Math Solved Mystery of Century! See Who Actually Wrote The Beatles Song ‘In My Life’ – Lennon or McCartney?

857

Who really wrote The Beatles “In My Life,” from the 1965 album Rubber Soul? The question has been discussed for 50 years, and now we finally have the answer with the help of…math!

Source: YouTube

So, what was the problem with ‘In My Life’? 

The discussion on which member of The Beatles wrote their famous song “In My Life” has lasted for over 50 years. The melody from this song has been one of the bigger sources of arguments between fans.

In 1980 interview with Playboy, John Lennon stated that it was his “the first song I wrote that was consciously about my life.’There are places I’ll remember/ all my life though some have changed…’ Before, we were just writing songs a la Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly– pop songs with no more thought to them than that. The words were almost irrelevant.”

“‘In My Life’ started out as a bus journey from my house at 250 Menlove Avenue to town, mentioning all the places I could recall. I wrote it all down and it was boring. So I forgot about it and laid back and these lyrics started coming to me about friends and lovers of the past.

He also added that Paul McCartney helped with part of the song, but not too much, “the middle-eight” in particular.

Source: Giphy

However, in a 1984 interview with the same magazine, another member of The Beatles, Paul McCartney, stated the opposite, “I think I wrote the tune to that; that’s the one we slightly dispute. John either forgot or didn’t think I wrote the tune. I remember he had the words, like a poem–sort of about faces he remember. . . . I recall going off for half an hour and sitting with a Mellotron he had, writing the tune. Which was Miracles inspired, as I remember. In fact, a lot of stuff was then.”

So, who, in fact, wrote this song?

Let the math be 

Only now, in 21st century, a mathematics professor and The Beatles fan Jason Brown decided to take this issue in his own hands. Together with two colleagues, Harvard mathematicians Mark Glickman and Ryan Song, he managed to find the truth.

To do that, three mathematicians analyzed the snippets pulled from around 70 Beatles tunes.

“It actually goes back to the 1950s. [A bag-of-words] used by the computer scientists who created spam filters,” Devlin said. The idea is to take a piece of text and strips away all the grammar and word order.

“You just regard it as a collection of words,” Devlin added. “And once you’ve done that, you can counter the frequencies of the different words in the bag of words.”

“They found there were 149 very distinct transitions between notes and chords that are present in all Beatles songs,” Devlin said. “And those transitions will be unique to one person or the other person.”

Source: Giphy

In a result, it turned out that John Lennon was the one who wrote the greatest song of that time – “In My Life.”

“When you do the math by counting the little bits that are unique to the people, the probability that McCartney wrote it was .018 — that’s essentially zero,” Devlin said. He added that the finding is “pretty well definitive” and that he’d trust the math over personal recollections, “especially given they collaborated writing it in the ’60s with an incredibly altered mental state due to all the stuff they were ingesting.”


MORE HOT NEWS

 

Like this post? Let us know!
  • CoolAF (0%)
  • Cool (0%)
  • Whatever (0%)
  • Boring (0%)
  • WTF (0%)
Summary
Math Solved Mystery of Century ! See Who Actually Wrote The Beatles Song 'In My Life' - Lennon or McCartney?
Title
Math Solved Mystery of Century ! See Who Actually Wrote The Beatles Song 'In My Life' - Lennon or McCartney?
Description
Who really wrote The Beatles "In My Life," from the 1965 album Rubber Soul? The question has been discussed for 50 years, and now we finally have the answer with the help of...math!
Nexter.org
Nexter.org
Nexter.org
https://nexter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/logo_nexterbg.jpg

More News from Nexter