Girl – Queen of Wands

Girl – Queen of Wands (Lennon/McCartney) Rubber Soul, 1965 John’s songwriting took a quantum leap forward with Rubber Soul. Along with “Girl”, his songs “In My Life”, “Nowhere Man”, and “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” showed an exceptional new level of sophistication in both musical arrangement and lyrical content. “Girl” is a mature tale…

Hey Jude – Temperance

Hey Jude – Temperance (Lennon/McCartney) Released as a Single, 1968 Available on Past Masters Paul wrote “Hey Jude” as a comforting message for John’s five-year-old son Julian, who was experiencing the separation of his parents. It was originally called “Hey Jules” but Paul changed the name to Jude because he felt it sounded better. It…

Rain – 9 of Swords

Rain – 9 of Swords (Lennon/McCartney) Released as a Single, 1966 Available on Past Masters This is the song that began the Beatles’ psychedelic period. “Rain” was recorded during sessions for the Revolver album and released as the B-side to Paul’s “Paperback Writer”. This song was written by John and includes some spectacular drumming by…

Penny Lane – 6 of Cups

Penny Lane – 6 of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) Magical Mystery Tour, 1967 The Beatles were at a creative peak following the mind-blowing Revolver album. For their next project, John and Paul planned to make an album of songs about their childhoods growing up in Liverpool. Although the original concept would soon morph into Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely…