Album: Help! (1965)
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  • 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 Writer/s: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
    Publisher: DistroKid, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Songtrust Ave, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 135

  • John Ingrim from Los Angeles CaIt is not rock and roll. A good Melody and simple lines. Sounds like a 13 year old wrote it. Do you believe? "Half the man"
  • Trebor from TexasJohan-Jealous much?
  • Donald G. Gibson from Langley, Bc. CanadaI bought my first guitar in 1970 at the age of 16 because of this song. I learned to play it with standard tuning not knowing until years later it was tuned down to 'D' which crystallized the song with all it's nuances. I play left-handed just as Paul McCartney. Great song from a great singer/songwriter...
  • Bernard from LavalYesterday and Do You Wanna Know a Secret--it's hard to find 2 songs that are more different--one happy and upbeat and the other sad and downbeat.

    And, in case there might be some misunderstanding, Till There Was You was not a Beatles composition. It comes from Music Man by Mitchell Parrish.
  • Bernard from LavalMusak as noise--spoken like a true music-hater, hypocrite, and tin-eared sourpuss. And noise isn't going to be soothing. Also, several other Beatles songs were Muzak: Till There Was You, which they did as early as '61, And I Love Her, Here, There, and Everywhere, and Penny Lane. Those were all beautiful songs. I was never a big fan of Yesterday, too slow and sad for me. As well, the word is ''lyric'' if it's for a particular song and ''lyrics'' if it's for more than 1. A line is not a lyric and a lyric is not a line.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 25th, 1965, the half-hour Saturday morning cartoon series, 'The Beatles', premiered on the ABC-TV network...
    The series ran for three seasons with a total of 39 episodes...
    On the debut episode four songs were featured; "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "A Hard Day's Night", "Not A Second Time", and "Devil In Her Heart"...
    At the time the quartet had three songs on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; "Help!" {at #5}, "Yesterday"* {at #45}, and "Act Naturally" {at #87}...
    * This was "Yesterday's" first week on the Top 100; and just two weeks later on October 3rd it would reach #1 {for 4 weeks}.
  • Susan from Atlanta, GeorgiaThe Christmas when I was 8 years old, I got a kiddie-type turntable and a few 45s as gifts. One of the 45s was in a sleeve for the Beatles' "Yesterday"/"Act Naturally", but someone at the store must have switched them, because inside the sleeve was Connie Francis' "Whatever Happened to Rose Marie?". Nothing against Connie Francis, but I was so bummed! I ended up getting the single from someone a couple of years later, so all was not lost.
    I can't say enough good things about this song. It has always been one of my favorites, and I got to hear Sir Paul do it live in October 2014.
  • Ricardo from Santiago, ChileI was listening to a Beatles tribute band the other night in a pub, when the band played this song, I was looking for a Beatle poster in the wall where the Beatles look very sad, I think they were under a LSD trip, it was Pepper period. And I thought that maybe the lyrics for Yesterday, which are very sad if you think of it, came from a deeper sadness in the heart of Paul. I think "why she had to go, I said something wrong" it was maybe a feeling that young Paul (unconsciously) felt when his mother died. When I realized that, I understood why John and Paul had such a strong friendship, they shared the same kind of pain.
  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenImportant things to know about Yesterday:
    1. Without the strings it had never been that success. The strings was George Martin's idea, not McCartney's.
    2. The melody is inspired by Lennon's "Do You Want to Know a Secret." The same upclimbing melody.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 3rd, 1967 Ray Charles performed "Yesterday" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    One month earlier on November 11th, 1967 his covered version entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #25 and spent 7 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #9 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart and #44 in the United Kingdom...
    R.I.P. Mr. Charles (1930 - 2004) and Mr. Sullivan (1901 - 1974).
  • Gabrielle from Chicago, IlThe song started out as "Scrambled eggs, oh, you've got such lovely legs" so Paul could get a feel for the lyrics.
  • Rick from Brick, NjThis song was recorded on the same day in June '65 as several other McCartney classics "I Just Saw Her Face" and "I'm Down". He showed off his creative/performance range....Folk--Pop & Rock 'n Roll. Not a bad day of for a just turned 23 year old artist!
  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenNo they did n o t write all together before 1965. Lennon said: Our best songs were always written alone. We´d workin´apart ever since we´d been workin´together (Pete McCabe 1973, in the Beatles Paperback writer, edited by Mike Evans) for example Please Please Me was written by Lennon alone 1961
    In the five albums and ten singles before Yesterday, Lennon was the dominant composer. That is embarrassing for McCartney, therefor he nowadays emhasize that they at that time wrote all together.
