Welcome to "Every Little Thing", a blog discussing all 214 songs released by the Beatles from 1962 to 1970....by Daniel Seth Levine.

Monday, January 18, 2010

#70: Yes It Is

Written by: John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Released: April 9, 1965
Appears on: Past Masters, Volume One
Lead vocal: John, Paul & George (John on the bridge)

It's only fitting that the seventieth Beatles song is one of their most heart-breaking songs, taking their harmonies to new heights and adding a new, rare sound to the mix. "Yes It Is" is very similar to "This Boy", but much more mature and technically interesting. George employs a volume pedal to make his guitar fade in and out, which makes what could be a relatively boring song interesting. 
I personally like it, especially the imagery in the lyrics. John requests that the girl not wear red because he associates the color with bad memories. John's vocals are also brilliant, especially during that magical bridge: "I could be happy with you by my side/If I could forget her, but it's my pride/Yes it is, yes it is...oh yes it is!!!" 

In the US, since the song was not going to be in HELP!, Capitol was able to issue it on Beatles VI. In the UK, the song wouldn't make an appearance until Rarities and not again until Past Masters in 1988. (It was on Love Songs, but I don't think anyone has a problem if I try to forget about those silly 1970s compilations.)

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