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Song facts: She Said She Said

She Said She Said is a John Lennon song, the last track recorded for the band’s Revolver album. Lennon drew inspiration from an LSD-influenced conversation between himself, actor Peter Fonda and George Harrison, during The Beatles US tour of 1965.

The band rented a property on Mulholland Drive where they hung out in between touring. It was there the LSD was taken, while The Beatles were with Roger McGuinn and David Crosby of The Byrds. Later Peter Fonda showed up and it was allegedly a conversation he had with George Harrison that caught John’s attention.

"I told him there was nothing to be afraid of and that all he needed to do was relax. I said that I knew what it was like to be dead because when I was 10 years old I'd accidentally shot myself in the stomach and my heart stopped beating three times while I was on the operating table because I'd lost so much blood.
John was passing at the time and heard me saying 'I know what it's like to be dead'. He looked at me and said, You're making me feel like I've never been born. Who put all that shit in your head?" - Peter Fonda
Revolver album cover, 1966.

Revolver album cover, 1966.

When piecing the song together Lennon had about three different song sections that he was struggling with. George Harrison helped him pull them together to get one completed track.

"I was at his house one day - this is the mid-Sixties - and he was struggling with some tunes. He had loads of bits, maybe three songs, that were unfinished, and I made suggestions and helped him to work them together so that they became one finished song, She Said She Said. The middle part of that record is a different song." - George Harrison

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Recording

Paul McCartney is reported to have walked out on this recording session after a feud with the other band members; possibly relating to the subject matter of the song. McCartney wasn’t overly enthusiastic about LSD, certainly not to the degree the others were.

"I really was frightened of that kind of stuff, because it’s what you’re taught when you’re young… 'watch out for them devil drugs'. When acid came around we’d heard that you’re never the same, it alters your life and you never think the same again. And I think John was rather excited by that prospect; I was rather frightened by that prospect. I thought, just what I need, to have some funny little thing were I can never get back home again. So I delayed and I was seen to sort of stall a little bit within the group.. there was a lot of peer pressure; talk about peer pressure.. THE BEATLES!” - Paul McCartney

John, George and Ringo rehearsed and recorded the track from start to finish, during a nighttime session lasting nine hours, finishing at 3:45am. George Harrison is reported to have played bass in McCartney's stead.

"I like the title She Said She Said, which I think was made up on the session. John brought it in pretty much finished, I think. I'm not sure but I think it was one of the only Beatle records I never played on. I think we'd had a barney or something and I said, 'Oh, fuck you!' and they said, 'Well, we'll do it.' I think George played bass." - Paul McCartney

Personnel

  • John Lennon – lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar, Hammond organ
  • George Harrison – backing vocal, bass, lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, shaker

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Paul Attends Brother Mike's Wedding

On June 8th 1968, Paul McCartney attended his brother Mike's wedding as best man. Mike McCartney married hair stylist Angela Fishwick at St Bridget's Parish Church in the village of Carrog in Merionethshire, North Wales. This was the same parish where Paul's father Jim married his second wife.

 Later they held a reception at Jim McCartney's home in Gayton, Cheshire.

Paul and Mike McCartney with Angela Fishwick, June 8th 1968.

Paul and Mike McCartney with Angela Fishwick, June 8th 1968.

Paul and Mike McCartney with Jane Asher and Angela Fishwick, June 8th 1968

Paul and Mike McCartney with Jane Asher and Angela Fishwick, June 8th 1968

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Paul and Mike McCartney with Angela Fishwick, June 8th 1968.

Paul and Mike McCartney with Angela Fishwick, June 8th 1968.

Paul, Mike and Jim McCartney with Jane Asher and Angela Fishwick, June 8th 1968

Paul, Mike and Jim McCartney with Jane Asher and Angela Fishwick, June 8th 1968

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Song facts: You Never Give Me Your Money

You Never Give Me Your Money is a Beatles' song written by Paul McCartney, and appears on the band's Abbey Road album. Paul wrote the song about his displeasure with The Beatles' financial setup, particularly Allen Klein, who was given control of the band's business affairs in 1969, much to McCartney's dismay. The song was written in March of 1969, while Paul was in New York with his wife Linda, shortly after the Get Back/Let It Be sessions came to a grinding halt.

"This was me directly lambasting Allen Klein's attitude to us: no money, just funny paper, all promises and it never works out. It's basically a song about no faith in the person, that found its way into the medley on Abbey Road. John saw the humour in it." - Paul McCartney
"'Funny paper' - that's what we get. We get bits of paper saying how much is earned and what this is and that is, but we never actually get it in pounds, shilling and pence. We've all got a big house and a car and an office, but to actually get the money we've earned seems impossible." - George Harrison
"That's Paul. Well, that's not a song, you know. Abbey Road was really unfinished songs all stuck together. Everybody praises the album so much, but none of the songs had anything to do with each other, no thread at all, only the fact that we stuck them together." - John Lennon

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Abbey Road, 1969.

Abbey Road, 1969.

Recording

Realising that Abbey Road would likely be The Beatles' final album, McCartney and producer George Martin came up with the idea of the medley on the second side; this was to be a climactic finale to the band's career. The Beatles began recording the beginning of the medley, You Never Give Me Your Money, on May 6th 1969, at Olympic Sound Studios, Barnes, London (later at Abbey Road).

36 takes were recorded on this day, with McCartney on lead vocals and piano, Lennon playing an Epiphone Casino guitar, Harrison on a Fender Telecaster guitar fed through a Leslie speaker and Ringo playing drums

McCartney revisited the song on July 1st, overdubbing his lead vocals onto take 30, with further sound effects and vocals added on July 15th. But It wasn't completed until August, when The Beatles finally figured out how to work the end of the track into Sun King. On August 5th McCartney added tape loops, including: bubbles, chirping crickets, and bells. These were later mixed by George Martin into stereo for the final master released on the album.

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – lead and backing vocals, piano, bass, wind chimes, tape loops
  • John Lennon – guitar, backing vocal
  • George Harrison – guitar, backing vocal
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine

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John Lennon and George Harrison fly to Tahiti

On May 2nd 1964, John and Cynthia Lennon travelled to Tahiti with George Harrison and Pattie Boyd. The Beatles had just finished filming A Hard Day's Night and were craving time away from Beatlemania.

"In May, John and Cynthia and Pattie and I went on holiday. By now we were so famous that we couldn't get on an aeroplane without everyone knowing where we were going.
We took a private plane to Amsterdam and caught a flight going to Honolulu via Vancouver. After a long flight we got off the plane in Vancouver for twenty minutes while they refuelled, and by the time we reached Honolulu the whole American disc-jockey network had got us covered.
We had to stay in Honolulu for a couple of days awaiting the connection to Tahiti, so to get away from Waikiki we drove up to the north of the island to a beach where no one knew us." - George Harrison

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr flew to The Virgin Islands with Maureen Starr and Jane Asher.

John and Cynthia Lennon in Tahiti, May 1964.

John and Cynthia Lennon in Tahiti, May 1964.

John and Cynthia Lennon in Tahiti, May 1964.

John and Cynthia Lennon in Tahiti, May 1964.

George Harrison in Tahiti, May 1964.

George Harrison in Tahiti, May 1964.

George Harrison and Pattie Boyd in Tahiti, May 1964.

George Harrison and Pattie Boyd in Tahiti, May 1964.