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- Posted on Oct 4th 2010 4:30PM by Adam Horne
B-Side of 1965's 'Ticket to Ride' Single
As a B-side to 'Ticket to Ride,' this Lennon-composed tune may be one of the lesser-known songs from the Beatles canon, but back when I was in junior high and had really started to "discover" the Fab Four, 'Yes It Is' worked its way into my brain and hasn't come out since. With a striking vocal arrangement, unforgettable melody and simple-but-moving lyrics, the song is a work of pure pop perfection. It's also devastatingly sad.
Featuring gorgeous three-part harmony throughout, 'Yes It Is' is one man's plea to his date not to wear red, "for red is the color that my baby wore," and he'd rather not be reminded. Though I've always drawn some musical similarities between 'Yes It Is' and Brian Wilson's 'Surfer Girl,' the Beatles' song doesn't convey the same romantic teenage innocence. Instead, there is a sense of real tragedy below the surface. "I could be happy with you by my side/If I could forget her," Lennon sings. The question remains ambiguous: Is he pining for an old lover, or grieving over her death? Without giving us a clear answer, 'Yes It Is' beautifully portrays the pain of heartbreak and struggling with the reality that it's time to move on.