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I'll Get You

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the She Loves You / I'll Get You 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1963
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Other 1963 songs part of the 2005 US Tour setlist

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

I’ll Get You” is a song by the Beatles, written by Lennon–McCartney, and released by the Beatles as the B-side of their 1963 single “She Loves You“. The song was initially titled “Get You in the End“.

Structure

Typical of the Beatles’ vocal style of that period, John Lennon and Paul McCartney sing in unison for the majority of the track, allowing the few occasions when they do harmonise to stand out. But unlike most Beatles songs of the time there is no lead guitar break; the lead guitar is virtually reduced to a second rhythm guitar. The most prominent instruments in the track are McCartney’s “plumply rounded bass” and Lennon’s harmonica, which was overdubbed in a rush as session time ran out.

Beatles writer Bill Harry credits Lennon as the main composer, although McCartney claims it was a 50 / 50 collaboration. McCartney recalls using Lennon’s Menlove Avenue home as the writing base for the song; this was rare as Lennon’s Aunt Mimi, whom he still lived with at the time, was disapproving of the Beatles.

The song’s opening line “Imagine I’m in love with you” was innovative, drawing the listener immediately into the story. McCartney would cite this as an early example of Lewis Carroll’s influence on Lennon’s lyrics — a ploy explored again in later compositions such as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds“, “Strawberry Fields Forever” and Lennon’s solo “Imagine“. Reiterating its A-side’s catchphrase (“Yeah“), and assuming the heavy scouse accents conspicuous in their early records, Lennon and McCartney “drawl their way through a mock-naïve love lyric“. McCartney later singled out the chord change underneath “It’s not like me to pretend” (moving from a D major to A minor), crediting the Joan Baez cover “All My Trials” as inspiration. “I [also] liked that slightly faggy way we sang: ‘Oh yeah, oh yeah’, which was very distinctive, very Beatley.” Looking back in 1967, Lennon said: “Ever heard anyone from Liverpool singing ‘yes’? It’s yeah!“.

Release

The song was a B-side on two separate occasions. It was initially released as the B-side of “She Loves You” (on 28 August 1963 in the United Kingdom and 16 September in the United States) and was also later released in the US only on 21 May 1964 as the B-side of “Sie Liebt Dich“, a German language recording of the previous A-side. Both were released on the Swan Records label in the United States — the only Beatles releases on that label (the British release was on Parlophone).

The song was also released in the US on 10 April 1964 on the Capitol Records album The Beatles’ Second Album. It was not released on album in the UK until the Rarities release as part of the set The Beatles Collection. A live version of the song, recorded at the London Palladium on 13 October 1963, is included on Anthology 1. A version was also recorded at the BBC Paris studios in London on 16 July 1963 for airing on programme nine of the “Pop Go The Beatles” radio series, and has currently not been made officially available. Another BBC performance, recorded on 7 September 1963, was officially issued in 2013 on On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2.

The song is available on compact disc in the first volume of the two-disc Past Masters compilation.

Missing master tape

No original master tapes of “I’ll Get You” are known to exist. Standard procedure at Abbey Road Studios at the time was to erase the original two-track session tape for singles once they had been “mixed down” to the (usually monaural) master tape used to press records. This was the fate of two Beatles singles (four songs): “Love Me Do“, “P.S. I Love You“, “She Loves You“, and “I’ll Get You“. The master take is unknown.

Performance anomaly

In the bridge of the song, after the line, “Well, there’s gonna be a time . . .,” Paul sings, “… when I’m gonna change your mind.” At the same time, John sings, “… when I’m gonna make you mine,” resulting in a blend of the two lines. According to the sheet music the correct version is the former. […]

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 4 Jul 1963. edited.
    UK: Parlophone R5055 single 1963, Parlophone PSLP 261 and PCM 1001 Rarities 1978-79.
    US: Swan 4152 single 1963, Swan 4182 single 1964.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 90043 2 Past Masters 1 1988, EMI single 1988.
  • [a1] mock stereo made from [a] 1964, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol ST 2080 Second 1964.
    Germany: Odeon STO 73-692 (later 1C 062-04 363) Beatles Beat 1966.
  • [a2] mono made from [a] 1964, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol T 2080 Second 1964.

The harmonica is an overdub so it must be a 2d generation tape (at least).

Paul McCartney added “I’ll Get You” to the setlists of his 2005 US tour.

Last updated on February 9, 2016

Lyrics

Oh yeah, oh yeah
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Imagine I'm in love with you
It's easy 'cause I know
I've imagined I'm in love with you
Many, many many times before

It's not like me to pretend
But I'll get you, I'll get you in the end
Yes, I will, I'll get you in the end
Oh yeah, oh yeah

I think about you night and day
I need you and it's true
When I think about you I can say
I'm never, never never never blue

So I'm telling you, my friend
That I'll get you, I'll get you in the end
Yes, I will, I'll get you in the end
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Well, there's gonna be a time
When I'm gonna change your mind
So you might as well resign yourself to me
Oh yeah

Imagine I'm in love with you
It's easy 'cause I know
I've imagined I'm in love with you
Many, many many times before

It's not like me to pretend
But I'll get you, I'll get you in the end
Yes, I will, I'll get you in the end
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Oh yeah

Officially appears on


She Loves You / I'll Get You

7" Single • Released in 1963

2:04 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Handclaps, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Handclaps
John Lennon:
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Handclaps, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 01, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jul 04, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Beatles' Second Album (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:09 • Studio versionA2 • Mono • Mono made from [A] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Handclaps, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Handclaps
John Lennon:
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Handclaps, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 01, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jul 04, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Beatles' Second Album (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:08 • Studio versionA1 • Stereo • Mock stereo made from [A] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Handclaps, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Handclaps
John Lennon:
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Handclaps, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 01, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jul 04, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Past Masters

Official album • Released in 1988

2:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Handclaps, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Handclaps
John Lennon:
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Handclaps, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 01, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jul 04, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Anthology 1

Official album • Released in 1995

2:08 • LiveL1

Concert From "Sunday Night At The London Palladium" in London, United Kingdom on Oct 13, 1963


Bootleg Recordings 1963

Official album • Released in 2013

2:06 • LiveL2

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Sep 10, 1963


On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2

Official live • Released in 2013

2:02 • Radio showL3 • Released on the other side of the "She Loves You" single, "I’ll Get You" is a Beatles B-side gem. Anthology 1 presents a live TV performance of the song from Sunday Night At The London Palladium broadcast 13 October 1963. The British press described the screaming enthusiasm of fans outside the theatre that night as "Beatlemania".

Bernie Andrews:
Producer

Concert From "Saturday Club" in London, United Kingdom on Oct 05, 1963

Bootlegs


Live In Iowa 2005

Unofficial live

2:38 • Live

Concert From the concert in Des Moines, USA on Oct 27, 2005


The BBC Archives Volume 5

Unofficial album

2:03 • Radio show


The BBC Archives Volume 6

Unofficial album

1:58 • Radio show


The BBC Archives Volume 6

Unofficial album

1:59 • Radio show


The BBC Archives Volume 7

Unofficial album

2:09 • Radio show


Live performances

“I'll Get You” has been played in 35 concerts.

Latest concerts where “I'll Get You” has been played


Los Angeles • Staples Center

Nov 30, 2005 • Part of The US Tour


Los Angeles • Staples Center

Nov 29, 2005 • Part of The US Tour




Phoenix • Glendale Arena

Nov 23, 2005 • Part of The US Tour



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