"Yesterday" as written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney....
Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be
There's a shadow hanging over me
Oh, yesterday came suddenly

Why she had to go I don't know she wouldn't say
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Why she had to go I don't know she wouldn't say
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday
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"Yesterday" as written by John Winston Lennon Michel Jean Pierre Colombier

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  • +8
    Song MeaningI read most of the 104 comments about "Yesterday" and was surprised that nobody else picked up the same meaning of the song that I picked up.
    When Paul was about 12 years old, his mother died (at a similar time period that John lost his mother). His mother and father both worked for a living, and the family was pretty poor. In one book I read it was said that upon hearing that his mother died, he commented "What are we going to do without her money?"
    When we are young, sometimes we say things what we are thinking instead of saying what is politically correct. Sure, he loved his mother, but he also was worried about the future as well. In retrospect, he probably wishes he had never made that comment. Before she was gone, his life was much better.
    "I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday". Expand on that thought and that line, and you have the meaning of the song.

    SedgeHawkon April 11, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentLennon: "I never went to high school reunions. My thing is, Out of sight, out of mind. That's my attitude toward life. So I don't have any romanticism about any part of my past. I think of it only inasmuch as it gave me pleasure or helped me grow psychologically. That is the only thing that interests me about yesterday. I don't believe in yesterday, by the way. You know I don't believe in yesterday. I am only interested in what I am doing now."

    rolphuson February 16, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOn an interview with Paul, he said this was actually about his mom dying :(
    musiclove23on July 09, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLennon once said "The only good thing you ever did was Yesterday" about McCartney.
    This is The Most Covered Song Ever.
    More remakes of this than any other song!
    park11on April 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song becuz of the memories it brings back,to when i was ignorant of all the problems in my world and the whole world in general.when my dad would sit beside me and pull out his guitar when i was 6 and sing this to me,thats why fell in love with the beatles.the music and the memories
    boredSamon March 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts about a Woman that was sick. She went to the hospital and died there the night after she was admitted. Her Son thought she left him because He may have said the wrong thing.
    kathy171on October 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis some makes me so sad! it reminds me of my mum who passed away on christmas day a few years ago ...

    losing some one creates a burden, a shadow, which at the time seems as though it shall stay forever and i think this song is cut short ...

    as beautiful as it is now i think if paul added lyrics to this song on this topic now ... he would write about how you do learn to cope, you never froget but you learn to carry on ...

    excellent song ... so simple ... so great :D!
    YourOwnDisaster!on November 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song refers (in my opinion of course nobody actually gives there true opinions of what the song means on here and thats what the website is for)to how great your life can be going and then the next day you are miserable and depressed and you always think if you could just go back in time you could make it better.
    mikedeaselon February 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a very sad song. One minute, you're happily in love with someone, enjoying the relationship. The next thing you know, you're wondering how things went wrong, distressed. I can relate, somewhat. But, in the end, there is hope..."I believe in yesterday". Sometimes, I think hope is all you've got. Amazing song. Uplifting and depressing at the same time.
    Mirvsteinon July 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttis song is bitter sweet in some way it seems kinda sweet to me but when you really listen to what he is saying the sadness just pores out of his words its a beautiful song and i think he is saying that he had his love at one time and everything seem so clear and easy and fun to him but he lost that love and now its all messed p and he is looking back at the past
    Bri Loves Nirvanaon August 02, 2007   Link

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