"How Do You Sleep?" is a song from John Lennon's 1971 album Imagine, which is an attack aimed at his former Beatles' songwriting partner, Paul McCartney. The song features a slide guitar part played by George Harrison.
The song's lyrics refer to the Paul is dead controversy, ("Those freaks was right when they said you was dead"). The song begins with the words, "So Sgt. Pepper took you by surprise", referring to their landmark album. Preceding this first line are ambient sounds evocative of those heard at the beginning of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
The lyrics, "The only thing you done was yesterday/And since you've gone you're just another day" are directed at McCartney, the first lyric being a reference to The Beatles' 1965 song "Yesterday", McCartney's most popular song, and technically the first Beatles' "solo" track, because no other Beatle was involved in the recording. In the "Imagine" film, (with Harrison playing alongside Lennon) an obviously upset Lennon sings, "How do you sleep you cunt?" before he asks the engineer to stop the recording. The second lyric could be considered a reference to McCartney's hit single, "Another Day", released earlier in...