Things We Said Today is a song by The Beatles written by Paul McCartney, and credited Lennon/McCartney. It was included on the Live at the BBC album. It was recorded on 2 June, 1964, and released on 10 July, 1964 in stereo. It was composed for the film A Hard Day's Night and appears on the soundtrack album. It was also released as the B-side of the "A Hard Day's Night" single in the UK.
McCartney wrote the song in May 1964 while cruising the Caribbean aboard a yacht called Happy Days with his then-girlfriend Jane Asher. Music critic Ian MacDonald said, "The sombre lyric—provoked by the frustrating interruptions of a relationship between two career people—matches the lowering gloom of the music."
The song is one of three main compositions (along with "And I Love Her" and "Can't Buy Me Love") that Paul McCartney wrote for the film. Recorded in advance of film production for lip-synching reasons, "Things We Said Today" has a reverse nostalgia premise. McCartney said, "I wrote this on acoustic. It was a slightly nostalgic thing already, a future nostalgia. We’ll remember the things we said today, sometime in the future, so the song projects itself into the future."
- John Lennon - rhythm guitar (1964 Gibson J-160E)
- Paul McCartney - lead vocals, bass (1963 Hofner 500/1)
- George Harrison - lead guitar (1963 Gretsch 6119 Tennessean)
- Ringo Starr - drums
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