Song facts: Things We Said Today

Things We Said Today is a Beatles' song written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was included on the band's A Hard Day's Night LP in 1964.

 Paul McCartney 1964. 

Paul McCartney 1964. 

Origins

McCartney wrote Things We Said Today in May of 1964, while cruising the Caribbean aboard a yacht called Happy Dayswith his girlfriend Jane Asher.

"I remember writing Things We Said Today in one of the cabins below deck one afternoon on my acoustic guitar. I got away from the main party but it was a bit queasy downstairs; you could smell the oil and the boat was rocking a bit and I'm not the best sailor in the world, so I wrote a little bit of it downstairs and then the rest of it on the back deck where you couldn't smell the engine. I don't know why the engine was on, I suppose we were moving." - Paul McCartney
"I wrote this on acoustic. It was a slightly nostalgic thing already, a future nostalgia. We’ll remember the things we said today, sometime in the future, so the song projects itself into the future." - Paul McCartney
 A Hard Day's Night UK album cover, 1964.

A Hard Day's Night UK album cover, 1964.

Recording

The Beatles recorded Things We Said Today on July 2nd 1964, at Abbey Road. The song took only three takes to complete; the first of which was a false start, the second was the rhythm track and the third used for later overdubs: vocal, tambourine, and piano.

July 2nd also saw the recording of two John Lennon compositions for inclusion on A Hard Day's Night: Any Time At All (four takes) and When I Get Home (eleven takes).

 Paul McCartney 1964. 

Paul McCartney 1964. 

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – double-tracked vocal, bass
  • John Lennon – acoustic rhythm guitar, piano
  • George Harrison – lead guitar, harmony vocals
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
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