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Words of Love

Written by Buddy Holly

Album This song officially appears on the Beatles For Sale (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1964
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From The Beatles Bible:

Written and recorded by Buddy Holly in 1957, Words Of Love was the only of his songs to be recorded by The Beatles. A number of Buddy Holly’s songs had been performed live by The Beatles from their earliest days. These included That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Everyday, It’s So Easy, Maybe Baby, Think It Over, Raining In My Heart, and Crying, Waiting, Hoping. […] The group had performed Words Of Love between 1958 and 1962, with Lennon and Harrison singing. For the Beatles For Sale recording, however, Lennon and McCartney shared vocal duties. […]

From Wikipedia:

Words of Love” is a song written by Buddy Holly and recorded by him on April 8, 1957. Holly harmonized for himself, by tape-recording each part and combining them. The song was not a notable hit for Holly, although it is regarded as one of his important recordings, and is available in most standard Holly collections.

A version by The Diamonds, released on May 20, 1957 on Mercury Records, reached number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 in July, 1957. The Diamonds also performed the song live on the ABC television show Circus Time on June 27, 1957 and included the song on the 1962 Mercury LP album Pop Hits, MGW 12178.

A 1993 eponymous compilation album released by PolyGram in the UK reached no. 1 and was certified Gold.

The Beatles’ version

The song was also covered by The Beatles on the album Beatles for Sale. In the United States, it was on the album Beatles VI. It was also on Beatles for Sale No. 2, a 7″ extended play released in 1965 on Parlophone/EMI. The Beatles’ version was recorded on October 18, 1964. John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who were fans of Holly, harmonized on their version, holding to the vocal and instrumental sound of Holly’s original as well as they could. When they had played this song in their early days at the Cavern Club in 1961 and 1962, Lennon and George Harrison were the vocalists. Ringo Starr played a packing case on this song as well as drums, to achieve a similar sound to Holly’s “Everyday.

A 1963 performance of “Words of Love” recorded for BBC broadcast is included on the 2013 compilation On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2. The recording also appeared on a 5 song promotional EP from the album.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 26 Oct 1964
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1240 For Sale 1964.
    US: Capitol T 2358 Beatles VI 1965.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46438 2 For Sale 1987.
  • [b] stereo 4 Nov 1964
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3062 For Sale 1964.
    US: Capitol ST 2358 Beatles VI 1965.

Mono [a] is 9 seconds longer, longer fade.

Paul McCartney recorded a version in 1985 on acoustic guitar which was featured in the documentary The Real Buddy Holly Story.

Last updated on March 12, 2016

Lyrics

Hold me close and tell me how you feel
Tell me love is real
Mm, mm, mm, mm

Words of love you, whisper soft and true
Darling I love you
Mm, mm, mm, mm

Let me hear you say
The words I want to hear
Darling when you're near
Mm, mm, mm, mm

Words of love you, whisper soft and true
Darling I love you
Mm, mm, mm, mm
Mm, mm, mm
Mm, mm, mm, ah ah ah

Officially appears on


Beatles For Sale (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:12 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 18, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 26, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles For Sale (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:12 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 18, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 04, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles VI (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:10 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 18, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 26, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles for Sale (No. 2)

EP • Released in 1965

2:16 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 18, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 26, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles VI (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:10 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 18, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 04, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2

Official live • Released in 2013

1:56 • Radio showL1 • "Words Of Love" was released in the UK on an album called "Buddy Holly" in July 1958. This BBC recording was broadcast fifteen months before the song’s inclusion on Beatles For Sale. John and Paul sang the two-part harmony which, through primitive but effective overdubbing, Buddy had sung with himself.

Paul McCartney:
Vocals
John Lennon:
Vocals
Terry Henebery:
Producer

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Aug 20, 1963

Bootlegs


The BBC Archives Volume 5

Unofficial album

1:59 • Radio show


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 5

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:04 • Live

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Aug 20, 1963


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 23rd, 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

1:24 • Rehearsal • Jan.23 - D2-12 - Words Of Love 23.28

Session Recording:
Jan 23, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


Live Anthology III (1964)

Unofficial live • Released in 2013

3:40 • Live • Words Of Love (Ringo interview) (London 23Apr64)


Live Archives Vol. 1 (1984-1990)

Unofficial live • Released in 2017

1:56 • Live

Live performances

“Words of Love” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Words of Love” has been played


Pop Go The Beatles

Aug 20, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


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