Thursday, July 10, 2014

She's Leaving Home

"She's Leaving Home" is a track from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band.  It was written primarily by McCartney after reading a newspaper article in the Daily Mirror about a runaway girl.  Lennon contributed some of the lyrics that allegedly drew upon his childhood with his Aunt Mimi (i.e., not getting the kind of love he wanted).  McCartney said that the girl in the song is a younger version of the lonely Eleanor Rigby.

McCartney sings lead vocal, with Lennon doing the lead vocal in selected spots while also handling backing vocal.  The Beatles didn't play any instruments on the track.  Session musicians played strings and harp arranged by Mike Leander.  George Martin was hurt because McCartney was in a hurry to lay down the instruments and didn't wait for Martin, who was scheduled to do another recording session, to do the arrangement.

McCartney said it was one of his typical ballads and that one of his daughters liked it very much, although he didn't specify which daughter it was.


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