“She Said She Said” is a Beatles’ song from their 1966 album, “Revolver”. Just to clarify, this “acidy” song, as described by John Lennon, is the track after “Yellow Submarine” from the album. Furthermore, this was John Lennon’s first new offering, by the way of songwriting, for around two months.
Release Date: 5th August, 1966 (UK), 8th August, 1966 (US)
Recorded: 21st June, 1966
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Psychedelic rock, acid rock
Track Duration: 2:37
Record Label: Parlophone
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick
** Due to a disagreement in the studio, Paul McCartney walked out and played no part in this recording.
She Said She Said
In order to give The Beatles a break from their American tour in 1965, Brian Epstein rented a house at 2850 Benedict Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills, California. However, the band became trapped because fans found out the address and descended on the area, some even used a helicopter to hover over the address. Police protection then became necessary.
Instead of venturing out, they invited many guests around including, Roger McGuinn, Peter Fonda and members of The Byrds. Inspiration for the lyrics came after an LSD trip at the address on the 24th August, 1965. John Lennon picked up on some of the comments made by Peter Fonda and wrote the song.
“It’s an interesting track. The guitars are great on it. That was written after an acid trip in LA during a break in The Beatles’ tour where we were having fun with The Byrds and lots of girls. Some from Playboy, I believe. Peter Fonda came in when we were on acid and he kept coming up to me and sitting next to me and whispering, ‘I know what it’s like to be dead.’
He was describing an acid trip he’d been on. We didn’t want to hear about that! We were on an acid trip and the sun was shining and the girls were dancing and the whole thing was beautiful and Sixties, and this guy – who I really didn’t know; he hadn’t made Easy Rider or anything – kept coming over, wearing shades, saying, ‘I know what it’s like to be dead,’ and we kept leaving him because he was so boring! And I used it for the song, but I changed it to ‘she’ instead of ‘he’.”
All We Are Saying, David Sheff
The Beatles began recording “She Said She Said” on the 21st June, 1966, in Studio Two at the EMI Studios, London (7.00pm-3.45am session). This was because they needed another song for the “Revolver” album. They then chose take 3 of 3 takes for the main rhythm track. Overdubbing of the vocals and further instruments took place during these sessions.
Although Paul McCartney took part in the rehearsals, he didn’t have anything to do with the recording itself:
“John brought it in pretty much finished, I think. I’m not sure but I think it was one of the only Beatle records I never played on. I think we’d had a barney or something and I said, ‘Oh, fuck you!’ and they said, ‘Well, we’ll do it.’ I think George played bass.”
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles