ha-ha, wouldn’t it be funny if we went down?’, but we didn’t.”

The next day after the Saturday Night Live program McCartney turned up again at the Dakota to hang out with Lennon, but he was dismissed when Lennon told him that he was busy with his young son Sean.  Lennon and McCartney never saw each other again!  That was the end of the Beatles, because John and Paul were both too tired to go 22 blocks to Rockefeller Center and sing a few songs.  Another opportunity presented itself in September 1976, when American promoter Sid Bernstein published a full-page ad in the New York Times publicly requesting the group to reunite and offering 230 million dollars for a one-time-only charity concert.

That same year 1976, Paul McCartney wrote a song titled ‘Let Em In’ with Wings that was featured on the album ‘Wings at the Speed of Sound’.  It was written and sung by Paul McCartney and it reached the top 3 in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.  The song is noted for the sound of a doorbell, chiming the first eight notes from the Big Ben tune, before the rhythm begins.  Paul gave a shout out to several of his relatives and friends in this song, where he mentions his aunt ‘Auntie Gin’ and Paul’s younger brother and former lead singer of The Scaffold ‘Brother Michael’, the Everly Brothers ‘Phil and Don’, Keith Moon played this character in the 1975 film version of the rock opera Tommy ‘Uncle Ernie’ and his famous former mate from the Beatles ‘Brother John’, however some people feel that ‘brother John’ might be Linda’s brother, John Eastman.  His reference to ‘Sister Suzie’ was about Linda, who once recorded a song under the name ‘Suzie And The Red Stripes’.

I read that the Beatles often referred to John Lennon as Martin Luther.  Auntie Gin was a nickname for Jane who was Paul’s paternal aunt who was responsible for hooking up his parents.  Ironically, Keith Moon and his girlfriend dined with Paul and Linda McCartney on the night that Keith died, September 6, 1978, after they had dinner, the two couples attended a London preview of the film The Buddy Holly Story.  ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ was written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant and it was recorded by The Everly Brothers.

Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Do me a favor
Open the door and let ‘em in

Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Do me a favor
Open the door and let ‘em in, yeah, let ‘em in

Sister Suzie, brother John
Martin Luther, Phil and Don
Brother Michael, auntie Gin
Open the door and let ‘em in, yeah

Sister Suzie, brother John
Martin Luther, Phil and Don
Uncle Ernie, auntie Gin
Open the door and let ‘em in, yeah

Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Do me a favor
Open the…

Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Do me a favor
Open the door and let ‘em in, ooh yeah, let ‘em in

Sister Suzie, brother John
Martin Luther, Phil and Don
Uncle Ernie, uncle Lin
Open the door and let ’em in, yeah

Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Do me a favor
Open the door and let ’em in, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Written for Ray NotBradbury Cool Writing Prompt – ‘8 things to know before knocking on my door’.

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