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Paul's Here Today song
29 July 2010
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This song is about John, and I'm always curious, what does he want to say with "What about the night we cried?" I guess it's when John lost his Mom... but I'd like to know. Has Paul said what he means with that line?

Note by Ahhh Girl 25 July 2014: I merged another thread on this song into this thread. The merged in thread consisted of posts 7-29.

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I remember reading a quote about that. It was when they were on tour, and they got really drunk one night, (I think to the point they were taking turns in worship of the porcelain god, but I'm not sure) and they were laughing and crying, talking about how great the other was – basically the kind of things they could never say as sober, Northern men.

Edit: Found it! Nothing wrong with my memory.

“We were in Key West in 1964. We were due to fly into
Jacksonville, in Florida, and do a concert there, but we’d been diverted
because of a hurricane. We stayed there for a couple of days, not
knowing what to do except, like, drink. I remember drinking way too
much, and having one of those talking-to-the-toilet bowl evenings. It
was during that night, when we’d all stayed up way too late, and we got
so pissed that we ended up crying - about, you know, how wonderful we
were, and how much we loved each other, even though we’d never said
anything. It was a good one: you never say anything like that.
Especially if you’re a Northern Man.”

Paul explaining the line “What about the night we cried?” from Here Today

(Guardian Unlimited, 2004)

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skye said:

I remember reading a quote about that. It was when they were on tour, and they got really drunk one night, (I think to the point they were taking turns in worship of the porcelain god, but I'm not sure) and they were laughing and crying, talking about how great the other was – basically the kind of things they could never say as sober, Northern men.

Edit: Found it! Nothing wrong with my memory.

“We were in Key West in 1964. We were due to fly into

Jacksonville, in Florida, and do a concert there, but we’d been diverted

because of a hurricane. We stayed there for a couple of days, not

knowing what to do except, like, drink. I remember drinking way too

much, and having one of those talking-to-the-toilet bowl evenings. It

was during that night, when we’d all stayed up way too late, and we got

so pissed that we ended up crying - about, you know, how wonderful we

were, and how much we loved each other, even though we’d never said

anything. It was a good one: you never say anything like that.

Especially if you’re a Northern Man.”

Paul explaining the line “What about the night we cried?” from Here Today
 

(Guardian Unlimited, 2004)


that is one of the funniest things paul's ever said
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skye said:

I remember reading a quote about that. It was when they were on tour, and they got really drunk one night, (I think to the point they were taking turns in worship of the porcelain god, but I'm not sure) and they were laughing and crying, talking about how great the other was – basically the kind of things they could never say as sober, Northern men.

Edit: Found it! Nothing wrong with my memory.

“We were in Key West in 1964. We were due to fly into

Jacksonville, in Florida, and do a concert there, but we’d been diverted

because of a hurricane. We stayed there for a couple of days, not

knowing what to do except, like, drink. I remember drinking way too

much, and having one of those talking-to-the-toilet bowl evenings. It

was during that night, when we’d all stayed up way too late, and we got

so pissed that we ended up crying - about, you know, how wonderful we

were, and how much we loved each other, even though we’d never said

anything. It was a good one: you never say anything like that.

Especially if you’re a Northern Man.”

Paul explaining the line “What about the night we cried?” from Here Today
 

(Guardian Unlimited, 2004)


 

Thank you skye!! And yes it's quite funny indeed!!! Actually if you see in the Good Evening New York City video, the song gets him and he gets kind of pissed off for that and hits the guitar at the end quite hard. i mean, not pissed of "I screw it up" but kind of angry when you let something to get you. But it's hard. When I saw the video that part truly got me. a-hard-days-night-paul-5

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mithveaen said:

skye said:

I remember reading a quote about that. It was when they were on tour, and they got really drunk one night, (I think to the point they were taking turns in worship of the porcelain god, but I'm not sure) and they were laughing and crying, talking about how great the other was – basically the kind of things they could never say as sober, Northern men.

Edit: Found it! Nothing wrong with my memory.

“We were in Key West in 1964. We were due to fly into
 

Jacksonville, in Florida, and do a concert there, but we’d been diverted

because of a hurricane. We stayed there for a couple of days, not

knowing what to do except, like, drink. I remember drinking way too

much, and having one of those talking-to-the-toilet bowl evenings. It

was during that night, when we’d all stayed up way too late, and we got

so pissed that we ended up crying - about, you know, how wonderful we

were, and how much we loved each other, even though we’d never said

anything. It was a good one: you never say anything like that.

Especially if you’re a Northern Man.”


 

Paul explaining the line “What about the night we cried?” from Here Today

(Guardian Unlimited, 2004)


Good info Skye. Thanks!

 

Thank you skye!! And yes it's quite funny indeed!!! Actually if you see in the Good Evening New York City video, the song gets him and he gets kind of pissed off for that and hits the guitar at the end quite hard. i mean, not pissed of "I screw it up" but kind of angry when you let something to get you. But it's hard. When I saw the video that part truly got me. a-hard-days-night-paul-5


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Hey no problem. a-hard-days-night-george-4

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I just mentioned this song in the "favorite live song" thread but I was just wondering other feelings on this song. It's personally my absolute favorite solo Paul song. I love the lyrics and the simplicity of the music which pushes the lyrics to the foreground bringing so much more meaning to the song.

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This song makes me cry my eyes out. After I saw this one video of Paul performing it live and crying during it just hit me right in the heart, and the feeling always comes back when I try to watch it. It is my favorite solo song of his, and it is one of the fe songs that can make my cry.

 

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The first time I ever heard this song was watching him perform at Shea or rather Citi Field couple years ago. I almost started crying. I was like "Y U SO PERFECT MACCA?"....okay I didn't say it like that, but I still loved the performance and song either way. Quite touching. 

 

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PennyLane said:

 I was like "Y U SO PERFECT MACCA?"


 I just got struck by a sudden urge to make this...

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Paulrus said:


I just got struck by a sudden urge to make this...
 

That's An Epic Fail.


I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
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Paulrus said:

PennyLane said:

 I was like "Y U SO PERFECT MACCA?"


 I just got struck by a sudden urge to make this...

Haha nice.
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Paulrus said:

PennyLane said:

 I was like "Y U SO PERFECT MACCA?"


I just got struck by a sudden urge to make this...
 


OMG I LOVE YOU FOR THIS!!!

 

he was definitely in my mind when I wrote it, but now its in real meme form. I need to get off the internet.

 

Either way, 4 apples for you (Glen Coco). You go Paulrus (Glen Coco)!

apple01apple01apple01apple01

 

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PennyLane said:

Either way, 4 apples for you (Glen Coco). You go Paulrus (Glen Coco)!

apple01apple01apple01apple01

 

*9* its a sign...


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I heard the live versions before the studio one. I found the latter slightly disappointing - I much prefer the simple acoustic guitar arrangement to the strings/guitar one, although it is a very good George Martin score.

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I like this song a lot but I agree with Joe, I prefer the live version.

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this song doesn't move me as it should. I really think it could be better

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
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I like the song because it's not like a typical tribute song. It's got a psychological element to it, I think I've heard Paul talk about how he wrote it as if he were having a conversation with John. It was nice seeing him perform it live, which I agree is much better than the studio version.

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The Version he sang at the Montreal Concert I attended was the Best version he plays.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
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Joe said:

I heard the live versions before the studio one. I found the latter slightly disappointing - I much prefer the simple acoustic guitar arrangement to the strings/guitar one, although it is a very good George Martin score.


I agree 100% the first time I heard it was in concert I never heard the studio version until just now. I don't think it was terrible, I guess the live version gives a deeper feeling.
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