  • Kunal Somaiya from Mumbai, IndiaLennon considered this Paul's best song by far.
  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenTo Keith Durham. I agree completely to what you said about the similarities between Yesterday and Do You Want to Know a Secret? from 1962. They start in the same way: "...yesterday..." respective "...listen...". Then, especially, follows the same climbing up in melody! And the middle part-melodies are very similar. McCartney could 1964 have been
    unconsciously influenced by Do You Want to Know a Secret?
    Johan Cavalli
  • Olivia from Philadelphia, PaI wish teenagers my age listened to the beatles like me
  • Olivia from Philadelphia, PaI am 15 and no one my age appreciates the Beatles. Everyone my age loves rap and crap like that. But I have grown up with the Beatles and I am so thankful for my parents. They made me listen to the Beatles all the time. Without them, I would be sucked into the suger-coated, auto-tuned world of pop. THANK YOU SO MUCH MOM AND DAD!
  • Carl from Apg, MdWhat's this about the Shea Stadium concert? It wasn't done at that concert (at least not in 1965), although it had already been done on the British "Blackpool Night Out" program (apparently like the Ed Sullivan Show in the U.S.). And within a day of that 1965 Shea Stadium concert, it was done for the studio audience of the Ed Sullivan Show, but that show (the last black-and-white Ed Sullivan Show) was not aired until September 1965. Studio version had been done in June 1965, and I have heard Paul McCartney was doing some playing of the song during the making of "Help!" movie earlier.
    In, say, the 1966 Tokyo concerts, the Beatles all played in G major on "Yesterday".
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlYou can really hear the pain in his voice. It's so sad, bud it made for one of the best Beatle songs ever! I love this song so much that I printed it off the Internet so I could play it on my trumpet! lol I'm such a band nerd! <3
  • David from Detroit, MiThis is an amazing song, and brings deep memories and regrets. I believe I've heard somewhere that Paul got the idea for the song and title from the poem"Mutability" by Percy Shelley.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyDuring the year 1965 both "Yesterday" & "Satisfaction" by The Stones were No.1 for four weeks and no other song was No. 1 for a longer period. Yet when Billboard had it's Year-End chart for the Top 100 Songs of 1965, "Satisfaction" was the No. 1 Song of the Year but "Yesterday" didn't even make the Top 100, how can that be??? {NOTE: "Wooly Bully", a song I like, was ranked as the No. 3 record for the Year of 1965, yet it only peaked at No. 2 on the weekly chart}
  • Wes from Houston, TxHello...its A Day In The Life, where Tomorrow Never Knows, and while I'm Only Sleeping, it looks like Rain...but Here Comes The Sun.....and a Blackbird sings Let It Be, While My Guitar Gently I'll Follow The Sun.....Good Day Sunshine...I'm tasting colors and listening to the rainbow And Your Bird Can Sing Something to Eleanor Rigby, while she tends to her Octopus's Garden.....Hey Jude! Dear Prudence! In My Life, I Will walk the Long And Winding Road, Here, There and Everywhere...All Across The Universe...because I Am The Walrus on a Magical Mystery Tour.......Mean Mr. Mustard and Polythene Pam say HI!.....Goodbye.....;)
  • Breanna from Henderson, NvI agree with K, I could definetly see Jude singing this in Across the Universe, it would fit in quite nicely.
  • John from Eugene, OrThe only thing I have to add is the obvious: when Rato from Lisbon, Portugal (see Songfacts above) mentions that Paul flew to stay with one of Cliff Richard's band members from the Shadow's (Bob Welch) he had been struggling to come up with the lyrics to his dream inspired melody. One of the lines states,... "there's a Shadow hanging over me"... the obvious is the reference to Bob Welch. Lennon loved double meanings (like "Norwegian Wood" = Knowing She would), Paul was a quick learner.
  • Brian from Boston, MaPaul plays this song with his guitar tuned down 1 full step
  • George from Belleville, NjWhat else can be said about this song.The most covered song in the history of popular music.Everybody in their own way can relate to it.A timeless melody and deep haunting lyrics,an unbeatable combination.
  • Fermin from Resistencia, ArgentinaThe original lyrics line was as follows: "scrambled eggs/oh my baby oh I love your legs/mmmmm" as I read somewhere in an interview with Paul McCartney.
  • Lacey from Chicago, IlI agree with 'Breanna-Henderson
    ah such a great song one of the best in music history. the beatles live on.
  • K from Nowhere, OnThis should have been in Across The Universe (the movie). It would have been absolutely perfect for Jude, but no, they had to have Lucy sing Blackbird.
