I Saw Her Standing There

I Saw Her Standing There

It’s hard to improve on a classic such as this and so artist Les Merchant decided to go simple by taking a simple lyric line and a simple illustration to tell a very universal story.

Now considered a rock ’n’ roll standard, “I Saw Her Standing There" was originally titled “Seventeen" when McCartney got the idea for it from a traditional English folk song called, "Seventeen Come Sunday." The final recording was the first take out of nine, with claps spliced in after.

From Paul McCartney: "Sometimes we would just start a song from scratch, but one of us would nearly always have a germ of an idea, a title, or a rough little thing they were thinking about and we’d do it. ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ was my original. I had the first verse, which therefore gave me the tune, the tempo, and the key. It gave you the subject matter, alot of information, and then you had to fill in. So it was co-written…and we finished it that day."