With A Little Help From My Friends – The Beatles

May 5, 2022

Today’s song of the day is the infamous “With A Little Help from My Friends” by the Beatles.

Fun Facts

  • “With A Little Help from My Friends” is an original song by the Beatles. The band members John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song’s lyrics, and they finished writing it in mid-May 1967. They wrote for the album “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” specifically as Starr’s song in the album.
  • The band member Ringo Starr sings the song as the character Billy Shears. Starr is also the drummer for the track and the band. Although he is the lead vocal, his fellow band members help him in the middle. He also regularly performed as a solo artist in concerts.
  • The song “With A Little Help from My Friends” is the second track on the album “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and it transitions seamlessly from the applause of the title track.
  • This song was initially titled “A Little Help from My Friends.” It was also briefly called “Bad Finger Boogie” because Lennon, the pianist, used his middle finger to compose the melody after hurting his forefinger.
  • The song has also undergone some alteration in its first line. Why? To prevent the artists from getting accosted while on stage.
  • The song is written and sung in the form of a conversation. Starr answers the questions from the other three Beatles in a conversational manner.
  • The song ranked number 311of the 500 Greatest Songs of All-time on Rolling Stone’s list.
  • In 1968 Joe Cocker’s version of the track became a hit and thus was made the Woodstock era anthem. One year later, the song clenched number 63 in Britain, while in the United States, it was at number 71 after reissuing it as a single.
  • After its release in the United States, the song met with a harsh attitude, with the Maryland Governor lobbying for the song’s ban since he believed it was about drugs.
  • The Beatles recorded ten takes of the song before its success and wrapped up the session at 5:45 in the morning. They added bass and electric guitar, tambourine, and backing vocals.
  • Starr and McCartney performed the song together for the first time on 4th April 2009 in New York at the David Lynch Foundation Benefit Concert.

Lyrics:

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What would you think if I sang out of tune?

Would you stand up and walk out on me?

Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song

And I’ll try not to sing out of key

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends

Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends

Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends

What do I do when my love is away?

Does it worry you to be alone?

How do I feel by the end of the day?

Are you sad because you’re on your own?

No, I get by with a little help from my friends

Mm, get high with a little help from my friends

Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends

Do you need anybody?

I need somebody to love

Could it be anybody?

I want somebody to love

Would you believe in a love at first sight?

Yes, I’m certain that it happens all the time

What do you see when you turn out the light?

I can’t tell you, but I know it’s mine

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends

Mm, get high with a little help from my friends

Oh, I’m gonna try with a little help from my friends

Do you need anybody?

I just need someone to love

Could it be anybody?

I want somebody to love

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends

Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends

Oh, I get high with a little help from my friends

Yes, I get by with a little help from my friends

With a little help from my friends

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4 Comments

  1. Willa Gustavson

    Great, would be better if we could hear the song!

    Reply
  2. Robert Roepke

    Another Beatle’s Classic. Sure beats the “Hell” out of that filthy Rap=music!!!

    Reply
  3. Ed

    This is another of my multiple Beatles favorites! Everything about the song is near-perfect: lyrics, recording settings, and on and on. The album that the song is from was the first of MANY Beatles albums I’ve bought through the many years.

    Reply
  4. Raphael D

    The Beatles still rock!!

    Reply

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