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Beatles Album: Help: Track 13
Lyrics: Lennon and McCartney
One of Paul McCartney’s most famous tunes, and one in which he was involved in a bitter argument over the rights when he wanted to change the song writing credits of yesterday to read McCartney – Lennon; a dispute that led him to release a list of all of the Beatles Lennon- McCartney compositions that he had been the sole author of.
McCartney woke up one morning with the tune for yesterday in his head, he jumped out of bed and played it instantly on his piano, and although yesterday had no lyrics at this stage he could hardly believe that he had the complete tune and is quoted as saying “It was just all there, A complete thing, I couldn’t believe it”.
Because of the way that Paul had dreamt up the song he was very concerned that it may have been a tune that he had heard previously and had got subconsciously into his head; he therefore spent the next month driving people mad by asking them if they had heard the tune to yesterday before.
The original title of the song was going to be “scrambled eggs’ and contained the lyrics “Scrambled eggs, oh you’ve got such lovely legs”. He used to practice the song relentlessly as he loved it so, but it took many weeks until he came up with the lyrics to yesterday whilst on holiday with Jane Asher in Portugal .
One of the interesting things about the song is that Paul is the only member of the Beatles who records on the track; he is joined by a string quartet. Paul plays both the piano and acoustic guitar on the yesterday track.
John Lennon : Did not play a part in the recording of yesterday.
Paul McCartney: Vocals, Acoustic guitar.
George Harrison : Did not play a part.
Ringo Starr : Did not play a part.
Session Musicians: String Quartet