I Don't Know

Written by Lennon - McCartneyUnreleased song

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Other songs from the Kirchherr Tape


Cayenne

Officially appears on Anthology 1


Well, Darling

Unreleased song

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Song facts

From Early Beatles Songs:

This track is only known through the Forthlin Road tapes, where it sits with the series of instrumental jams. This one is a somewhat better structured blues number, with Lennon and McCartney vocalising together and separately, although a full lyric is impossible to decipher. It is presumed to be a co-write, and the lack of proper words suggests it was of recent creation, although probably not made up on the spot. The title is derived from something Lennon seems to sing – possibly referencing himself not knowing any words.

Last updated on December 24, 2020

Lyrics

[...] Time don't wait when I'm callin' you, Johnny boy...
Please Johnny, won't you tell me?

I'm gonna see my sister Sue.
If she don't want to see me I don't know really what I'm gonna do...
I don't know, I don't know.

Bootlegs


Wildcat!

Unofficial album • Released in 1996

5:54 • DemoA

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Vocals
John Lennon :
Guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Guitar
Stuart Sutcliffe :
Bass

Session Recording:
circa April 1960
Studio :
Paul's House Forthlin Road Liverpool


Complete Home Recordings 1958-62

Unofficial album • Released in 2002

5:59 • DemoA

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Vocals
John Lennon :
Guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Guitar
Stuart Sutcliffe :
Bass

Session Recording:
circa April 1960
Studio :
Paul's House Forthlin Road Liverpool


The Silver Beatles - Lapis Lazuli

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

5:34 • OuttakeA

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Vocals
John Lennon :
Guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Guitar
Stuart Sutcliffe :
Bass

Session Recording:
circa April 1960
Studio :
Paul's House Forthlin Road Liverpool

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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james warren 3 years ago

The first of the song sounds like a bereft, melancholy and wistful Paul.
But his lyrics in the “middle 8” reverts back to the Paul of unbounded optimism and dare I say--Love.

I wonder if Paul included some actual written lyrics of John and then finished up with his good-natured love ballad words?


Gretchen Nelson 1 years ago

Can I just say I LOVE it when Paul wears Johnny’s glasses!


hanka 10 months ago

thats mclennon the song


alexander 6 months ago

i'm surprised at how obscure this song is in the beatles community and how little its talked about because it really does sound like a love song written for each other. i don't really know how else to interpret it. i've read a bunch of different versions of the lyrics and they all come across like p and j are planning to run away together somewhere (and it doesn't really sound like they're planning on taking anyone else with them either)


Sam 10 days ago

The "I Don't Know" from the Soundcheck 2018 Original In-Ear Monitor Recording and probably the other Japanese release as well is the song from Egypt Station, not the Lennon/McCartney.


The PaulMcCartney Project 9 days ago

Thanks Sam, I'm fixing that !!


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