  • Breanna from Henderson, NvHow can you dislike this song, it's so beautiful I absolutly love this song, it's a timeless classic that even my anti-Beatles friends like.
  • Michael from North Merrick, NyThis is very possibly there best song and it contains the most beautiful and depressing lyrics imaginable, a subtle and indescribably perfect melody and excellent instrumentation.
  • Ernie from Seattle, Waah, come on and admit it, Joe from like a scrambled egg. And to quote Lennon: "but you know i know when it's a dream"
  • Erik from Nyc, NyThe sound of the door opening in 'Yesterday" is an actual event where George Martin left the recording studio while the band was performing. It was used in an advertising campaign for A.D.A.M System studio monitors, touting the accuracy of their Ribbon Tweeter.
  • Chloe from St. Louis, Mowhat is wrong with you, joe from tx?! paul, manipulative and aggressive?! sure, he was really bossy in the later years, but SERIOUSLY...
  • Daevid from Glendale, CaWhat a sweet, melancholy song this is-------my favorite bit is the opening srumming on the guitar and the first word.
  • Jo from So Tx, TxNot only was Paul with Jane Asher when he wrote Yeserday, but he was introduced to classical music by her. Paul probably lifted the music from a 19 century Neopolitan classcal piece called Piccere Che Ven Dicere (Re: Yeserday Wiki) Neither Paul nor John could read music they depended on George Martin for his musical maestro knowledge and technical skills. After the Beatles break up they went back to three chord songs. Paul is on record stating they borrowed from many diverse songs and adapted sometimes outright. Golden Slumbers is another said song Paul almost recomposed verbatim. Paul went around for around two months laying down his little dream story about Yesterday, with Ham and Egg lyrics. Paul has always been a very manipulitive aggressive and talented charmer. Paul's is a passive aggresive, while John was just upfront in his agressive lionese psuedo confidence. Poor George could not hold his own with either John or Paul.
  • Mick from Liverpool, United Kingdompaul wrote "i said something wrong ,now ilong for yesterday" because when told his mother had died he said "who,s gonna bring in the dough now"as his father was out of work(his mother was a midwife).
  • Elanor from Liverpool, United KingdomI really love this song .The only problem with it's so amazing I get caught up in the emotion.And by the time I stop and listen the songs over!
  • Chloe from St. Louis, Mobreath taking. its mind-blowing if you think about it- heres a band that started with two kids jamming in their rooms in town in england, over 40 years ago, and still middle schoolers can be heard singing 'revolution' between classes in st. louis! incredible!
  • Nasa from Tianjin, ChinaI like this song.I love Paul.
  • Julia from *, OhThis has to be one of the most beautiful songs ever written, and his voice is just gorgeous on it too. The song gives you mixed emotions, it's like you're happy and sad all at once. I finally learned this on guitar a few months back, and it's a fun one to play.
  • Emily from Newcastle, Australiathis song is on Mr. Bean Movie (They sing it when they are drunk walking down the road)
  • Emily from Oklahoma City, OkWhenever I'm having a bad day this song always gets me through.
  • Derek from London, United KingdomI thought the original lyrics were supposed to be "Sausages, all I had for tea was sausages"?
  • Mark from Dublin, IrelandThe Matt Monro version of this song is the best of all the covers.
  • Sibella from Pretoria, --Man, I really thought for some reason that John wrote it.
  • Alex from Las Vegas, Nvcan this still be considered a beatles song even though paul wrote it, paul performed it alone, and he recorded it without john ringo or george?
  • Dawn from Worcester, MaRomeo, He says "Im not half the man I used to be" he is feeling regret for things he said when his mother died. maybe there are other things he had done in his life that made him feel he could have been a better man at times.
  • Dawn from Worcester, MaPaul did write this for his mother , but it was after she died,he said something he has always regreted. He said something like "Now how are we supposed to live without her money" or along those lines.
  • Romeo from County Durham, United KingdomHi,

    Just want to share to all that 'YESTERDAY' is my favorite song of Sir Paul MaCartney. Can anyone tell me what's the meaning of the line-I'm not half the man I used to be'. I'm really confused on that line.

    Thanks a lot.

    Will wait for your response.

    Much Oblige,

    Romy, County Durham, UK
  • Jude from Toronto, QcThis song should be role model foe everyone. It tells people to over come the past and to look into tomorrow, and to not live in yesterday. One of the best Beatles songs.
