“Now And Then” was released on the 2nd November 2023 by iconic English rock band The Beatles through UMC & Downtown Music Publishing, and has been dubbed as “the last Beatles song”.
“Now And Then” is a psychedelic soft rock ballad that band member John Lennon wrote as well as recorded sometime in 1977, and was originally meant to be released in 1995. The reason the track wasn’t released then is because it could not be completed due to technology limitations in the late 90s, which prevented proper vocal extraction.
Many decades later with the use of AI software, Sir Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney were able to separate the vocal tracks from John Lennon’s original demo and then place them over their own recordings.
Lennon originally recorded a five-minute demo for “Now And Then” on a tape recorder at his home The Dakota in New York City, and details a love that is so strong that all members hope for it to stay in their life.
The music video was released on the 3rd November 2023 through The Beatles official YouTube channel, and was directed by Peter Jackson. The video features never-before-seen footage of the band, with some snippets provided by English musician Pete Best, an unseen home movie of George Harrison, as well as new footage of McCartney and Starr performing. Due to visual effects produced by Wētā FX, there are shots where all band members are in the same room together, performing once again. In two weeks, the video had 30 million views.
Read the lyrics to “Now And Then” here.
*All information accurate at the time of publishing (17th November 2023).