Okay guys, I’m finally back! After three long, strenuous weeks of exams, I can now finally breathe. The first thing I wanted to do was to update my blog. So, here I am! Let’s get started immediately, shall we?
Ah! The Beatles! Probably the band with the maximum number of followers. Who hasn’t heard of The Beatles? You all may probably be wondering – “Why isn’t this guy reviewing their big hits like ‘Yellow Submarine‘, ‘Hey Jude‘ or ‘Let It Be‘?” Well, the answer is quite simple – Those songs are too mainstream. Everyone knows those four songs. But do people know “Yesterday” as well as the songs above? You already know the answer. What I aim to do is spread the awesome ‘not-so-known’ songs of famous artists to as many people as possible. Okay; now that I have cleared my intentions, let’s get to it!
History: “Yesterday” is a song recorded by The Beatles for their 1965 album titled “Help!” Interestingly though, the song is completely credited to “Lennon – McCartney”, as it was completely written by Sir Paul McCartney himself. The song also has the most number of cover versions made after it, 2200 to be exact (Now that’s HUGE!) It is one of the most covered songs in the history of English Music. “Yesterday” was first released in the U.S., which is a bit intriguing for me. Surely enough, it hit the Number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Meanwhile, a cover version of the song (produced by Matt Monro) was released in the U.K., which fetched a similar response. The song was critically acclaimed and received tons of nods from critics. The final outcome of the song was so different than the songs The Beatles usually produced that it was vetoed as a single. “Yesterday” was also voted as the Best Song of the 20th Century by a BBC Radio poll. MTV and The Rolling Stones also followed suit. It was then conferred by the ultimate honor – Entry in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Dig this – “Yesterday” was reported to have been played more than a whopping SEVEN MILLION times in the 20th Century alone. Whew! There is only one version of this song – The Studio (Album) Version, which spans for a total of 2 Minutes and 5 Seconds.
What It Tries To Convey To Us: The name of the song strikes us with the first hint – That it’s sad. Next comes the melody, and it just makes the belief stronger. It is, indeed, a sad song. “Yesterday” is an acoustical ballad which revolves around a man who recalls the time he and his lover spent before their breakup. It seems to him as though the events which occurred took place just yesterday. it is, hence, a strong alibi to the statement “Time Flies”. The song explains his feelings after the breakup, and about how difficult it is to get on with life after such a harsh incident.
Review: The song starts off straightforwardly with the acoustic guitar, played in a soft, sad tone. Sir Paul McCartney initiates the vocals at 00:05, adding another layer of sadness to the song. The lyrics are stupendous, and leave you on pins and needles (They are particularly effective if you have just gone through a breakup.) There is no chorus to the song as such, but there IS a repetitive lyric – The “Why She Had To Go I Don’t Know, She Wouldn’t Say..” part, which is first heard at 00:40. The song’s background melody is haunting, and fits the front melody like a glove. Hat’s off to the Cello (Francisco Gabarro), Viola (Kenneth Essex) and the Violin (Tony Gilbert & Sidney Sax) players, who have given the song it’s amazing essence. The part of the song which gets to me the most is the second stanza, which includes the lyrics “Yesterday, Love Was Such An Easy Game To Play..” They literally send chills down my spine. The repetitive part starts again at 01:17, followed by (We’ve never experienced this before) a COMPLETE second stanza loop, which gradually fades off, signalling the end of the song.
Rating: This song was given a ticket for the Grammy Hall of Fame, damn it! Obviously, it HAS to score a perfect 10/10! Beautiful song, coupled with amazing vocals and lyrics, and a fabulous melody. Hat’s off to you, Sir Paul McCartney!
Lyrics For “Yesterday” : http://artists.letssingit.com/the-beatles-lyrics-yesterday-6tl4w45#axzz2K7MTS8PE
Download Link For “Yesterday” : http://dxyyz.jpkc.cc/uploads/dxyyz/sp/ting/4/10.mp3 (Right Click on Link, Click “Save Target/Link As”)