THE BEATLES SONG OF THE DAY–WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “With A Little Help From My Friends.” John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote this song at Paul’s house on March 29th,1967. What is odd about this is Beatles biographer Hunter Davies watched them as they worked on the song. This was a song they wrote with Ringo in mind and it would turn out along with “Yellow Submarine” to be one of the two most famous Beatles songs that were sung by Ringo Starr. After an afternoon of working on the song John and Paul were ready to present it to Ringo during the recording session in the studio.  It took ten takes in the recording studio to get the song down. Originally the song was known as “Bad Finger Boogie” because John had an injuried finger at the time. Later the word Badfinger would be used for a band that The Beatles  Apple Records would sign and record. When Richie Havens played the song in concert in 1968 he introduced it as ” I’d like to sing my favourite song in the whole universe.” John Lennon: backing vocal and cowbell/ Paul McCartney: backing vocal, piano and bass guitar/ George Harrison: lead guitar/ Ringo Starr: vocal, drums and tambourine/ George Martin: Hammond organ. The song was recorded on March 29th and 30th,1967 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin.
Rating “With A Little Help From My Friends’ on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ***** a classic.
Joe Cocker had a #1 hit in the United Kingdom with his famous cover of the song. Maybe the best cover of a Beatles song by anyone.
The Beatles never released this song as a single. No song on “Sgt.Pepper” was released as a single.
Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “With A Little Help From My Friends at # 61   in their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs’ list. Spignesi and Lewis ranked it at #48 on their “100 Best Beatles Songs” list.
Length of song 2:44.
Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “With A Little Help From My Friends” at #311 on their “500 Greatest Songs Of All-Time” list.
With A Little Help From My Friends {Lennon-McCartney}
Billy Shears
What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
And I’ll try not to sing out of key
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm going to try with a little help from my friends
What do I do when my love is away? (Does it worry you to be alone?)
How do I feel by the end of the day? (Are you sad because you’re on your own?)
No I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm going to try with a little help from my friends
(Do you need anybody?) I need somebody to love
(Could it be anybody?) I want somebody to love
(Would you believe in a love at first sight?)
Yes I’m certain that it happens all the time
(What do you see when you turn out the light?)
I can’t tell you, but I know it’s mine
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Oh I’m going to try with a little help from my friends
(Do you need anybody?) I just need somebody to love
(Could it be anybody?) I want somebody to love
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm going to try with a little help from my friends
Oh I get high with a little help from my friends
Yes I get by with a little help from my friends
With a little help from my friends

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7 responses to “THE BEATLES SONG OF THE DAY–WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

  1. I have been listening to SGT. PEPPER all my life but I never knew that the album never had a single – I do have an old 45 of Lady madonna that is supposedly a collectors item because of the B-side — THE INNER LIGHT that was not released on an album at the time– other than that I don’t know much about BEATLES 45 singles — I wasn’t born til 1967 so I really didn’t get into them until around 1980 – actually remember discovering a lot of their songs for the first time on a mixed tape that I listened to in the summer of ’80 – just a few months before Lennon died. Strange how you remember these things.

  2. While the original Beatles version is a decent song, Cocker’s take is an absolute killer, in my opinion and my favorite remake of all time. I just find it amazing how he took the song and completely made it his own.

    Cocker was the master of the cover. I also like his versions of “I’ll Cry Instead” and “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” but they don’t reach “With A Little Help From My Friends.”

    • When I think of great covers that would be one that comes to the top of my head pretty early- I will go with Hendrix- All Along The Watchtower as my #1 but Cocker and “Friends” is right up there.

    • Agree, Hendrix is a great one as well. Two others that come to mind are “Proud Mary” by Ike & Tina Tuner and “Love Hurts” by Nazareth.

      You might perhaps be a bit surprised I mentioned the latter. But I really feel Nazareth took this relatively tame Everly Brothers tune and turned it into a power rock ballad.

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