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In the first lesson of my classes on composing song lyrics, I always begin by looking at The Beatles’ song ‘Yesterday’, as it is a song most people are familiar with and is a great example of how lyrics can help us to form emotional attachments to songs. The story behind ‘Yesterday’ is that, one morning, at the height of The Beatles’ popularity, Paul McCartney woke with a beautiful melody stuck in his head. Stumbling sleepily over to his piano, he found the chords and played the melody for ‘Yesterday’, fully formed, as we know it today.
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