The Beatles -- ‘And I Love Her’

And I Love Her (2.31)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, acoustic guitar; John Lennon: Acoustic guitar; George Harrison: Acoustic guitar; Ringo Starr: Bongos, claves;

Paul recording at EMIPaul at EMI Studios – 25 Feb ’64Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.

“This was the first ballad that I impressed myself with,” said Paul. “It’s got nice chords in it, ‘Bright are the stars that shine, dark is the sky…’ I like the imagery of the stars and the sky. It’s a love song really – the ‘And’ in the title is an important thing, ‘And I Love Her’. It came right out of left field, you were right up to speed the minute you heard it. It came in the second verse and didn’t repeat. You would often go to town on the title, but this was almost an aside, ‘Oh… and I love you.’”

It turned out to be their first all-acoustic song (although you can hear an early, electric version on ‘Anthology 1’). John was so impressed with it that he called it “Paul’s first

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