Paul McCartney – “For No One” Live
A Love That Should Have Lasted Years!
“For No One” was written by Paul McCartney and released by The Beatles on August 5, 1966 as one of the highlights for their seventh studio album “Revolver.” Its working title was “Why Did It Die?” and he wrote it during one holiday in Switzerland while he was with Jane Asher. It was in a ski resort located in the Swiss Alps.
A baroque pop song about the end of a relationship, it was one of McCartney’s most mature and poignant works upon its release. Mostly performed by the composer, the track is distinguished by its French horn solo, performed by Alan Civil and used as an obbligato in the final verse.
Although John Lennon and George Harrison both didn’t contribute anything during the recording, Lennon admitted that the track was one of his favorite tracks, even referring to it as “a nice piece of work.” Ringo Starr played both drums and tambourine while McCartney provided the vocals and played the piano, bass guitar and clavichord.
The French horn solo was by Alan Civil, a British horn player described by recording engineer Geoff Emerick as the “best horn player in London”. During the session, McCartney pushed Civil to play a note that was beyond the usual range of the instrument. According to Emerick, the result was the “performance of his life.”
It’s always fascinating to see Paul McCartney’s wordplay in his songs!