The Beatles Song Of The Day “There’s A Place”

The Beatles Song of the Day is “There’s A Place” which is on their debut album “Please Please Me.” It is the next to last song on side 2 of the album. John Lennon: rhythm guitar, harmonica and  vocal/ Paul McCartney: bass guitar and vocal/ George Harrison: lead guitar and backing vocal/ Ringo Starr: drums. “There’s A Place” was written entirely by John Lennon. It was recorded at Abbey Road during the marathon of recording done on February 11th,1963. Producer: George Martin. I would rate “There’s A Place” as the 4th best Beatles original song on “Please Please Me” behind “Please Please Me”, “I Saw Her Standing There”. and “Love Me Do.” I’ve always thought of it as being a twin to The Beach Boys “In My Room” which also came out in 1963. Both are great songs but I have always prefered “There’s A Place.” The Beach Boys went to their room, where The Beatles went when ” I feel low and I feel blue” went to their mind. To me The Beatles approach is more sophisticated “There’s A Place” is an urgent, hard driving song that while a short song [under 2 minutes} doesn’t waste a second. A great example of the early Beatles songwriting potential.

Rating “There’s A Place”  1 to 5 stars ****

  • “There’s A Place” does not make “Rolling Stones The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs” or Spignesi and Lewis’ “100 Best Beatles Songs” lists.
  • There’s A Place” clocks in at 1:50.
  • John said this was an attempt at writing a Motown, black kind of thing. He had the Isley Brothers in mind.
  • “There’s A Place” was a B-Side to “Twist And Shout” It reached #74 on the American Top 100. “Twist And Shout” went to #2.
  • Paul has claimed that the original idea for the song came from him, that the title came from the West Side Story song “There’s A Place For Us.” John wrote the song as Paul’s families house.

“There’s A Place” {Lennon-McCartney}

There is a place
Where I can go
When I feel low
When I feel blue
And it’s my mind And there’s no time when I’m alone
I think of you
And things you do
Go ’round my head
The things you said Like “I love only you”
In my mind there’s no sorrow
Don’t you know that it’s so
There’ll be no sad tomorrow Don’t you know that it’s so
There is a place
Where I can go When I feel low
When I feel blue
And it’s my mind
And there’s no time when I’m alone
There’s a place…
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