Paul McCartney Reveals The Beatles' 'Yesterday' Came To Him In A Dream

Thursday, February 22, 2024

“Yesterday” is one of the biggest and most beloved songs released by The Beatles. The tune was something different from the rock band, and it showed a new, especially thoughtful side of the globe-dominating outfit. Decades after its release, one of the two credited writers on the track has shared how it all came together.

In the latest episode of his podcast, Paul McCartney: A Life in Lyrics, the man himself opened up about the tune and spoke quite a bit about “Yesterday,” admitting that it came to him unconsciously.

“I went to sleep one night and dreamed a tune. Somewhere in my dream I heard this tune. When I woke up, I go I love that tune–it’s great. I love that one,” McCartney stated in the interview. He added that once he was awake and realized he had something special in mind, he “kind of fell out of bed and the piano was right there to the left of my bed and I just sort of thought well I’ll try and work out how this song goes.”

McCartney admitted that when he was first singing what would become “Yesterday,” he assumed that it was something he’d heard before. He simply didn’t believe that he had come up with the melody himself–especially not while he was sleeping.

In the podcast, McCartney shared that for some time after he first created the “Yesterday” tune, he asked around to see where he may have grabbed it from. “The first person I saw was John [Lennon]. I said, ‘What’s this? It’s bugging me. What’s this song?’. He goes ‘I don’t know’,” the superstar revealed, bringing his friend and former bandmate into the conversation.

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