The Beatles Song Of The Day- Only A Northern Song

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The Beatles Song of the Day is- Only A Northern Song. Only A Northern Song is one of four new Beatles songs that appeared on the Yellow Submarine soundtrack. It was written and sung by George Harrison. Only A Northern Song was first recorded in early 1967 to be George’s contribution to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band but ended up not being used until they needed another song for the animated Yellow Submarine film. It wasn’t considered strong enough to make Sgt. Pepper- a good decision. I can’t imagine this song on Sgt. Pepper. The song is George’s dig at The Beatles arrangement with their publishing company -Northern Songs. 30% of the shares belonged to John and Paul and only 1.6% to George and Ringo. George felt it didn’t matter what he wrote since the balk of the money was going to other people.  George would be much more vocal about this arrangement after The Beatles were over. George Harrison: vocals, Hammond Organ, tape effects, noises: John Lennon: piano, glockenspiel, tambourine, tape effects, noises: Paul McCartney: bass guitar, trumpet, tape effects, noises: Ringo Starr: drums: Produced by George Martin


  • rating of Only A Northern Song **1/2 stars out of 5 stars.
  • length of song: 3:27.
  • recorded February 13, 14 and April 20, 1967.
  • Only A Northern Song- was never released as a single.
  • Only A Northern Song was ranked by critic Bill Wyman at #195 out of 213 Beatles songs- it make none of the other lists Top 100.


If you’re listening to this song
You may think the chords are going wrong
But they’re not
We just wrote them like that
If you’re listening late at night
You may think the band are not quite right
But they are
The just play it like that
And it doesn’t really matter what chords I play
What words I say
Or time of day it is
As it’s only a Northern song
It doesn’t really matter what clothes I wear
What words I pair
Or if my hair is brown
‘Cause it’s only a Northern song
If you think the harmony
Is a little dull and out of key
You’re correct
‘Cause there’s nobody there
And it’s only there’s no one there
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