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Songs The Beatles wrote about their girlfriends/wives
29 November 2015
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Hello! I'm quite new to this so I'm hoping I'm doing it right! ahdn_george_08

What are some songs you guys know that The Beatles wrote about their girlfriends/wives?

 

I know some obvious ones; Something , Yesterday , And I Love Her . But I had no idea that John wrote "I Want You" about Yoko! What are some songs you know? a-hard-days-night-ringo-7

 

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Off the top of my head.

Things We Said Today - Jane
For No One - Jane

Ballad of John and Yoko - Yoko
I Want You (She's So Heavy)

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I'm pretty sure "Bye Bye, Love" was written about Pattie Boyd, but I am not too sure

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natureaker said
I'm pretty sure "Bye Bye, Love" was written about Pattie Boyd, but I am not too sure

'Bye Bye Love' was a cover of an Everly Brothers track which George adapted so to include lyrics about Eric and Pattie, for example

There goes our lady
With a "you know who"
I hope she's happy
And "old 'Clapper' too"
We had good rhythm
(and a little slide)
Then she stepped in
Did me a favour
I threw them both out.

I suppose you could say its George's track based on the Everly Brothers song.

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I didn't know where to post this article on the songs about Patti. 

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@Matt Busby, I think the article fits here. Hope it works for you.

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I made (short) a playlist of George songs for Olivia. Don't have the link at the moment but it's Beautiful Girl (which began life devoted to Pattie), Dark Sweet Lady, Your Love Is Forever, and Never Get Over You. 

 

Also, most of Paul's love songs post 1969 up until her death are for Linda. 

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For No One was written about Jane but she is only a girlfriend.

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Aside from those already mentioned:

I'm Looking Through You - Jane (written by Paul  as the couple were breaking up)

It's All Too Much - Pattie (with your long blond hair and your eyes of blue...)

I'm So Tired - Yoko (at the beginning of her and John's relationship) yoko-ono_01

Something - Pattie (you know, she's a lucky, lovely lady to have had songs like this, "Wonderful Tonight" and "Layla" written for her)

I Need You - Pattie again. pattie-boyd_02_gif

 Are we talking Beatles or the fellows solo or both? If solo:

The Lovely Linda - A short little ditty Paul wrote for Ms. Eastman.

Paul also wrote Two of Us about her, everyone thinks it's John but I do believe it was all about Linda.

My Love - Linda again. He wrote, Like John did for Yoko, a few songs about her.

Oh Yoko / Hold On / Woman / Jealous Guy - John wrote many songs about Yoko.

Beautiful Girl / Dark Sweet Lady / Your Love Is Forever / Soft Touch - Olivia (oops, as I just realized these were mentioned above)

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Here, There, and Everywhere is about Jane Asher. 

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@The Hippie Chick said
Paul also wrote Two of Us about her, everyone thinks it's John but I do believe it was all about Linda.

I thought it was about John because the memories bit.  Linda and Paul didn't have that long of a history when he wrote the song.

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William Shears Campbell said

@The Hippie Chick said
Paul also wrote Two of Us about her, everyone thinks it's John but I do believe it was all about Linda.

I thought it was about John because the memories bit.  Linda and Paul didn't have that long of a history when he wrote the song.  

From Wiki:

The song was originally titled "On Our Way Home". McCartney claimed it was dedicated to his wife-to-be Linda Eastman, though the lyrics (e.g.: "you and I have memories/longer than the road that stretches out ahead" or "you and me chasing paper/getting nowhere") sounded to author Ian MacDonald like they were actually addressing Lennon.[4]

Though yes, there are lyrics in there that COULD be attributed more to Lennon...  the "you and I have memories..." bit . Yes, the "chasing paper, getting nowhere..." regarding all their legal stuff as they were breaking up?  "Two of us riding nowhere, spending someone's hard earned pay..." their trip to Paris? So  yeah, I definitely see where it could be John, but Paul claims it's about Linda.

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Better than Wikipedia, I looked at Joe's entry for Two of Us.

The opening song on The Beatles' final album, Two Of Us was written by Paul McCartney about his fondness for getting deliberately lost in the country with his future wife Linda.
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Two Of Us is also thought to contain a reference to The Beatles' business troubles with Apple, in the line "You and me chasing paper, getting nowhere". The song displays the relief felt by McCartney at being able to leave these troubles behind and enjoy uncomplicated moments with Linda.
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A Linda quote from that page:

"As a kid I loved getting lost. I would say to my father - let's get lost. But you could never seem to be able to get really lost. All signs would eventually lead back to New York or wherever we were staying! Then, when I moved to England to be with Paul, we would put Martha in the back of the car and drive out of London. As soon as we were on the open road I'd say, 'Let's get lost' and we'd keep driving without looking at any signs. Hence the line in the song, 'Two of us going nowhere'.

Paul wrote Two Of Us on one of those days out. It's about us. We just pulled off in a wood somewhere and parked the car. I went off walking while Paul sat in the car and started writing. He also mentions the postcards because we used to send a lot of postcards to each other.

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So there's John, and there's Linda! I like that!! a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

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The most telling line to me about whether Two of Us could be more about John than Linda is:

You and I have memories
Longer than the road that stretches out ahead

It is a very strange line to write about a relatively new relationship. It doesn't really fit that.

However, the ending of a relationship that began in his teens? That makes sense.

The line is, essentially, we have more past than future.

Were I Linda, and believed those lines were about me, I would be spitting nails.

Paul and Linda had a much longer road stretching out ahead of them than the couple of years since they'd started circling each other behind them.

That line is very strange if it is about Linda while it fits perfectly his deteriorating relationship with John.

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So I suppose, based on this info, that he must've wrote it for Linda but sprinkled hints of John and the band breakup in there, or maybe even wrote it for both of them.  Now it kinda seems like he's not always addressing the same person when he says "Two of us" when I listen to the song with this new insight.  That'd be interesting if the song was a "We've had a good run" to John, and a "Look at our bright future" to Linda.

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[I Saw Her Standing There ] ... was mainly written by Paul McCartney . Originally titled "Seventeen", the song was apparently conceived by McCartney while driving home from a Beatles' concert in Southport, Lancashire as a modern take on the traditional song "As I Roved Out", a version of "Seventeen Come Sunday" that he had heard in Liverpool in 1960. According to Beatles biographer Mark Lewisohn, McCartney worked out chords and changes for the song on an acoustic guitar, at the family home of his Liverpool friend and fellow musician Rory Storm, on the same night, 22 October 1962. Two days later, McCartney was writing lines for the song during a visit to London with his then-girlfriend Celia Mortimer, who was seventeen at the time herself. The song was completed about a month later at McCartney's Forthlin Road home with Lennon.

I've read it before, that the lyrics of I Saw Her Standing There were inspired by McCartney's relationship with Mortimer.

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I could add For You Blue to the list, George wrote it about Pattie.

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Maybe I'm Amazed is perhaps Paul's main Linda song. 

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Maybe I'm Amazed is perhaps Paul's main Linda song.   

Yes, I was going to mention it but I was too lazy. a-hard-days-night-john-6

You can also add 'Long Haired Lady', 'I Am Your Singer', 'Some People Never Know', 'Calico Skies', and 'Somedays' to the list of Paul-to-Linda songs (although the first three are kind of duets, but they were written primarily by Paul). 

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