Wait (Beatles song)

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Song by the Beatles
from the album Rubber Soul
Published Northern Songs
Released 3 December 1965
Recorded 17 June, and 11 November 1965,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Folk rock
Length 2:16
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin

"Wait" is a song released by the Beatles, on their 1965 album Rubber Soul. The songwriting credit is Lennon–McCartney, although in the 1997 book, Many Years from Now, McCartney recalls it as entirely his.[1] This is supported by a 1970 interview with John Lennon by Ray Connolly. John could not remember writing it. "That must be one of Paul's," he said.[2]

Origin and recording[edit]

The song was originally recorded for Help! in June 1965 but was rejected for inclusion on the album. 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.[3]

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, George Harrison's tone pedal guitar has been considered the most memorable aspect of the song.[4]


Personnel per Ian MacDonald[1]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ a b MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head. Pimlico. p. 160. ISBN 978-1-84413-828-9.
  2. ^ "1970: John talking about his songs [telephone interview]", The Ray Connolly Beatles Archive, Plumray Books, 2011, Kindle edition, ASIN: B0052AFE6S
  3. ^ "Wait". The Beatles Bible. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  4. ^ Unterberger, Richie (2009). "Wait". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Bettye LaVette CD Releases". Retrieved 7 February 2015.

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