  • Forrest from Rochester, MnThe only part of this song that I have never really liked that much is when Paul sings "I believe in yesterday" What does this line mean? Later on after the break-up of the band, John was once quoted saying "I don't believe in Yesterday"
  • Ken from Louisville, KyWhen the Beatles perfomed in Japan,they were told the audience would consider it "impolite" if the other 3 members of the group went offstage when Paul sang "Yesterday" (as they did when the he performed this in other parts of the world). So they came up with an arraingment to include an electric guitar, bass and drums, just for the Japanese concerts.
  • Dezirae from Endicott, NyThis song has got to be one of my favorite songs of all time. I cant get enough of it. It makes me sad/happy everytime i hear it. Ill listen to it, and i can either sing along with it, cry while listening or just enjoy the beautiful sound coming out of my cd player. its just amazing. =]
  • Wes from Sherwood, Arone of the best songs ever written,period!
  • Grace from Bundaberg, AustraliaThis is one of the most beautiful songs ever written by Paul.
    Let it be would have to be another one that is also beautiful.

    Pauls voice is..undiscribable
  • Ray from New Orleans, LaThere are claims out there that, for instance, the song was inspired, perhaps unconsciously by "Answer Me" by Nat King Cole. Apparently, the tune is a German folk song. Anyone you know visit Hamburg? Another story has it inspired, again subliminally, by "Georgia"; a song by Hoagy Carmichael.
  • Bart from Westmont, NjThe most amazing song ever written. I love most all Beatles songs but this is the best. Lovely, sad and pure. Perfection. You can never make a better record than this. I'm 61 years old now but I never tire of hearing this song. Long Live the Beatles, long live Paul McCartney and Long Live "Yesterday"
  • Nicole from N/a, Wiso from listening to it, the ray charles version sounds like it was dubbed over the beatles, so you actually hear both artists like they are singing together. very interesting. beatles are my #1 band and i'm only 24.
  • Keith from Durham, EnglandYesterday is a great song but it's not 100% McCartney. He wrote in in a dream but somewhere in that dream was the Lennon McCartney song "Do you want to know a secret". The two songs are different but they have similar melodic shapes and rhythms. Try singing " Listen, do you want to know a secret" to the melody of Yesterday or " Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play" to the melody of Do you want to know a secret and you'll see what I mean. Yesterday is Paul's song but with a (subconscious) contribution from John. Even when they weren't writing together, they inspired each other to create great songs.
  • Vaibhav from ShahjahanpurI don't care what people say. To me it is the greatest song of all tme and yes one of the most meaningful. True delight.
  • Fred from Laurel, MdYeah -- Scrambled Eggs -- when I first heard this from a friend who is a huge Beatles fan (since 1963), he rattled off the following possible working lyrics -- * * * Scrambled eggs / Yesterday I had scrambled eggs / Today I will have scrambled eggs / Oh, I believe in scrambled eggs! / * * * -- Today I can't hear this song without a little chuckle. I hope I haven't ruined it for any of you, but I just couldn't help myself!

  • Fred from Laurel, MdGreatest pop song of the last millenium?? I'm sorry, this is good, even great, but you people need to get a handle on just how HUGE a millenium is (or else the 'musicians/people in the music biz' need to). And yes, pop music was certainly hugely transformed in the Elvis/Beatles era, but the same could be said of the eras of Sinatra/Dorsey/(Glen)Miller, Rudy Valley, Scott Joplin, J.P.Sousa, Gilbert&Sullivan, Stephen Foster, Turlagh O'Carollan, etc., etc. And this covers only about the last third of that period. Relative to their eras, I suspect many songs have been as big or bigger. I would venture that the greatest 'pop' song of the last millenium might be Greensleeves. It'd be hard to think of a tune that's lasted as long as that has and is still being performed (admittedly, not in throngs and droves). It's what? -- 10 or 20 times as old as 'Yesterday' and still going? In the last century, maybe H. Carmichael's 'Stardust,' often touted as the most perfectly composed popular song (anybody know what they meant by that?). Other contenders for the millenial title might be Amazing Grace, Maple Leaf Rag (yes, there are words to it, but it's probably better without them), Planxty Fanny Powers (instr.), Beautiful Dreamer, Yellow Rose of Texas, Happy Birthday (the most sung song ever?), ___, ___, ___[fill in the blanks with your favorite tarantella or Gregorian chant]...
  • Simon from Chattanooga , TnThe Beatles were one of the first (if not the first) of the modern rock era. Their style brought a whole new perspective into modern music. The thing about this song is how it steps back and lets the music play softly. And this was only enhanced when performed live...except for the occasional intteruption by a love-mad teenage girl's scream when Paul began to sing.
