The Beatles Work Out ‘I’ve Got a Feeling’ and George Ribs Paul in New ‘Get Back’ Clip
The Beatles work through an early version of “I’ve Got a Feeling” in the first full clip from Peter Jackson’s upcoming documentary, The Beatles: Get Back.
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Though the clip lasts just over a minute, it offers a fascinating glimpse into one aspect of the group’s creative process. Paul McCartney leads the rest of the band through a rough version of the track, ad-libbing lyrics and calling out chord changes, while George Harrison tinkers with guitar licks and John Lennon throws out some other melody options.
The best part of the clip, however, comes at the very end. As the camera captures Lennon and McCartney having a brief meeting of the minds over the song, from the background Harrison cuts in with a grin and a quip, “Is that one called, ‘I’ve Got a Feeling’?”
(Ed. note: An earlier version of this article stated that it was Ringo Starr that asks McCartney the title of the song. After a Zapruder-like analysis of the clip, as well as insight from the Rolling Stone staff and Beatles scholar Rob Sheffield we have determined it is Harrison and not Starr with the sarcastic remark. As Sheffield explains: “Perfect deadpan Bitchy George voice. Exact same intonation as the part in A Hard Day’s Night when he says, ‘Sorry we hurt your field, mister.'” Rolling Stone apologizes for the error.)
Get Back, which is a three-part documentary, will air Nov. 25, 26 and 27 on Disney+. Jackson crafted the film using a trove of unreleased footage that director Michael Lindsay-Hogg recorded in January 1969 for the original Let It Be film, as well as 150 hours of unreleased audio. The film will also feature, for the first time ever, the Beatles’ full rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row.
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