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Yesterday Song Analysis

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Samantha Addington

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Yesterday
The Beatles
Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they're here to stay.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly I'm not half the man I used to be.
There's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

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Rhyme Scheme
Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they're here to stay.
Oh, I believe in
yesterday.

Suddenly I'm not half the man I used to be.
There's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh,
yesterday
came suddenly.

Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for
yesterday
.

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in
yesterday
.

Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for
yesterday.

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in
yesterday.

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Repetition
Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they're here to stay.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly I'm not half the man I used to be.
There's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.o play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

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Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they're here to stay.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly I'm not half the man I used to be.
There's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

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Mood
Tone
Yesterday by The Beatles
Song Analysis

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Impact of Rhyme Scheme
The rhyme scheme sets the tone. The rhyme scheme of yesterday impacts the song as each word has meaning, as the majority of it rhyme. With each word having deeper meaning, and the song having a soft melody, the rhyme scheme adds onto it.
Theme
The mood that comes across to me is depressing because it sounds like someone is loosing someone or something. When the song says, "Why she had to go, I don't
know, she wouldn't say/
I said something wrong, now i long for yesterday" This stanza makes me very sad, and I infer that someone lost something or someone
Hang on to what you have now, as something may happen that may make one regret what has happened
The repetition of the word yesterday shows that something in the past

happened and that now that person wants to change it
This metaphor represents regret as the shadow hangs over him and is a reminder of something bad that happened
The personification shows that his troubles come back to him even if he is trying to be better and that these troubles are a regret he's been having
Song Title: Yesterday
Singer: The Beatles
Written by: Paul McCartney
The tone of this song is regret because in the first two lines it talks about troubles and how, later on in the song, he wants to change what happened and go into the past to make things better. As in the third stanza, the writer states, "... Now i long for yesterday" showing how he wants to go back and change what he had done and change thing for the better, for himself.
This theme comes across to me because The first line states, "Yesterday all my troubles seem so far aw/ Now it looks as though they're here to stay/Oh I believe in yesterday" His troubles come back an he thinks about them, regretting what he had done to get that.
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