Lots of people know the popular singles by [lastfm]The Beatles[/lastfm] (and there were tons!) but some of their most poignant works were the b-sides to their singles. One such song was “Yes It Is” on the B-Side of 1965’s “Ticket To Ride.” Unconventional, emotional, and mature, “Yes It Is” went against most of the preconceived perceptions of what a Beatles song should sound like at the time.
Written by [lastfm]John Lennon[/lastfm], “Yes It Is” has vocals reminiscent of [lastfm]Brian Wilson[/lastfm]’s (of [lastfm]The Beach Boys[/lastfm]), “Surfer Girl.” The melody is haunting and the harmonies are lush. But it’s the plaintive lyrics that really make this “tossed away” B-side a star:
“Please don’t wear red tonight.”/This is what I said tonight./For red is the colour that will make me blue,/In spite of you, it’s true,/Yes it is, it’s true./Yes it is./I could be happy with you by my side/If I could forget her, but it’s my pride.
The audience doesn’t know why the singer doesn’t want his date to wear red like his “other girl.” We only know that thinking of her will remind him of his damaged ego and of this vixen in red. Or did something tragic happen to her? Either way, the singer’s heart is broken and he is attempting to move on.
- What do you think the lyrics to The Beatles “Yes It Is” mean?