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The Night Before

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Help! (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1965
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

The Night Before” is a song by the Beatles from the album and film Help!. It was written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

Composition and recording

Lennon plays a Hohner Pianet electric piano throughout the song accompanied by McCartney’s ascending and descending bass lines. The song’s verse has a call and response structure, McCartney’s lead vocal alternating with Lennon and George Harrison’s harmony, singing the chorus “Aaah, the night before …“, the whole being alternated with a second melody. McCartney plays a guitar solo on the third verse that is recapitulated in part as the coda of the song. However, Lennon said in a 1965 interview that it was Harrison and McCartney playing the guitar solo together, albeit in different octaves.

Film performance

The song is performed on Salisbury Plain in the second Beatles film, Help! and, just as it finishes, a bomb explodes. In the movie, the Beatles perform the song in the shadow of Stonehenge. Harrison mimes the terse, stabbing guitar solo — even though both he and McCartney played it on the record, according to Lennon.

Live performances

McCartney played the song on 15 July 2011 at Yankee Stadium, stating from the stage that it was the first time he had performed the song in concert. The only time the Beatles performed it outside of EMI Studios was for their final BBC radio session (The Beatles Invite You to Take a Ticket To Ride) on 26 May 1965, broadcast on the BBC Light Programme on 7 June 1965.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 18 Feb 1965.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1255 Help! 1965.
  • [b] stereo 23 Feb 1965.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3071 Help! 1965.
    US: Capitol SMAS 2386 Help! 1965.
  • [b1] mono made from [b] 1965, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol MAS 2386 Help! 1965.
  • [c] stereo 1987.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46439 2 Help! 1987.

Last updated on March 16, 2016

Lyrics

We said our goodbyes, ah, the night before
Love was in your eyes, ah, the night before
Now today I find you have changed your mind
Treat me like you did the night before

Were you telling lies, ah, the night before?
Was I so unwise, ah, the night before?
When I held you near you were so sincere
Treat me like you did the night before

Last night is a night I will remember you by
When I think of things we did it makes me wanna cry

We said our goodbye, ah, the night before
Love was in your eyes, ah, the night before
Now today I find you have changed your mind
Treat me like you did the night before

When I held you near you were so sincere
Treat me like you did the night before

Last night is a night I will remember you by
When I think of things we did it makes me wanna cry

Were you telling lies, ah, the night before?
Was I so unwise, ah, the night before?
When I held you near you were so sincere
Treat me like you did the night before
Like the night before

Officially appears on


Help! (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:35 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon:
Electric piano, Harmony vocals
George Harrison:
Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 18, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Help! (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:36 • Studio versionB1 • Mono • Mono made from [B] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon:
Electric piano, Harmony vocals
George Harrison:
Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 23, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Help! (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:37 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon:
Electric piano, Harmony vocals
George Harrison:
Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 23, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Help! (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:35 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon:
Electric piano, Harmony vocals
George Harrison:
Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 23, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Videos

Live performances

“The Night Before” has been played in 38 concerts.

Latest concerts where “The Night Before” has been played


Edmonton • Rexall Place

Nov 29, 2012 • Part of On The Run Tour


Edmonton • Rexall Place

Nov 28, 2012 • Part of On The Run Tour


Vancouver • BC Place

Nov 25, 2012 • Part of On The Run Tour





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