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“Something”
“Something” cover
Single by The Beatles
from the album Abbey Road
B-side "Come Together"
Released 31 October 1969 (UK)
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road Studioes:
25 February 1969
Genre Rock
Length 3:00
Label Apple Records
Writer(s) George Harrison
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"Ballad of John and Yoko" / "Old Brown Shoe"
(1969)
"Something" / "Come Together"
(1969)
"Let It Be"/ "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)"
(1970)
I think that's about the best track on the album, actually.

—John Lennon, 1969

I like George's song 'Something.' For me I think it's the best he's written.

—Paul McCartney, 1969

I wrote the song 'Something' for the album before this one, but I never finished it off until just recently. I usually get the first few lines of words and music together, both at once... and then finish the rest of the melody. Then I have to write the words. It's like another song I wrote when we were in India. I wrote the whole first verse and just said everything I wanted to say, and so now I need to write a couple more verses. I find that much more difficult. But John gave me a handy tip. He said, 'Once you start to write a song, try to finish it straight away while you're still in the same mood.' Sometimes you go back to it and you're in a whole different state of mind. So now, I do try to finish them straight away.

—George Harrison, 1969

I could never think of words for it. And also because there was a James Taylor song called 'Something In The Way She Moves' which is the first line of that. And so then I thought of trying to change the words, but they were the words that came when I first wrote it, so in the end I just left it as that, and just called it Something. When I wrote it, I imagined somebody like Ray Charles doing it. That's the feel I imagined, but because I'm not Ray Charles, you know, I'm sort of much more limited in what I can do, then it came out like this. It's nice. It's probably the nicest melody tune that I've written.

—George Harrison, 1969

'Something' was written on the piano while we were making the White Album. I had a break while Paul was doing some overdubbing so I went into an empty studio and began to write. That's really all there is to it, except the middle took some time to sort out. It didn't go on the White Album because we'd already finished all the tracks.

—George Harrison, 1980

Music video for Something, 1969

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