Come and Get It (Badfinger song)

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"Come and Get It"
Single by Badfinger
from the album Magic Christian Music
B-side "Rock of All Ages"
Released 5 December 1969 (1969-12-05) (UK)
12 January 1970 (US)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded September 1969
Genre Power pop
Length 2:22
Label Apple
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Badfinger singles chronology
"Dear Angie"
(The Iveys)
"Come and Get It"
"No Matter What"

"Come and Get It" is a song composed by Paul McCartney for the 1969 film The Magic Christian, and made popular by the group Badfinger.

Beatles version[edit]

"Come and Get It"
Song by The Beatles from the album Anthology 3
Released 28 October 1996
Recorded 24 July 1969
Genre Rock, pop
Length 2:30
Label Apple Records
Writer Paul McCartney
Producer George Martin

McCartney recorded a solo demo of the song on 24 July 1969, when he arrived early for an Abbey Road session. He sang the double-tracked lead vocal and played all the instruments: he sang and played piano on the first take, sang again and played maracas on the first overdub, drums came third and bass guitar was added last. It took less than an hour to finish.[1] The demo appears on various bootlegs. Though McCartney was the only Beatle performing on the record, it was officially released in 1996 on The Beatles Anthology 3 and issued under the Beatles' name.

Badfinger versions[edit]

On 2 August 1969, McCartney presented his demo to Apple band Badfinger (then called The Iveys) telling them, "Okay, it's got to be exactly like this demo." His "carrot" for the band was his offer to produce this song and two other Iveys originals for the movie The Magic Christian, since he had a contract to supply three songs for it. The band followed his instructions.[2]

McCartney auditioned each of the four Iveys to sing lead on "Come and Get It". Ultimately, he picked fellow Liverpudlian Tom Evans over the three Welshmen, Pete Ham, Ron Griffiths, and Mike Gibbins.

The single was released on Apple Records on 5 December 1969 in the UK, but not until 12 January 1970 in the US.[3] "Come and Get It" was a hit single for the band, peaking at number 7[4] in the United States, and number 4[5] in the United Kingdom. It was the opening theme for the film The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr (it was also repeated during the movie's closing credits, with an additional string arrangement added). The biggest differences between the two versions are a slower tempo on McCartney's original and the use of three-part harmonies in Badfinger's version.

The UK picture sleeve for the single shows all four members of Badfinger that appear on the song, although bassist Ron Griffiths left the band before the single was released.

In 1978 a reformed version of Badfinger re-recorded "Come and Get It" for K-Tel Records, with Evans again singing lead. This served to provide a demo recording to give to Elektra, and resulted in the Airwaves album in 1979.

Other versions[edit]

The song was covered by Peruvian band We All Together on their 1972 first and self-titled album. There is also a version by Elton John, featuring on the 2009 album Spirit In The Sky: Rare Sessions 1969–70, and American alternative rock band Lazlo Bane.

This song has been covered in French by Céline Lomez under the title "Ce que tu veux, je l'ai" (1970).

This song was also produced by Maclen Music Inc. (BMI) on Epic Records (45rpm) album #5-10580 for release to radio stations on 4 March 1970 and performed by the Vic Lewis Orchestra and His Singers.

Paul McCartney performed the song live for the first time in Bologna, Italy on 26 November 2011.[citation needed]

Toots Hibbert and Sly & Robbie cover the song on The Art of McCartney covers album released in 2014.


  1. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books. p. 182. ISBN 0-517-57066-1. 
  2. ^ The Beatles Anthology, p. 289
  3. ^ Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). "1969 – "But If Paul's Alive, How Did He Die?"". All Together Now – The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (Second ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 82. ISBN 0-345-25680-8. 
  4. ^ "allmusic - Badfinger - Billboard singles". Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Chart Stats - Badfinger - Come And Get It". Retrieved 20 February 2009.