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Now And Then
Written by John Lennon
Unreleased song

Recording sessions

John's home, New York, USA - circa 1980
Mill Studios, Sussex, England - February 11 to early March, June 22, 1994; February 7, March 20 and 21, 1995

Working titles

Now And Then, Miss You


This is one of the demos given to Paul by Yoko. The remaining Beatles started working on this song around the time when working on "Free As A Bird" started.

As co-producer Jeff Lynne recalled, "The song had a chorus but is almost totally lacking in verses. We did the backing track, a rough go that we didn't really finish. It was a bluesy sort of ballad, I suppose, in A minor. It was a very sweet song. I like it a lot. Should it ever be completed it would probably end up as either 'Now And Then' or 'Miss You'. I wish we could have finished it."

However, the recording on this song was not as smooth as "Free As A Bird". They once aborted a session on this song because it did not work out right. Finally, on the last recording sessions of this song, the three Beatles shelved the worked number . As Neil Aspinall commented on this song, "The song has been partly recorded in 'embryonic form' before it got put on the back burner, and that's where it stayed. The song was never intended to be released."

The reason why the three Beatles bothered to record it in the first place was unknown, and the song is never released.
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