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The Night Before
(Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: Paul
Recorded: 17 Feb 65
Released: on "Help!": 6 Aug 65 (UK), 13 Aug 65 (US)
Notes: Paul plays guitar and bass both.

No Reply
(Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: Mostly John
Recorded: 30 Sep 64
Released: on "Beatles for Sale": 4 Dec 64 (UK), on "Beatles 65": 15 Dec 64 (US)
Notes: Inspired by "Sillouettes," by the Rays.

Nobody I Know
(Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: Paul
Notes: Jane Asher period.

Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
(Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: Mostly John
Recorded: 21 Oct 65
Released: on "Rubber Soul": 3 Dec 65 (UK), 6 Dec 65 (US)
Notes: Norwegian wood was cheap pine paneling. George's first sitar contribution. Dylan copied tune on "4th Time Around." About an affair with a journalist. Part about sleeping in tub is to clean it up. Woman was a journalist.

Not a Second Time
(Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: John
Recorded: 11 Sep 63
Released: on "Meet the Beatles": 20 Jan 64 (US)
Notes: Inspired by Smokey Robinson.

Nowhere Man
(Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: John
Recorded: 21, 22 Oct 65
Released: 21 Feb 66 (US); on "Rubber Soul": 3 Dec 65 (UK)
Notes: First Beatle song not about love. John is the Nowhere Man.
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
(Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: Mostly Paul
Recorded: 8, 11, 15 Jul 68
Released: on "The Beatles": 22 Nov 68 (UK), 25 Nov 68 (US)
Notes: Title came from Jimmie Scott, who plays conga on the record. It means, "Life goes on" in Yoruban. (Yorba is a tribe in Nigeria.) But Paul's characters are Jamaican. Drove John crazy (like "Maxwell") because they worked on it so hard.

Octopus' Garden
(Starkey)
Real Author: Mostly Ringo
Recorded: 16, 19 Apr, 17, 18 Jul 69
Released: on "Abbey Road": 26 Sept 69 (UK), 1 Oct 69 (US)
Notes: Started on Sardinia after temporarily quitting Beatles. Inspired by a meal of octopus on Peter Seller's yacht and the captain's story about how they pick up stines and shiney objects to make gardens.

Oh! Darling
(Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: Paul
Recorded: 20, 26 Apr, 23 Jul, 8, 11 Aug 69
Released: on "Abbey Road": 26 Sept 69 (UK), 1 Oct 69 (US)
Notes: Paul roughened his voice for a week. Inspired by Jackie Wilson.

Old Brown Shoe
(Harrison)
Real Author: George
Recorded: 16, 18 Apr 69
Released: 30 May 69 (UK), 4 Jun 69 (US)
Notes: About opposites

The One After 909
(Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: John
Recorded: 30 Jan 69
Released: on "Let it Be": 8 May 70 (UK), 18 May 70 (US)
Notes: Written when they were young, about 16 in 1958. He liked nines: born on 9/9, lived at number 9 New Castle oad.

One and One is Two
(Lennon and McCartney)
Real Author: Paul
Notes: Written in Paris, January 1964. Recorded by The Strangers.

Only a Northern Song
(Harrison)
Real Author: George
Recorded: 13, 14 Feb, 20 Apr 67
Released: on "Yellow Submarine": 13 Jan 69 (US), 17 Jan 69 (UK)
Notes: Written and recorded for Sgt. Pepper. Northern was the publishing company. The deal was bad for John and Paul, but even worse for George.
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