I'm Only Sleeping
by The Beatles
The Beatles - I’m Only Sleeping
The song is inspired by Paul’s habit of having to wake John up for afternoon songwriting sessions. In a published interview on 1966, journalist Maureen Cleave described John as “probably the laziest person in England.” In addition, John stated in the interview, “I don’t mind writing or reading or watching or speaking, but sex is the only physical thing I can be bothered with any more.”
The song’s distinctive backwards solo happened when a tape operator accidentally threaded the tape the wrong way.
“It played backwards, and, ‘What the hell is going on?’ Those effects! Nobody knew how those sounded then. We said, ‘My God, that is fantastic! Can we do that for real?’… So that was what we did and that was where we discovered backwards guitar. It was a beautiful solo actually. It sounds like something you couldn’t play.” - Paul McCartney