Things We Said Today
Name = Things We Said Today
Writer = Lennon/McCartney
from Album = A Hard Day's Night" in the
United Kingdomand "Something New" in the United States
A-side = "A Hard Day's Night"
10 July 1964(UK) 13 July 1964(US)
Format = 7"
Abbey Road Studios 2 June 1964
Rock and roll
Length = 02:38
Capitol (US) 5222
Last single = "
Can't Buy Me Love""
This single = "A Hard Day's Night"
Next single = "
I Feel Fine"
(UK-1964) --- "
I'll Cry Instead" (US-1964)
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = A Hard Day's Night
Type = studio
Tracks = ;Side one
# "A Hard Day's Night"
I Should Have Known Better"
If I Fell"
I'm Happy Just to Dance with You"
And I Love Her"
# "Tell Me Why"
Can't Buy Me Love";Side two
Any Time at All"
I'll Cry Instead"
# "Things We Said Today"
When I Get Home"
You Can't Do That"
# "I'll Be Back"
The song is one of three main compositions (along with "
And I Love Her" and " Can't Buy Me Love") that Paul McCartneywrote for the Beatles film. Recorded in advance of film production for lip-synchingreasons, "Things We Said Today" has a reverse nostalgia premise. 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”.cite book |first=Keith |last=Badman |authorlink=Keith Badman |title=The Beatles Off The Record |year=2000 |pages= 91|publisher=Omnibus |location=London |isbn=0-7119-7985-5]
McCartney was particularly satisfied with his chord change,
F majorto B flat major—instead of the more obvious F minor—which first occurs beneath "…wishing you weren't so "far" away" in the song. [Barry Miles "Paul McCartney Many Years From Now" P.122] John Lennonaccentuates McCartney's strident acoustic guitar strumming by triple hitting a low A note on a piano. The tempoof the song moves from balladto rock and back with a minor to major key change during its middle eightsection.
McCartney’s diction, double tracked, is so accurate that in places it cancels itself out, sounding untracked (conversely, Lennon’s vocals were always different, and often sounded quite messy when double tracked). This was still before ADT (Automatic double tracking) had been invented at Lennon’s behest, [Mark Lewisohn "The Compleate Beatles Recording Sessions" P.70 ] by Abbey Road studio's
Paul McCartney wrote the song while cruising the
Caribbeanaboard a yacht called "Happy Days" in May 1964. It is based on his relationship with his then-girlfriend, Jane Asher. Because of their busy lives, they could not spend much time together.
The Beatles included "Things We Said Today" as part of their live set during their world tour. [Bill Harry "The Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia" P.649]
The French singer
Dick Riversrecorded the song as "Ces Mots Qu'On Oublie Un Jour".
In 1989/90, Paul McCartney included the song as part of his own world tour. [Bill Harry "The Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia" P.649]
* UK LP
soundtrackfor "A Hard Day's Night" on Parlophone PMC 1230 (mono) / PCS 3058(stereo). Appeared also on their British EP"Extracts From A Hard Day's Night".
* American release on Capitol's "Something New" LP.
Paul McCartney– double tracked vocal, bass guitar, acoustic guitar
John Lennon– acoustic guitar, piano
George Harrison– lead guitar
Ringo Starr– drums, tambourine
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