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A Beatles Timeline and Notes on Beatles Songs - D

A Day in the Life (Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: Mostly John
Recorded: 19 Jan, 10 Feb (orchestra), 22 feb (final chord)
Released: on "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band": 26 May 67 (UK), 2 Jun 67 (US)
Notes: Includes reference to the Liverpool bus which allowed smoking on the upper deck. Paul's contribution was "I'd love to turn you on." John read a story about the Guiness heir (Tara Browne) who died in accident 18 Dec 66 (coroner's report issued in Jan 67 which is what John saw on 7 Jan issue of the "Daily Mail") and on 17 Jan how many potholes there were in Blackburn, Lancashire (Terry Dolan suggested Albert Hall). For recording chord, many came, including Marijke and Simon of "The Fool" Dutch designers dressed as Tarot characters. Also Mike Jagger, Maryanne Faithful, Keith Richard, Mike Nesmith and Donovan. Film about English winning the war was "How I Won the War."

Day Tripper (Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: Mostly John
Recorded: 16 Oct 65
Released: 3 Dec 65 (UK), 6 Dec 65 (US)
Notes: About girls who were casual LSD users, compared to John and Paul. "She's a big teaser" was "She's a prick teaser."

Dear Prudence (Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: John
Recorded: 28, 29, 30 Aug 68
Released: on "The Beatles": 22 Nov 68 (UK), 25 Nov 68 (US)
Notes: Prudence Farow is Mia Farrow's sister, who in India wouldn't come out of her meditation cabin. becasue of to deeply in trance. John and George were sent to entice her out, but they never sang this to her. Guitar style was learned from Donovan in India.

Dig a Pony (Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: John
Recorded: 30 Jan 69
Released: on "Let it Be": 8 May 70 (UK), 18 May 70 (US)
Notes: Originally "Con a Lowry." Words made up as they went. Chorus is from a song about Yoko; "I Need You."

Dig It (All Four)
Real Author: Mostly John
Recorded: 26 Jan 69
Released: on "Let it Be": 8 May 70 (UK), 18 May 70 (US)
Notes: Written in the studio. Matt Busby was a soccer manager.

Do You Want to Know a Secret? (Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: Mostly John
Recorded: 11 Feb 63
Released: 23 Mar 64 (US), 10 Aug 64 (UK), on "Please Please Me": 22 Mar 63 (UK), on "Introducing the Beatles": 22 Jul 63 (US), on "The Early Beatles": 22 Mar 65 (US)
Notes: Hack job written for George; tune based on Disney's "Wishing Well" from "Snow White," which John's mother used to sing to him. "Wanna know a secret? Promise not to tell? We are standing by a wishing well." John had just gotten Cynthia pregnant and married her. George claimed real inspiration was "I Really Love You" by the Stereos.

Doctor Robert (Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: Mostly John
Recorded: 17, 19 Apr 66
Released: on "Revolver": 5 Aug 66 (UK)
Notes: About a real LSD supplying NY (East 78th St) dentist, Robert Freymann.

Don't Bother Me (Harrison)
Real Author: George
Recorded: 11, 12 Sep 63
Released: on "With the Beatles": 22 Nov 63 (UK), on "Meet the Beatles": 20 Jan 64 (US)
Notes: First of George's songs to be recorded. Written Aug 63, when sick in a Bournemouth hospital. He didn't want to be bothered.

Don't Let Me Down (Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: John
Recorded: 28 Jan 69
Released: 11 Apr 68 (UK), 5 May 68 (US)
Notes: About Yoko.

Don't Pass Me By (Starkey)
Real Author: Mostly Ringo
Recorded: 5, 6, 12 Jun, 22 Jul (piano) 68
Released: on "The Beatles": 22 Nov 68 (UK), 25 Nov 68 (US)
Notes: Written in 1963 and polished with help from all the others.

Don't Want to See You Again (Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: Paul

Drive My Car (Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: Mostly Paul
Recorded: 13 Oct 65
Released: on "Rubber Soul": 3 Dec 65 (UK)
Notes: Woman has/is the car.

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