Seeing Speed in Ways That make The Invisible into the Familiar – BPM GRAPHS, CALIBRATIONS, VIDEO OF PAUL LIVE IN MADRID – "FOR NO ONE" – THE BEATLES. Know your speed: take your power.

The Beatles - FOR NO ONE - meanspeed music education contemporary tempo graph - bpm chart - 121
The Beatles – FOR NO ONE – meanspeed music education contemporary tempo graph – bpm chart – 121
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The Beatles – FOR NO ONE – meanspeed music education contemporary tempo graph – bpm chart – 012163
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The Beatles – FOR NO ONE – meanspeed music education contemporary tempo graph – bpm chart – 0517
The Beatles - FOR NO ONE - meanspeed music education contemporary tempo graph - bpm chart
The Beatles – FOR NO ONE – meanspeed music education contemporary tempo graph – bpm chart
The Beatles - FOR NO ONE - meanspeed music education contemporary tempo graph - bpm chart
The Beatles – FOR NO ONE – meanspeed music education contemporary tempo graph – bpm chart
The Beatles - FOR NO ONE
The Beatles – FOR NO ONE
The Beatles - FOR NO ONE - meanspeed music education contemporary tempo graph
The Beatles – FOR NO ONE – meanspeed music education contemporary tempo graph
Meanspeed Music Summary
“FOR NO ONE”
The Beatles
composer=John Lennon & Paul McCartney
avg beat=0.735 seconds
avg bpm=81.6
key in which song was recorded=B major
composer=John Lennon & Paul McCartney
most interesting rhyme=’tears’ and years’
“..and in her eyes you see nothing
no sign of life behind the tears
cried for no one
a love that should have lasted years. This is an excellent example of why I catalog songs with speeds of approximately 79-84 beats per minute as have the likelihood of expressing loneliness, as this song certainly does, as it is one one the few songs on which the most tuned in (sorry) Beatles fans would agree is simply about loneliness and loss and the maudlin ‘what could have beens.’ This is the element of the never ending debate over Here, There and Everywhere as “Paul’s best song” that does not gets discussed – mainly because people just do not know. People tend to argue feelings, and we try to separate feelings – we don’t do feelings, we don’t deal in any way with the worst song ever recorded, Feelings – we deal in emotive expression. Big difference. The speed of Here, There & Everywhere is essentially the same as For No One – and the songs are a bit wailing and lonely. 
All calibrations, synthesis and chart making in general by Ian Andrew Schneider

The song does not include George or John in any way. Paul played piano and clavichord while Ringo played drums and played. The band & recording & production team chose take 10 of 11 takes over 12 hours – 2:45 pm until 2:45 am. On take ten, Ringo added maracas and cymbals. George Martin rented the harpsichord.
A week later, May 16, 1966, Paul went back into the studio and completed the lead vocal. The French horn solo was overdubbed three days later. Thanks to N.S. & Mark Lewisohn for that information, which is found in Mark’s THE COMPLETE BEATLES CHRONICLES.

/Ian Andrew Schneider/

July 15, 2009


revised and extended from its original publication here on April 10, 2008