Here, There And Everywhere

Revolver album artworkWritten by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 14, 16, 17 June 1966
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

Released: 5 August 1966 (UK), 8 August 1966 (US)

Paul McCartney: vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, finger clicks
John Lennon: backing vocals, finger clicks
George Harrison: backing vocals, lead guitar, finger clicks
Ringo Starr: drums, finger clicks

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Paul McCartney's favourite among his own compositions, Here, There And Everywhere is widely held to be his finest love song.

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It was written alongside John Lennon's swimming pool in Weybridge, while McCartney waited for Lennon to wake up.

I sat out by the pool on one of the sun chairs with my guitar and started strumming in E, and soon had a few chords, and I think by the time he'd woken up, I had pretty much written the song, so we took it indoors and finished it up.
Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

Here, There And Everywhere was particularly highly regarded by Lennon.

Paul's song completely, I believe. And one of my favourite songs of The Beatles.
John Lennon
All We Are Saying, David Sheff

Interestingly, McCartney claims to have had a demo version in March 1965, while The Beatles filmed Help! in Obertauern, Austria.

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.
Paul McCartney

While the song was written with Jane Asher in mind, McCartney found inspiration for his vocals from a less likely source.

When I sang it in the studio I remember thinking, I'll sing it like Marianne Faithfull; something no one would ever know... So that was a little voice, I used an almost falsetto voice and double-tracked it. My Marianne Faithfull impression.

In the studio

Recording for Here, There And Everywhere took place over three days. On 14 June 1966 The Beatles recorded four takes, only the final one of which was complete and with vocals. The group overdubbed the first of the harmony vocals that would be so important to the final sound.

The harmonies were performed by Paul, John and George, and were arranged by George Martin, who was somewhat modest about his contribution.

The harmonies on that are very simple, just basic triads which the boys hummed behind and found very easy to do. There's nothing very clever, no counterpoint, just moving block harmonies. Very simple to do... but very effective.
George Martin
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn

On 16 June they recorded takes 5-13 of the rhythm track, the last of which was deemed to be the best. Onto this they overdubbed more harmony vocals along with Paul's lead vocals and bass guitar. The following day Paul double-tracked his lead vocals, and the song was complete.

In 1996 the Real Love single featured a composite of take 7, featuring McCartney's guide vocals, and the harmonies overdubbed onto take 13. This version is unavailable on any official Beatles album.

46 responses on “Here, There And Everywhere

  1. Dan

    Paul is misremembering there. On another occasion, he said that the incident with him and John listening to the demo took place on the Beatles’ 1966 tour, which began with a show in Germany, not Austria.

  2. richard calvert

    ‘Here, there and everywhere’…. I pause + reflect deeply, when I play this song. Personally I always liked it better than ‘Yesterday’ which a very low point in the Beatles’ history. H/T+E was poetic brilliance in every way! It’ autobiographical for everyone who hears it. Pure genius!!! Richard 2009′.

  3. Garrett Hawk

    Paul has mentioned a few times that he was heavily influenced by Brian Wilson during this period, and that this song was written as kind of a Beach Boys-like tune. “Pet Sounds,” one of Paul’s favorite albums, had come out, and Wilson often sang in falsetto, so Paul’s story seems to make chronological and musical sense.

    1. F. Castellanos

      No one must say that. Every one of us have its favorite(s). In my case I prefer The Long and Winding Road. It’s a matter of personal experience and “taste”.

  4. KaabiStar

    “It was written alongside John Lennon’s swimming pool…”

    Couldn’t that be interpreted as “It was written with John Lennon’s swimming pool…”?

    1. AlbertCunning

      Originally the article stated that it was “written BY John’s swimming pool”, whereupon I presented you all with a _hilarious_ joke, which had you all in stitches, so enough of this jokery.

      My summary:
      John: Sleeping.
      Paul: Sit by pool. Write song.
      John: Wake up.
      Paul: Come in.
      John and Paul: Finish song. No pool.

      Whether or not this article was written by Joe, let’s not get too hung up on language. Often one wise guy is more than enough.

      1. Joe Post author

        All the articles were written by me. If you can suggest a better rewrite of the second paragraph do please let me know, though I think it works well enough.

        But yeah, the original version wasn’t really the desired meaning!

