‘Yes It Is’ was later described by Lennon as a failed rewrite of ‘This Boy’. Certainly both songs share characteristics, notably the 12/8 time signature, three-part vocal harmonies and 1950s doo wop-style chord sequences.
That’s me trying a rewrite of ‘This Boy’, but it didn’t work.
All We Are Saying, David Sheff
‘Yes It Is’ was written at John Lennon’s house at Kenwood, Surrey.
I was there writing it with John, but it was his inspiration that I helped him finish off. ‘Yes It Is’ is a very fine song of John’s, a ballad, unusual for John. He wrote some beautiful ballads but I’m known generally as the balladeer.
In the studio
The group recorded the rhythm track in 14 takes between 5 and 7pm. John Lennon, href=”/people/paul-mccartney/”>Paul McCartney, and Harrison then spent three hours perfecting their vocal harmonies, all singing live together.
A version of ‘Yes It Is’ appeared on Anthology 2 in 1996. It begins with the unfinished take two, which contained the rhythm track and Lennon’s guide vocals, edited together with a remix of the final take 14.