  • Krissy from Boston, MaI love it. An amazing song by an amazing band.
  • Syd from London, EnglandI was fixing Paul McCartney's Vox AC30 amp at Abbey Road Studios, studios when the original "Beatles" Yesterday was recorded in the Sixies. It was recorded with only 2 out of the 4 EL34 output valves (tubes)in place, as I had to take out two bad ones, that were causing a hum down the mike (that was placed in front of the amp).
    The original tune that Paul played was completely altered with a new chord structure
    by musical director, George Martin, who was present at the session. George, however took no credit for this - or any other Beatles melody, which I'm sure he helped refine!
  • Matt from Bristol, EnglandNOTE: There was no such thing as pop music (as we know it) before the Beatles.
  • Matt from Bristol, EnglandJohn said that they were more popular (with young people) than christ NOT bigger...he was stating a fact
  • Peter Boyko from Edmonton, CanadaBy 1980 Yesterday had been covered more then 2500 times
  • John from Gainesville, FlThe great vocal work by Paul, the beautiful melody, the lyrics, the strings--This is, reasonably, the GREATEST popular song and recording of all time.
  • Lucas from Austintown, Ohthis is the nicest sounding song I've EVER heard
  • Sarah from Pittsburgh, Paoh yeah. and the beatles didn't release it in england because they were embarassed that they were a rock band releasing a soft song.
  • Sarah from Pittsburgh, Paah! the story behind how he wrote this song hasn't been posted! well, here's how it was. paul woke up one day with the tune of yesterday in his head, and he thought it was an old jazz tune because his father loved jazz and he heard a lot of it as a kid. he asked all his friends about it, but after he realized he "wrote it in his sleep", he had to write lyrics. [this was already said, but] its working title was scrambled eggs.
  • Sal from Bardonia , NyThe most covered song of all time with an arrangement of solo acoustic guitar and a string quartet another unique arrangement from a electric rock band.
    Sal,Bardonia, NY
  • Jeef from San Francisco, CaYou know what i do hear the door (or whatever it is) at 18, and mines not a I dunno
  • Olle from Stockholm, SwedenI love this song. It was a very clever move to not bring drums in this one, because this is supposed to be a slow and sad song, so Ringo could just take a break from this one, because drums aren't needed in a song like this.
  • Ian from Lethbridge, CanadaTry listening to this back to back with Helter Skelter.
  • Jon from Oakridge, OrSurely one of the greatest Beatles songs. At the very least top 5.
  • Clarke from Pittsburgh, PaExquisite in its simplicity - and unforgettable. More proof that the Beatles were responsible for more memorable pop music than just about anyone.
  • Michelle from X, PaHow could anyone say this song is overated? It is a masterpiece and incredibly beautiful. That's a fact.
  • Casey from Dalton, GaSara from Nashville: If you downloaded a ripped version off the internet and it was recorded, the person ripping this song probably had Yahoo messenger on, and one of the sound fx is a door opening (someone's just signed in). A lot of people ripping songs forget to turn it off when they're recording.
    Not to accuse you, of course.
  • Sara from Nashville, TnAnybody else hear something that sounds like a door opening about 18 seconds through? You have to listen really close to hear it, but I think it's a door. If it's not, then somebody correct me please.
  • Darius from Lancaster, CaTo Me This Song Is Overrated
  • Xavier from Pune, IndiaThe opening piano part for Westlife's 'Swear it again' has been lifted from this song. Maybe i'm hearing things, but thats what i thought when I compared the two songs.. Any feedback??
  • Buzz from HamiltonThe Beatles...well they were really good. Except then they losing their friendship and sometimes they did really stupid things like drugs.
    As for the song, I agree with Mia lol Give the rich adorable cutie a break...why does everyone suspect an *inside story* with every song? They can sing what they like can't they?
    I am kinda disappointed about their behaviour but everyone makes mistakes...but then again drugs really ruined their rep, and the way John said what he liked also did. "We're bigger than Christ now" - if he had been a half modest chap he wouldnt have said that. Which is why none of the other Beatles had not said that. Excuse me if I am making it look like the whole disagreement that ended the Beatles was John, I am not trying to do that but I am trying to emphasize that John did play a big role. Paul was *growing out* of his Beatles role, he coulnt work with a team like that anymore, but as for John enough is enough, the world just gave him too much for his pride to take. McCartney never gets the credit.
    Anyways, back on the subject, Yesterday is a beautiful song, but so sad, I first heard it when I was 8 or something like that.
