The Paul McCartney Project

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Let It Be Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970

Master album

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Mixing Get Back album

Mar 10, 1969

Mixing Get Back album

Mar 13, 1969

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

I’ve Got a Feeling” is a song by the Beatles, from the 1970 album Let It Be. It is one of the songs on the album from the Beatles’ rooftop concert. It is a combination of two unfinished songs: Paul McCartney’s “I’ve Got a Feeling“, and John Lennon’s “Everybody Had a Hard Year“.


Lennon’s song was a litany where every line started with the word “everybody“. The song had been recorded twice before by Lennon, prior to the Let It Be sessions. The first occurred in early December 1968 at Lennon’s Kenwood estate on a portable cassette tape. For this, the lyric was “Everyone had a hard year” instead of the later “Everybody“. Later in December 1968, with the lyric changed to “everybody,” Lennon was filmed performing the song in the back garden of Kenwood. This footage was used in the Yoko Ono art film Rape: Film No. 6, which was broadcast on Austrian National Television on 31 March 1969.

While McCartney’s song was very optimistic, Lennon had actually endured a “hard year“—he divorced his first wife, Cynthia Lennon; his girlfriend Yoko Ono had a miscarriage; he was battling a heroin addiction; he was arrested for drug possession; he was estranged from his son Julian; and he had grown deeply unhappy in the Beatles.

In the film Let It Be, Lennon jokingly claimed he had written “Everybody Had a Hard Year” the night before.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] stereo 23 Mar 1970.
    UK: Apple PXS 1 and PCS 7096 Let It Be 1970.
    US: Apple AR 34001 Let It Be 1970.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46447 2 Let It Be 1987.

The talk at the end belongs, as seen in the film Let It Be.

Last updated on November 30, 2016


I've got a feeling, a feeling deep inside
Oh yeah, oh yeah, that's right
I've got a feeling, a feeling I can't hide
Oh no, no, oh no, oh no
Yeah, I've got a feeling

Oh please believe me I'd hate to miss the train
Oh yeah, yeah, oh yeah
And if you leave me I won't be late again
Oh no, oh no, oh no
Yeah, yeah, I've got a feeling, yeah
I got a feeling

All these years I've been wandering around
Wondering how come nobody told me
All that I've been looking for was somebody
Who looked like you

I've got a feeling that keeps me on my toes
Oh yeah, oh yeah
I've got a feeling I think that everybody knows
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah
Yeah, yeah I've got a feeling, yeah, yeah

Everybody had a hard year
Everybody had a good time
Everybody had a wet dream
Everybody saw the sunshine
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

Everybody had a good year
Everybody let their hair down
Everybody pulled their socks up
Everybody put their foot down
Oh yeah

(I've got a feeling)
Everybody had a good year
(A feeling deep inside)
Everybody had a hard time
(Oh yeah)
Everybody had a wet dream
(Oh yeah)
Everybody saw the sunshine

(I've got a feeling)
Everybody had a good year
(A feeling I can't hide)
Everybody let their hair down
(Oh no)
Everybody pulled their socks up
(Oh no no)
Everybody put their foot down, oh yeah

I've got a feeling
I got a feeling
Oh yeah
I got a feeling, yeah

Oh my soul, so odd

Officially appears on

Let It Be

Official album • Released in 1970

3:38 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin :
Glyn Johns :
Recording engineer
Billy Preston :
Electric piano

Concert From "The rooftop concert" in London, United Kingdom on Jan 30, 1969

Session Mixing:
Mar 23, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Room 4, Abbey Road

Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

2:49 • OuttakeB • Stereo • Preston's electric piano work is evident on this recording of the new Lennon-McCartney collaboration I've Got A Feeling, which was a good, tight performance until it broke down near the end - for which John instantly accepted responsibility.

Glyn Johns :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jan 23, 1969
Studio :
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

Let It Be... Naked

Official album • Released in 2003

3:31 • Studio version • A composite edit of both versions from the rooftop concert.

Good Evening New York City

Official live • Released in 2009

5:48 • LiveL1 • 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 :

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

Amoeba Gig

Official live • Released in 2019

5:56 • LiveL2 • 2019 mix

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Brian RayDave Arch
Steve Orchard :
Remix engineer
Randy Merrill :
Mastering engineer
Darrell Thorp :
Recording engineer

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 27, 2007

Live performances

“I've Got A Feeling” has been played in 272 concerts and 2 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where I've Got A Feeling has been played


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