A song: “Yesterday”

 

The Beatles – Yesterday  (1965)

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…

IERI

Ieri, tutti i miei problemi sembravano così lontani
Adesso sembrano quasi che stiano qui di casa, per rimanere
Oh io credo in ieri

Improvvisamente, non sono neppure la metà dell’uomo che ero
C’è un’ombra che incombe sopra di me
Oh ieri è arrivato all’improvviso

Perché lei se ne sia dovuta andare
Non lo so: non ha voluto dirlo
Ho detto qualcosa di sbagliato
E ora vorrei che fosse ieri

Ieri, l’amore era un gioco così facile da giocare
Ora ho bisogno di un posto in cui nascondermi
Oh io credo in ieri

 

* The shadow which is “hanging”, seems to possess its own active will , not present in the more common passive “cast”. In addition “hanging” recalls the idea of a capital punishment

 

“Yesterday” is a song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney who played on it alone. It was the first time a Beatle recorded without the accompaniment of his band members although it was credited to Lennon–McCartney.
It was issued as a single in the US in 1965 and some years later in the UK (1976). The song was so different from other works by the Beatles and so unsuitable for their image, that the band members vetoed its release as a single in the United Kingdom.

“Yesterday” holds the record as the most covered song in history: according to the Guinness Book of World Records. there are over three thousand recorded versions, by an eclectic mix of artists including, among others, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Placido Domingo, Marianne Faithfull, The Mamas and the Papas, Tom Jones. It has been said that this song has often been like a mirror, reflecting back the style of the singer rather than revealing hidden depths within its lyrics.

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18 thoughts on “A song: “Yesterday”

  1. Mi piace a volte si guarda al passato ma per vivere insieme in amore bisogna tutti i giorni serenamente reciprocamente condividere ogni giorno quello che si ha non voltarsi indietro già si potrebbe andare a sbattere

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