One of Paul McCartney’s great ballads with The Beatles, “For No One” is a simply beautiful song, full of idiosyncratic McCartney touches, yet undeniably inspired. Usually assumed to have been written about Jane Asher, “For No One” contains a beautifully poised vocal – “Your day breaks/Your mind aches/You find that all her words of kindness linger on/when she no longer needs you”. This is a mature, confident lyric from McCartney, but it doesn’t compare to the melody, which is one of the most inspired of the singer’s whole career. The descending bass line is also a treat, creating a pivot for the rather advanced harmonies. The French Horn solo, in which McCartney pushed the soloist beyond the instrument’s natural range is similarly inspired. Simply one of the most delicate and fine ballads of the Beatles entire canon.