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Yesterday
By Paul McCartney

Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they're here to stay.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly I'm not half the man I used to be.
There's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

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Notes: According to biographers of McCartney and the Beatles, McCartney composed the entire melody in a dream one night in his room at the Wimpole Street home of his then girlfriend Jane Asher and her family. Upon waking, he hurried to a piano and played the tune to avoid forgetting it.
-  First released on the album 'Help!' in the United Kingdom in August 1965.
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Paul McCartney
(James Paul McCartney)
Born: June 18, 1942, Liverpool, England

"I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird."
                 - Paul McCartney

"The good thing for me was that we hadn't always written as a partnership. I mean, we were a partnership on the road, when we had twin beds. But then when we actually got houses, I would write something on a day when I wouldn't see him (John). I had kind of done 'Penny Lane' and 'Yesterday', when he'd done 'Strawberry Fields' at his place. We'd get together and polish them, but we had established this thing of writing separately. It took the edge off it when we had to completely write separately I still miss not having someone to check things with, though."
   - Paul McCartney, from an interview by Pete Doherty, October 14th, 2007 - The Guardian.
"Help!" (Album is from the UK)
Released: August 06, 1965 (UK)
               August 13, 1965 (US)
Recorded: February 15 – June 17, 1965
Video, remastered 2010, of Paul singing
'Yesterday'