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From the album Yesterday ... and Today, Yesterday was a #1 Pop hit for The Beatles in 1965.

John Lennon & Paul McCartney

J's Journal:
This song is based on the biblical admonition "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts," which first appears in Psalms 95:8 and then reappears three times in Hebrews chapters 3 and 4. When I was growing up, there used to be a commercial for Total cereal that said "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." Unfortunately, today may also be the last day of the rest of your life. When I was in college, I used to run into born-again Christians who would say, "If you were to die tonight, do you know for sure if you'd go to Heaven?" I was polite to them, but inside I'd be thinking they were pretty arrogant to ask such a question. How did they know that THEY were going to Heaven? I didn't realize that the Bible says you can know. As the Apostle John says in 1 John 5:13, "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. I wrote this song way back in late 1995 for an all-Beatles project we were planning to do. We included a live version on a homemade cassette called "Anthropology (Anthology of Apologies)," but other than that, it sat in the vaults for the next 10 years. But I felt it was a very moving song, so when Karl and I were picking songs for "Apol-acoustiX," I re-sang it for him, and he agreed with me that it was time to release it to a widescale audience. It became a popular song for us to play after the salvation message at our concerts, and a live version is included on "Hits: The Road" as well. If I recall correctly, the lyrics to this song came to me very quickly and required very little polishing. In fact, lyrics to the version on "Apol-acoustiX" are virtually identical to the one on "Anthropology."
Genre: Oldies
Length: 2:03

Yes Today
Parody of "Yesterday" by The Beatles
(Psalm 95:7-8; Hebrews 3:7-8, 3:15, 4:7)

If today you should hear His voice don't turn away
Now's the time that you should kneel and pray
And finally say yes today
Suddenly you might have to spend eternity
In a place you never want to be
Say yes today and just believe
Christ He died for all -- there's no soul He wouldn't save
There's just one thing you have to do say yes today
"Yes" today seems like such an easy thing to say
All you need is faith, so why delay?
Say, "I believe," and "yes" today
Why you might say no, I don't know ... I couldn't say
I'd say something's wrong if you don't say "Yes" today
Yes, today might just be your final chance to pray
All you need is faith, so why delay?
Say, "I believe," and "yes" today

Hebrews 3:15
As has just been said: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in
the rebellion."

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