All my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday

I'm not half the man I used to be
There's a shadow hangin' 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

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

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 Lyrics as written by Paul Mccartney John Lennon

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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 CommentHey, there's mistake with this lyric. Line 4 and 5 are need to be swap. It should be: Suddenly, There's a shadow,,, I'm not half,,,
    hy92on January 13, 2002   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 10, 2004   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 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhile we all know this song was originally called "Scrambled Eggs", I'm not sure how far Paul got with this first version of the song.

    The story goes that Paul came up with the tune without any lyrics, and in order to keep the tune in his head kept singing "Scrambled eggs, oh you've got such lovely legs". But did he actually write out the whole song or just this one line?

    Here are the scrambled eggs lyrics. Whether or not these are the original lyrics written by paul or whether someone else made them up later, I do not know. They fit very well.. Almost too well to be confident that Paul actually wrote them before he changed the lyrics and song to Yesterday. It seems almost more likely they were made up afterwards by someone else who had heard the original title.

    Scrambled eggs
    Have an omelet with some muenster cheese.
    Put your dishes in the washbin please
    so I can clean the scrambled eggs.

    Join me, do
    There are lots of eggs for me and you
    I've got ham and cheese and bacon too
    so go get two and join me, do.

    Fried or sunny-side
    just aren't right. The mix-bowl begs.
    Quick - go get a pan
    and we'll scram-ble up some eggs, eggs, eggs, eggs.

    Scrambled eggs
    Good for breakfast, dinnertime or brunch
    Don't buy six or twleve - buy a bunch
    and we'll have lunch
    on scrambled eggs.
    bwl385on March 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'll never forget the day I was sitting in the doctor's office and my father said that this song truly made him cry...
    he never said why it made him cry..
    But just the thought of my father crying...
    amazes me..
    .....I remember that...and I was only 6 years old.
    MegooStationon December 22, 2008   Link

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