    And Shirley, although I absolutely agree with you, I also have to add that although the white album was one of their best, they were not a particular *team* anymore by that time. It was for the better of them that they split up and went their different ways, was it not? After all, John continued his peace activism, Paul went to pursue a better music career, they became friends over again and it all worked out. The breakup as I say again was for the better of them.
    Well then that is all I have to say
  • Allan from Vanderhoof, CanadaI have heard that it was John and the other Beatles who convinced Paul that Yesterday was his song. He didn't think it was possible to have the music come together that quickly, and felt he must have heard the melody somewhere else.
  • Aaaaa from Aaaa, MiPaul wrote this song for his mom when she'd alredy passed away. The lyrics say "I said something wrong, Now I long for yesterday". He said a really bad taste joke when he n his brother found out that she had cancer and i guess he refers 2 that there. Magnificent song, by the way
  • Jeef from San Francisco, CaThis is easily the greatest song of all time.
  • Christina from Roseville, Cai cant listen to this song with out crying. it's so sad. it's a shame though becuase it's such a great song
  • John from Jersey City, NjWith regard to Calum, Edinburgh, Scotland ("If it's true that without George Martin The Beatles would have progresssed half as much as they did, why didn't he do the same with Gerry and the Pacemakers and the other Mersey groups he produced?", think of it this way, Sir George was a musical "chef" who happened to be "cooking" with extraordinary ingredients.
  • Ariana from Lima, PeruPaul wrote this song for his mom when she'd alredy passed away. The lyrics say "I said something wrong, Now I long for yesterday". He said a really bad taste joke when he n his brother found out that she had cancer and i guess he refers 2 that there. Magnificent song, by the way
  • Michelle from Anaheim, CaThis song is kind of sad, but it's my favorite Beatles song. I have this on my iPod and always play it. There was a powerpuff girls episode where they used this song. All the villains were called the "Beat-alls" and when Professor was talking to the girls, he was saying "yesterday, all your troubles seemed so far away. Now it looks as though there here to say." Fave part is "why she had to go i don't know, she wouldn't say."
    Beautiful song.
  • Sarah from Pittsburgh, Pa<3333333333333333333333
  • Grace from Fairfax Station, VaI think the meaning of this is pretty obvious: the guy in this song was in love with a girl, but she broke up with him and he doesn't know why. It was just the day before the song was written that they were still a couple.
  • Lee from Clearwater, Fl Isn't anyone going to say that this song is about drugs? Some of you have claimed that all the other songs are drug related! It is a fantastic song.
  • Roger from Los Angeles, CaI don't think anyone could possibly name for me a more beautiful song than this. Simply a masterpiece. Paul McCartney is a musical genius.
  • Jordan from Wilmette, Il#12 in the VH1 top 100 rock songs list
  • Alana from Porcupine, CanadaThis is one of the greatest songs none to man kind.
  • Ascorbic from New York, NySomething which is perfect cannot last forever...The Beatles were perfect. What had to happen, happenned. No one can or should be blamed. This song is a simple beautiful song, instrumentals are also as enchanting even without the heartfelt lyrics. Top Notch!
  • Calum from Edinburgh, ScotlandIf it's true that without George Martin The Beatles would have progresssed half as much as they did, why didn't he do the same with Gerry and the Pacemakers and the other Mersey groups he produced?
  • Jerry from Brooklyn, NyIn Eva Cassidy's hauntingly beautiful version of "Yesterday", she makes a subtle change in the lyrics that gives it an entirely different slant. The line "why (s)he had to go, I don't know, (s)he wouldn't say, I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday." Cassidy sings "I said 'something's wrong ..'" That is a very different meaning. In McCartney's line, he is taking the blame (I said something wrong). Cassidy's line professes to not understand (something's wrong) why the relationship when sour.
    So sad we cannt ask her why she made this change.
  • Jerry from Brooklyn, NyMaybe Brett thinks "Piggies" is abysmal because he just doesn't get it! This is not rock, or folk; it's social satire in the medieval musical form known as "madrigal". The White Album is, if nothing else, a tribute to the diverse range of musical genres the Beatles were capable of. From surfer songs ("Back in the USSR" to a lullaby ("Good Night") with blue grass (Don't Pass Me By"), do-wop (the album version of "Revolution"); psychedelia ("Revolution #9"). The arrangement of "Obla-di, Obla-dah" is essentially a polka! And so it goes, so many other styles and all done brilliantly!
