"Wait" is a song recorded by The Beatles, from their 1965 album Rubber Soul. The songwriting credit is Lennon-McCartney, and the song is usually said to be a joint effort between the two, although in the 1997 book, Many Years from Now, McCartney recalls it as entirely his.
The song was originally recorded for Help! in June 1965 but did not make the final pressing. When Rubber Soul fell one song short for a Christmas release, "Wait" was brought back. Overdubs were added to the initial recording so it would blend in better with the other, more recent songs on Rubber Soul.
"I'll Be Back" is primarily a John Lennon composition, but credited to Lennon–McCartney, and recorded by The Beatles for the soundtrack LP to their film A Hard Day's Night. This song was not released in North America until Beatles '65 some five months on.
According to music critic Ian MacDonald, John Lennon created the song based on the chords of Del Shannon's "Runaway" which had been a UK hit in April 1961. Author Bill Harry wrote: "He [Lennon] just reworked the chords of the Shannon number and came up with a completely different song".
The fictional "I'll Be Back-Wait" Medley
In 2008, C.Syde65 heard the two Beatles songs "I'll Be Back" (1964) and "Wait" (1965), on separate occasions. As he was unfamiliar with either of the songs at the time, when the two songs were unintentionally morphed together in his mind, he was tricked into believing that the two songs were one. Both had that 1964-5 Beatles music style, although the majority of the lyrics he had memorised were from "Wait", while almost all of the music was from "I'll Be Back".
When I discovered that the two songs were different, and learned the title of the song "I'll Be Back" in 2008, and "Wait" in 2009, I did my best to imagine what a medley of those two songs might have been like. With most of the music from "I'll Be Back" and most of the lyrics from "Wait", I put together lyrics from both of the songs. I haven't actually put these two songs together as a real medley, since I don't have Adobe Audition anymore and anyway it wasn't really good enough for making such morphs. But here are the lyrics that I put together from the two songs:
- I'll Be Back/Wait (Medley) lyrics:
- I do not own these songs. I do not own the lyrics. Both songs "I'll Be Back" and "Wait" are owned by EMI music.
- Apparently there is an alternate mix of "Wait" without the Rubber Soul overdubs, but seemingly without the Help! overdubs as well. That's a good start, but I wish I could find the version of the song that was originally intended for Help!