100 Greatest Beatles Songs

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'Think for Yourself'
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75. 'Think for Yourself'

Writer: Harrison
Recorded: November 8, 1965
Released: December 6, 1965
Not released as a single

In the fall of 1965, the Beatles were rushing to complete their new album, Rubber Soul, by Christmas. Short of material, the band took a stab at a new Harrison song, which had the working title "Won't Be There With You." Knocked out in one take, and clocking in at just 2:19, "Think for Yourself" clearly wasn't a song the band spent much time on. Lennon flubbed attempt after attempt at the vocals, and fits of giggling — likely the result of joints being passed — couldn't have helped. But the tune is better for it — from McCartney's fuzzed-out bass to Starr's skittering drums, "Think for Yourself" has an unchained, garage-band feel. And who was Harrison so angry at, anyway? Even he wasn't quite sure. "All this time later," Harrison wrote in 1980, "I don't quite recall who inspired that! Probably the government."

Appears On: Rubber Soul

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