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Got to Get You Into My Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Revolver (UK Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1966
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Got to Get You into My Life” is a song by the Beatles, first released in 1966 on the album Revolver. It was written by Paul McCartney, though officially credited to Lennon–McCartney. The song is a homage to the Motown Sound, with colourful brass instrumentation, and lyrics that suggest a psychedelic experience. “It’s actually an ode to pot,” McCartney explained. A cover version by Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers peaked at number six in 1966 in the UK. The song was issued in the United States as a single from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Music compilation album in 1976, six years after the Beatles disbanded. It reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the Beatles’ last top ten US hit until their 1995 release “Free as a Bird“.

Composition and recording

Though officially credited to Lennon–McCartney, McCartney was primarily responsible for the writing of the song, to which he also contributed lead vocals. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios between 7 April and 17 June 1966 and evolved considerably between the first takes and the final version released on album. The song seems to have been hard to arrange until the soul-style horns, strongly reminiscent of the Stax’ Memphis soul and Motown sound, were introduced. The brass was close-miked in the bells of the instruments then put through a limiter. The percussion instrument most predominant is the overdubbed tambourine.

The song starts with a blaring brass fanfare, McCartney’s vocals entering at 0:07. The chorus of the song appears at 1:04, with the song’s title sung. The song then switches between a verse and the refrain. A short electric guitar solo that is reminiscent of the riff from “Paperback Writer” appears at 1:53 and at 2:10 the horn fanfare re-enters. The song closes with fading vocals of McCartney, much akin to the soul records of the time. The mono and stereo mixes of the recording feature different ad libs in the fade-out – the presence of a second vocal track is also more subtle for most of the mono version. Backing vocals were recorded early but later eliminated.

In Barry Miles’ 1997 book Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now, McCartney disclosed that the song was about marijuana. “‘Got to Get You into My Life’ was one I wrote when I had first been introduced to pot … So [it’s] really a song about that, it’s not to a person.” Many lyrics from the song suggest this: “I took a ride, I didn’t know what I would find there / Another road where maybe I could see some other kind of mind there.“,’“What can I do? What can I be? When I’m with you, I want to stay there / If I am true, I will never leave and if I do, I’ll know the way there.” “It’s actually an ode to pot,” McCartney explained, “like someone else might write an ode to chocolate or a good claret.

Reception

Thomas Ward of Allmusic said, “McCartney’s always been a great vocalist, and this is perhaps the best example of his singing on Revolver. One of the overlooked gems on the album.” When asked about the song in his 1980 Playboy interview, John Lennon said, “Paul’s again. I think that was one of his best songs, too.” […]

Paul McCartney in "Many Years From Now", by Barry Miles:

Got To Get You Into My Life was one I wrote when I had first been introduced to pot. I’d been a rather straight working-class lad but when we started to get into pot it seemed to me to be quite uplifting… I didn’t have a hard time with it and to me it was mind-expanding, literally mind-expanding.
So Got To Get You Into My Life is really a song about that, it’s not to a person, it’s actually about pot. It’s saying, I’m going to do this. This is not a bad idea. So it’s actually an ode to pot, like someone else might write an ode to chocolate or a good claret.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 17,20 Jun 1966.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 7009 Revolver 1966.
    US: Capitol T 2576 Revolver 1966.
  • [b] stereo 22 Jun 1966.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 7009 Revolver 1966.
    US: Capitol ST 2576 Revolver 1966.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46441 2 Revolver 1987.

Mono [a] has a noticeably longer fade (8 seconds) that helps, and louder bass and percussion. The brass sound on mono [a] was augmented on June 20 by lifting brass sound from the master and overdubbing onto the mix done on June 17. This overdub, being on the mix tape, was not done in stereo [b]. [a] and [b] have different vocals at the fade, the line “every single day of my life”, which may be the use of different vocal tracks of the doubletracking.

