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“Rain” cover
Single by The Beatles
A-side "Paperback Writer"
Released 30 May 1966 (US)
10 June 1966 (UK)
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road Studios: 14 April 1966
Genre Rock
Length 2:59
Label Parlophone R5452 (UK)
Capitol 5651 (US)
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"We Can Work It Out" / "Day Tripper"

"Nowhere Man"
"Eleanor Rigby" / "Yellow Submarine"
After we'd done the session on that particular song-- it ended at about four or five in the morning-- I went home with a tape to see what else you could do with it. And I was sort of very tired, you know, not knowing what I was doing, and I just happened to put it on my own tape recorder and it came out backwards. And I liked it better. So that's how it happened.

—John Lennon, 1966

That's me again-- with the first backwards tape on record anywhere... I got home from the studio and I was stoned out of my mind on marijuana... and, as I usually do, I listened to what I'd recorded that day. Somehow it got on backwards and I sat there, transfixed, with the earphones on, with a big hash joint. I ran in the next day and said, 'I know what to do with it, I know... listen to this!' So I made them all play it backwards. The fade is me actually singing backwards with the guitars going backwards. (sings) 'Sharethsmnowthsmeanss!' That one was the gift of God... of Ja actually-- the god of marijuana, right? So Ja gave me that one.

—John Lennon, 1980

My favorite piece of me is what I did on 'Rain.' I think I just played amazing. I was into the snare and hi-hat. I think it was the first time I used the trick of starting a break by hitting the hi-hat first instead of going directly to a drum off the hi-hat. I think it's the best out of all the records I've ever made. 'Rain' blows me away. It's out in left field. I know me and I know my playing... and then there's 'Rain.'.

—Ringo Starr, 1984

It was nice. I really enjoyed that one.

—Paul McCartney, 1994


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