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Here, There And Everywhere

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Revolver (UK Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1966
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Here, There and Everywhere” is a song written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney), released on the Beatles’ 1966 album Revolver. McCartney includes it among his personal favourites of all the songs he has written. The composition has received similar praise from the Beatles’ producer, George Martin, and McCartney’s former bandmate John Lennon. In 2000, Mojo ranked it 4th in the magazine’s list of the greatest songs of all time.

The Beatles recorded “Here, There and Everywhere” in June 1966, toward the end of the sessions for Revolver. Having recently attended a listening party for the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album, McCartney was particularly inspired by Brian Wilson’s song “God Only Knows“.

Background and inspiration

When discussing his song “Here, There and Everywhere“, Paul McCartney has frequently cited Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows” as his main source of inspiration. The latter track appeared on the Beach Boys’ 1966 album Pet Sounds, which in turn had been influenced by the Beatles’ Rubber Soul, issued in December 1965. On 17 May 1966, the day after the new Beach Boys album had been released in America, McCartney and John Lennon attended a private listening party for Pet Sounds held at London’s Waldorf Hotel.

Deeply impressed by Wilson’s songs, McCartney wrote “Here, There and Everywhere” two weeks later at Lennon’s house in Weybridge, while waiting for Lennon to wake up. McCartney recalled: “I sat out by the pool on one of the sun chairs with my guitar and started strumming in E. And soon [I] had a few chords, and I think by the time he’d woken up, I had pretty much written the song, so we took it indoors and finished it up.

Musical structure

Author Kenneth Womack describes “Here, There and Everywhere” as a romantic ballad “about living in the here and now” and “fully experiencing the conscious moment“. The verse is based on an ascending major chord sequence, while the middle eight, which modulates to the tonic minor, creates a telling contrast. The introduction beginning “To lead a better life” opens in the key of G and involves a I-iii-♭III-ii-V7 chord progression. The ♭III (B♭ chord) on “I need my love to be here” (arpeggiated in the melody line) is a dissonant substitute for the more predictable VI (E7) that would normally lead to the ii (Am) chord. Music critic Richie Unterberger considers that this “dramatic opening [lyric]” contains “an almost philosophical undertone of humility, acknowledging that the singer needs his woman not just to be happy, but also to be a better person“.

The verse opens strongly anchored on “Here” in the key of G (with simultaneous I (G chord) and melody G note) and moves equally predictably to a I-ii-iii-IV chord shift (G-Am-Bm-C) through “making each day of the year“. This repeats on “Changing my life with a wave“; but immediately after (in bar 5) the song indeed changes on “of her hand“. It goes down six semitones from the IV (C chord) to a ii (F#m) [adding a non-G scale C#] then a V7 (B7) chord [adding a non-G scale D#] which briefly modulates towards a new tonic Em. McCartney mostly sings a B note (“of her hand“) over both F#m, where it is the eleventh, and the B7, where it is the tonic. When the sequence is repeated (“nobody can“), McCartney sings both B and C natural over the F#m, the C natural producing a tritone.

The harmonic fascination with the bridge segment beginning “I want her everywhere” is that at that point the key centre does go “everywhere“. It shifts via an F7 chord (a ♭VII in the old G key and a V7 in the new B♭ key) to a I-vi-ii (B♭-Gm-Cm) chord progression in B♭ key. It then shifts again via a D7 chord (a III7 in the old B♭ key and a V7 in the new Gm key) to Gm key where we go through a i-iv (Gm-Cm chord) progression. Finally the pivot of D7 takes us back to the G major tonic and reinforcing G melody note of “Everywhere.”

Rolling Stone has noted: “The tune’s chord sequence bears Brian Wilson’s influence, ambling through three related keys without ever fully settling into one, and the modulations – particularly the one on the line ‘changing my life with a wave of her hand’ – deftly underscore the lyrics, inspired by McCartney’s girlfriend, actress Jane Asher.

Recording

The Beatles recorded “Here, There and Everywhere” towards the end of the sessions for their 1966 album Revolver. The band worked on the song at Abbey Road Studios over three session dates – on 14, 16 and 17 June. Before carrying out overdubs, they taped 13 takes before achieving a satisfactory basic track.

The recording is noted for its layered backing vocals, which McCartney, Lennon and George Harrison spent much of the three days attempting to perfect. McCartney mentioned in the 1989 radio series McCartney on McCartney that the vocals were meant to have a Beach Boys sound; he has also said that he was trying to sing it in the style of Marianne Faithfull. McCartney’s lead vocal on the recording is multi-tracked. In his book Revolution in the Head, Ian MacDonald also comments on Harrison’s lead guitar part being given a mandolin-like tone via a Leslie speaker effect, before it adopts a “horn-like timbre” for the song’s ending.

Release and reception

Here, There and Everywhere” was released in August 1966 as the fifth track on Revolver, sequenced between Harrison’s Indian-styled “Love You To“, and the children’s song “Yellow Submarine“. Writing of its positioning in the running order, music critic Tim Riley says that “Here, There and Everywhere” “domesticates” the “eroticisms” of “Love You To“, and he praises the composition as “the most perfect song” that McCartney had ever written. In his review for AllMusic, Richie Unterberger describes “Here, There and Everywhere” as one of its author’s “outstanding contribution[s]” to the genre of “love ballads“, and a song with “the sound of an instant standard“. Unterberger comments on the recording: “The delicacy of the execution is exquisite, the sensual imagery more explicit, the sense of desire and fulfillment tangible.” Less impressed, Ian MacDonald admired the “ingenuity of the music” but concluded that “for all its soft-focus charm the song’s overall effect is chintzy and rather cloying.

