The Beatles Song Of The Day: “I’m A Loser”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “I’m A Loser.” “I’m A Loser” is the second song on The Beatles “Beatles For Sale” album. John Lennon wrote the song. John would later say “That’s me in my Dylan period. Part of me suspects I’m a loser and part of me thinks I’m God almighty.” Jackie DeShannon who was touring with The Beatles in the summer of 1964 recalls John writing this song on a plane during the tour. They considered releasing “I’m A Loser” as a single until John wrote “I Feel Fine.” John considered it one of his best early songs, an honest song. The Beatles would play this at concerts in 1964 and 1965.  John Lennon: vocal, rhythm guitar and harmonica/ Paul McCartney: harmony vocal and bass guitar/ George Harrison: lead guitar/ Ringo Starr: drums and tambourine. The song was recorded August 14th,1964 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin. Dylan was clearly a big influence on Lennon during this period and in this song. George Harrison first discovered Dylan and urged Lennon to listen. “I’m A Loser” is one of my favourite Beatles songs.

Rating “I’m A Loser” on a scale of 1 to 5 ***** a classic.

  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “I’m A Loser” at #71 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs’ list. Spignesi and Lewis in their book “100 Best Beatles Songs has it ranked at #66.
  • Length of song: 2:31.
  • Paul would later say that looking back he thinks “I’m A Loser” and “Nowhere Man” were John’s cries for help.

“I’m A Loser” {Lennon-McCartney}

I’m a loser I’m a loser
And I’m not what I appear to be
Of all the love I have won or have lost
There is one love I should never have crossed
She was a girl in a million, my friend
I should have known she would win in the end
I’m a loser
And I lost someone who’s near to me
I’m a loser
And I’m not what I appear to be
Although I laugh and I act like a clown
Beneath this mask I am wearing a frown
My tears are falling like rain from the sky
Is it for her or myself that I cry
I’m a loser
And I lost someone who’s near to me
I’m a loser And I’m not what I appear to be
What have I done to deserve such a fate
I realize I have left it too late
And so it’s true, pride comes before a fall
I’m telling you so that you won’t lose all
I’m a loser And I lost someone who’s near to me
I’m a loser And I’m not what I appear to be