Got to Get You into My Life
|"Got to Get You into My Life"|
|Song by the Beatles from the album Revolver|
|Released||5 August 1966|
7 April and 17 June 1966
|Length||2:27 (stereo version)
2:35 (mono version)
|Label||Parlophone PMC 7009 (mono), PCS 7009 (stereo)|
|Revolver track listing|
|"Got to Get You into My Life"|
|Single by The Beatles|
|from the album Rock 'n' Roll Music|
|Released||31 May 1976|
|The Beatles singles chronology|
"Got to Get You into My Life" is a song by the Beatles, first released in 1966 on the album Revolver. It was written by Paul McCartney, though officially credited to Lennon–McCartney. The song is a soulful Motown homage with colorful brass instrumentation, and lyrics that suggest a psychedelic experience. A cover version by Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers peaked at number six in 1966 in the UK.
The Beatles' version was released in the United States as a single from the Rock 'n' Roll Music compilation album in 1976, a decade after its initial release and six years after the Beatles split up. It reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the Beatles' last top ten U.S. hit until their 1995 release "Free as a Bird."
Composition and recording
Though officially credited to Lennon–McCartney, McCartney was primarily responsible for the writing of the song, to which he also contributed lead vocals. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios between 7 April and 17 June 1966 and evolved considerably between the first takes and the final version released on album. The song seems to have been hard to arrange until the soul-style horns, strongly reminiscent of the Stax' Memphis soul and Motown sound, were introduced. The brass was close-miked in the bells of the instruments then put through a limiter. The percussion instrument most predominant is the overdubbed tambourine.
The song starts with a blaring brass fanfare, McCartney's vocals entering at 0:07. The chorus of the song appears at 1:04, with the song's title sung. The song then switches between a verse and the refrain. A short electric guitar solo that is nearly identical to the riff from Paperback Writer appears at 1:53 and at 2:10 the horn fanfare re-enters. The song closes with fading vocals of McCartney, much akin to the soul records of the time. The mono and stereo mixes of the recording feature completely different ad libs in the fade-out - the presence of a second vocal track is also far more subtle for most of the mono version. Backing vocals were recorded early but later eliminated.
In Barry Miles' 1997 book Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now, McCartney disclosed that the song was about marijuana. "'Got to Get You into My Life' was one I wrote when I had first been introduced to pot ... So [it's] really a song about that, it's not to a person." Many lyrics from the song suggest this: "I took a ride, I didn't know what I would find there / Another road where maybe I could see some other kind of mind there.",'"What can I do? What can I be? When I'm with you, I want to stay there / If I am true, I will never leave and if I do, I'll know the way there." "It's actually an ode to pot," McCartney explained, "like someone else might write an ode to chocolate or a good claret."
Thomas Ward of Allmusic said, "McCartney's always been a great vocalist, and this is perhaps the best example of his singing on Revolver. One of the overlooked gems on the album." When asked about the song in his 1980 Playboy interview, John Lennon said, "Paul's again. I think that was one of his best songs, too."
|US Billboard Hot 100||7|
- Paul McCartney – double-tracked lead vocal, bass
- John Lennon – rhythm guitar, organ
- George Harrison – lead guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
- Eddie Thornton – trumpet
- Ian Hamer – trumpet
- Les Condon – trumpet
- Alan Branscombe – tenor saxophone
- Peter Coe – tenor saxophone
Earth, Wind & Fire version
|"Got to Get You into My Life"|
|Single by Earth, Wind & Fire|
|from the album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1|
|B-side||"I'll Write a Song for You"|
|Released||14 July 1978|
|Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology|
Earth, Wind & Fire covered the song for the 1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack. They released it as a single and included it on their album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1. Their version reached number 1 on the Soul singles chart and number nine on the Hot 100 singles chart.
The song won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) and also garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
|US Billboard Hot 100||9|
|US Billboard Hot Soul Singles||1|
"Holding On (When Love Is Gone)" by L.T.D.
|Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
23 September 1978
"One Nation Under a Groove (Part 1)" by Funkadelic
- The Stitch in Tyme covered this song in 1967 (released as a single on Arc Records, Toronto).
- Chicago performed this song live on tour in the 1970s as an encore with Peter Cetera on vocals.
- Ali Campbell covered the song on his 2010 album Great British Songs.
- Australian rock band Koritni covered the song on their debut album Lady Luck, released in 2007.
- Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) and Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) performed this song in Glee's fifth-season premiere episode "Love Love Love" in 2013.
- Johnny Hallyday with a French version "Je veux te graver dans ma vie" (1966).
- Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers
- The Four Tops on the album "Soul Spin"
- Blood, Sweat & Tears
- Diana Ross & The Supremes
- Earth, Wind & Fire (see above)
- Thelma Houston with Pressure Cooker
- Syesha Mercado of American Idol
- Courtney Murphy of Australian Idol
- Matt Corby of Australian Idol
- Daniel Johnston
- Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs from the soundtrack of the movie Imagine That
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Jazz Detectives
- Joe Pesci on the album "Vegas Goodfellas"
- The Baby Dolls (Hollywood Records 1111) US 7" single
- Chris Clark (Motown Records)
- Groove for Thought on the album Inspired (2012)
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