  • Emu from Paradise City, Otherthe guns n roses song yesterdays is nothing like this song!! this ones much better.ooh but izzy luks gorgeous in the gnr video for yesterdays
  • Richard from Connellsville, PaEven though Paul sang solo,this is one of their greatest hits in my book. And the "B" side song of the Capitol record is "Act Naturally". P.S. The song was #1 only in the US for 4 weeks.
  • Vincent from St. Davids, EnglandThe best cover of this song was done by Sinatra. Sinatra sings it slower, and adds a whole new style to it, with the same meaning.
  • Ross from Independence, MoThis is #13 in Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest songs.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyAfter recording this, George Martin suggested to Brian Epsitein that they put it out as a "Paul McCartney" solo single. Paul refused, and furthermore refused to have the song released as a "Beatles" single, since he felt that singles should be true group efforts (It was included on the Help! soundratck LP, though). The Beatles couldn't (at that time) control what Capitol did with their songs in the U.S., so it was released as a single in America, but not anywhere else in the world.
  • Caitlin Walton from Dallas, Txtruly Robb, Paul was a guitar player but the band needed bass, so he learned
  • Shannon from Chicago, IlThe only thing I have to say about this is that it's one of my favorite Beatles songs. It's pretty unique because only one of them sings and they usually have up tempo songs. I just love it.
  • Mike from New Point, VaAt the Budokan in Japan, they play a version of this with the full band, not the pre-recorded strings.
  • Marina from Seattle, WaThe original dummy lyrics were "Scrambled eggs, oh baby, how I love your legs".
  • Alan from City, Mi"Scrambled egg; how I love to eat a scrambled egg"
  • Robb from Hamburg, NyWow, some people make me laugh. While the Beatles early standards such as: "She Loves You", "All My Loving", "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "A Hard Days Night" are great songs, yes. However, If you listen to things like: "Norwegian Wood", "Tomorrow Never Knows", "A Day In The Life", and "Because", theres just something else there. Their creativity as a group was always one step ahead. The voacal and musical arrangments of the later material alone makes those songs worthy a much higher standard than the early ones.
  • Robb from Hamburg, NyIm a John Lennon guy. You can tell alot about a person depeding of if they are either a John Lennon or Paul McCartney guy.
  • Robb from Hamburg, NyPaul was the bass player for the beatles and probably thought no one knew he could play guitar. He thought he was not only writting a good song, but showing people that he was the "best" in the group. I dont think John Lennon would ever want to perform any song he wrote with the accompaniment of the other beatles. There was no set leader of the group, but Paul was most likely trying to get out front with this one.
  • Charlie from Thomaston, Ctthere is a Guns and roses song called yesterdays on the album use your illusion, it has a similiar melody but i think the lyrics are diffrent.
  • Piti from El Ferrol, SpainPerforming "yesterday", only the right chords in the right position are allowed because chords cadence is perfectly connected with melody. There's no other way to do. This may explain why the song can be considered as a little work of art in pop music.
    Lennon's figure is irrelevant in Yesterday's creation history. The song probably brings out definitively a new jealous guy inside the Beatles couple who never assum that McCartney is, at least, the same genius than him.
  • Dave from Springfield, United Statesi thought stairway to heaven was the most covered
  • Mike from Storyville, United States"Jill's right. Let's face it, the Beatles were really sucking near the end ("Piggies" was abysmal) " Oh really, Brett? So you're telling me that early Beatles is good and later Beatles is bad? I think it must have been opposite day when you wrote that, or you're a musical idiot. Let's see... "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "She Loves You", "Boys"... fun songs but far from musical or artisic genius. Now look at their later albums: Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, Rubber Soul, Revolver, White Album, Abbey Road, Let it Be... You are an idiot.
  • Liliana from Huntley, Ilthis song is incredible, im not surprised some consider it the best of the millenium, actually it was voted as the best oldie of all time by a radio staion from chicago. and if there are any other teens 15, i'd like to talk w/u.
  • Kim Phillips from Wichita, Ks Listening to countless Beatles songs recently, I had forgotten the impact of George Martin's techniques. John, Paul, Geroge, Ringo, George Martin, and Brian Epstein created magic, which in my opinion will never be created again.
  • Scott Baldwin from Edmonton, CanadaDoes anyone know where i can buy a copy of "Yesterday... And Today"?
  • Martin from London, England"Yesterday" was voted by musicians/people in the music biz as THE best song of the last millennium. Which is quite an achievement. Well done Willy Nelson for writing it. [only joking!]
