2. “Goodbye” (demo) (1969)
Paul wrote this song in late 1968 to give to his protégée Mary Hopkin, whom he signed to the Beatles’ own Apple records and guided to the top of the charts the previous summer with “Those Were The Days.” Anxious to capitalize on the success of the 19-year-old chanteuse, he penned this ditty in a hurry, apparently having little recollection of doing so in later years! He recorded a demo for her in February 1969, and went in the studio to produce it for her a month later, providing the guitar intro, bass, and percussion himself. Lightening did indeed strike twice, and the song went to Number 2 in the UK that May, being kept off the top spot by the Beatles’ own “Get Back.” So yeah, it was a good month to be Paul McCartney.
1. “Now And Then” (The Threetles Sessions)
Thirteen years after the tragic murder of John Lennon on the streets of the New York City, the three surviving Beatles teamed up in January 1994 to assemble their autobiographical documentary/CD/book series, The Beatles Anthology. John’s widow Yoko Ono contributed some tapes consisting of incomplete song demos recorded by her late husband, which Paul, George, and Ringo took to the studio to complete. Dubbed “the Threetles” by the press, the world was thrilled by the two “reunion” singles, “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love.”
But few people know that they began sessions for an intended third single, a reworking of a Lennon demo called “Now And Then.” The Fab Three apparently spent several days working on a backing track, but in the end the work was scrapped. As you can hear, the demo required quite a bit of work to flesh it out, which Harrison reportedly didn’t feel comfortable doing. “It was one day—one afternoon, really—messing with it,” says producer Geoff Lynne. “The song had a chorus but is almost totally lacking in verses. We did the backing track, a rough go that we really didn’t finish.” There was also the problem of a loud hum that ran through the demo tape, which proved difficult to remove from the final product.
The sessions with with the Threetles for “Now and Then” have yet to surface, but Paul has consistently stated over the years that he wants to finish the song as a final Lennon-McCartney work, with a little help from Ringo on drums, and archived guitar work from George. In fact, rumors have been swirling for quite some time that the track is complete and awaiting its moment to shine. Perhaps a bonus track on Sir Paul’s upcoming record…?
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