The Beatles -- ‘In My Life’

In My Life (2.28)

John Lennon: Double-tracked lead vocal; Paul McCartney: Harmony vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums, tambourine; Electric piano: George Martin

This started out as a long poem about all the places John remembered as a kid. He imagined taking a bus-ride from his house to the centre of town, taking in all the sights along the way. He had Penny Lane in there, the old clock tower, the tram sheds and the dock-yards but he couldn’t put any music to it, and said: “It was the most boring sort of ‘what I did on my holidays’ kind-of song and it wasn’t working at all. But then I laid back and these lyrics started coming to me about the places I remember… I’d struggled for days and hours trying to write clever lyrics. Then I gave up and ‘In My Life’ came to me.”

Whilst the words are definitely John’s, the tune is up for argument – both John and Paul lay claim to writing it. It certainly sounds like Paul. “That’s the one we …

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