    The song is in 'The Guinness Book of Records' as The Most Covered Song, a record that it has held for about 3 decades. I can see (and understand) McCartney's point about the song-writing credit. We all know that McCartney wrote it, but he is concerned that future generations will think that, because Lennon's name comes first, that Lennon was the main songwriter. Lennon's name being first was something that always rankled with Paul. If he had Yoko had a better relationship, then they could have successfully outbid Michael Jackson if they had wanted to. THAT is the biggest mistake ever made. Incidentally, the discussion about Yoko (below) is disgraceful(especially saying she's a bitch and that she should have been shot...whatever happened to 'peace and love', man?) She did not break up The Beatles (and even if she did, hooray for her) and I think she has dealt with Lennon's legacy in a very sympathetic way (notwithstanding the issue relating to her and Paul being unwilling to outbid Jackson for the publishing rights to most of The Beatles' songs).

  • John from Laguna Hills, Alyou say this "yesterday" is the most covered song by the beatles? I thought it was "Eleanor Rigby"? Well?
  • Bob from Las Vegas, NvJohn loved Yoko... thats all there really is to it, and that was The Beatles message anyways right. All you need is love. So we can't really blame John because he was in love, pour guy. I still dont like Yoko though. And this is one of the most incredible songs ever written. Its just amazing. I love it so and it touches my heart every time i hear it. Peace
  • Mia from Elk River, MnI don't like Michael Jackson OR Yoko Ono, to tell you the truth. Even if John constantly brought Yoko to all of their sessions together as a "band", I still love John. People make mistakes, and it's only human to laugh at this obvious one he made. Get over it. ANYWAY, this song rose to the top quite fast, and I'm not surprised Paul woke up to this tune in his head. He does tell the story of how the song came about quite often, but why wouldnt he? Wouldn't YOU be surprised if you woke up with a masterpiece in your head? Give the rich adorable cutie a break for God's sake.
  • Adrian from Wilmington, DeYoko should not have been at all the sessions, but it was John who brought her which caused all of the tension. And anyway, why are we all talking about Yoko?! This is supposed to be a discussion about "Yesterday," quite a revolutionary song for its time. Yes, strings were used in rock songs before this, but never in the way it is used in "Yesterday." It paved the way for the Beatles future experimentation and I must give much credit to George Martin. Without him, the Beatles would have progressed half as much as they did.
  • Shirley from Ocean, NjI didn't like the fact that Yoko alienated Julian and cast him aside. He was John's son also. And yes John really loved her. But Brett your comment about the Beatles becoming pathetic towards the end is not true. The white album is always in the top 10 albums of all time. That's usually out of 100.
  • Brett from Edmonton, CanadaJill's right. Let's face it, the Beatles were really sucking near the end ("Piggies" was abysmal) and even if Yoko ended the band, at least she killed it before it got pathetic and still had grace. Also, the fact is, as David pointed out, John genuinely loved her and it wasn't one of those stupid "celebrity romances" like Britney and Justin, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck/P. Diddy/Anybody, etc. Look at "God" or "Everyone's Got Something to Hide (But me and my monkey" or "Happiness is a warm gun". They were in love, and if John prefered being with her over dangling controversial quotes in the media's face and writing drug-induced lyrics, good for him. What's more important, our entertainment or a person's life and love? As Jill pointed out, that insane pediophile gender/race-bender Michael Jackson is the one we should really be stoning.
  • Jill from Placentia, Cai don't know why you all hate yoko. it should be michael jackson that you aim your fury at.
  • Nate from Pelican Rapids, MnThis wasn't the first pop song with strings. Strings were used in pop songs all over the '30s.
  • Dan from Fort Collins, CoI agree with hylas from Boston. There are a lot of pop songs with string arrangements recorded before Yesterday. It certainly wasn't the first time! Off the top of my head I can think of two Buddy Holly songs, True Love Ways and It Doesn't Matter Anymore, that use strings as the main backup, and those were recorded in 1958.
  • Cornboy from Auburn, CaWe should remember what Yoko said so eliquently,
    "Don't worry, don't worry, don't worry, don't worry, aahhhahaahhhaahhh
  • David from Santa Fe, NmLet's all forget the jealousy over Yoko. John loved her very much and she has paid wonderful tribute to him through charitable works, including saving the Peace Abbey in Sherborn MA from bankruptcy. All you need is love. David, Santa Fe
  • Hylas from Boston, Ma"Yesterday" was far from the first pop song to use strings. You hear violins on pop songs, including rock & roll songs, from the 20's onward. Perhaps you mean the first pop song to use a string quartet. I don't know about that. It would be surprising if true, but I can't think of any other specific case of a song using a string quartet before that (although many would have used the instrumentation of a string quartet - cello, viola, 2 violins -- as part of a larger orchestra).
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