The Beatles, 'Got to Get You Into My Life'
This is a song about a man falling in love – with marijuana. "It's actually an ode to pot, like someone else might write an ode to chocolate or a good claret," McCartney explained to writer Barry Miles for the 1997 book Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now. The earthy, horn-driven number was written "when I had first been introduced to pot.… So 'Got to Get You Into My Life' is really a song about that, it's not to a person." Fans and foes alike scoured the Beatles' lyrics for drug references in the Sixties, but this soul number, clearly influenced by the Motown songs the Beatles loved, isn't one they tended to focus on – after all, it wasn't exactly psychedelic. When McCartney discussed his earliest smoking experiences more than 30 years later, he sounded a lot like someone thinking back on his first sexual encounter – "It was mind-expanding, literally mind-expanding" – and you can hear the effects of that life-changing infatuation in his voice here.