Monday 27 December 2021





Nobody was a harsher critic of his own work than John Lennon.

John seemed to be working on another level during the recoding of 1966’s Revolver. Between the heady trippiness of ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ to the laconic ease of ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ and the psychedelic fatalism of ‘She Said She Said’, John was creating some of his greatest songs during this period of the band’s career. But, as was his way after the band’s breakup, Lennon took issue with one song in particular from that album.

‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ was The Beatles entering unknown territory. George Harrison had been the primary lead guitarist during the band’s career, but an idea for twin lead guitar lines was devised while working on the song in the studio. It wound up being George and Paul playing the harmonising parts on the record, and despite the song’s obvious appeal, John was dismissive of it years later.

“That’s another of my throwaways,” John told David Sheff in 1980. “Fancy paper around an empty box,” he added. During the same interview, Lennon described ‘It’s Only Love’ from Help! as “a lousy song” and called ‘Mean Mr. Mustard’ from Abbey Road “a piece of garbage”. Evidently, Lennon wasn’t in a terrible generous mood that day when it came to analysing some of his material.

Despite the disdain, it appears as though the band had a hell of a good time recording the song, based on an outtake that would later appear on Anthology 2. The vocal take devolves into fits of hysterical laughter between Lennon and McCartney. 


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