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In today’s session The Beatles revisited Paul’s “Here, There and Everywhere,” apparently dissatisfied with Tuesday’s takes. All the work paid off;  “H,T&E” is a special favorite of many people, including both McCartney himself and his pal John Lennon, who considered it one of The Beatles’ best songs.

This being a busy week, with a wedding, a family reunion, and all the overindulgence that entails, your humble scribe is going to be even lazier than usual. So for a little more background, let’s go to The Wikipedia:

When discussing his song “Here, There and Everywhere,” Paul McCartney has frequently cited Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows” as his main source of inspiration. The latter track appeared on the Beach Boys’ 1966 album Pet Sounds, which in turn had been influenced by the Beatles’ Rubber Soul, issued in December 1965. On 17 May 1966, the day after the new Beach Boys album had been released in America, McCartney and John Lennon attended a private listening party for Pet Sounds held at London’s Waldorf Hotel.

Deeply impressed by Wilson’s songs, McCartney wrote “Here, There and Everywhere” two weeks later at Lennon’s house in Weybridge, while waiting for Lennon to wake up. McCartney recalled: “I sat out by the pool on one of the sun chairs with my guitar and started strumming in E. And soon [I] had a few chords, and I think by the time he’d woken up, I had pretty much written the song, so we took it indoors and finished it up.”

And that makes for a nice image: John is inside, “only sleeping,” while Paul sits outside playing around with a new song. John comes out blinking in the sunlight — he’s still yawning — Paul plays him the tune, and they work together to add the finishing touches.

I love these little brotherly moments between John and Paul, who had a very close relationship, despite all the nasty things they would later say about each other. Had that idiot with a gun not intervened, I imagine that today (2106 today) they might be sitting poolside somewhere talking over old times. Ah well; in Beatles Heaven all these things shall come to pass.

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