The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Matchbox”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Matchbox.” “Matchbox” appears on The Beatles EP “Long Tall Sally.” “Matchbox” is a cover of a Carl Perkins song. The song was written and recorded by Carl Perkins. Perkins original was released in 1957 and wasn’t a hit.  John Lennon: rhythm guitar/ Paul McCartney: bass guitar/ George Harrison: lead guitar/ Ringo Starr: double-tracked vocal and drums/ George Martin: piano. The song was recorded on June 1st, 1964 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin. This was a song that The Beatles had covered in concerts over their early years. Pete Best had sang it when he was the drummer. John sang it in concert for a while. When it came to recording it they handed it over to Ringo. The Beatles loved Carl Perkins. They would play a dozen of his songs during the early years. When they recorded “Matchbox”, Carl Perkins was touring England and they asked him to the recording session. The highlight of the song is George Harrison’s guitar playing. George was the biggest Carl Perkins fan in the group.

Rating “Matchbox” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars **1/2

  • The Beatles released “Matchbox” as a single in August 1964 and reached as high as #17 on the charts.
  • length of song 1:37.
  • Neither Rolling Stone Magazine’s “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs” or Spignesi and Lewis’ “100 Best Beatles Songs” list “Matchbox” on their lists since it was a cover song.

“Matchbox”  {Carl Perkins}

I said I’m sitting here watching Matchbox hole in my clothes
I said I’m sitting here wondering Matchbox hole in my clothes
I ain’t got no matches but I sure
Got a long way to go
I’m an ole poor boy, and I’m a Long way from home
I’m an ole poor boy, and I’m a Long way from home
I’ll never be happy cause everything
I’ve Ever did was wrong
Well, if you don’t want my peaches honey
Please don’t shake my tree
Well, if you don’t want my peaches honey
Please don’t mess around my tree
I got news for you baby
Leave me here in misery
Well, let me be your little dog
Till your big dog comes
Well, let me be your little dog
Till your big dog comes
And when your big dog gets here
Watch how your puppy dog runs
I said I’m sitting here watching Matchbox hole in my clothes
I said I’m sitting here watching Matchbox hole in my clothes
I ain’t got no matches but I sure
Got a long way to go
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