Paul McCartney plays his arrangement of For No One. A glimpse of genius.

I’ve always thought that composers have a radio in their heads. They hear a tune playing, then quickly grab a guitar or piano to work out the arrangement before they lose it.

You can see a glimpse of that at work here, as McCartney hums his arrangement of For No One live in the studio.

UPDATE: Reader Marek Bell points out that this is likely a scene from Give My Regards to Broad Street, made in 1984. I wonder if there’s any footage of McCartney playing this in 1966. Was this song in any of the early Beatles movies?

UPDATE2: This remains a mystery. The Broad Street version of this song is clearly different than this one. Different shirt, and in this one, McCartney’s guitar strings that emerge from the tuning pegs are uncut (wrapped in a circle). Any other clues? Leave a comment.

  • BrianDee

    Wasn’t this recorded years after the song was released? I’m confused.

    • Dave Mark

      Hard to say, but looks like it to me. At first blush, I thought it might have been early on, but McCartney just looks too old. I think the original was in 1966. I wish someone could fill in some of the background. Still, really loved this.

  • Pretty sure this is from “Give My Regards to Broad Street” so around 82/83.

  • Pacomius

    The “Broad Street” version is here Clearly different

    • Dave Mark

      Clearly different. Hmmm. The timing seems right though. Wonder if there is a scene in the movie where he is practicing that song. This remains a mystery!

  • probably recorded while doing the recordings for Give My Regards to Broad Street. in this clip it’s playback. so this is probably a video of the recording session.