♪ Yesterday ♪

Okay, so yes, this is a rather melancholy song, but every now and then we all have those melancholy moments, right?  The song itself is not necessarily among my favourite of the Beatles repertoire, but there’s just something about it.

According to Songfacts

This is the most covered pop song of all time, with over 3,000 versions Say WHAT??? recorded according to The Guinness Book Of World Records. For years, it was also the song with the most radio plays, but in 1999 BMI music publishing reported that You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ had passed it. Still, at any given time, some version of “Yesterday” is probably being broadcast somewhere.

Paul McCartney wrote this song and was the only Beatle to play on it. It was the first time a Beatle recorded without the others.

McCartney claimed that while The Beatles were touring in Paris, he tumbled out of bed and this tune was in his head. He thought he had heard it somewhere before, and played the melody to different people in the music industry to make sure he wasn’t stealing it. The working title was “Scrambled Eggs” until Paul could figure out lyrics.  Scrambled Eggs???  smh.

This song caused a rift between McCartney and Yoko Ono. When The Beatles Anthology album was released, McCartney asked that the writing credit on this read “McCartney/Lennon,” since he wrote it. Yoko refused, and it was listed as “Lennon/McCartney,” which is how they usually credited songs written by either Beatle.

Some of the artists who have covered this song include Boyz II Men, Ray Charles, En Vogue, Marianne Faithfull, Marvin Gaye, Tom Jones, Nana Mouskouri, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Supremes, The Toys, Andy Williams, and Tammy Wynette.  Tammy Wynette???  You’ve got to be kidding me!  

Okay … my curiosity piqued, I had to go listen to Tammy Wynette’s version.  For those who may not know of Wynette, she is heavy, heavy country … twang and all!  I survived a full 17 seconds before I felt ill and exited.  So now, here’s Paul …

The Beatles

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Suddenly, I’m not half the man I used to be
There’s a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly

Why she had to go I don’t know she wouldn’t say
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Why she had to go I don’t know she wouldn’t say
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday
Mm mm mm mm mm mm mm

Songwriters: Michel Jean Pierre Colombier / John Winston Lennon / Paul James Mccartney
Yesterday lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

13 thoughts on “♪ Yesterday ♪

  1. You are really delving into 1965! Paul McCartney was and is my favorite Beatle…how could you not love that adorable mop-topped face? Whenever I hear this song, my mind automatically goes to the 1965 movie “Help!” I lived at the theater every available moment of time to see this movie over and over…my darling boyfriend endured it, just to be with me! He was also the one that bought the “Help” album for me, I treasure it still, although I listen to just the CD these days. Yesterday is on that album, even though it was not in the movie. I have never listened to other recordings of this song…as my Mother often said, although not in reference to this, “It just isn’t done!” Thank-you!

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    • I’m not surprised to find that Paul was your favourite, for we seem to be of a like mind when it comes to music, and he was always my favourite. Ringo was a bit too … out there, and John & George were a bit too serious. Paul was just right! He’s still my favourite, especially after his recording with Stevie Wonder of “Ebony and Ivory”. You always have the best memories!!! I love hearing them. Thank YOU!


    • I love all three of those! Lately, though, “Fool on the Hill” has been tainted for me, as I cannot stop singing it after I used it on a post once about the ultimate ‘fool on the hill’, Trump! It plays in my mind often and nowadays I work hard to keep it at bay. I’m sure it wasn’t what Lennon & McCartney had in mind when they wrote it! 😉

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  2. It seems a hard song to cover, since it can veer into the twee or easily induce flatness of pitch. It’s famous, but never was my top ten. Thanks for the odd details about it–good to get the inside scoop!

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