For No One


For No One

Infobox Song
Name = For No One


Artist = The Beatles
Album = Revolver
Released = 5 August 1966
track_no = 10
Recorded = Abbey Road Studios 9, 16, 19 May 1966
Genre = Baroque pop
Length = 2:01
Writer = Lennon-McCartney
Label = Parlophone
Producer = George Martin
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Revolver
Type = studio
Tracks = ;Side one
# "Taxman"
# "Eleanor Rigby"
# "I'm Only Sleeping"
# "Love You To"
# "Here, There and Everywhere"
# "Yellow Submarine"
# "She Said She Said";Side two
# "Good Day Sunshine"
# "And Your Bird Can Sing"
# "For No One"
# "Doctor Robert"
# "I Want to Tell You"
# "Got to Get You Into My Life"
# "Tomorrow Never Knows"

"For No One" is a song written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney) that originally appeared on The Beatles' seventh album, "Revolver". A ballad about the end of a relationship, it was one of McCartney's most mature and poignant works to date. Musically the track is particularly distinguished by its French horn solo.

John Lennon said of the song, "One of my favourites of his—a nice piece of work."The Beatles, "The Beatles Anthology" (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, LLC, 2000, ISBN 0-8118-2684-8), p. 209]

Writing and recording

McCartney recalls writing "For No One" in the bathroom of a ski resort in the Swiss Alps.The Beatles, "The Beatles Anthology", p. 207] He said, "I suspect it was about another argument."Barry Miles, "Many Years From Now" (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1997. ISBN 0-8050-5249-6), p. 289] The song's working title was "Why Did It Die".William J Dowlding, "Beatlesongs", (New York: Simon & Schuster Inc., 1989. ISBN 0-671-68229-6), p. 142]

The song was recorded on May 9, 16 and 19, 1966. McCartney sang, played clavichord (rented from George Martin's AIR company), piano, and bass, while Ringo Starr played drums and tambourine. Lennon and George Harrison did not contribute to the recording.Mark Lewisohn, "The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions" (London: The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1988. ISBN 0-681-03189-1), p. 78-79]

The French-horn solo was by Alan Civil, a British horn player. Prior to the session, Civil thought he was playing for a classical album, mistaking the words "For No One" on a lead sheet as "For No. One", an abbreviation for "Symphony Number One".Fact|date=February 2007 During the session, McCartney pushed Civil to play a note that was beyond the usual range of the instrument (pitched on an F horn, it is a Super-D sharp, that is, an octave above the standard 'high D#'). The result was the "performance of his life," high praise for someone who was known as the best French horn player in London at the time.Geoff Emerick, "Here, There and Everywhere" (New York: Penguin Group, 2006. ISBN 1-592-40179-1), p.128-129]

Cover versions

*Cilla Black released a recording already in 1966.

*Country singer Emmylou Harris included the song on her third album in 1975.

*In 1975 Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso recorded "For No One" on his Long Play "Qualquer Coisa" [Anything] .

*In 1992, Maureen McGovern released this and "Things We Said Today" as a 2-song medley on her album "Baby I'm Yours".

*Paul McCartney also released a different version on the soundtrack for his 1984 movie "Give My Regards to Broad Street".

*In 2005, Meret Becker performed "For No One" on the television programme "Juke Box Memories" on arte ( [http://www.arte.tv/de/kunst-musik/Die_20K_C3_BCnstler/727656,CmC=727516.html in German] and [http://www.arte.tv/fr/art-musique/Les_20artistes/727656.html in French] ).

*Elliott Smith played a live version of this song.

*Cabaret lounge singer Andrea Marcovicci included this song on her tenth album "Here, There and Everywhere" in 2000.

*Rickie Lee Jones released a version of "For No One" on her 2000 album "It's Like This".

*Pat DiNizio on his 2006 album "This is Pat DiNizio"

Notes

External links

* [http://fab4lyrics.stonegauge.com/albums/revolver.htm#10 Song lyrics]
*noteson|http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/AWP/fno.shtml|For No One


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