US picture sleeve
|Single by the Beatles|
|A-side||"We Can Work It Out"|
|Released||3 December 1965|
|Recorded||16 October 1965
EMI Studios, London
|The Beatles UK singles chronology|
|The Beatles US singles chronology|
"Day Tripper" is a song by the Beatles that was released as a double A-side single with "We Can Work It Out" in December 1965. Written primarily by John Lennon, it was credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. Both songs were recorded during the sessions for the band's Rubber Soul album. The single topped charts in Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway. In the United States, "Day Tripper" peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart while "We Can Work It Out" held the top position. The track is a rock song based around an electric guitar riff and was included in the Beatles' concert set list until their retirement from live performances in late August 1966.
"Day Tripper" was a typical play on words by Lennon:
In the same interview, Lennon said:
That's mine. Including the lick, the guitar break and the whole bit.
In his 1970 interview with Rolling Stone, however, Lennon used "Day Tripper" as one example of their collaboration, where one partner had the main idea but the other took up the cause and completed it. For his part, McCartney claimed it was very much a collaboration based on Lennon's original idea.
In Many Years From Now, McCartney said that "Day Tripper" was about drugs, and "a tongue-in-cheek song about someone who was ... committed only in part to the idea." The line "she's a big teaser" is a double entendre for "she's a prick teaser."
According to music critic Ian MacDonald, the song:
…starts as a twelve-bar blues in E, which makes a feint at turning into a twelve-bar in the relative minor (i.e. the chorus) before doubling back to the expected B—another joke from a group which had clearly decided that wit was to be their new gimmick.
The released master contains one of the most noticeable mistakes of any Beatles song, a "drop-out" at 1:50 in which the lead guitar and tambourine momentarily disappear. There are also two more minor drop-outs at 1:56 and 2:32. Bootleg releases of an early mix (which present an extended breakdown as opposed to a polished fadeout) feature a technical glitch on the session tape itself, with characteristics of an accidental recording over the original take as the recorder comes up to speed. This was later fixed on the 2000 compilation 1 and on the remastered Past Masters.
In 1966, "Day Tripper" was featured on the US album Yesterday and Today and the British A Collection of Beatles Oldies compilation. It was later included on the 1962–1966 compilation (aka "The Red Album"), released in 1973.
The Beatles filmed three different music videos, directed by Joe McGrath, on 23 November 1965. These videos, along with a batch of other mimed performances (including the song's flip-side, "We Can Work It Out"), were meant to be sent to various television music and variety shows, to air on those programs in lieu of personal studio appearances. The Beatles' decision to send out independently produced videos to promote their music on television was, in practice, an embryonic form of the modern music video - George Harrison would later remark jokingly that the Beatles had "invented MTV." One of the November 1965 promotional videos was included in the Beatles' 2015 video compilation 1, and two were included in the three-disc versions of the compilation, titled 1+.
Jimi Hendrix recorded two versions, one with the Experience on BBC Sessions and an earlier version with Curtis Knight. The song was also recorded by Otis Redding, Nancy Sinatra, Mae West, Herbie Mann, Lulu, Anne Murray, James Taylor, Type O Negative, Whitesnake, Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66, Sandy Nelson, Mongo Santamaría, The Hollyridge Strings, Marty Gold, Billy Preston, Ian Hunter, Randy California, Geno Washington, Jose Feliciano, Cheap Trick, Booker T. & The M.G.'s, Ramsey Lewis, Yellow Magic Orchestra, and ELO. Eric Clapton plays the riff during the song "What'd I Say" on the 1966 album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton. Paul McCartney has performed the song live in concert in 2009.
According to Ian MacDonald:
- John Lennon – double-tracked lead vocal, rhythm guitar, lead guitar (solo)
- Paul McCartney – double-tracked lead vocal, bass
- George Harrison – lead guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
|Belgian Walloon Singles||12|
|Dutch MegaChart Singles||1|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|Norwegian VG-lista Singles||1|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||5|
|US Cash Box Top 100||10|
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