The Paul McCartney Project

I Don't Know

Written by Lennon - McCartneyUnreleased song
Timeline This song has been recorded in 1960
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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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.

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.

Officially appears on


I Don't Know / Come On To Me

Single • Released in 2018

Studio version

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


Freshen Up Tokyo Dome November 1 2018

Unofficial live • Released in 2018

Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Tokyo, Japan on Nov 01, 2018

Live performances

“I Don't Know” has been played in 4 soundchecks.


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james warren 4 months 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?