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Song Released: 1965


Yesterday Lyrics

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...

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    Revolution
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    Jul 15th, 2009 7:49pm report


    Lets get the FACTs straight: McCartney composed the entire melody in a dream one night in his room at the Wimpole Street home of his then girlfriend Jane Asher and her family. Upon waking, he hurried to a piano and played the tune to avoid letting it slip into the recesses of his mind. McCartney's initial concern was that he had subconsciously plagiarised someone else's work. Upon being convinced that he had not robbed anyone of his melody, McCartney began writing lyrics to suit it. As Lennon and McCartney were known to do at the time, a substitute working lyric, entitled "Scrambled Eggs", was used for the song until something more suitable was written. McCartney recalled: OK it's mine!' It had no words. So I used to call it 'Scrambled Eggs'. McCartney said the breakthrough with the lyrics came during a trip to Portugal in May 1965:
    "I remember mulling over the tune 'Yesterday', and suddenly getting these little one-word openings to the verse. I started to develop the idea ... da-da da, yes-ter-day, sud-den-ly, fun-il-ly, mer-il-ly and Yes-ter-day, that's good. All my troubles seemed so far away. It's easy to rhyme those a's: say, nay, today, away, play, stay, there's a lot of rhymes and those fall in quite easily, so I gradually pieced it together from that journey. Sud-den-ly, and 'b' again, another easy rhyme: e, me, tree, flea, we, and I had the basis of it."
    As Paul quite often did, the song is about a few different things, the breakup with his girl friend, and how things where easier Yesterday then they are today and he finally finished this song. So don't try to put more into then there is, these are the facts.

    By the way... "Yesterday" has been recognized as the most recorded song in the history of popular music; its entry in the Guinness Book of Records suggests over 1600 different cover versions to date,[24] by an eclectic mix of artists including The Seekers, Joan Baez, Michael Bolton, Bob Dylan, Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Daffy Duck, Jan & Dean, Wet Wet Wet, Plácido Domingo, The Head Shop, Billy Dean, En Vogue and Boyz II Men.



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    dcs5991
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    Apr 1st, 2009 4:38pm report


    This song is about how sometimes we just look back and realize how our lives used to be and we see that the way we've acted has made us different and we want to go back but we cant



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    annecaroline.moraisalves
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    Jul 23rd, 7:36am report


    I think anyone can,at some point of their lifes,relate to this song,there are always some dark times when we feel lost and when look back and yearn the times when everything was fine,and we had nothing to be worried about,then we go and make mistakes,sometimes we lose our indentity,we lose people we care for,then we feel adrift,haunted by the wrongs choices we made and not really knowing who we are,you feel empty since you are not the same as before,you feel lonely when you realize the people (or the person)your relied on are gone,and then all thats left are memories feeling of yearning,and all you wish is to turn back time.Personally I look back to my childhood,where life was actually quite easy and joyful



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    anonymous
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    Oct 23rd, 2013 10:54am report


    This is a story of a man who has problem to forego his past or who has a problem to move on. A problem that most of us experience and eventually most of us learn and grow up to move on. It's part of life.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 23rd, 2013 10:52am report


    This is a story of a man who has problem to forego his past or who has a problem to move on. A problem that most of us experience and eventually most of learn and grow up to move on. It's part of life.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 16th, 2013 3:49pm report


    It´s about childhood... to me...Why? Because...
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    Yesterday, all my trouble seemed so far away.
    Now it looks as though they're here to stay.
    ------------------------------------
    Do you need more?
    -----------------------------------
    Suddenly,
    I'm not half the man I used to be,
    There's a shadow hanging over me,
    Oh, yesterday came suddenly.
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    When he talks about "a shadow hanging over me", he means his mistakes during his life which are with him still.
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    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.
    ------------------------------------
    When McCartney mentions a "she" he could be referring to his childhood, because it had to go away. And love was such a easy game to play... not every love is about a couple, it could be taken as a friend love or parental love which was easiest before.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 11th, 2013 2:53am report


    He says why she had to go I don't know, she wouldn't say. Meaning she left him without a word, i said somethig wrong now i long for Yesterday, he may have shouted/yelled said something hurtful to her or they had a fight but he wants yesterday to come back so he can fix it, but he know's it won't. So the next part Love was such an easy game to play, now i need a place to hide away, means Love was the best, now i wanna hide away and cry. There you go.



