"Here, There and Everywhere" is a song written by Paul McCartney[3][4] (credited to Lennon–McCartney), recorded for the Beatles' 1966 album Revolver. In his biography Many Years From Now, McCartney said the song is one of his favourites.[3] Beatles' producer George Martin has also mentioned it as one of his favourite McCartney songs. John Lennon reportedly told McCartney it was "The best tune on the album" and said in his 1980 Playboy interview it was "one of my favourite songs of the Beatles."[4] It was ranked the 4th greatest song of all time byMojo in 2000.[5]

Inspired by the Beach Boys' album Pet Sounds, McCartney wrote the song at Lennon's house in Weybridge while waiting for Lennon to wake up.[6] "I sat out by the pool on one of the sun chairs with my guitar and started strumming in E," McCartney recalled. "And soon [I] had a few chords, and I think by the time he'd woken up, I had pretty much written the song, so we took it indoors and finished it up."[6]


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Musical structure[edit]Edit

The verse is based on an ascending major chord sequence, while the middle eight, which modulates to the tonic minor, creates a telling contrast. The introduction beginning "To lead a better life" opens in the key of G and involves a I-iii-♭III-ii-V7 chord progression. The ♭III (B♭ chord) on "I need my love to be here" (arpeggiated in the melody line) is a dissonant substitute for the more predictable VI (E7) that would normally lead to the ii (Am) chord.[7]

The verse opens strongly anchored on "Here" in the key of G (with simultaneous I (G chord) and melody G note) and moves equally predictably to a I-ii-iii-IV chord shift (G-Am-Bm-C) through "making each day of the year".[8] This repeats on "Changing my life with a wave"; but immediately after (in bar 5) the song indeed changes on "of her hand". It goes down six semitones from the IV (C chord) to a ii (F#m) [adding a non-G scale C#] then a V7 (B7) chord [adding a non-G scale D#] which briefly modulates towards a new tonic Em.[9]

The harmonic fascination with the bridge segment beginning "I want her everywhere" is that at that point the key centre does go "everywhere". It shifts via an F7 chord (a ♭VII in the old G key and a V7 in the new B♭ key) to a I-vi-ii (B♭-Gm-Cm) chord progression in B♭ key. It then shifts again via a D7 chord (a III7 in the old B♭ key and a V7 in the new Gm key) to Gm key where we go through a i-iv (Gm-Cm chord) progression. Finally the pivot of D7 takes us back to the G major tonic and reinforcing G melody note of "Everywhere."[10]

Rolling Stone has noted, "The tune's chord sequence bears Brian Wilson's influence, ambling through three related keys without ever fully settling into one, and the modulations — particularly the one on the line "changing my life with a wave of her hand" — deftly underscore the lyrics, inspired by McCartney's girlfriend, actress Jane Asher."[6]


The song is noted for its bitter-sweet melody, layered backing vocals and utilising a 'clever harmonic scheme'.[1] "Here There and Everywhere" was recorded from 14 to 17 June, a few weeks after a Pet Sounds listening party McCartney was affected by.[11][12] McCartney mentioned in the 1989 radio series McCartney on McCartney that the much-praised vocals were meant to have a "Beach Boys" sound. He has also said he was trying to sing it in the style of Marianne Faithfull.[3] His vocals are multi-tracked.[13]


Personnel per Ian MacDonald[13]

Cover versions[edit]Edit

Noted performers who have covered "Here, There and Everywhere" include Beegie Adair,[14] Clay AikenDavid BenoitGeorge Benson,[14] Peter BreinholtPetula ClarkPerry ComoCount Basie Orchestra[14]Darren DayJohn Denver,Céline Dion (for a George Martin/Beatles tribute album),[14] Episode SixJose Feliciano (instrumental),[14] Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders (instrumental),[15] Bobbie GentryStéphane Grappelli,[14] Ofra Harnoy,[14] Emmylou HarrisThe Flying PicketsJay and the AmericansThe LettermenLocksleyKenny Loggins (on Kenny Loggins Alive),[14] Claudine LongetJohn McDermottCarmen McRae,[14] Olivia OngMaaya SakamotoGeorge Shearing,[14] The Singers UnlimitedSisselGöran Söllscher,[14] Marina Verenikina, and Andy Williams.

Bruce Welch of The Shadows claimed in his autobiography that McCartney offered the tune to Shadow's lead guitarist Hank Marvin prior to the Beatles' recording.[16] Marvin eventually released an instrumental version of the song on his 2007 album Guitar Man.

Cultural references[edit]Edit

In the TV series Friends, this song is played on steel drums when Phoebe Buffay walks down the aisle during her wedding. It was the second time a song written by McCartney was used in a wedding sequence in the series; the first being "My Love" when Chandler and Monica married.

Geoff Emerick, who engineered many of the Beatles' recordings, used the song title in the title of his own 2006 memoir, Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles.

Gary Sparrow sings this song on the piano in an episode of Goodnight Sweetheart.

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