As with “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight,” the Abbey Road Super Deluxe Edition includes a strings-only version of “Something.”

It’s a different song that way; still beautiful, but more melancholy. Is it possible that the strings are in a minor key, even though the song itself is in a major key? Music theory is not one of my strengths.

The demo of the song, which previously appeared on Anthology 3, is also included.

“By this date, 25 February, the lyric was complete,” say the Liner Notes. But previously,

On 28 January, [George] sought some suggestions for the lyric. “I can’t think of what attracted me at all,” he confessed.

“Just say whatever comes into your head each time,” John advised. “‘Attracts me like a cauliflower’! – until you get the word.”

“But I’ve been through this one for about six months,” George replied. “I mean, just that line. ‘Attracts me like a pomegranate’ – we could have that!”

George could have made a few bucks by approaching the National Cauliflower and Pomegranate Boards and auctioning off the space. But he was a spiritual man and didn’t think in those terms. Smash cut to a shot of Allen Klein:

Sure, George, “no other lover” is perfectly fine. But doesn’t “attracts me like a Foster’s Lager” have a nice ring to it?

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