    2. Wayne

      Well of course it can. It already is. It’s credited as a Lennon/McCartney song. John was asleep when the song was being written. But John Lennon’s pool was with McCartney the entire time. That’s why this song qualifies as a Lennon/McCartney song. Funny how that stuff works, isn’t it?

  5. mjb

    Everett’s take:

    Paul played a duet with Ringo for the basic track: rhythm parts on the Casino and drums. This was accompanied in the final two bars with George’s 12-string Rickenbacker. The Rickenbacker’s so-called Rick-O Sound stereo capability is taken advantage of by sending the signal to two amps, miked separately to the Casino / drums track and to a second track; the tone pedal colours the song’s final five notes.

    Bass is added to the third track and the fourth tracked filled with Paul, John and George backing vocals plus finger snaps.

    The bass and basic track were reduced to one track along with a sped-up overdubbed lead vocal from Paul. This and the backing vocal track and Ricky-12 “pre-echo” joined a double-tracked lead vocal.

  6. Jacob

    This and “She’s Leving Home” are, in my opinion, the two best McCartney songs. It’s a small wonder John loved this song so much, it definitely deserves it. Everyone seems to be so hung up on Yesterday, but I think it’s not even in the same league as these two…

  7. Beatless

    Has anyone else ever noticed that McCartney’s opening of “Live and Let Die” is musically similar to the opening of “Here, There, and Everywhere?”

    HT&E: (G Major) d-g-b (b minor) d’, (“to lead a bet…”)

    L&LD: (G Major) d-g-b (b minor7) d’,
    (“when you were young…”)

    No biggie, just kind of interesting.

    1. John Wilkinson

      It’s too good a song not to get re-used. John gave more than praise to this song. His highest tribute was to take a part of it and use it in one of own songs. Check out ‘Sexy sadie’ and the chord progression behind…..”We gave her everything we owned just to sit at her table……..

  8. mrwhitner

    A bit of this song has always confused me vocally: during the last verse, does John join Paul in sing the lyrics, in the fashion he did in “Hey Jude”, or is it Paul still going solo on overdubs?

    1. paulsbass

      Disagree. It’s beautiful, but nowhere near as intimate and intensive as “Yesterday”, along with Hey Jude Paul’s best vocal recording ever.

      I love the backing vocals on this one and the chord progression is pure genius! Surprising, still sounding totally easy and obvious.

  9. DB

    Good question on George’s 12-string. I don’t know for sure, but I think he played it on “Here comes the Sun” (sparingly, for effect) and on “You Never Give me Your Money”. Would welcome further comment.
    Terrific song by the way–one of Paul’s very best. I happen to prefer “And I Love Her”–though I realze that is a minority opinion.

  10. Young Siam Sir

    I dunno.. this song is as intimate as they come, in my book (“running my hands through her hair…” oooh yeah). “Yesterday” actually lacks intimacy, imo, wherein the narrator is simply complaining that his lover dumped him.

  11. thoof2001

    In the personnel list, there is no mention of who is playing the percussive electric rhythm guitar on 2 and 4; is it all George on the 12 string? That sound is one of my favorite, distinctive features of the song.

  12. Al

    Great song – gets to me every time I hear it. I was single when Revolver came out but it was my favorite song on the album. I married in 1982 and HTE was our first dance song and always reminded me how special our marriage is. On our 30th anniversary we were on a cruise and I worked up the courage to sing it to her at a piano bar with about 150 people there. I was scared s***less but got through it pretty well. She was fully embarrassed and surprised. One of the best moments in my life and I do “want her everywhere”.

    1. Mick

      That’s a nice story, thanks for sharing it. Isn’t it funny how much great music has affected out lives? What a truly beautiful song, not to mention brilliant. Are you a musician? I commend you for having the guts to sing this to your lady, not an easy one to croon out.

  13. Jakub

    What’s the point of comparing Here, There and Everywhere with Yesterday… These are two different songs, both are beautiful and harmonically complex. Yesterday is a lot better-known, but it isn’t overrated.

    A more overall thought: rating music is mostly pointless – music is something more than ratings and marks…

  14. Sergio!

    I love looking up “drum” / “bass” covers on youtube, of my favorite beatle songs. Yet I can’t find a drum cover of Here, There and Everywhere. Ringo, doing an actual duet with Macca singing. What a bummer

  15. jimbo

    I think this would be a masterpiece, and not just a classic, with less intrusive backing vocals. Only my tuppence worth, but those dismal vocal triads get on my moobs. And as for the humming… is that what got George into Hare Krishna?

