“Wait” is a Beatles’ song from their 1965 album, “Rubber Soul”. In short, the intention was to add this song on their album, “Help!” But, that idea came to nothing when they were compiling that soundtrack album. However, space became available on their next album which was “Rubber Soul” and the song was ideal for that.
Release Date: 3rd December, 1965 (UK), 6th December, 1965 (US)
Recorded: 17th June, and 11th November, 1965
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Folk rock
Track Duration: 2:16
Record Label: Parlophone
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
Paul McCartney claims that the song “Wait” is entirely his, although, as ever the songwriters credit Lennon-McCartney. In fact, Paul states this in his official biography, “Many Years from Now” (1997). John Lennon also says in an interview with Ray Connolly in 1970, “That must be one of Paul’s.”
“Wait” is obviously a song about the anxieties of Paul being away from home and away from his girlfriend.
I feel as though you ought to know
That I’ve been good, as good as I can be
And if you do, I’ll trust in you
And know that you will wait for me
The Beatles recorded “Wait” at the famous EMI Studios in London on the 17th June, 1965. There was only four takes but the first three were incomplete. Their original intentions was to include the song on the latest album, Help! However, that album was full and they this track deemed unsuitable anyway. So, they mothballed the track for a while.
On the 11th November, 1965, they dusted down the song in preparation for its inclusion on the “Rubber Soul” album. In order to allow some continuity and help it blend in with the new album, they overdubbed the track with more instruments and vocals. Indeed, by adding George Harrison’s tone pedal guitar, it gave the song a new dimension too.