♫ Here, There And Everywhere ♫

On Sunday night, I played Paul McCartney’s Fool on the Hill, and a couple of comments suggested some other Beatles’ songs I might consider playing.  David even suggested a “Beatles’ week” … which I pondered and decided … hmmm, not a bad idea.  On Monday night, when I would typically have done the song for Tuesday morning, I was suddenly struck by exhaustion and simply could not do any more, hence there was no song on Tuesday.  Anyway … long story short, this will be “Beatles Week”.  Most often, I prefer variety, so there will be few ‘weekly features’ in the music posts, but every now and then I may choose to do one.

Tonight’s song was requested by Suze.  Written by Paul McCartney while he was lounging at John Lennon’s pool, it was at least partly inspired by The Beach Boys’ song God Only Knows. McCartney was asked in 1990 about the influence of The Beach Boys on this song by Brian Wilson biographer David Leaf.

“It’s actually just the introduction that’s influenced. John and I used to be interested in what the old fashioned writers used to call the verse, which we nowadays would call the intro – this whole preamble to a song, and I wanted to have one of those on the front of ‘Here, There and Everywhere.’ John and I were quite into those from the old-fashioned songs that used to have them, and in putting that [sings “To lead a better life”] on the front of ‘Here, There and Everywhere,’ we were doing harmonies, and the inspiration for that was the Beach Boys. We had that in our minds during the introduction to ‘Here, There and Everywhere.’I don’t think anyone, unless I told them, would even notice, but we’d often do that, get something off an artist or artists that you really liked and have them in your mind while you were recording things, to give you the inspiration and give you the direction – nearly always, it ended up sounding more like us than them anyway.”

John Lennon and Paul McCartney both mentioned this as one of the most underrated Beatles songs. In 2005 interviews, McCartney said that of all the songs he has written, this is his favorite. He likes it best because of the way that it flows together, comparing it to the style of the Fred Astaire hit Cheek To Cheek, one of his favorite songs.

Here, There And Everywhere
The Beatles

To lead a better life
I need my love to be here

Here, making each day of the year
Changing my life with a wave of her hand
Nobody can deny that there’s something there
There, running my hands through her hair
Both of us thinking how good it can be
Someone is speaking, but she doesn’t know he’s there

I want her everywhere
And if she’s beside me I know I need never care
But to love her is to need her everywhere
Knowing that love is to share
Each one believing that love never dies
Watching her eyes and hoping I’m always there

I want her everywhere
And if she’s beside me I know I need never care
But to love her is to need her everywhere
Knowing that love is to share
Each one believing that love never dies
Watching her eyes and hoping I’m always there

I will be there
And everywhere
Here, there and everywhere

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul McCartney
Here, There And Everywhere lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

20 thoughts on “♫ Here, There And Everywhere ♫

  1. I do hope you pay tribute to George, in my eyes the true talent in the Beatles. As much as I love John, he was too brash for me. Paul was the smoochie cutesy. George hung back, waiting his time, playing for the spotlight but never trying to own it. Right from the start I felt we had something in common, and it was more than I thought back then. Ringo?

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  2. One Beatles’ Week Minus One Day…so far, so good!! Before I can bring myself to begin a comment, I must wipe away the two tears that are tracking their way down my face. This happens every single time that I see the “Revolver” album cover, not entirely due to nostalgia and there is that, but also from the untimely loss of many of my original Beatles albums. Alas, a very sad tale is that! But, I digress. The 1965 “Rubber Soul” album was strongly influenced by the group’s cannabis use which Lennon called their “pot album”. But it was after Lennon and Harrison were slipped some LSD in coffee at a dinner party that their music took the real psychedelic turn. The two convinced Ringo to partake the drug with them with McCartney the only holdout. This led to “Revolver” which ushered in the complete change in their approach to music from their early days. My two favorite songs on this album are both written by Paul McCartney, this one and “Got To Get You Into My Life” which was later revealed to be his tribute to pot! All of this was unknown to the naive young girl in 1965, 1966 & 1967. She thought that they were love songs from the Beatles to their adoring female fans…of which she was one and remains so, notwithstanding the drugs! Thank-you!

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  3. Jill, I agree with David. It is a nice tune that offers a comforting melody. It is interesting it is McCartney’s favorite. I love so many of their and his songs. If I picked only one, I am partial to Eleanor Rigby given its storytelling.

    Best wishes on your Beatles’ week. Keith

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    • I thought that was interesting too, especially in light of the fact that it didn’t even hit the top 100 here or in the UK. Eleanor Rigby, eh? Well, you’re the third person, I believe, to mention it so … guess I’ll have to play it! Stay tuned!

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  4. Good idea – at Christmas we came upon the end of A Hard Days’s Night and some of those early songs are still my favourites. I was allowed to go to the Rex cinema with my friend and her older sisters and in those days of continuous showings we sat through the film twice. When we emigrated to Australia in 1964 the only thing the children at my new school wanted to ask was Have you met The Beatles or been to The Cavern? They were disappointed with negative answers. I had never been north of Watford as they say here and only been to Brownies, no nightclubs!

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    • You have such wonderful memories! Yeah, people in general fail to understand sometimes how big a country or even just a city is. I remember when I married my husband and we moved to Virginia, people would find out I had lived in New York and San Francisco and say, “Oh, do you know such-and-such?” In a city of over 8 million people, what are the odds?

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