Written by: John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Released: August 6, 1965
Appears on: HELP!
Lead vocal: Paul
Man, I love this song...I just have to say that.
Anyway, HELP! is a movie made for the sole purpose of giving the Beatles a great vacation. For "The Night Before", The Beatles got to perform the song in the middle of a giant field, because, for some reason, this giant, open field is the safest place to be when you're being chased by Indian extremists. Of course, things don't go as planned and eventually everything explodes.
"The Night Before" is by Paul and, like "Ticket To Ride", he plays lead guitar and gets the solo. While it's little things like this that bring into question George's guitar playing, the truth is that Paul probably just wanted to play guitar on his song. Also, John is playing the piano, meaning that somebody has to play rhythm and with overdubbing available, there was no reason why Paul couldn't just overdub his bass parts.
The song, which continues Paul's string of interesting relationship songs, is about a guy who said goodbye to his girlfriend last night, but she decided today that she wants to come back. So, the guy wants her to treat him like the night before she said goodbye.