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There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Please Please Me (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1963
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

There’s a Place” is a song co-written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and was first released as a track on the Beatles’ debut LP, Please Please Me. Lennon and McCartney share lead vocals, with George Harrison providing backing vocals.

Origins

The title was inspired by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s “Somewhere” from West Side Story, which contained the line: “There’s a place for us.” McCartney owned the album of the soundtrack at the time of writing “There’s a Place” and acknowledges its influence. The “place” in question was “the mind“, making its subject matter slightly more cerebral than Britain’s kissing and cuddling songs and America’s surf music from that period. Lennon is quoted as saying: “‘There’s a Place’ was my attempt at a sort of Motown, black thing. It says: ‘In my mind there’s no sorrow…’ It’s all in your mind.” Paul McCartney: “In our case the place was in the mind, rather than round the back of the stairs for a kiss and a cuddle. This was the difference with what we were writing: we were getting a bit more cerebral. We both sang it. I took the high harmony, John took the lower harmony or melody. This was a nice thing because we didn’t actually have to decide where the melody was till later when they boringly had to write it down for sheet music.” (Barry Miles. Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now).

Composed at McCartney’s Forthlin Road home, it was part of the group’s stage repertoire in 1963. With its major seventh harmonica intro (later reprised) and searing two-part vocal harmonies in fifths (Lennon low, McCartney high), it stands out as an early Beatles milestone track. The song was recorded on 11 February 1963 in 10 takes during the first of three sessions for Please Please Me. It was later overdubbed with a hamonica in 3 takes.

The song was officially credited to “McCartney–Lennon”, as were all other Lennon–McCartney compositions on the original UK release of Please Please Me.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 25 Feb 1963.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1202 Please Please Me 1963.
    US: Vee Jay VJLP 1062 Introducing 1963, Tollie 9001 single 1964.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46435 2 Please Please Me 1987.
  • [b] stereo 25 Feb 1963.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3042 Please Please Me 1963.
    US: Vee Jay VJSR 1062 Introducing 1963.
  • [b1] stereo remixed from [b] ?1980, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol SHAL-12060 Rarities 1980, Capitol B5624 single 1986.

The remix [b1] has the left, instrumental channel relatively louder.

Last updated on February 7, 2016

Lyrics

There is a place
Where I can go
When I feel low
When I feel blue
And it's my mind
And there's no time when I'm alone
I think of you
And things you do
Go 'round my head
The things you said
Like "I love only you"
In my mind there's no sorrow
Don't you know that it's so
There'll be no sad tomorrow
Don't you know that it's so
There is a place
Where I can go
When I feel low
When I feel blue
And it's my mind
And there's no time when I'm alone
There's a place

Officially appears on


Please Please Me (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1963

1:51 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Richard Langham:
Second engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Twist and Shout

EP • Released in 1963

1:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Richard Langham:
Second engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Please Please Me (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1963

1:51 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Richard Langham:
Second engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Bootleg Recordings 1963

Official album • Released in 2013

2:19 • Outtake • Takes 5 & 6

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Bootleg Recordings 1963

Official album • Released in 2013

1:59 • Outtake • Take 8

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Bootleg Recordings 1963

Official album • Released in 2013

2:04 • Outtake • Take 9

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2

Official live • Released in 2013

1:49 • Radio showL1 • The penultimate track on Please Please Me, in the USA it was on the B-side of "Twist And Shout". In his 1980 interview with David Sheff, John described "There’s A Place" as "my attempt at a sort of Motown black thing". The mature lyric explored a theme revisited in one of John’s last songs "Watching The Wheels".

John Lennon:
Vocals
Ian Grant:
Producer

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in Manchester, United Kingdom on Sep 03, 1963

Bootlegs


Take It Off!

Unofficial album

2:15 • Outtake • There's a Place (Take 1)


Take It Off!

Unofficial album

1:59 • Outtake • There's a Place (Take 10)


The BBC Archives Volume 4

Unofficial album

1:52 • Radio show


The BBC Archives Volume 4

Unofficial album

1:51 • Radio show


The BBC Archives Volume 6

Unofficial album

1:50 • Radio show


Live performances

“There's A Place” has been played in 3 concerts.

Latest concerts where “There's A Place” has been played


Pop Go The Beatles

Sep 03, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


Easy Beat

Jul 21, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


Pop Go The Beatles

Jul 16, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


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Cornbread Haynes 2 years ago

Wrong lyrics, mate -- those are for "In My Life!"


The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Oops - this is now fixed; thank you very much to have spotted the issue, Cornbread !