The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Getting Better”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Getting Better.” “Getting Better ” is the 4th song on side 1 of The Beatles “Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album. One afternoon Paul McCartney was walking around Primrose Hill with his dog Martha and author Hunter Davies. It was the first nice day in the spring and Paul remarked “It’s getting better.” Paul also remembered when Ringo was out for a while on tour in 1964 and Jimmy Nicol replaced him, after the concerts they would ask him how he was doing and Nicol would always reply ‘It’s getting better.”  After getting back from the walk Paul was singing the phrase over and over and working on it with his guitar. Later that evening John Lennon stopped by and they started working on the song. This is a great example of John and Paul working together on a song. You get Paul’s optimism and John’s more negative view “Couldn’t get much worse” and John also wrote in the song about his aggressive tendencies leaning towards violence. John Lennon: backing vocal and lead guitar/ Paul McCartney: double-tracked vocal and bass guitar/ George Harrison: backing vocal, lead guitar and tambura/ Ringo Starr: drums and congas/ George Martin: piano. The song was recorded on March 9th, 10th, 21st and 23rd, 1967 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin.

Rating “Getting Better” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ****

  • The song was never released as a single.
  • Rolling Stone Magazine did not rank “Getting Better” in their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs”list. Spignesi and Lewis ranked it #35 on their “100 Best Beatles Songs’ list.
  • Length of song 2:47.

Getting Better {Lennon-McCartney}

It’s getting better all the time
I used to get mad at my school (No I can’t complain)
The teachers who taught me weren’t cool (No I can’t complain)
You’re holding me down (Oh), turning me round (Oh)
Filling me up with your rules (Foolish rules)
I’ve got to admit it’s getting better (Better)
A little better all the time (It can’t get more worse)
I have to admit it’s getting better (Better)
It’s getting better since you’ve been mine
Me used to be angry young man
Me hiding me head in the sand
You gave me the word,
I finally heard I’m doing the best that I can
I’ve got to admit it’s getting better (Better)
A little better all the time (It can’t get more worse)
I have to admit it’s getting better (Better)
It’s getting better since you’ve been mine
Getting so much better all the time
It’s getting better all the time
Better, better, better It’s getting better all the time Better, better, better
I used to be cruel to my woman I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved
Man I was mean but I’m changing my scene
And I’m doing the best that I can (Ooh)
I admit it’s getting better (Better)
A little better all the time (It can’t get more worse)
Yes I admit it’s getting better (Better)
It’s getting better since you’ve been mine
Getting so much better all the time It’s getting better all the time
Better, better, better It’s getting better all the time
Better, better, better Getting so much better all the time

 

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