Wait (Beatles song)

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"Wait"
Song by the Beatles from the album Rubber Soul
Released 3 December 1965
Recorded 17 June, and 11 November 1965,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Folk rock
Length 2:16
Label Parlophone
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
Rubber Soul track listing

"Wait" is a song recorded by the Beatles, from their 1965 album Rubber Soul. The songwriting credit is Lennon–McCartney, and the song is usually said to be a joint effort between the two, although in the 1997 book, Many Years from Now, McCartney recalls it as entirely his.[1]

Origin and recording[edit]

The song was originally recorded for Help! in June 1965 but did not make the final pressing. When Rubber Soul fell one song short for a Christmas release, "Wait" was brought back. Overdubs were added to the initial recording so it would blend in better with the other, more recent songs on Rubber Soul.[2]

The lyrics, describing the singer's anxieties about his relationship with his girlfriend while he is away, are thematically similar to several other Lennon–McCartney songs, such as "When I Get Home" and "Things We Said Today," written during the period of 1964 and 1965. The vocals on the verse are shared between Lennon and McCartney, and McCartney sings the two middle eight sections. Instrumentally, the most memorable feature of "Wait" is George Harrison's tone pedal guitar.[3]

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[1]

Cover versions[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head. Pimlico. p. 160. ISBN 978-1-84413-828-9. 
  2. ^ "Wait". The Beatles Bible. Retrieved 15 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Unterberger, Richie (2009). "Wait". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 June 2009. 

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