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Why The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ Quotes ‘She Loves You’

The Beatles‘ “All You Need Is Love” reuses the chorus of “She Loves You.” Paul McCartney revealed this was his idea. In addition, “All You Need Is Love” quotes from the famous English folk song “Greensleeves.”

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Paul McCartney inserted part of The Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’ into ‘All You Need Is Love’

In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, Paul said “All You Need Is Love” because he decided it should. “‘All You Need Is Love’ was John’s song,” he said. “I threw in a few ideas, as did the other members of the group, but it was largely ad-libs like singing ‘She Loves You’ or ‘Greensleeves’ or silly little things at the end and we made those up on the spot.” For context, you can hear a snippet of “Greensleeves” in the song starting at three minutes and 13 seconds in. Paul sings the chorus of “She Loves You” around three minutes and 22 seconds in.

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