One night in 1967, the phrase "words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup" came to Lennon after hearing his then-wife Cynthia, according to Lennon, "going on and on about something". Later, after she'd gone to bed, he went downstairs and turned it into a song.
"Free as a Bird" was originally composed and recorded in 1977 as a home demo by John Lennon. In 1995, 25 years after the break-up of the band and 15 years after John's death, a studio version was released as a single, incorporating contributions from Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
George wrote "If I Needed Someone" as a love song to Pattie Boyd, the English model whom he married in January 1966. Following its inclusion in the set list for the Beatles' 1965 UK tour, the song became the only Harrison composition performed live by the group during their years of international fame.