“I Saw Her Standing There”
Paul conceived this song in July 1962 while returning from a concert in Southport while thinking of his girlfriend, at that time, seventeen-year-old Iris Caldwell. Iris was the sister of Rory Storm, member of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes whose drummer was a young man named Ringo Starr.
“I wrote it with John in the front parlor of my house in 20 Forthlin Road, Allerton. We sagged off school and wrote it on guitars and a little bit on the piano that I had there." - Paul McCartney
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn
“We were learning our skill. John would like some of my lines and not others. He liked most of what I did, but there would sometimes be a cringe line, such as, 'She was just seventeen, she'd never been a beauty queen.' John thought, 'Beauty queen? Ugh.' We were thinking of Butlins so we asked ourselves, what should it be? We came up with, 'You know what I mean.' Which was good, because you don't know what I mean." - Paul McCartney