8. “She Said She Said” was originally “He Said He Said.”
Before it became “She Said She Said,” Lennon’s grinding, morbid song went by “He Said He Said,” because, well, he had. The “he” being Peter Fonda, who had thoroughly creeped out Lennon on an acid trip by saying he had experienced the great beyond.
The night in question was August 24th, 1965, with the Beatles having a one-day break on their North American tour and thus enjoying a party with Fonda and the Byrds in Beverly Hills.
Writing for Rolling Stone, Fonda remembered, “It was a thoroughly-tripped out atmosphere because they kept finding girls hiding under tables and so forth: one snuck into the poolroom through a window while an acid-fired Ringo was shooting pool with the wrong end of the cue.”
As a child, Fonda had nearly died of a gunshot wound, which he insisted on showing to the Beatles, distressing George Harrison and prompting Lennon to tell him to shut the hell up. At Kenwood, Lennon taped himself alone on acoustic guitar singing “He said, ‘I know what it’s like to be dead’/I said” over and over. The song would be the last recorded for Revolver.