172 – Wait – Kaz Silver



Original Version recorded June 17 , and 11 November 11 1965

Ukulele version recorded March/ April 2012


Kaz Silver – Vocals

Phil McArthur – Guitar

Mike Leslie – Bass

Billy Ward – Drums

Gary Schreiner – Harmonica

John Benthal – Ukulele

Produced by David Barratt in The Abattoir Time & Space Machine – Florida, Nashville, New Jersey, Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights and The East Village.

Written by Paul McCartney

Credited to Lennon & McCartney

Essay Alex Johnstone


This song was originally recorded for the album “Help” but did not make the final cut. With the Christmas release of “Rubber Soul” looming and the album in need of another track The Beatles chose to release “Wait” instead of recording a new composition – something which makes me think that the band did not particularly like this song. 

The track is another where Lennon and McCartney share the vocal and it was always thought to be a collaborative writing effort between the two, although in the 1997 book, “Many Years from Now”, McCartney recalls it as entirely his – I’m not sure l take his word for it. It is common amongst songwriters to suffer from “Compositional – Alzheimer’s”, whereby each co-writer forgets what the other contributed to a song. This common and as yet untreatable disease is related to “Producer Ego Syndrome”, “Delusional Record Executive Ear Decay” and “Coldplay-Bedwetting-Disorder”

The lyric describe the lies that musicians tell their partners whilst away on tour. This is a common feature of  Lennon-McCartney songs of the period. “When I Get Home” , “The Things We Said Today” and “Wait” all sound like letters from the road to a very naive lover. 

My favorite half truth in the lyric of “Wait” is:

“I’ve been good,

errr… as good as I can be”

Which sounds to me like he hasn’t been very good at all.

The Ukulele version stays true to the soul in “Rubber Soul” and it is of little surprise given that Kaz Silver was brought up on a healthy diet of Northern Soul from an early age.  

The track was recorded at various stages and in many places. Kaz recorded the vocals in Florida with , she then sent the track back to Abattoir Headquarters. It was then sent to John Benthal in New Jersey who added the ukulele part. He then passed it on to Upper Manhattan where Mike Leslie added the bass and promptly sent it on to Billy Ward in Nashville who played the drums. The track then travelled back east to Washington Heights where Gary Schreiner swooped in with the delicious harmonica solo. It was then sent back to Abattoir HQ shoved into a laptop and that is what you hear. 



Kaz silver was born in Manchester U.K into a musical family and has been singing since before she could walk. At 18 she left England for the big apple to join her brother Tony, recording with Mercury and Polygram records.

Kaz’s vocal flexibility has enabled her to flourish in a very full and diverse studio career, whilst also singing on copious T.V and radio commercials. 

Singing a Beatles track for Mr Barratt and the Beatles Complete felt like ‘coming home’ to Kaz and I believe if you listen carefully enough at 2:31”  you can hear the Northern dialect in all it’s glory. 



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