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You put it all together and it makes something original." Author Mark Lewisohn gives some "nick" examples found in "I Saw Her Standing There," one being the lyric "Another interesting "nick" was that the bass line that Mc Cartney had written for the song was taken directly from the 1961 Chuck Berry classic “I’m Talking About You”."I played exactly the same notes as he did and it fitted our number perfectly," Mc Cartney relates.
He said, ' What rhymes with ',' which was really quite naff, but he used it.
' And I realized that, in fact, I was, and we changed it.""I helped with a couple of the lyrics," remembered John.
Paul elaborates: "We stopped there and both of us cringed at that and said, ' No, no, no. There's got to be another rhyme for seventeen.' So we went through the alphabet: between, clean, lean, mean; ' She wasn't mean; ; great!
Put that in.' And then the significance of it built as we sang it...people picked up on the implied significance later. So it was co-written, my idea, and we finished it that day." The innuendo "," possibly suggesting hooking up with an underage girl, was then added to the lyrics in a Liverpool Institute exercise book they wrote their songs in, this song containing many scribbled out ideas.
Paul's brother Michael has a picture taken on this day of Paul strumming a cheap Spanish acoustic guitar (possibly a Framus model) and John with his newly acquired Gibson J-160E as they both huddled around the exercise book which was on the floor.
I had .' I knew this was rubbish, and that I'd put it down just because it rhymed.