There's a Place

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"There's a Place"
Song by the Beatles from the album Please Please Me
Released 22 March 1963
Recorded 11 February 1963,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll
Length 1:49
Label Parlophone
Writer McCartney–Lennon
Producer George Martin
Please Please Me track listing
"There's a Place"
Single by the Beatles
A-side "Twist and Shout"
Released 2 March 1964 (US)
Recorded 11 February 1963
Genre Rock and roll
Length 1:49
Label Tollie 9001
Writer(s) McCartney–Lennon
Producer(s) George Martin
the Beatles singles chronology
"I Want to Hold Your Hand"
(1963)

"Movie Medley"
(1982)
"Twist and Shout"
(US-1964)

"Twist and Shout"
(reissue-1986)
"Can't Buy Me Love"
(1964)

"Baby It's You"
(1995)"

"There's a Place" is a song co-written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and was first released as a track on the Beatles' debut LP, Please Please Me. Lennon and McCartney share lead vocals, with George Harrison providing backing vocals.

Origins[edit]

The title was inspired by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's "Somewhere" from West Side Story, which contained the line: "There's a place for us." McCartney owned the album of the soundtrack at the time of writing "There's a Place" and acknowledges its influence.[1] The "place" in question was "the mind", making its subject matter slightly more cerebral than Britain's kissing and cuddling songs and America's surf music from that period. Lennon is quoted as saying: "'There's a Place' was my attempt at a sort of Motown, black thing. It says: 'In my mind there's no sorrow...' It's all in your mind."[2] Paul McCartney: "In our case the place was in the mind, rather than round the back of the stairs for a kiss and a cuddle. This was the difference with what we were writing: we were getting a bit more cerebral. We both sang it. I took the high harmony, John took the lower harmony or melody. This was a nice thing because we didn't actually have to decide where the melody was till later when they boringly had to write it down for sheet music." (Barry Miles. Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now).[3]

Composed at McCartney's Forthlin Road home, it was part of the group's stage repertoire in 1963.[4] With its major seventh harmonica intro (later reprised) and searing two-part vocal harmonies in fifths (Lennon low, McCartney high), it stands out as an early Beatles milestone track. The song was recorded on 11 February 1963 in ten takes during the first of three sessions for Please Please Me.[5]

The song was officially credited to "McCartney–Lennon", as were all other Lennon–McCartney compositions on the original UK release of Please Please Me.

Personnel[edit]

Engineered by Norman Smith

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[6][3]

Cover versions[edit]

  • A cover version was released by The Flamin' Groovies.
  • The Smithereens also released a cover on their 2008 album, B-Sides The Beatles.
  • Latin American Rock legend Charly García recorded a version for his live album, Estaba en llamas Cuando Me Acosté (1995)
  • A cover version was released by US punk band, The Dickies, on their 1998 album, Dogs From the Hare that Bit Us.
  • Gabrielle Aplin sang a cover for the BBC during a rerecording challenge for The Beatles' Please Please Me album.

Cultural legacy[edit]

It was used at the start of Daniel Farson's Associated-Rediffusion documentary Beat City, a portrait of Liverpool which was shown at Christmas 1963.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Miles 1998, p. 95.
  2. ^ MacDonald 2005, pp. 65–66.
  3. ^ a b There's A Place
  4. ^ Harry 1992, p. 649.
  5. ^ Lewisohn 1992, p. 99.
  6. ^ MacDonald 2005, p. 65.

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