In his authorised biography, Many Years From Now, McCartney names “Here, There and Everywhere” as one of his personal favourites. Beatles producer George Martin has also highlighted it among his favourite McCartney songs. Lennon reportedly told McCartney that “Here, There and Everywhere” was “the best tune” on Revolver. In a 1980 interview for Playboy magazine, Lennon described it as “one of my favourite songs of the Beatles“.

In 2000, Mojo placed “Here, There and Everywhere” at number 4 on its list of the greatest songs of all time. In April 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it 25th out of the “100 Greatest Beatles Songs“. […]

Paul McCartney in "Many Years From Now", by Barry Miles:

[In reference to a demo made in March 1965 during the filming of Help! in Austria] John and I shared a room and we were taking off our heavy ski boots after a day’s filming, ready to have a shower and get ready for the nice bit, the evening meal and the drinks. We were playing a cassette of our new recordings and my song Here, There And Everywhere was on. And I remember John saying, ‘You know, I probably like that better than any of my songs on the tape.’ Coming from John, that was high praise indeed.

[…] When I sang it in the studio I remember thinking, I’ll sing it like Marianne Faithfull; something no one would ever know… So that was a little voice, I used an almost falsetto voice and double-tracked it. My Marianne Faithfull impression.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] stereo 21 Jun 1966.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 7009 Revolver 1966.
    US: Capitol ST 2576 Revolver 1966.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46441 2 Revolver 1987.
  • [b] mono 21 June 1966.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 7009 Revolver 1966.
    US: Capitol T 2576 Revolver 1966.

In the last line the lead voice is “You’ll be there, and everywhere”. In mono [b] the backing voice is heard to sing “I’ll be there” instead, not audible in [a] but possibly there very softly. The vocal backing is missing in mono [b] on the last chord.

John and I were particular fans of songs with little Cole Porter-era preambles, and we put them into a few of our own. ‘Girl Of My Dreams’, one of John’s favourite songs from early on, had a long preamble before it got into the song. So ‘Here, There And Everywhere’ was going to have a preamble; in fact, it’s only a short one [‘to lead a better life…’], but it’s nice to have those little bits that don’t happen anywhere else in the song.

When people have asked what my favourite song is I’ve often listed ‘Here, There And Everywhere’. There are some nice chord changes and clever little ideas. It ends on a major chord that you don’t expect, and there’s a real nice key change that George Martin suggested in the middle, to go into the solo. I think that’s why jazz people picked up on it. I like the words, too.

Paul McCartney, from Club Sandwich 55/56, Winter 1990/91

Last updated on July 5, 2019

Lyrics

To lead a better life
I need my love to be here

Here, making each day of the year
Changing my life with a wave of her hand
Nobody can deny that there's something there

There, running my hands through her hair
Both of us thinking how good it can be
Someone is speaking, but she doesn't know he's there

I want her everywhere
And if she's beside me I know I need never care
But to love her is to need her

Everywhere, knowing that love is to share
Each one believing that love never dies
Watching her eyes and hoping I'm always there

I want her everywhere
And if she's beside me I know I need never care
But to love her is to need her

Everywhere, knowing that love is to share
Each one believing that love never dies
Watching their eyes and hoping I'm always there

I will be there, and everywhere
Here, there and everywhere

Officially appears on


Revolver (UK Mono)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:25 • Studio versionB • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Finger clicks, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Finger clicks
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Finger clicks
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Finger clicks, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 14, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Jun 16, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 21, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


Revolver (US Mono)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:26 • Studio versionB • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Finger clicks, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Finger clicks
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Finger clicks
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Finger clicks, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 14, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Jun 16, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 21, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


Revolver (US Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:26 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Finger clicks, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Finger clicks
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Finger clicks
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Finger clicks, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 14, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Jun 16, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 21, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


Revolver (UK Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:25 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Finger clicks, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Finger clicks
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Finger clicks
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Finger clicks, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 14, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Jun 16, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 21, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


Give My Regards To Broad Street

Official album • Released in 1984

1:43 • Studio versionC

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Vocal
Ringo Starr:
Drums
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer (?)
Jon Jacobs:
Assistant engineer (?)
Philip Jones:
Brass ensemble
Stuart Breed:
Assistant engineer (?)
John Kelly:
Engineer (?)

Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)

Official live • Released in 1991

3:16 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Harmonium
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Acoustic bass, Vocal harmonies
Paul Wickens:
Accordion
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Gary Stewart:
Assistant engineer
Peter Craigie:
Assistant engineer
Gary Bradshaw:
Monitor engineer

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991


Paul Is Live

Official live • Released in 1993

2:30 • LiveL2

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensBlair Cunningham
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing
Julian Mendelsohn:
Recording
Bob Kraushaar:
Recording

Concert From the concert in Parramatta, Australia on Mar 22, 1993


Give My Regards To Broad Street (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

1:43 • Studio versionC


Real Love

EP • Released in 1996

2:25 • Alternate takeD • Issued here for the first time is a combination of Take 7 (the basic track with Paul's simple but effective guide vocal) and - superimposed near the end - a 1995 remix of those harmonies, as overdubbed on to Take 13

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 16, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Back In The U.S.

Official live • Released in 2002

2:26 • LiveL3

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Performed by:
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
David Kahne:
Producer
Michael Brauer:
Engineer
Ricardo Chavarria:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Chicago, USA on Apr 11, 2002


Live performances

“Here, There And Everywhere” has been played in 186 concerts and 3 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Here, There And Everywhere” has been played








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