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John Lennon said 1 Beatles song meant to be a single never quite made it

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John Lennon said he conceived one of the Beatles songs as a single, although it never became one. Paul McCartney then said the tune contained some clever lyrics. The track in question appeared on an album that was huge in the UK but not in the US.

In a 1980 interview from the book All We Say: The Last Great Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, John discussed the appeal of the Fab Four. “The fundamental appeal of the Beatles wasn’t their intelligence,” he said. “It was her music.

“It was just after a guy in the London Just said there were Aeolian cadences in ‘It Won’t Be Long,’ that the middle class started hearing it — because someone put a label on it,” he added. An Aeolian cadence is a type of chord structure.

John gave fans more insight into It Won’t Be Long. “‘It won’t be long’ is mine,” he said. “It was my attempt to write another single. It never quite made it.”

In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: In many years, Paul said that he and John liked to use puns in their songs. Paul said this was the result of the two’s literature studies. The cute Beatle said the different uses of the word “Please” in “Please Please Me” is an example of this songwriting quirk.

Paul discussed the pun in It Won’t Be Long. “‘It won’t be long before I’m yours,’ it was the same journey,” he said. “We both liked trying to bring in a bit of double meaning, so that was the pinnacle of writing that particular song. John mainly sang it, so I assume it was his original idea, but we both sat down and wrote it together.”

“It Won’t Be Long” was never a single, so it didn’t chart on the Billboard Hot 100. The tune appeared on the album With the Beatleswhich peaked at number 179 on the Billboard 200 for a week.

According to The Official Charts Company, “It Won’t Be Long” also failed to chart in the UK. On the other hand, With the Beatles reached #1 in 21 of its 50 weeks on the chart.

Unlike some other fab four songs like “Yesterday” or “Something,” “It Won’t Be Long” never became a standard. Despite this, Evan Rachel Wood covered the tune for the film through the universe. The film is a jukebox musical that uses dozens of Fab Four songs to bring the 1960s to life.

It Won’t Be Long showcases the Beatles’ lyrics, even if it never made a single.

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