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When I Get Home

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the A Hard Day's Night (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1964

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions




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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

When I Get Home” is a John Lennon composition (credited to Lennon–McCartney) recorded by the Beatles on 2 June 1964, during the last session for their LP A Hard Day’s Night. Its first US release was on the Something New LP.

Influenced somewhat by the Shirelles, “When I Get Home” is essentially a rock and roll number, but with its unusual chord progressions (changing from major to minor keys and back) it bucks the genre to some extent. Lennon liked this particular ploy, and used it on many of his songs at the time.

Typical also of this period of the Beatles is the vocal leap into falsetto.

Recording

After completing “When I Get Home” in 11 takes, the Beatles finished recording another Lennon song, “Any Time At All“, which they had started work on earlier that day. They also recorded Paul McCartney’s “Things We Said Today” during the same session.

A mono mix was made on 4 June 1964, although this was replaced when new mono and stereo mixes were made on 22 June. […]

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 22 Jun 1964.
    US: Capitol T 2018 Something New 1964.
  • [b] mono 22 Jun 1964.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1230 Hard Day’s Night 1964.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46437 2 Hard Day’s Night 1987.
  • [c] stereo 22 Jun 1964.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3058 Hard Day’s Night 1964.
    US: Capitol ST 2108 Something New 1964.

US mono [a] has the piano mixed louder than UK mono [b], but the latter has a louder percussion crash at “whoa-ah”. And they were mixed one right after the other.

The line “till I walk out that door” is doubletracked in US mono [a] while only “out that door” is in [b] and [c]. As heard on [a], one of the vocals starts “till I” before the other, and the single vocal track used in [b] [c] is the one that starts later. As a result, this variation has been reported elsewhere as an edit instead of a mix difference.

Last updated on March 6, 2016

Lyrics

Whoa ha, whoa ha
I got a whole lot of things to tell her
When I get home

Come on, out my way
'Cause I'm a gonna see my baby today
I got a whole lot of things I gotta say
To her

Whoa ha, whoa ha
I got a whole lot of things to tell her
When I get home

Come on, if you please
I got no time for trivialities
I got a girl who's waiting home for me
Tonight

Whoa ha, whoa ha
I got a whole lot of things to tell her
When I get home

When I'm getting home tonight
I'm gonna hold her tight
I'm gonna love her till the cows come home
I bet I'll love her more
Till I walk out that door again

Come on, let me through
I got so many things I gotta do
I got no business being here with you
This way

Whoa ha, whoa ha
I got a whole lot of things to tell her
When I get home, yeah
I got a whole lot of things to tell her
When I get home

Officially appears on


A Hard Day's Night (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:16 • Studio versionB • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Something New (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:18 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Extracts from the Album A Hard Day's Night

EP • Released in 1964

2:16 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Something New (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:18 • Studio versionC • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


A Hard Day's Night (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:16 • Studio versionC • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1964
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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