All I've Got To Do

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the With the Beatles (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1963
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

All I’ve Got to Do” is a song written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and performed by the Beatles on their second UK album, With the Beatles. In the United States, “All I’ve Got to Do” originally appeared on Meet the Beatles!. According to Dennis Alstrand, this song is the first time in rock and roll or rock music where the bass player plays chords as a vital part of the song.

Inspiration

Lennon said he was “trying to do Smokey Robinson again,” and Ian MacDonald compared it to “You Can Depend on Me” by the Miracles, both musically and lyrically. Richie Unterberger of Allmusic said it sounds like Robinson but also Arthur Alexander. Beatles biographer Bob Spitz said the song is “restlessly dark and moody“, and compared it to the Shirelles’ “Baby It’s You” (a song the Beatles previously covered) and early Drifters recordings.

It was one of three songs Lennon was the principal writer for on With the Beatles, with “It Won’t Be Long” and “Not a Second Time“. Lennon said that it was written specifically for the American market; the idea of calling a girl on the telephone was unthinkable to a British youth in the early 1960s. For instance, Lennon said in an interview regarding “No Reply“: “I had the image of walking down the street and seeing her silhouetted in the window and not answering the ‘phone, although I have never called a girl on the ‘phone in my life! Because ‘phones weren’t part of the English child’s life.

Recording

The band recorded the song in a single recording session on 11 September 1963 in 14 takes with one overdub, take 15. The master take was take 15. It was mixed for mono on 30 September and for stereo on 29 October.

Although music journalist Steve Turner claims the song was written in 1961, MacDonald said the song was never in the Beatles’ live repertoire, and that explains why 8 of the 14 takes were incomplete: the band was unfamiliar with the song.

Release

In the UK, “All I’ve Got to Do” was released on With the Beatles which also includes the Beatles’ cover of “You Really Got a Hold on Me” by the Miracles, the most direct connection between the album and Robinson’s music. In the US, Capitol Records pulled “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” off Meet the Beatles!, releasing it later on The Beatles’ Second Album.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 30 Sep 1963.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1206 With the Beatles 1963.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46436 2 With the Beatles 1987.
  • [b] stereo 29 Oct 1963.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3045 With the Beatles 1963.
  • [b1] stereo remixed from [b] 1963, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol ST 2047 Meet the Beatles 1964.
  • [b2] mono made from [b] 1963, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol T 2047 Meet the Beatles 1964.

Lyrics

Whenever I want you around, yeah.
All I gotta do,
Is call you on the phone,
And you'll come running home,
Yeah, that's all I gotta do.

And when I, I wanna kiss you, yeah.
All I gotta do,
Is whisper in your ear
The words you long to hear,
And I'll be kissin' you.

And the same goes for me,
Whenever you want me at all.
I'll be here, yes I will, whenever you call.
You just gotta call on me, yeah,
You just gotta call on me.

And when I, I wanna kiss you, yeah.
All I gotta do,
Is call you on the phone,
And you'll come running home,
Yeah, that's all I gotta do.

And the same goes for me,
Whenever you want me at all.
I'll be here, yes I will, whenever you call.
You just gotta call on me, yeah,
You just gotta call on me.

Officially appears on


With the Beatles (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1963

2:03 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 30, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


With the Beatles (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1963

2:03 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 30, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Meet the Beatles! (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:05 • Studio versionB2 • Mono made from [B] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 30, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Meet the Beatles! (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:04 • Studio versionB1 • Stereo remixed from [B] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 30, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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