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P.S. I Love You

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Love Me Do - P.S. I Love You 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1962
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

P.S. I Love You” is a song composed principally by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and recorded by English rock group the Beatles, with McCartney on lead vocal. It was released on 5 October 1962 as the B-side of their debut single “Love Me Do” and is also included on their 1963 album Please Please Me. It was later included on the Beatles compilation Love Songs.

Recording

The version featured on the single and album was recorded in ten takes on 11 September 1962 at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios, London. Producer George Martin had booked session drummer Andy White as a replacement for Pete Best, whom he considered not technically good enough for recording purposes (Martin had been unaware that the other Beatles had already replaced Pete Best with Ringo Starr, who attended the session and plays maracas on the song). White was a freelance show band and session drummer, and gave the recording a lightweight cha cha treatment.

Martin was not present at the session, which was run by Ron Richards in his absence. Richards told the group that the song could not be the A-side of their single because of an earlier song of the same title: “I was originally a music publishing man, a plugger, so I knew someone had done a record with that title. I said to Paul ‘You can have it as B-side, but not an A-side’” (despite other titles having been used for multiple hit songs without legal difficulties).

With Starr playing drums, the Beatles recorded this song at the BBC on 25 October 1962, 27 November 1962 and 17 June 1963 for subsequent broadcast on the BBC radio programmes Here We Go, Talent Spot and Pop Go the Beatles, respectively.

Inspiration

Written in spring 1962, while Paul McCartney was in Hamburg, this song is sometimes considered to be a dedication to his then-girlfriend Dot Rhone. However, McCartney denies this; he described “P.S. I Love You” thus:

It’s just an idea for a song really, a theme song based on a letter, like the Paperback Writer idea. It was pretty much mine. I don’t think John had much of a hand in it. There are certain themes that are easier than others to hang a song on, and a letter is one of them… The letter is a popular theme and it’s just my attempt at one of those. It’s not based in reality, nor did I write it to my girlfriend from Hamburg, which some people think.

John Lennon said about this song:

That’s Paul’s song. He was trying to write a “Soldier Boy” like the Shirelles. He wrote that in Germany, or when we were going to and from Hamburg. I might have contributed something. I can’t remember anything in particular. It was mainly his song.

(“Soldier Boy” was a US No. 1 single for the Shirelles in 1962.)

Melodically it could be considered in retrospect as typical of McCartney’s writing style, with Lennon contributing a single note harmony emphasising the beginning of each stanza. There are two notable exceptions to the contemporaneous model. During the opening chorus the chord D♭7 is placed incongruously between G and D (on write), and during the song’s title phrase a sudden shift to B♭ occurs underneath “P.S. I love you” which Ian MacDonald described as “a dark sidestep”. Lyrically constructed with their female audience in mind, the Beatles included it as part of their Cavern Club song set, where it was a favourite of the fans. The Beatles admired Buddy Holly and the Crickets (best demonstrated by their cover of “Words of Love” on the Beatles for Sale album). Writer Jonathan Cott suggested that the “P.S.” part of the song was a subtle reference to “Peggy Sue“, from the lyric “I love you, Peggy Sue“.

Missing master tape

No original master tapes of the 11 September version of “P.S. I Love 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“.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 11 Sep 1962.
    UK: Parlophone R4949 single 1962, Parlophone PMC 1202 Please Please Me 1963.
    US: Vee Jay VJLP 1062 Introducing first issue 1963, Tollie 9008 single 1964.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46435 2 Please Please Me 1987, EMI single 1988.
  • [a1] mock stereo made from [a] 25 Feb 1963.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3042 Please Please Me 1963.
    US: Vee Jay VJSR 1062 Introducing first issue 1963, Capitol ST 2309 The Early 1965.
  • [a2] mono made from [a1] 1965, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol T 2309 The Early 1965.

Last updated on February 7, 2016

Lyrics

As I write this letter
Send my love to you
Remember that I'll always
Be in love with you

Treasure these few words 'till we're together
Keep all my love forever
P.S., I love you
You, you, you

I'll be coming home again to you, love
And 'till the day I do, love
P.S., I love you
You, you, you

As I write this letter
Send my love to you
Remember that I'll always
Be in love with you

Treasure these few words 'till we're together
Keep all my love forever
P.S., I love you
You, you, you

As I write this letter
(Oh)
Send my love to you
(You know I want you to)
Remember that I'll always
(Yeah)
Be in love with you

I'll be coming home again to you, love
And 'till the day I do, love
P.S., I love you
You, you, you
You, you, you
I love you

Officially appears on


Love Me Do - P.S. I Love You

7" Single • Released in 1962

2:03 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead vocals
Ringo Starr:
Maracas
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Andy White:
Percussion
Ron Richards:
Producer

Session Recording:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Please Please Me (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1963

2:04 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead vocals
Ringo Starr:
Maracas
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Andy White:
Percussion
Ron Richards:
Producer

Session Recording:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Please Please Me (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1963

2:04 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead vocals
Ringo Starr:
Maracas
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Andy White:
Percussion
Ron Richards:
Producer

Session Recording:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


All My Loving

EP • Released in 1964

2:03 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead vocals
Ringo Starr:
Maracas
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Andy White:
Percussion
Ron Richards:
Producer

Session Recording:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Early Beatles (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:05 • Studio versionA2 • Mono • Mono made from [A1] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead vocals
Ringo Starr:
Maracas
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Andy White:
Percussion
Ron Richards:
Producer

Session Recording:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Early Beatles (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:05 • Studio versionA1 • Stereo • Mock stereo made from [A] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead vocals
Ringo Starr:
Maracas
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Andy White:
Percussion
Ron Richards:
Producer

Session Recording:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2

Official live • Released in 2013

1:59 • Radio showL1 • "P.S. I Love You" was the B-side of The Beatles’ first Parlophone single "Love Me Do" released in October 1962.

Paul McCartney:
Vocals
Terry Henebery:
Producer

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 25, 1963

Bootlegs


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 3

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:14 • LiveL1

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 25, 1963

Live performances

“P.S. I Love You” has been played in 4 concerts.

Latest concerts where “P.S. I Love You” has been played


Pop Go The Beatles

Jun 25, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


The Talent Spot

Dec 04, 1962 • Part of BBC Sessions


Tuesday Rendezvous

Dec 04, 1962 • United Kingdom • London • Wembley Studios, Studio Four


Here We Go

Oct 26, 1962 • Part of BBC Sessions


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