100 Greatest Beatles Songs

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'Got to Get You Into My Life'

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Main Writer: McCartney
Recorded: April 7, 8 and 11, May 18, June 17, 1966
Released: August 8, 1966
Not released as a single

A drug song masquerading as a love song, "Got to Get You Into My Life" was written after McCartney's first experiments with marijuana. "It's actually an ode to pot," he explained, "like someone else might write an ode to chocolate or a good claret."

Lennon described the song as the Beatles "doing our Tamla/Motown bit." But at first, "Got to Get You Into My Life" was an acoustic number. An early take (available on Anthology 2) has McCartney singing in falsetto where the brass eventually shows up in the chorus.

The horns were a remnant of the band's idea to record Revolver in Memphis. They had long emulated the bass and drum sounds found on American soul records, so they recruited guitarist Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG's to produce and dispatched Brian Epstein to scout potential recording locations. All the studios wanted an exorbitant fee to host the Beatles, so they ended up back at Abbey Road.

Appears On: Revolver

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