The Beatles Song Of The Day:”I Feel Fine”

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The Beatles Song Of The Day is “I Feel Fine.” “I Feel Fine” was released as a single in the United Kingdom on November 27th, 1964 and in the United States on November 23rd, 1964. It can be found now on The Beatles Past Masters Volume I. I view “I Feel Fine” as a turning point. If you have The Beatles recording career divided into three parts- the Early Period/ Middle Period/ Later Beatles, I think “I Feel Fine” is the first song in The Beatles middle period [which is my favourite ] The signs of changes to come were evident in the songs/songwriting of The Beatles third album “A Hard Day’s Night” but to me the change into another period starts with this single. “I Feel Fine” went to #1 in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The b side “She’s A Woman” reached #4 in the United States. In mid-October when The Beatles returned to the studio to record “Eight Day’s A Week”, “I’m A Loser” and “No Reply” were the contenders to be the next Beatle single, then John came in with “I Feel Fine” and that would be the next Beatle single. John Lennon: double-tracked vocal, lead and rhythm guitar/ Paul McCartney: harmony vocal and bass guitar/ George Harrison: harmony vocal and lead/rhythm guitar/ Ringo Starr: drums. The song was recorded at Abbey Road on October 18th,1964. Producer: George Martin. John would say of the song, ” I wrote this at a recording session. It was tied together around the guitar rift that opens it.” John would also always be proud to point out that  this was the first time feedback was used on a record. It’s right at the beginning. The sound was caused when John leaned his guitar against the amp. The buzz was accidental, but The Beatles liked it and decided to go with it. The sound of this song is greater than the lyrics. The song is optimistic, it always puts me in a good mood when I hear it.

Rating “I Feel Fine” on a scale of 1 to 5  ***** a classic.

  • ” I Feel Fine” was part of The Beatles concert repertoire from 1964 until the end in 1966. They also performed it on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 12, 1965.
  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked ” I Feel Fine” at #42 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs’ list. Spignesi and Lewis in their book “The Beatles 100 Best Songs” ranks “I Feel Fine” at #19.
  • Length of song: 2:25.
  • John Lennon said that the riff that is the key to “I Feel Fine” was influenced by a 1961 song “Watch Your Step” by Bobby Parker. Paul McCartney said that the drums on “I Feel Fine” was inspired by the Ray Charles classic “What’d I Say.”

“I Feel Fine”

Baby’s good to me, you know
She’s happy as can be, you know
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine
Baby says she’s mine, you know
She tells me all the time, you know
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine
I’m so glad that she’s my little girl
She’s so glad, she’s telling all the world
That her baby buys her things, you know
He buys her diamond rings, you know
She said so
She’s in love with me and I feel fine, mmm
Baby says she’s mine, you know
She tells me all the time, you know
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine
I’m so glad that she’s my little girl
She’s so glad, she’s telling all the world
That her baby buys her things, you know
He buys her diamond rings, you know
She said so
She’s in love with me and I feel fine
She’s in love with me and I feel fine, mmm, mmm