Only A Northern Song

Release date: 13 January 1969

If you're listening to this song
You may think the chords are going wrong
But they're not; we just wrote it like that
When you're listening late at night
You may think the bands are not quite right
But they are, they just play it like that
It doesn't really matter what chords I play
What words I say or what time of day it is
As it's only a Northern song
It doesn't really matter what clothes I wear
Or how I fare or if my hair is brown
When it's only a Northern song.
If you think the harmony
Is a little dark and out of key
You're correct, there's nobody there.
And I told you there's no one there.

"Only a Northern Song"
Song by the Beatles from the album Yellow Submarine
Released 13 January 1969 (US)
17 January 1969 (UK)
Recorded 13-14 February, 20 April 1967
Abbey Road Studios
Genre Psychedelic rock, experimental rock
Length 3:27
Label Apple Records
Writer George Harrison
Producer George Martin
Yellow Submarine track listing
13 tracks
Side one
  1. "Yellow Submarine"
  2. "Only a Northern Song"
  3. "All Together Now"
  4. "Hey Bulldog"
  5. "It's All Too Much"
  6. "All You Need Is Love"
Side two
  1. "Pepperland"
  2. "Sea of Time"
  3. "Sea of Holes"
  4. "Sea of Monsters"
  5. "March of the Meanies"
  6. "Pepperland Laid Waste"
  7. "Yellow Submarine in Pepperland"

"Only a Northern Song" is a song written by George Harrison and performed by the Beatles. The song was recorded in 1967 during the sessions for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band but was omitted from that album. It was first featured in the Beatles' 1968 animated movie Yellow Submarine and appeared on its soundtrack album, released early the following year.

"Only a Northern Song" has been described as Harrison's "personal denunciation of the Beatles' music publishing business".

©1968 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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