Song Lyric Sunday: The Beatles, “Yes It Is”

I was smart this time and waited until almost everyone else had posted their song choices before posting my own. I know it sounds a little silly, but that’s just me.

Jim’s prompt for today is "No/Yes," and I chose this song, which was included on the Beatles VI album here in the US and on the Past Masters, Volume 1 album elsewhere. "Yes It Is" was, according to John Lennon, who wrote the song (though it’s credited to Lennon and McCartney), an attempt to rewrite "This Boy," from With The Beatles (Meet The Beatles in the US). The song is much like "This Boy," using the same time signature (12/8), same three-part harmony, and a similar chord progression. Throughout, George uses a volume pedal, producing the violin-like sounds throughout, which I understand created a rush on volume pedals. It was the B side to "Ticket To Ride," both of which showed a maturing of John’s songwriting.

Lyrics are courtesy AZLyrics.com:

If you wear red tonight
Remember what I said tonight
For red is the color that my baby wore
And what’s more it’s true
Yes, it is

Scarlet were the clothes she wore
Everybody knows I’m sure
I would remember all the things we planned
Understand, 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
Yes, it is, yes, it is
Oh, yes it is, yeah

Please don’t wear red tonight
This is what I said tonight
For red is the color 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
Yes, it is, yes, it is
Oh, yes, it is, yeah

Please don’t wear red tonight
This is what I said tonight
For red is the color that will make me blue
In spite of you, it’s true
Yes, it is, it’s true
Yes, it is, it’s true

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for October 18, 2020.

26 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: The Beatles, “Yes It Is”

    1. Had Capitol Records not chosen to put it on “Beatles VI” we might not have heard it until “Past Masters.” It is a beauty, a lot like “This Boy.”

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