We take a look at nine Beatles songs that were primarily authored by John Lennon, which also contain contributions from Paul McCartney that improved or enhanced Lennon's original song. Contributions from Paul may include an instrumental part, or a line of lyric, or an arrangement. Songs discussed include "Help," "Tomorrow Never Knows," and "Dear Prudence" among many others. Do you agree or disagree with our selections? Are there songs that we should have covered, but missed? Let us know!


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John Lennon's demo for "Help" features the original tempo and has yet to feature Paul's counter-melody:

A possible source of inspiration for Lennon's "In My Life" was Charles Lamb's poem "The Old Familiar Faces" (c.1798):

Paul's bass line for "Rain":

Karlheinz Stockhausen was an influence on McCartney's incorporation of tape loops in "Tomorrow Never Knows" and the orchestral crescendo in "A Day in the Life":

The video for "A Day in the Life" captures the recording of the song's orchestration:

McCartney's isolated bass line from "Hey Bulldog":