  16. kermy

    I saw an interview (might have been on Anthology, or a recent Jools Holland appearance to plug Queenie Eye. Paul said something like “of course it’s hard to pick one, but I think Yesterday is my favorite, because I dreamed it…just woke up and there it was”. Not sure if he referred to the lyrics (probably), melody, or both.

  17. Adam

    Does anybody know who came up with the chromatic line over the Gm in the song? I would imagine that it was George Martin, but is there anybody on the record claiming it?

  18. S. B. Fields

    In or about 1986, or so, I learned to play HTE from “Fingerpicking Beatles” by Eric Schoenberg. The music was laid out in standard notation with guitar tabs. The greatest help were the two cassette tapes that came with the book. One was played at normal speed and the other was slowed down with tutorial comments. It was great. I don’t know if I lost the book and tapes, if they were stolen, or are hidden away in some box in my discombobulated storage locker (5x15x10feet stacked to the max). I emailed the publisher (Spinning Reel) a few years back, asking if they had updated the audio lesson on CD or other digital form. The answer was “no”.

    For the life of me, I can’t play one measure of it today. This is a plea…DOES ANYBODY HAVE THE BOOK and/or TAPES?

    1. Gavin Petz

      Hi SB Fields

      Incredibly, I am working from this very book this evening and thought I’d look the song up hence bringing me to this page. I was actually trying to find out if the recording was slowed down for recording as Paul’s voice has that pinched ‘When I’m 64’ chipmunks sound to it…

      The ISBN number is 8256.2234.4 if anyone other guitar players are interested in looking up the book! – great solo arrangements with both notation & tab!

      1. SMathews

        Hello Gavin,

        I just saw your reply. Not having logged in here for many, many, months (October?), I decided to see if anybody came up with the tapes. I did find the book, it was in the storage locker, but, alas, not the cassettes.

        I will get to re-learning it this summer. My fingers will remember at some point.

        S.B. Fields

  19. BeatleBug

    It is, of course, impossible to pick a favourite Beatles’ song, but I have to say, this one’s in my top five. The beautiful, swooping melody; the ethereal, floating half-falsetto vocal; the sensitive, poetic lyric… not to mention the shimmering backing vocals, groovy key shifts, and George’s wonderfully twangy, laid-back strumming. And the “suspended” vocal is actually quite tricky to nail perfectly (I’ve tried, many times); he makes it sound effortless. PERFECTION!!!!!
    When one listens to this song, everything in the whole world is right, if only for two minutes and twenty seconds. Who needs LSD?

  20. SaxonMothersSon

    I’ve always thought of this quiet little masterpiece as the one that got away. It sits in the midst of these monstrously famous innovative songs on Revolver. Paul’s voice (I’ve heard waaay in the past) was recorded a little slower then sped up to make him sound more boy-like. Whatever they did, his voice and the background vocals are flawless.
    This song was sung for many a wedding. I know, I had to write out the words and chords for quite a few “hippie” wedding singers back when!

  21. BeatleKen

    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.

  22. Graham Paterson

    A great Paul McCartney song.Wonderful words and singing by McCartney. I first heard this on”Love Songs”, but it of course originally off “Revolver”, one of the great albums. John Lennon of course acknowledged this was one of his former collaborators best.

  23. eddy

    The strange thing is that this song was not performed live by the man who says he is Paul McCartney for decades. Being that this is the last great Beatle ballad, one would have expected to hear it respectfully showcased at the Macca wings shows, just like Yesterday..I guess he needed room for c moon

  24. manteau

    I’m clearly a Lennon fan, but this song is Paul at his best, wonderful melody, an almost intimate feeling prevails in “H T A E”, he covered it himself on “give my regards to broad street” if I’m not mistaken. A real gem , one of my Beatles favorite from day one, I only have praise for this one, and I don’t give a monkey about John’s swimming pool! it’ll remain with me, alongside many others to the end of my days.

  25. Jeff

    Mark Lewisohn explains in “The Beatles Recording Sessions,” that Paul’s vocals were “slowed down on the tape to sound sped up on playback.” Does that mean that they slowed down the instrumental track he sang to. Does this mean he sang it a semitone or so lower than the album version we’re familiar with?

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