AskDefine | Define something

Dictionary Definition

something n : a thing of some kind; "is there something you want?"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Compound of some + thing.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈsʌm.θɪŋ/, /"sVm.TIN/
  • Hyphenation: some·thing

Pronoun

  1. an unspecified object
    I must have forgotten to pack something, but I can't think of what.
  2. an event that breaks up a period of calm
    Isn't something meant to happen?
  3. someone or something that has a quality to a moderate degree
    The performance was something of a disappointment.
  4. a talent that is hard to pin down
    You've got something.
  5. somebody or something who is in some way
    You're really something!

Abbreviations

  • (especially in dictionaries): sth

Derived terms

Translations

unspecified object
  • Arabic:
  • Bosnian: nešto
  • Chinese: 某事 (mǒu shì)
  • Croatian: nešto
  • Czech: něco
  • Danish: noget
  • Dutch: iets
  • Finnish: jokin, jokin
  • French: quelque chose
  • German: etwas
  • Greek: κάτι (kati)
  • Hebrew:
  • Hindi: कुछ (kuchh)
  • Hungarian: valami
  • Icelandic: eitthvað
  • Italian: qualcosa
  • Japanese: 何か
  • Korean: 무언가 (mu-eon-ga)
  • Malay: sesuatu
  • Old English: sum
  • Portuguese: algo, alguma coisa
  • Russian: что-то
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: нешто
    Roman: nešto
  • Slovene: nekaj
  • Spanish: algo, alguna cosa
  • Swedish: något, någonting
  • Urdu: (kuchh)
event that breaks up a period of calm
  • Bosnian: nešto
  • Croatian: nešto
  • Czech: něco
  • Dutch: iets
  • Finnish: jokin
  • French: quelque chose
  • Greek: κάτι (kati)
  • Hebrew:
  • Hindi: कुछ (kuchh)
  • Japanese: 何か
  • Portuguese: algo, alguma coisa
  • Russian: нечто
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: нешто
    Roman: nešto
  • Slovene: kaj
  • Swedish: något, någonting
  • Urdu: (kuchh)
somebody with a quality to a moderate degree
talent that is hard to pin down
somebody who is superlative in some way
  • Bosnian: nešto
  • Croatian: nešto
  • Finnish: jokin
  • Hebrew:
  • Japanese: 最高
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: нешто
    Roman: nešto
  • Swedish: något

Related terms

Adverb

  1. somewhat; to a degree
    the baby looks something like his father.

Verb

  1. Applied to an action whose name is forgotten by, unknown or unimportant to the user, e.g. from words of a song.

Noun

  1. an important person; a somebody
    He looks a something behind that big desk.
  2. An object whose nature is yet to be defined.
  3. An object whose name is forgotten by, unknown or unimportant to the user, e.g., from words of a song. Also used to refer to an object earlier indefinitely referred to as 'something' (pronoun sense).

Extensive Definition

"Something" is a single released by The Beatles in 1969, and featured on the album Abbey Road. "Something" was the first song written by George Harrison to appear on the A-side of a Beatles single, sharing top billing on the double A-side single with "Come Together" in the United Kingdom. It was one of the first Beatles singles to contain tracks already available on a long playing (LP) album, with both "Something" and "Come Together" having appeared on Abbey Road. "Something" was the only Harrison composition to top the American charts while he was a Beatle.
Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney — the two principal songwriting members of the band — both praised "Something" as among the best songs Harrison had written, the recording of the song was marked by acrimonious spats. Despite this, the single managed to top the Billboard charts in the United States, and also entered the top 10 in the United Kingdom. After the breakup of The Beatles, the song was covered by many artists including Elvis Presley, Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Julio Iglesias, Smokey Robinson, Joe Cocker becoming the second-most covered Beatles song after "Yesterday."

