The Beatles -- ‘Something’

Something (3.03)

George Harrison: Double-tracked lead vocal, organ; John Lennon: Lead guitar; Paul McCartney: Backing vocal, bass guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums; Viola: Unknown player; Violin: Unknown player; Cello: Unknown player; Double bass: Unknown player

George first aired this during the ‘Piggies’ session in 1968 and Chris Thomas, who was the Beatles new producer at the time, turned to him and said “That’s great… why don’t we do that instead?” (… obviously not a big fan of ‘Piggies’).

Some of the lyrics were lifted from a song by James Taylor – ‘Something In The Way She Moves’, and early versions contained the line “Something in the way she moves, attracts me like a pomegranate.” (In much the same way that Paul fleshed out the lyric of ‘Yesterday’ with “scrambled eggs”.)

The song went through numerous re-writes and early versions ran at over eight minutes in length, containing some extra piano at the end and a counter-melody in the middle. This was all cut out, and the piano went on to form the basis of John’s solo …

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