I like this song "I wanna hold your hand" by The Beatles.

Paul and John sing the phrase "I wanna hold your hand" as "I wanna hol'-your hand".

Other cover singers sing it as "I wanna hol d-your hand"

"I wanna hol'-your hand" is Liverpool or England accent? Please tell me, thank you.

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    I hear them singing I wanna hol d-your and sometimes even I wanna hold your. Pronunciation differs in the same song. I don't think you are hearing the d in I wanna hol d-your.
    – GoDucks
    Jan 11 '16 at 19:49
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    I'd be careful about trying to understand dialects and pronunciation based on what you think you hear in a song. In music, it's quite common for syllables, sounds, and words to get slurred together in the vocals. The end result might be a mondegreen – there is an interesting article about those here, and some particularly humorous misheard lyrics are cataloged here.
    – J.R.
    Jan 11 '16 at 19:55
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    I hear it as I wanna hold your hand. Quite normal, in my humble opinion. Jan 11 '16 at 20:15
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    I think he elides /d/ in this song (I just let YouTube play The Beatles' until I heard one!): I Saw Her Standing There. "And we hel(d) each other tight." Jan 11 '16 at 20:31
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    You really should find examples in speech to ask a question like that. (There are plenty of examples, after all.) Many singers elide sounds like that, no matter where they are from.
    – J.R.
    Jan 11 '16 at 21:05

I summarize all comments.

1, I can't hear "d" sound of Paul's "hold your hand" that natives can.

2, Another native says he elides "d" sound.

3, It's not dialect.

Thank you all for your cooperation.

p.s. I can hear the "d" sound in these covers.



Clearly different from The Beatles'. That's why I thought it's dialect or something.

Thank you again.

  • if you have something, please comment. I wonder why.
    – Go Tyosyu
    Jan 12 '16 at 10:37
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    It may just be the particular recording you posted in your question (which is blocked where I am currently). Dropping d's is not necessarily characteristic of a Scouse accent. In this live recording here The Beatles clearly pronounce the d. Caitlin Hart is American and she clearly enunciates, notice how she sings please. McFly are from the London area where plain speech is less sing-song than in the North.
    – Peter
    Jan 13 '16 at 11:13

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