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The Beatles Songs: Wait

The history of this classic Beatles song


The Beatles Songs: Wait

Danish sheet music for "Wait"



Written by: Paul McCartney (100%)
(credited to Lennon-McCartney)
Recorded: June 17 and November 11, 1965 (Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios, London, England)
Mixed: June 18 and November 18, 1965
Length: 2:13
Takes: 4


John Lennon: co-lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1961 Sonic Blue Fender Stratocaster)
Paul McCartney: lead vocals (double-tracked), co-lead vocals, bass guitar (1963 Hofner 500/1)
George Harrison: lead and rhythm guitar (Gretsch 6119 "Tennessean," 1961 Sonic Blue Fender Stratocaster)
Ringo Starr: drums (Ludwig), tambourine, maracas

Available on: (CDs in bold)
Rubber Soul (UK: Parlophone PMC 1267; US: Capitol PCS 3075; Parlophone CDP 7 46440 2)


  • A reject from the band's previous album, Help!, "Wait" was written by Paul on the set of the movie of the same name, as witnessed by actor Brandon de Wilde. It was almost certainly inspired by Paul's current girlfriend, Jane Asher, who was home in England and whose relationship with the bassist had become rather tenuous.
  • "Wait" was recorded by the band at the very last Help! session in June, just after work was completed on "Act Naturally." It was done in just four takes, with a simple two-guitars-bass-drums arrangement. When another song was needed at the last minute to complete Rubber Soul, it was brought out and augmented with a few tricks, like wah pedal, tambourine, maracas, and folk harmonies, that would make it fit in better with the Beatles' latest direction. It was tinkered with just after work was completed on "Girl." With a little more sweetening of "I'm Looking Through You" later that evening, work on the monumental album was complete.


  • "Wait" is unusual in that John and Paul sing the verse and chorus in complete harmony throughout, while the bridge reverts to Paul singing alone, double-tracked.

Covered by: Roy Orbison, Frankie Vaughan, Ben Kweller

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