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Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues

Album This song officially appears on the Anthology 3 Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues” is a song written by Ruth Roberts, Bill Katz, and Stanley Clayton, and was originally recorded by Buddy Holly in 1957. The song was part of the Beatles’ live repertoire until 1962, but wasn’t officially recorded by the group until January 1969, during the group’s Get Back sessions; the songs recorded at these sessions would eventually be released as Let It Be in May 1970.

The Beatles version

During the Get Back sessions, the Beatles recorded many cover versions to songs, including this one. The song itself is slower than the version recorded by Holly, emphasizing the sad, blues lyrics in comparison to the upbeat original.

From Anthology 3 liner notes:

The Beatles entered into a Buddy Holly groove during their eighth Apple Studios session, especially coming together with this cover of Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues, with John Lennon clearly attempting to emulate Holly’s distinct vocal style. The choice underlines not only the Beatles’ affection for Holly but also their familiarity with his more obscure work: the song first appeared in June 1957 as the B-side of Holly’s fourth US single Words Of Love – itself covered on Beatles For Sale – but in Britain (at least until a posthumous B-side 45 placement in 1961) it was only an album track, issued in March 1958 on the collection titled simply Buddy Holly.

Last updated on May 20, 2017

Lyrics

She wrote me only one sad line
Told me she’s no longer mine
Shoo shoo mailman, that will do for some time

Mailman, bring me no more blues
Mailman, bring me no more blues
One more heartache is all I can use

Mailman, bring me no more blues
Mailman, bring me no more blues

Officially appears on


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

1:56 • OuttakeA • Stereo • The Beatles entered into a Buddy Holly groove during their eighth Apple Studios session, especially coming together with this cover of Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues, with John Lennon clearly attempting to emulate Holly's distinct vocal style. [...]

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Glyn Johns :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jan 29, 1969
Studio :
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

Bootlegs


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 2nd, 1969

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:21 • Rehearsal • Jan.02 - D1-36 - Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues 2.25

Session Recording:
Jan 02, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 29th, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

2:22 • Rehearsal • Jan.29 - D4-16 - Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues 29.53

Session Recording:
Jan 29, 1969
Studio :
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

1:59 • Alternate take


Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

1:33 • Alternate take • 1982 Stereo Mix


Get Back... Continued

Unofficial album • Released in 2012

1:53 • Studio version • 29.01.69) (Ambient Stereo

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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