The Paul McCartney Project

I'll Be On My Way

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Do You Want to Know a Secret 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1963
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1959 (Paul McCartney was 17 years old)

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“I’ll Be on My Way” is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, which was first released on 26 April 1963 by Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas as the b-side of their single “Do You Want to Know a Secret“, a song also written by Lennon–McCartney. The single reached number two in the UK charts while “From Me to You” by the Beatles was occupying the number 1 position. According to Lennon, the song was written by McCartney: “This was early Paul.” The Beatles, featuring Lennon and McCartney, recorded a version of the song, first released in 1995 on the Live at the BBC compilation.

In 1980 Lennon said “that’s Paul on the voids of driving through the country.”

“I’ll Be on My Way” is considered to be the first song that Lennon and McCartney “gave away”, and the Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas’ version of the song is included on the EMI album The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away.

In 1963, the Beatles and Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas were both acts managed by Brian Epstein, with George Martin as their producer.

The song may have been influenced by the musical and lyrical style of Buddy Holly. The persona forces a happy-go-lucky view on his break-up to make himself feel better, similar in character to Holly’s 1959 song “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”. The Song was recorded at BBC Paris Theatre, London

This song was recorded by the Beatles on 4 April 1963 at the BBC Paris Theatre, London, and broadcast on the BBC radio show Side by Side on 24 June 1963. This is the only known recording of “I’ll Be on My Way” by the Beatles; it features joint lead vocals by McCartney and Lennon, and can be heard on the Beatles’ album Live at the BBC, where it is the only previously unreleased original song.

From earlybeatlessongs:

Another of McCartney’s compositions dating to the first half of 1959. Originally it was a gentle guitar ballad, and it seems it was performed live during 1961 – but in the autumn of 1962, the group roughed it up and filled it out with a stronger arrangement. Lennon though never warmed to it, accounting for its not finding a place in the Beatles’ official EMI discography.

Apparently a decision was made to give it to Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas in early-1963, and an acetate is believed to exist containing a demo by McCartney (and possibly the rest of the group), which was given to Dakota, Mike Maxwell. The Dakotas recorded their version on March 14, but then on April 4, the Beatles themselves performed it for BBC radio, in a recording now available on Live At The BBC

On April 26, the Billy J Kramer version came out on the B-side of their “Do You Want To Know A Secret”, which climbed up to number 2 in the UK charts. Nevertheless, we should view the Beatles’ own BBC recording as the definitive document.

Last updated on March 2, 2019

Lyrics

The sun is fading away
That's the end of the day
As the June light turns to moonlight
I'll be on my way

Just one kiss and I'll go
Don't hide the tears that don't show
As the June light turns to moonlight
I'll be on my way

To where the winds don't blow
And golden rivers flow
This way will I go

They were right I was wrong
True love didn't last long
As the June light turns to moonlight
I'll be on my way hey

To where the winds don't blow
And golden rivers flow
This way will I go

They were right I was wrong
True love didn't last long
As the June light turns to moonlight
I'll be on my way hey
I'll be on my way oh
I'll be on my way oh
I'll be on my way (fade out)

Officially appears on


Do You Want to Know a Secret

7" Single • Released in 1963

Studio versionA


The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away

Official album • Released in 1979

1:40 • Studio versionA


Live At The BBC

Official live • Released in 1994

1:58 • Radio showL1 • The only recording by the Beatles of this Lennon-McCartney original, which had been given to Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas for the B-side of their debut single.

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar

Concert From "Side By Side" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 24, 1963

Bootlegs


The BBC Archives Volume 2

Unofficial album

2:05 • Radio show


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 3

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:37 • Live

Concert From "Side By Side" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 24, 1963

Live performances

“I'll Be On My Way” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where “I'll Be On My Way” has been played


Side By Side

Jun 24, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


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