852. I Saw Her Standing There (Paul McCartney and John Lennon) - Alistair Watson
This was the first track of The Beatles' album, "Please Please Me" (1964). It was also the B-side of the single "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
Originally titled "Seventeen" the song was based on McCartney's original idea. He thought of it while driving home from a concert The Beatles did in Southport, Merseyside and later completed it at his home in September 1962 with Lennon, while they were playing truant from school. They wrote the lyrics in a Liverpool Institute exercise book. McCartney later admitted that he had originally followed "She was just seventeen", by the line "Beauty queen". John, he claimed, screamed with laughter, and said "You're joking about that line, aren't you?" This became a common event in their songwriting, and later song collaborations put John Lennon's name first.
It is sung here by Alistair Watson at a session of The Hong Kong Folk Society at The Canny Man in Wan Chai - preceded by the children's song "The Wheels On the Bus"!
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