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A song by The Beatles. This is, by now, a well known fact, but not noded:

The melody came to Paul McCartney in a dream. He woke up and plunked it out on a piano by his bed. He thought to himself "Why, that's a nice tune..." And he first went to John Lennon to ask him if he heard it, then to George Martin (The Beatles' producer) and asked him. They both responded saying they didn't know it.

After about a week, he decided it must be his.
The original lyrics went something like:

"Scrambled Eggs,
Oh my baby,
How I love your legs..."

and as you know, this was later changed to the lyrics we all know and love.

This is also the most-covered song in history, with some 2,500 versions of it...

Many little factoids about the song above, but anything really about the song? No.
So really what makes this such an amazing song, is it Paul McCartney's melancoly lyrics or the delivery, the quiet acoustic guitar and string qaurtet (which is actually the first time another musician besides the Beatles themselves played on a Beatles record). I would say it would be both parts combined as it usually is with great songs (surprise, that was a trick question).

Yesterday opens with a quiet acoustic guitar sound and shortly after McCartney's vocals, a few seconds later comes the hook with the string quartet. In about a minute all of the elements of the song have come together, and none leave untill the ending.
But a note about the ending, it really leaves everything unresolved, no happy ending, just a sad man left alone wanting to hide. John Lennon really didn't like this ending, his only problem with the song was that it ended without any resolvement, that didn't keep him from calling the song McCartney's first masterpiece, after the fact.

To tell the truth I have yet to hear a cover of any Beatles' song that comes anywhere close to the original, and even though many will continue to try to cover this song (and make it even more the most covered song ever) none will ever capture the emotion and melancoly of the original.

Yes"ter*day (?), n. [OE. [yogh]isterdai, AS. geostran daeg, from geostran, geostra, giestran, gistran, gystran, yesterday (akin to D. gisteren, G. gestern, OHG. gestaron, Icel. gaer yesterday, to-morrow, Goth. gistradagis to-morrow, L. heri yesterday, Gr. , Skr. hyas) + daeg day. Cf. Hestern. .]


The day last past; the day next before the present.

All our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Shak.

We are but of yesterday, and know nothing. Job viii. 9.


Fig.: A recent time; time not long past.

The proudest royal houses are but of yesterday, when compared with the line of supreme pontiffs. Macaulay.


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Yes"ter*day, adv.

On the day last past; on the day preceding to-day; as, the affair took place yesterday.


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