The Beatles -- ‘I Saw Her Standing There’

I Saw Her Standing There (2.56)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar, hand claps; John Lennon: Backing vocal, rhythm guitar, hand claps; George Harrison: Lead guitar, hand claps; Ringo Starr: Drums, hand claps;

Recording at EMI StudiosRecording at EMI Studios – 11 Feb ’63Photo: Dezo Hoffmann

Paul supposedly wrote this in twenty minutes flat round his house in Forthlin Road, but he thought the words were a little bit corny. He originally had the first two lines as: “She was just seventeen/Never been a beauty queen”, “but when I played it through the next day to John I realised that it was a useless rhyme, and so did John.” John then came up with the superior replacement: “She was just seventeen/You know what I mean?”

It was written about a girl called Iris Caldwell – Rory Storm’s sister. Apparently Paul caught her doing the twist in a pair of fish-net tights, and thought she had a great pair of pins. “We dated for a couple of years,” she said, “but it was never serious. We never pretended to be true to each other. I went out with lots of people. I was working …

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Take 9 I Saw Her Standing There (2.52)

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Radio recording I Saw Her Standing There (2.32)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; John Lennon: Backing vocal, rhythm guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

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Live version I Saw Her Standing There (2.49)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; John Lennon: Backing vocal, rhythm guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

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Hamburg recording I Saw Her Standing There (2.35)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; John Lennon: Rhythm guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

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