The Beatles – The Night Before

in Moments

I’ve written before at length about how in recent years, I’ve lost much faith and interest in music. It had been the most important part of my life for many years. Then, after Rolling Stone, it sort of went away.

You could say I lost a lot of faith, to the point of not really wanting to listen to new music for long stretches, or even making the time to listen to old music.

What hurt me most was that this “depression” also saw me stop writing songs. And it’s been hard to try to start again. Nothing that I write seems to make me feel the same way I used to when a song fell onto a page back in the days when I felt I was having fun. And the process feels too difficult, it’s almost all I can do to just sit down and start.

If I ever lose my faith in you…

But there are some songs that are capable of breaking you down and making you fall in love with (pop) music all over again. Before and beyond any desire to be “relevant” or “edgy”, there is music that just makes you feel human.  And it’s not about “power” or “sound” or whatever… it’s just that a wonderful piece of noise exists that makes you feel like music – and understanding it in some personal way – is worth it… and makes being alive worthwhile.

This is one of those songs for me. Thank you, Paul McCartney, you are in my estimation one of the greatest pop songwriters the modern world has ever known. And it makes me happy to know that at any moment in time, I and people like me can go back to some past moment in our lives that is bookmarked by something you did. I hope, one day, someone feels the same way about something I have done.

Fast fact: “The Night Before” was recorded in two takes.

The Night Before
The Beatles

We said our goodbyes, ah, the night before
Love was in your eyes, ah, the night before
Now today I find you have changed your mind
Treat me like you did the night before

Were you telling lies, ah, the night before?
Was I so unwise, ah, the night before?
When I held you near you were so sincere
Treat me like you did the night before

Last night is a night I will remember you by
When I think of things we did it makes me want to cry

We said our goodbye, ah, the night before
Love was in your eyes, ah, the night before
Now today I find you have changed your mind
Treat me like you did the night before
When I held you near you were so sincere
Treat me like you did the night before

Last night is a night I will remember you by
When I think of things we did, it makes me want to cry

Were you telling lies, ah, the night before?
Was I so unwise, ah, the night before?
When I held you near you were so sincere
Treat me like you did the night before
Like the night before

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul Mccartney
The Night Before lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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