This was written by George Harrison, who got the idea from a few of The Byrds' songs including "The Bells of Rhymney" and "She Don't Care About Time." It was not Ravi Shankar that introduced George to the wonderment of sitar, but Byrd traveler David Crosby shortly after Shawn Phillips had shown him the basic steps. In 1965 The Beatles toured the US and visited Ravi at World Pacific Studios where The Byrds had permanent residency. It was also here that Roger McGuinn
's Rickenbacker jingle jangle influenced Harrison's "If I Needed Someone." In turn, The Byrds were influenced by Harrison's 12-string guitar work.
Shiloh Noone, author of Seekers Guide To The Rhythm Of Yesteryear