Last updated on May 10, 2016

Lyrics

I was alone, I took a ride
I didn't know what I would find there
Another road where maybe I
Could see another kind of mind there

Ooo, then I suddenly see you
Ooo, did I tell you I need you?
Every single day of my life

You didn't run, you didn't lie
You know I wanted just to hold you
And had you gone, you knew in time
We'd meet again for I had told you

Ooo, you were meant to be near me
Ooo, and I want you to hear me
Say we'll be together every day
Got to get you into my life

What can I do, what can I be?
When I'm with you I want to stay there
If I'm true I'll never leave
And if I do I know the way there

Ooo, then I suddenly see you
Ooo, did I tell you I need you?
Every single day of my life
Got to get you into my life
I got to get you into my life

I was alone, I took a ride
I didn't know what I would find there
Another road where maybe I
Could see another kind of mind there

And suddenly I see you
Did I tell you I need you?
Every single day

Officially appears on


Revolver (UK Mono)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:29 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Organ, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Eddie Thornton:
Trumpet
Ian Hamer:
Trumpet
Les Condon:
Trumpet
Alan Branscombe:
Tenor saxophone
Peter Coe:
Tenor saxophone

Session Recording:
Apr 07, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Apr 08, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Apr 11, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 17 & Jun 20, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Revolver (US Mono)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:39 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Organ, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Eddie Thornton:
Trumpet
Ian Hamer:
Trumpet
Les Condon:
Trumpet
Alan Branscombe:
Tenor saxophone
Peter Coe:
Tenor saxophone

Session Recording:
Apr 07, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Apr 08, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Apr 11, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 17 & Jun 20, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Revolver (US Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:30 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Organ, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Eddie Thornton:
Trumpet
Ian Hamer:
Trumpet
Les Condon:
Trumpet
Alan Branscombe:
Tenor saxophone
Peter Coe:
Tenor saxophone

Session Recording:
Apr 07, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Apr 08, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Apr 11, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


Revolver (UK Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:29 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Organ, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Eddie Thornton:
Trumpet
Ian Hamer:
Trumpet
Les Condon:
Trumpet
Alan Branscombe:
Tenor saxophone
Peter Coe:
Tenor saxophone

Session Recording:
Apr 07, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Apr 08, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Apr 11, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road



Tripping The Live Fantastic

Official live • Released in 1990

3:22 • LiveL2

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensChris Whitten
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Matt Butler:
Assistant engineer
Peter Henderson:
Producer
Bob Clearmountain:
Mixing engineer, Producer
Jeff Cohen:
Recording engineer
Geoff Foster:
Assistant engineer
Scott Hull:
Assistant engineer
George Cowan:
Assistant engineer
Paul Rushbrook:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Dortmund, Germany on Oct 17, 1989


Tripping the Live Fantastic: Highlights!

Official live • Released in 1990

3:15 • LiveL2

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensChris Whitten
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Matt Butler:
Assistant engineer
Peter Henderson:
Producer
Bob Clearmountain:
Mixing engineer, Producer
Jeff Cohen:
Recording engineer
Geoff Foster:
Assistant engineer
Scott Hull:
Assistant engineer
George Cowan:
Assistant engineer
Paul Rushbrook:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Dortmund, Germany on Oct 17, 1989


Anthology 2

Official album • Released in 1996

2:54 • OuttakeC • Take 5. The arrangement of Paul's Got To Get You Into My Life altered significantly from first studio outing to last, the released version (Take 9) being layered with vocals and brass in addition to the group's own rhythm tracks. When the song was first aired in the studio, on 7 April, the Beatles recorded Takes 1 to 5, marking the last of these "best" (temporarily, as it turned out) and overdubbing vocals for the first time. The result is a piece of work scarcely comparable to the released version, with its different musical structure and some alternative lyrics. By the end of this session two of the tracks on the four-track tape had been filled, and doubtless the vacant ones would also have been completed had the Beatles decided to press on. Instead, returning to Abbey Road the next day, they shelved Take 5 and moved on the song in a different direction.

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Apr 07, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


Good Evening New York City

Official live • Released in 2009

2:51 • LiveL3 • Could have been record on 17, 18 or 21 July 2009

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Performed by:
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
Geoff Emerick:
Audio mixing
Paul Hicks:
Audio mixing
Jonas Westling:
Additional engineering
Richard Lancaster:
Additional engineering
John Henry:
Recording

Concert From the concert in New York, USA on Jul 17, 2009

Bootlegs


Live At The Camden Roundhouse

Unofficial live

3:09 • Studio version


Friends Of The Earth

Unofficial live

3:11 • Live

Concert From the concert in Hamburg, Germany on Oct 03, 1989


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

1:31 • Outtake


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

5:23 • Outtake


Perfect Harmony

Unofficial live

3:09 • Live

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Nov 27, 1989


Live performances

“Got to Get You Into My Life” has been played in 260 concerts and 6 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Got to Get You Into My Life” has been played


Glasgow • SSE Hydro

Dec 14, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour


Liverpool • Echo Arena

Dec 12, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour




Krakow • Tauron Arena

Dec 03, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour



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