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"Yoko being in the studio was a new thing. It was all new. We're very Northern: the wives stayed at home and we went to work - we dug coal and they cooked dinner. It was one of those flat-cap attitudes which we were loosing by then. I think if Maureen came to the studio five or six times that would be about it, and in all the years Pattie came several times at most. I don't remember Cynthia coming much when she was married to John. It was just something that didn't happen." Ringo Starr

A list of Beatle songs and their Beatlegirl connections

The Ballad Of John And Yoko - John's struggle to find a location where he could marry Yoko, and his never-ending struggle to get the rest of the world to accept her as a part of his life.

Birthday - Pattie and Yoko helped with the backing vocals.

Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey - written about everyone else's reaction to Yoko. John said that the song built up around the line which became it's title. "That was just a nice line which I made into a song. Everybody seemed to be paranoid except for us two, who were in the glow of love... everybody was sort of tense around us."

For You Blue - a song written for Pattie as an excercise in writing with a traditional 12-bar blues style.

Get Back - when the meaning of the song was changed from it's original political version, the new character Jojo was placed in Tucson Arizona as it was somewhere loved by Linda.

Girl - written long before John met Yoko, but he says that when he was writing it, Yoko was the kind of girl he had imagined while writing it, a kind of girl he hoped he would meet: "I always had this dream of this particular woman coming into my life. I knew it would't be someone buying Beatles' records. I was hoping for a woman who could give me what I get from a man intellectually. I wanted someone I could be myself with."

If I Needed Someone - apparently written for Pattie by George as a musical excercise using the D chord. The tune was inspired by two songs by The Byrds, "She Don't Care About Time" and "The Bells of Rhymney".

I Need You - written for Pattie Boyd by George... not written as stated in many books about being seperated from Pattie during filming work for Help! in the Bahamas. Recording work began on it a week before The Beatles visited the Bahamas to start filming.

Julia - written for John's mother Julia but also heavily influenced by Yoko. "Ocean Child" relates to Yoko's name which translated from Japanese means "child of the ocean". The first two lines were taken from a book of proverbs by Kahlil Gibran (who wrote "half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so the other half may reach you") but John insists that the rest of the song was written with Yoko who John knew was a poet specialising in minimalist haiku style verse and this was the style John wanted for the song.

Long Long Long - the "you" in the lyrics was meant to be God, and not a girlfriend of any kind.

Something - assumed by everyone to be written by George for Pattie despite a few of George's later claims that it wasn't written for anyone in particular. George insists it was just something he composed during the sessions for The Beatles (known as the White album) when everyone was in different studios recording different bits for their own songs and he had a bit of time to himself, and composed the song on a piano in an empty studio. The song itself has inspired lost of stories about it's origins, including that it was the result of George and his friend Eric Clapton duelling for Pattie's love by trying to be the one to write the most loving and beautiful song for her. Paul says in the Anthology "George's Something was out of left field. It was about Pattie and it appealed to me because it has a very beautiful melody and is a really structured song."

Wild Honey Pie - "It was just a fragment of an instrumental which we were not sure about, but Pattie Harrison liked it very much, so we decided to leave it on the album." - Paul McCartney.

Yer Blues - partly written about John's dilema with Yoko and Cynthia, and a cry to Yoko for help. The dilemma of choosing between the loyalty he felt to Cynthia and the intellectual match he found in Yoko had apparently made him feel suicidal, and he managed to express some of these despairing feelings in the song.


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