28 juni 2013
Lennon ville overgå "Yesterday"
Men Lennon hadde ikke hatt noe som helst å gjøre med tilblivelsen av "Yesterday", så han ville gjerne komme opp med en ny sang som ville vekke like stor interesse hos publikum, og han håpet "Imagine" ville klare dette.
Smith forteller til Mojo:
"John came to my loft and he was all excited. He said, 'I think I finally wrote a song with as good a melody as Yesterday'. Yesterday drove him crazy. People'd say, 'Thank you for writing Yesterday, a beautiful song...' He was always civil, but it drove him nuts."
Lennon spilte Imagine for Smith der og da, og dybden av hans besettelse om å slå McCartney ble åpenbar for Smith.
Smith fortsetter "He played it through and asked me what I thought. (I said) 'It's beautiful.' (He said) 'But is it as good as Yesterday?' (I said) 'They're impossible to compare.' So he played it again. And again. And he said, 'You'll see, it's just as good as Yesterday.'"