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Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Magic Christian Music Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Come and Get It” is a song composed by Paul McCartney for the 1969 film The Magic Christian, and made popular by the group Badfinger.

McCartney recorded a solo demo of the song on 24 July 1969, when he arrived early for an Abbey Road session. He sang the double-tracked lead vocal and played all the instruments: he sang and played piano on the first take, sang again and played maracas on the first overdub, drums came third and bass guitar was added last. It took less than an hour to finish. The demo appears on various bootlegs. Though McCartney was the only Beatle performing on the record, it was officially released in 1996 on The Beatles Anthology 3 and issued under the Beatles’ name.

On 2 August 1969, McCartney presented his demo to Apple band Badfinger (then called The Iveys) telling them, “Okay, it’s got to be exactly like this demo.” His “carrot” for the band was his offer to produce this song and two other Iveys originals for the movie The Magic Christian, since he had a contract to supply three songs for it. The band followed his instructions.

McCartney auditioned each of the four Iveys to sing lead on “Come and Get It”. Ultimately, he picked fellow Liverpudlian Tom Evans over the three Welshmen, Pete Ham, Ron Griffiths, and Mike Gibbins.

The single was released on Apple Records on 5 December 1969 in the UK, but not until 12 January 1970 in the US. “Come and Get It” was a hit single for the band, peaking at number 7 in the United States, and number 4 in the United Kingdom. It was the opening theme for the film The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr (it was also repeated during the movie’s closing credits, with an additional string arrangement added). The biggest differences between the two versions are a slower tempo on McCartney’s original and the use of three-part harmonies in Badfinger’s version.

The UK picture sleeve for the single shows all four members of Badfinger that appear on the song, although bassist Ron Griffiths left the band before the single was released.

In 1978 a reformed version of Badfinger re-recorded “Come and Get It” for K-Tel Records, with Evans again singing lead. This served to provide a demo recording to give to Elektra, and resulted in the Airwaves album in 1979.

Paul performs it live during his On The Run tour in 2011.

Last updated on January 26, 2014

Lyrics

If you want it, here it is, come and get it
Make your mind up fast
If you want it, anytime, I can give it
But you better hurry 'cause it may not last

Did I hear you say
That there must be a catch?
Will you walk away
From a fool and his money?

If you want it, here it is, come and get it
But you better hurry 'cause it's goin' fast

If you want it, here it is, come and get it
Make your mind up fast
If you want it, anytime, I can give it
But you better hurry 'cause it may not last

Did I hear you say
That there must be a catch?
Will you walk away
From a fool and his money?

Sonny, if you want it, here it is, come and get it
But you'd better hurry 'cause it's going fast
You'd better hurry 'cause it's going fast
Fool and his money, Sonny

If you want it, here it is, come and get it
But you'd better hurry 'cause it's goin' fast
You'd better hurry 'cause it's goin' fast
You'd better hurry 'cause it's goin' fast

Officially appears on


Magic Christian Music

Official album • Released in 1970

2:21 • Studio version


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

2:30 • DemoB • Stereo • Ahead of the Beatles' latest session for Abbey Road, Paul McCartney arrived at EMI early this July afternoon and assembled a solo demo of a new composition, Come And Get It, that he was offering exclusively to be Apple label group the Iveys. First he sang and played the piano, then he double-tracked his vocal and shook maracas, then added drums and, finally, overlaid bass guitar. The process took less than an hour, and nine days later Paul produced the Iveys' version, almost identical to his, which - released after they changed their name to Badfinger - became a Top Five single and the main theme for the Peter Sellers/Ringo Starr movie The Magic Christian.

George Martin:
Producer
Phil McDonald:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Hollywood Vampires

Official album • Released in 2015

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Background vocals, Drums
Alice Cooper:
Background vocals, Vocals
Joe Perry:
Guitars
Johnny Depp:
Background vocals, Guitars
Bob Ezrin:
Background vocals

Session Recording:
Circa 2014

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 1

Unofficial album

2:27 • Demo • 7/24/69

Recording:
Jul 24, 1969




Abbey Road Sessions

Unofficial album

2:29 • Outtake • Come and Get It Take 1 Monitor Mix Mono


Abbey Road Sessions

Unofficial album

2:28 • Outtake • Come and Get it Take 1 1234 Mix Fake Stereo


Live performances

“Come And Get It” has been played in 10 concerts and 3 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Come And Get It” has been played






Stockholm • The Globen

Dec 10, 2011 • Part of On The Run Tour



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