Writing and recording

During the 1968 recording sessions for The Beatles (also referred to as the White Album), Harrison began working on a song that eventually became known as "Something." Initially based on the James Taylor song "Something In The Way She Moves," the song's first lyrics ("Something in the way she moves/Attracts me like no other lover.") were used as filler while the melody was being developed. Indeed, Harrison's song is occasionally mistakenly referred to as "Something In the Way She Moves."
Harrison later said that "I had a break while Paul was doing some overdubbing so I went into an empty studio and began to write. That's really all there is to it, except the middle took some time to sort out. It didn't go on the White Album because we'd already finished all the tracks." A demo recording of the song by Harrison from this period appears on the Beatles Anthology 3 collection, released in 1996.
Many believe that Harrison's inspiration for "Something" was his wife at the time, Pattie Boyd. Boyd confirmed that inspiration in her 2007 autobiography, "Wonderful Tonight" where she wrote: "He told me, in a matter-of-fact way, that he had written it for me." .
Harrison has cited other sources of inspiration. In a 1996 interview he responded to the question of whether the song was about Pattie: "Well no, I didn't (write it about her). I just wrote it, and then somebody put together a video. And what they did was they went out and got some footage of me and Pattie, Paul and Linda, Ringo and Maureen, it was at that time, and John and Yoko and they just made up a little video to go with it. So then, everybody presumed I wrote it about Pattie, but actually, when I wrote it, I was thinking of Ray Charles."
The original intention had been for Harrison to offer the song to Jackie Lomax, as had been done with the previous Harrison composition, "Sour Milk Sea". When this fell through, the song was given to Joe Cocker (who had previously covered The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends"); his version came out two months before that of The Beatles. During the Get Back recording sessions for what eventually became Let It Be, Harrison considered using "Something", but eventually decided against it due to his fear that insufficient care would be taken in its recording; his earlier suggestion of "Old Brown Shoe" had not gone down well with the band. It was only during the recording sessions for Abbey Road that The Beatles began seriously working on "Something."
The original draft that the Beatles used lasted eight minutes, with John Lennon on the piano towards the end (This was recorded later as Lennon was not present during the first few sessions.) The middle also contained a small counter-melody section in the draft. Both the counter-melody and Lennon's piano piece were cut from the final version. Still, Lennon's piano was not erased totally. Some bits can be heard in the middle eight, in particular the line played downwards the C major scale, i.e. the connection passage to George's guitar solo. The erased parts of Lennon's piano section later became the basis for Lennon's song "Remember." Although The Beatles had initially attempted an edgier acoustic version of the song, this was dropped along with the counter-melody. A demo of the acoustic version with the counter-melody included was later released as part of Anthology 3. On the final release, the counter-melody was replaced by an instrumental break, and the song was given a softer tone with the introduction of a string arrangement by George Martin, The Beatles' producer.
The theme of the song is the singer's affection for his beloved, and his uncertainty about the direction of the relationship. One reviewer described it as "an unabashedly straightforward and sentimental love song" at a time "when most of The Beatles' songs were dealing with non-romantic topics or presenting cryptic and allusive lyrics even when they were writing about love". A few days later on 6 October, "Something" was released as a single in the United States, becoming the first Harrison composition to receive top billing on a Beatles single.
Although it began charting a week after its release on 18 October, doubts began to arise over the possibility of "Something" topping the American charts. It was the prevailing practice at the time to count sales and airplay of the A- and B-sides separately, which allowed for separate chart positions. With "Come Together" rivaling "Something" in popularity, it was hardly certain that either side of the single would reach number one. However, on 29 November, Billboard started factoring the combined performance of both A- and B-sides into their calculations, as one single. The result was that "Come Together/Something" topped the American charts for a week, before eventually falling out of the charts about two months later (on the concurrent Cash Box singles chart, which continued to measure the performance on both sides of a single separately, "Something" peaked at number two while "Come Together" spent three weeks at number one). The single was certified Gold just three weeks after its initial release, but was not heard of again in terms of sales until 1999, when it was declared Platinum. "Something" first entered the chart on 8 November, eventually peaking at number four, before falling out of the charts three months after its initial release. In the UK Shirley Bassey's version also reached #4.
Although Harrison himself had been dismissive of the song—he later said that he "put it on ice for about six months because I thought 'that's too easy'"—Lennon and McCartney both stated that they held "Something" in high regard. Lennon said "I think that's about the best track on the album, actually", while McCartney said "For me I think it's the best he's written." Both had largely ignored Harrison's compositions prior to "Something", with their own songs taking much of the limelight. Lennon later explained:

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