"Only a Northern Song" is a song that appears in Yellow Submarine. It was written by George Harriso. It was recorded on February 13 and 14, 1967 and then on April 20 that same year. Though it was recorded during the Sgt. Pepper sessions, it wasn't released until January 17, 1969 in the UK and January 13, 1969 in the US.


At the time, The Beatles had their songs published by Northern Songs Ltd., who paid the Lennon/McCartney pair more for songs published by the whole group than Harrison, even if he was the writer of the song. The lyrics "It doesn't really matter what chords I play/What words I say or time of day it is/As it's only a Northern Song" come from this.


Two four-track tape machines were used. The first consisted of bass, trumptewith glockenspiel, drums, and organ. The second included effects, piano, vocal, and double-tracked vocal. However, getting both tracks to play at the same time proved to be too complicated, and so only a mono mix was created. This ment that a fake stereo had to be produced for Yellow Submarine. It wasn't until the release of Yellow Submarine Songtrack that "Only a Northern Song" appeared in true stereo.