The Paul McCartney Project

Come And Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Come And Get It / Rock Of All Ages 7" Single.
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. The song was performed by Badfinger, produced by McCartney and issued as a single 5 December 1969 in the UK, and 12 January 1970 in the US, on the Beatles’ Apple label. It was the band’s first release under the Badfinger name (having previously recorded as The Iveys) and was their international breakthrough, hitting the top 10 in both the UK and US charts.

The Beatles (Paul McCartney) version

Paul McCartney recorded a solo demo of the song on 24 July 1969, after arriving early for a Beatles recording session for their Abbey Road album. Singing the double-tracked lead vocal and playing all the instruments, he laid down the vocals and piano on the first take, sang again and played maracas on the first overdub, then added drums, and finally put in the bass guitar track. It took less than an hour to finish. The biggest differences between the McCartney and Badfinger versions are a slower tempo and slightly higher key on the demo, and the use of three-part harmonies on the Badfinger single. Though McCartney was the only Beatle performing on the track, it was officially released as a Beatles song on the 1996 Anthology 3 compilation album and the 2019 Abbey Road re-release, having already appeared on various bootlegs. In his book Revolution in the Head, Ian MacDonald described it as “by far the best unreleased Beatles recording”.

Badfinger version

On 2 August 1969, McCartney produced the studio version at EMI (Abbey Road) Studios by the 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 Tom Evans over the other three band members, 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 UK picture sleeve for the single shows a kaleidoscopic montage of 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 re-formed 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 Records, and resulted in the Airwaves album in 1979.

Other versions

[…] Paul McCartney performed the song live for the first time in Bologna, Italy on 26 November 2011. […] Most recently, Paul McCartney shared lead vocals with Alice Cooper in the cover of the song by supergroup Hollywood Vampires, which appears on their debut album Hollywood Vampires, released 11 September 2015. In addition to Cooper, and McCartney on lead vocals, piano and bass, the band features guitarist Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr.

I said, “You should copy this faithfully”. They said, “But we’d like to change it a little bit.” I said, “No, it’s absolutely the right arrangement. Please don’t change this. I can guarantee it’s a hit.

Paul McCartney, about the recording of “Come And Get It”, with Badfinger – quoted from “Abbey Road 2019” liner notes.

I’d written the song Come And Get It and I’d made a fairly decent demo. Because I lived locally, I could get in half an hour before a Beatles session at Abbey Road – knowing it would be empty and all the stuff would be set up – and I’d use Ringo’s equipment to put a drum track down, put some piano down, quickly put some bass down, do the vocal, and double-track it. I said to Badfinger, ‘OK, it’s got to be exactly like this demo,’ because it had a great feeling on it. They actually wanted to put their own variations on, but I said, ‘No, this really is the right way.’ They listened to me – I was producing, after all – and they were good. The song was a hit in 1970.

Paul McCartney, Anthology

Paul said, “I’ve got a lot on my plate at the minute. It’s yours if you do what I say. If you accept this as your next single, you can write the other two tracks they need for Ringo’s film”. It was too good an offer to refuse. […] That session went on forever. Around 30 takes, I think. Peter Ham, Tommy Evans and myself all had a shot at singing it. Tommy got the gig

Ron Griffiths, from Badfinger , about the recording of “Come And Get It” – quoted from “Abbey Road 2019” liner notes.

Last updated on October 12, 2019

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


Come And Get It / Rock Of All Ages

7" Single • Released in 1969

2:21 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Producer, Tambourine
Tony Clark:
Engineer
Pete Ham:
Backing vocals, Piano
Tom Evans:
Lead vocals, Maracas
Mike Gibbins:
Drums
Ron Griffiths:
Backing vocals, Bass

Session Recording:
Aug 02, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Magic Christian Music

Official album • Released in 1970

2:21 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Producer, Tambourine
Tony Clark:
Engineer
Pete Ham:
Backing vocals, Piano
Tom Evans:
Lead vocals, Maracas
Mike Gibbins:
Drums
Ron Griffiths:
Backing vocals, Bass

Session Recording:
Aug 02, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


The Magic Christian

Official album • Released in 1970

2:19 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Producer, Tambourine
Tony Clark:
Engineer
Pete Ham:
Backing vocals, Piano
Tom Evans:
Lead vocals, Maracas
Mike Gibbins:
Drums
Ron Griffiths:
Backing vocals, Bass

Session Recording:
Aug 02, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


The Magic Christian

Official album • Released in 1970

0:46 • Studio versionA1


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.

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Maracas, Piano, Vocals
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

2:59 • Studio versionC

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


Abbey Road (2019)

Official album • Released in 2019

2:43 • DemoB1 • Studio Demo. The version issued on Anthology 3 in 1996 had been remixed from the multi-track tape 12 years earlier for a completed - but never released - album of previously unissued tracks. [This track] is the original mix made, with John and Paul present in the control room, immediately after 'Come And Get It' had been completed.

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Maracas, Piano, Vocals
Giles Martin:
Mix engineer, Producer
Sam Okell:
Mix engineer
Chris Sheldon:
Mix engineer

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

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 4 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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