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@Saltie, if you scroll up and listen to the audio provided by meanmistermustard, you'll find it may be what you were looking for -- an alternative recording by Paul, more pared down and "unplugged" (even)

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Saltie said
I really like this song. The lyrics and melody are lovely but, to me, it's the harmonies that are sappy and cheesy. I wish that Paul had sung it on his own like For No One , but who am I to say. They knew best. Like the wonderful While My Guitar Gently Weeps , it has a certain ethereal quality even though it is quite different, both structurally and in subject matter. It's that feeling you sometimes get when you walk into a room and there's a stillness, a sudden hush, that it stops you in your tracks.

I'm not really into explaining this song, or any other song, through music theory. There are so many music theorists out there, all with different opinions, that it can seem like meaningless overthinking. The Beatles weren't music theorists and they did pretty well for themselves...  

I love the harmonies. To me, they highlight what the Beatles had that other bands failed to match.

The take posted previously is take 7 with the harmonies from take 13 superimposed near the end because someone in Apple was bored and needed to waste 20 minutes.

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Totally agree, I love the Beatles' harmonies too. I just don't like them on this particular song for some reason. Thanks so much for the information on the takes - I have listened to take 7 and prefer it (except for the end bit) ... I think too that Paul sings in a slightly lower register?

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As many here know, one of my bugbears about Paul is the story he has told since 1984 about John praising this song while they were filming Help in Austria in March 1965, over a year before all the evidence suggests it was written. It's a story he has told regularly, with it even making it into Anthology:

John and I shared a room and we were taking off our heavy ski boots after a day's filming, ready to have a shower and get ready for the nice bit, the evening meal and the drinks. We were playing a cassette of our new recordings and my song Here, There And Everywhere was on. And I remember John saying, "You know, I probably like that better than any of my songs on the tape." Coming from John, that was high praise indeed.

While the way it's been told over the decades has varied, the structure has been the same in every interview I've seen it come up in: John and Paul sharing a room while filming Help !, put on a tape of their new stuff while getting ready, John picks out HT&E for praise.

Until now...

I've just been reading a transcript of the recent CBS 60 Minutes interview on the CBS site, the story comes out, but all the Help references are gone!

Sharyn Alfonsi: And when that happened, did you compliment each other?

Paul McCartney : Once—

Sharyn Alfonsi: One time--

Paul McCartney : --John gave me a compliment.

Sharyn Alfonsi: In how many years? (LAUGH)

Paul McCartney : It was only once, the whole time. No, I think it was "Revolver ," but it was "Here, There And Everywhere " was-- was one of my songs on it.

Paul McCartney : And-- but John says, just when it finishes, "That's a really good song, lad. I love that song." I was like, "Yes, he likes it." You know, and I-- I've remembered it to this day. It's pathetic, really.

Interesting...

A much more believable account of the compliment (which I've never disbelieved happened)...

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If there was one Paul song for John to compliment, he chose a good one. I love the song. Haunting and beautiful.

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Indeed. a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 One of my top 5, sometimes my number one. Simple and arresting, with an amazing shimmery atmosphere. I have been known, in past years, to rant extensively in soul-stirred tones about how good it is. I can't remember what all I said so you'll have to take my word for it that I love this song a-hard-days-night-john-6

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I believe the second account more, too. Maybe Paul was thinking of another song on the recording.

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Or maybe he misremembered it as being during the filming of Help , but it actually happened later. We'll never know...

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So I was reading Joe's article about this song while listening to it, and I noticed that it says 'acoustic guitar' next to Paul's name. One of the comments says

ok, one says it was an acoustic guitar, another says it was a Casino elec. in the beatles session book it says it was an acoustic amped up to sound like an elec. i wonder which it is.

It certainly sounds like an electric, but it could also be an acoustic that had been amped up. Does anyone have any definitive answers?

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Paul's definitely using his Casino since he didn't own a Gibson J-160E at the time and since he was left handed whereas John and George were right handed, that rhythm guitar part would've been nearly impossible if played upside down. Also, the rhythm guitar sounds like a Casino.

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It sounds like an electric to me.

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I was just eating a hazelnut wafer thingy which I may or may not have nicked from the secret Easter bunny stash a-hard-days-night-paul-4ahdn_paul_02 and I realized it tasted like a song, so I listened to this song while I ate it and it was perfect. The crunch of the wafer matched the electric guitar stabs and the sweetness sounded like the rapturous harmonies and the creme stuff was the floating melody. I love it when my food tastes like my music sounds ahdn_john_08_gif

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I'm not actually a synesthete, as I believe I've established; I'm just a Run Of The Mill weirdo with a strong taste for the atmopherically apt. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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It's fascinating to me how first "Eleanor" and then "Love You To " both feature acoustic stringed instruments, and the instruments are mic'd to sound as trebly and piercing as any loud electric guitar. And then when those two are followed up with "HT&E", actual guitars are present, but they're quiet and subdued.

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Synesthesia or not, that’s pretty cool. What song was it?

Edit: please excuse me, I just woke up, I’m not in my top form yet— I’ve now realized what you mean by “this song.” Apologies.

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