The first-ever collection of the original handwritten Beatles‘ lyrics.
Never before has anyone attempted to track down and publish the original versions of the classic songs, many of which have never yet been published. These documents have ended up in the hands of collectors and friends of the Beatles, scattered across the world at museums and universities.
Hunter Davies knew and worked with the Beatles during their heyday, and wrote their first and only authorized biography. In this collection, he has tracked down and reproduced over 100 original handwritten manuscripts of their songs, reproduced here – and, in almost every case, for the very first time.
For the Beatles, writing songs was a process that could happen anytime and anywhere – songs might begin as a scribble on the back of an envelope, a napkin or on hotel stationery. From them we gain a unique insight into the remarkable creative process of the greatest songwriters of all time; what they were thinking, how they changed their minds, and then came up with the words which are now known the world over – complete with all the scribbles and crossings out.
Each song is given its context: what the Beatles were doing at the time, how and when they came to write and record it, how the original version differs from the final one. Almost every Beatles song has a great story behind it, whether it is “Yesterday“, “Eleanor Rigby” or “Yellow Submarine“.
Many books have appeared about the Beatles, but in the end what really matters – and will always matter most – is their music. Their music comes out of their lives, just as their lives and emotions are reflected in their music.
“The Beatles Lyrics” is the definitive story of their lives, as uniquely told through their music.