I think it was the first time I used this trick of starting a break by hitting the hi-hat first instead of going directly to a drum off the hi-hat. Ringo Starr Many Years From Now, Barry Miles The other key feature of Rain was John Lennon's backwards vocals, heard during the coda at the song's end. Lennon claimed that the discovery was the result of a stoned accident, when he threaded his rough mix tape of the song into his reel-to-reel player the wrong way round.
I got home from the studio and I was stoned out of my mind on marijuana and, as I usually do, I listened to what I'd recorded that day. Somehow I got it on backwards and I sat there, transfixed, with the earphones on, with a big hash joint. I ran in the next day and said, 'I know what to do with it, I know The fade is me actually singing backwards with the gutars going backwards.
So Ja gave me that one. John Lennon All We Are Saying, David Sheff Lennon's version of events was backed up by George Harrison and Geoff Emerick. George Martin, meanwhile, recalled the discovery as being his. I was always playing around with tapes and I thought it might be fun to do something extra with John's voice. So I lifted a bit of his main vocal off the four-track, put it onto another spool, turned it around and then slid it back and forth until it fitted.
John was out at the time but when he came back he was amazed. Again, it was backwards forever after that. George Martin The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn Listen to the released song's coda reversed, to hear the backwards vocals in their correct form: On 14 April , the same day Paul McCartney taped his bass part for Paperback Writer, the group taped five takes of Rain's rhythm track, performed quickly and later slowed down. They finished the song on 16 April, adding overdubs including tambourine, bass and extra vocals.
It is likely that the backwards vocals were added on this day, when they also carried out the mono mixes that appeared on the Paperback Writer single. The third and fourth measures are the C chord. The third measure has the C chord in the so-called 6 4 second inversion. The fifth and sixth measures return to the G chord. Pollack says the refrain seems slower than the verse, though it is at the same tempo, an illusion achieved by "the change of beat for the first four measures from its erstwhile bounce to something more plodding and regular".
After four verses and two refrains, a short solo for guitar and drums is played, with complete silence for one beat. Following this, the music returns accompanied by what Pollack terms "historically significant" reverse lyrics. McCartney's bass , placed in front of the mix, is an ingenious counterpoint that takes him all over the fretboard At the chorus, for example, while Lennon and McCartney harmonize in fourths on a melody with a slightly Middle Eastern tinge, McCartney first points up the song's droning character by hammering on a high G approached with a quick slide from the F natural just below it , playing it steadily on the beat for twenty successive beats.
The next time the chorus comes around, though, he plays something entirely different, a slightly syncopated descending three-note pattern that almost seems to evoke the falling rain. Geoff Emerick , who was the engineer for both sessions, described one technique he used to alter the sonic texture of the track by recording the backing track "faster than normal.
The backwards vocals are Lennon singing the lyrics of the song: And I was sort of very stoned and tired, you know, not knowing what I was doing, and I just happened to put it on my own tape recorder and it came out backwards. And I liked it better. So that's how it happened.