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    anonymous
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    May 14th, 2012 5:28am report


    I feel as though this song means something along the lines of Paul missing a past friend or lover. "I said something wrong," to me means that Paul said or did something and now he is without something important. BEATLES FOREVER



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    anonymous
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    Jan 28th, 2012 1:36pm report


    Sad, so very sad, Stuck in the past and cant reach the present. When something Great, ( Mother or Lover), is gone for good- for comfort we Stay in the past remembering them as they were, Yesterday. This song exemplifies those sinking moments we all have experienced. Almost to sad to listen too. Hits your soul. Masterpiece.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 18th, 2011 8:12am report


    "Yesterday" is about a guy whose lady-love left him without saying why, and he feels totally broken up by it, that he's not the same as he was, and that the game of love that was such an "easy game to play" is now one of humiliation and he now feels like retreating into himself.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 27th, 2011 6:51am report


    The song was composed by Paul McCartney anyways he started the song with the piano first


    He wrote the song(Yesterday) for several reasons one was because he relationship was no longer intact

    I listened to the song and i was able to put two and two together he says in the song(Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though there here to stay,Oh i believe in yesterday


    That ment that when he was still together with his girlfriend he was happy but now that she's gone he as he says in the song(suddenly i'm not have the man i used to be)it ment things were easier when he was with her



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    anonymous
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    Apr 1st, 2011 4:58am report


    this song yesterday struck paul at night in his dream when he realised that he was not given lsd to feed on ... so he says .... "why she had to go i dunno she would'n say..." obviously drugs can't talk
    without lsd he has become delirious and it seems to him that " i said something wrong" so... " now i long for yesterday (when lsd was with him)"
    then again he says because he can't have it but is feeling the urge to have lsd and can't suppress it so he says... " i need a place to hide away..."



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    anonymous
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    Jan 17th, 2011 1:53pm report


    The Beatles are a very interesting band. John Lennon was furious when people asked him why he wrote this song considering the McCartney/Lennon agreement. This song was 100% written by Paul McCartney while he was with Jane Asher, he had a dream and ran to a piano to write the melody. It took McCartney several years to add lyrics which are very controversial.

    Most think it has been written about a relationship gone a mess but it was written about his mother's death when he was fourteen. He longs for his mother and that is the main reason he "longs for yesterday"



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    Baileyppj
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    Jul 30th, 2010 7:37am report


    Saw and heard Paul's description on TV the other night of how the melody came to him as if by magic and was in his head when he woke up one day. for me I would agree with the interpretations that it is more about the sadness that can come with the realization that the past is gone and cannot be recaptured or altered. It fits that it would relate to the death of his mother and a sense of loss for the past. Since it came from his subconscious I find myself wondering also that it was a kind of predictor/commentary from the songwriters subconscious about the Beatles themselves and their spectacular rise to fame and subsequent break-up. perhaps Paul intuitively understood that despite all the success and fun they were having that it couldn't/wouldn't last forever and it kind of predicts the break up in a way as being inevitable. The timing of when the song was written predates all that but intuitively I think it expresses Paul's underlying emotional state and the fear/sadness taht came from the deep emotional first hand experience he had of this from his mothers passing that nothing can last forever. The subconscious knows where we're at emotionally even when consciously we may or may not be aware or things may seem different on the surface. " all my troubles seemed so far away , now it seems as though they're here to stay . read all the legal troubles and acrimony that lay ahead. It all seemed so far away in '63, 64, 65. kind of like a self fulfilling prophesy. anyway its a beautiful song.



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    Furball
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    May 30th, 2010 5:33pm report


    I've never really understood the song Yesterday until I experienced one of the possible interpretations of this song. I'm sure there is no definite purpose of this song, but I figure it is this: Yesterday is a song of being left by someone who had become your everything, "I'm not half the man I used to be, there's a shadow hanging over me" being you're never the same person when they left, and your past with them following you throughout your life. This is simply how I look at the song, I never truly understood this song but after my experiences this is how I look at this song.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 25th, 2010 4:44am report


    “Yesterday” was written and recorded by The Beatles for their 1965 album ‘Help!’. The song talks about how most people “long for yesterday”. “Yesterday” could be interpreted as a love song. However, I believe that the song has a deeper meaning than a stereotypical love song. If you look closely you can see how really the song is telling us to cherish what we have and live in the moment because, very quickly, it could all disappear. I think that the song also has an undercurrent of longing for better days. In 1965 a lot of Americans could relate to what the song stood for. The song made sense to people because they remembered what “the good days” were like and how they can disappear in the blink of an eye. This is shown clearly when the Beatles sing…“Yesterday/ All my troubles seemed so far away/ Now it looks as though they're here to stay/ Oh, I believe/ In yesterday…”

    In the biography, ‘McCartney and The Beatles’ it is written that the melody for ‘Yesterday’ came to Paul McCartney in a dream. It also says that the other band members didn’t think the song was good enough to be included in an album and that the song didn’t “fit their image”. Of course, as we know, the song was an instant hit, and is still able to relate with people everywhere.
    “Yesterday
    Love was such an easy game to play
    Now I need a place to hide away
    Oh, I believe
    In yesterday…”



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    anonymous
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    Apr 25th, 2010 4:57am report


    “Yesterday” was written and recorded by the Beatles for their 1965 album ‘Help!’. The song talks about how most people “long for yesterday”. “Yesterday” could be interpreted as a love song. However, I believe that the song has a deeper meaning than a stereotypical love song. If you look closely you can see how really the song is telling us to cherish what we have and live in the moment because, very quickly, it could all disappear. I think that the song also has an undercurrent of longing for better days. In 1965 a lot of Americans could relate to what the song stood for. When the Beatles sing “



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