Won't You Please Say Goodbye

Written by Lennon - McCartneyUnreleased song
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1958 (Paul McCartney was 16 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

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Song facts

Won’t You Please Say Goodbye” is an early Lennon – McCartney composition, written in 1958. The Beatles covered it on the second day of the “Get Back” sessions (January 3rd, 1969).

From Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, by Mark Lewisohn:

[…] By early 1958, John had amassed a fair collection (some bought, others stolen) of Elvis and Lonnie Donegan. Paul remembers how they spent time trying to anticipate the next music trend, so they could write a song in that style. Convinced that rock and roll would die at any moment, corporate America was tying to kill it, to save time, by kicking off the next kooky craze. John and Paul gave it some thought too, conjuring odd fusions like Latin-rock and rock-rumba and then gave up. They leamed that forcing an idea never worked, that songs had to come naturally. Plenty did: they hoped to write at least one in every session, and in this early period amassed perhaps twenty.

Few are known beyond their title. “I’ve Been Thinking That You Love Me,” “If Tomorrow Ever Comes,” “That’s My Woman” and “Won’t You Please Say Goodbye.” A song called “Years Roll Along” (“It might have been winter when you told me …”) was never completed. One that was, which they both recognized as the best of this first batch of Lennon McCartney Originals, was “Love Me Do.” Paul would recall it as a 50:50 effort with John, written in the front parlor at Forthlin Road, but John said it was almost entirely Paul’s. No recording of “Love Me Do” exists before the song changed shape and musical direction after four years had rolled along, but John and Paul both said how everything they wrote in this period was heavily influenced by Buddy Holly, including the vocal style. […]

Last updated on October 5, 2021


Won’t you please say goodbye
This love has long since gone cold
Won’t you please say goodbye
How many times must you be told…


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 3rd 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:53 • RehearsalA • Jan.03 - D2-17 - Won't You Please Say Goodbye 3.70

Paul McCartney :
John Lennon :

Session Recording:
Jan 03, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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